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  • Complete List of 2015 Black Friday Sales

    Happy Black Friday! I hope you had some delicious turkey, pie, and a good nap on your Thanksgiving. But now it’s time to take advantage of all our Black Friday sales! So without further ado, here’s what we’ve got line up for you this Black Friday.


    Door Busters

    These are some of our hottest items at ridiculously low prices! All products are limited quantities, so get ‘em fast!


    Elementa Essential OilsElementa Collection: Nature’s First Aid (Sale Price: $124.99 – Save 58%)

    These essential oils are great for your emergency kits. Unlike traditional medications that don’t have a very long shelf life, these essential oils will last for many years. Use these oils for numerous conditions, including aiding your health, well-being, and a self-sufficient lifestyle.


    Mountain House Cinnamon Fuji Apple Slices #10 Can (Sale Price: $9.99 – Save 62%)

    Cinamon ApplesCinnamon apples are delicious, and the freeze-dried variety is no exception. These Mountain House cinnamon apples are amazing with all sorts of meals, including desserts, salads, yogurt, or just right out of the can!


    Trekker IITrekker II Emergency Kit (Sale Price: $88.99 – Save 40%)

    Everyone needs an emergency kit, and the Trekker II is a great place to start for two people. It comes with both a large and a medium day pack, loaded with the basics – and some extras – that lots of emergency kits leave out. When it comes to emergency kits, make sure you have everything you need. And for that, this Trekker II has you covered.


    Turkey Patty ChunksFreeze-Dried Turkey Pattie Chunks (Sale Price: $24.99 – Save 64%)

    Turkey is an absolutely delicious bird which we only tend to eat during special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. With these freeze dried turkey patties, you can have a Thanksgiving meal – or any special meal – no matter the time of year! These turkey patty chunks are also a prime candidate for sandwiches, gravies, casseroles, and even just a meaty snack from the can.


    6 Month Supply of Lunch and Dinner6-Month Supply of Lunch & Dinner (Sale Price: $1,099.99 – Save 36%)

    Having a long-term food plan in case of emergencies is vital, because really, who knows what can happen? This 6-Month Supply of Lunch & Dinner is an easy way to stock up on delicious freeze-dried entrees, fruits, vegetables, and drink mixes. And, since this food is so delicious, you might just decide to break into these cans a little early. And that’s OK, too.


    Hybrid 40 Lumens Solar FlashlightHybrid 40 Solar Flashlight (Sale Price: $8.99 – Save 64%)

    Everybody needs a good flashlight in their emergency kit (or camping or night hikes or, well, you get the picture). But isn’t it just the worst when you go to use your flashlight and the batteries are dead? Mourn no more! This flashlight recharges from any light source. Yes, you heard me right – any light source. It runs for 8 hours on one full solar/light charge and will even hold that charge for years, so you can charge it up, put it in your emergency kit, glove compartment, or wherever you stash flashlights, and then forget about it until you need it. If capturing light isn’t an option, you can still use batteries as backup. With this flashlight, you need never fear about being left in the dark.


    Case of 30 Ultra WarmersCase of 30 Ultra Warmers (Sale Price: $19.99 – Save 73%)

    The Ultra Warmers are amazing. Once activated, they provide over 24 hours of heat, helping you stay warm in cold weather. Line your sleeping bag with them, pad your jacket during sporting events, or simply keep them in your car kit or bug-out bag for that much needed warmth when disaster strikes.




    72 Hour Food BucketPremier 4-Person 72-Hour Food Bucket (Sale Price: $89.99 – Save 64%)

    This bucket is the ultimate in convenient emergency food. Not only are these meals absolutely delicious, they’re quick and easy to prepare – simply add water, simmer, and enjoy! This bucket comes with 140 deluxe single-serving pouches, providing 2,000 calories a day for 4 people for three days. If you need to take three days’ worth of meals on the go without time to waste, or just prefer quality convenience, then this 4-Person 72-Hour Food Bucket is for you.


    Freeze-Dried Vegetable Combo (Sale Price: $69.99 – Save 50%)Freeze-Dried Vegetable Combo

    Everybody needs vegetables. They help round out the flavor of your meals, as well as providing you with all kinds of nutrients. Having this 6-can combo in your emergency food storage ensures well-balanced meals that will keep your family going.


    ASAP Silver SolutionASAP Silver Solution – 16 oz. (Sale Price: $19.99 – Save 54%)

    Sometimes your immune system needs a little help. The ASAP Silver Solution delivers nano silver particles to boost your body’s immune system. This supplement is more effective than traditional colloidal silver, and is the #1 choice of thousands of doctors, medical professionals, and families. A must-have in any emergency kit of home medicine cabinet.


    Aquamira Water Bottle with Filter (Sale Price: $9.99 – Save 66%)

    This water bottle is more than meets the eye. It’s also clean filtered water on the trail or in an emergency. Simply fill this water bottle with water and the built-in filter will reduce chlorine, bad taste, and odors, while also certified to remove more than 99.9% of Giardia and Cryptosporidium – the two leading causes of waterborne illness. This is definitely a great addition to your outdoor gear, and fits well in standard cup holders or bicycle cages.


    Neapolitan Ice CreamFreeze-Dried Ice Cream Slices – Neapolitan (Sale Price: $14.99 – Save 55%)

    This is the stuff dreams are made of. Literally. Astronauts even eat it! Freeze-dried ice cream is the delicious, dry form of the frozen treat you fancy so well, and the best part is, you can chill with it in the sun without ever worrying about it melting! It’s been packaged to last as part of your emergency food storage long-term, so no matter what troubles life heaps upon you, you can always have that comforting taste of ice cream, anytime, anywhere.


    High Uinta Gear 13-Function Knife (Sale Price: $1.99 – Save 71%)13-Function Knife

    Everyone needs a knife in their emergency kit, so why not get one that has multiple functions? This knife includes a 2” stainless steel blade, phillips and standard screwdrivers, reamer punch, nail file and cleaner, sewing eye, 2” double-cut saw, spring loaded scissors, scaler and hook remover, corkscrew, can opener, bottle opener, and key ring. That’s a lot of stuff for just two dollars! Again, you need a knife. Might as well go with something that offers you even more options, just in case.


    Creamy Alfredo Pasta #10 Can (Sale Price: $17.49 – Save 50%)Creamy Alfredo Pasta

    Alfredo pasta is just straight up delicious. This rich and creamy entrée is pretty much every emergency food storage’s dream addition. Fortunately, this low price makes it easy for that dream to become a reality. Enjoy it any day of the week as a quick and easy meal, or save it for emergencies when you could use something to sooth the stress away.



    Black Friday Deals

    Aside from door busters, we have tons more deals chosen specifically for you! From water storage to entrees and from lighting to emergency kits (and everything in between), we’ve got just what you need at a price that can’t be beat.


    Fruit Picks ComboFruit Picks Combo (Sale Price: $79.99 – Save 57%)

    These aren’t just any fruits randomly selected. Nope, these fruits constantly receive 5-star ratings from our customers (shout out to you!) that deliver a sweet, fresh taste – just like the day they were picked! Freeze-dried fruit is absolutely delicious, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Once I start eating freeze-dried fruit…I can’t stop! It is essentially the healthiest candy you can get. The sweet, fresh taste is packed with all kinds of nutrients you and your family needs to stay healthy. Without a doubt, these fruits will keep you happy and healthy (and with a price this low, you may want to pick up a few of them…).


    Dry MilkInstant Nonfat Fortified Milk (Sale Price: $9.99 – Save 54%)

    Milk. You love it, but come an emergency, you may not be able to find it in the stores. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Our Instant Nonfat Fortified Milk gives you bone-strengthening calcium and is fortified with vitamins A and D, making it a healthy drink or baking and cooking ingredient. And, unlike some powdered milks, this one gives you a fresh, straight from the store (or cow) taste, not that burnt aftertaste that is so common among powdered milk. Our customers love it, and so many people can’t be wrong. Now’s the time to stock up on milk.


    Auto Emergency Kit (Sale Price: $17.99 – Save 57%)Auto Emergency Kit

    Don’t be caught stranded on the side of the road without the essentials. It could take a long time for help to show up, and by that time, temperatures could drop drastically or you could end up being very thirsty or hungry. This kit provides you with food rations, water, first aid, warmth, light, and shelter – all in a sturdy box that fits nicely in your car. If you don’t have an emergency car kit, now would be a wonderful time to get one.


    55-Gallon Water Barrel and Filter Kit Combo (Sale Price: $139.99 – Save 47%)

    WS_B715_image_1Water is one of the first places to start when getting going on – or updating – your emergency prep. Because, you know, we all need water. It’s pretty much life. That’s why this 55-gallon water barrel combo is so important. It makes it easy to always have good, clean drinking water on hand, no matter what’s happening outside. This kit also provides you with a filter pump to get your water out and filter it at the same time, as well as water treatment drops, a water bottle, and of course, a 5-gallon collapsible jug to store your clean drinking water. If you’ve been hemming and hawing about what to get for your water storage, this is it. If you haven’t started thinking about that yet, then you no longer have to. Just go out and get this and be prepared!


    Freeze-Dried Green Peas (Sale Price: $9.99 – Save 50%)Freeze-Dried Green Peas

    Green peas go with everything. Casseroles, soups, stir fries, side dishes…you name it. And, these freeze-dried greens are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, as well as a good source of protein, vitamin A, and iron. Tell me that’s not a good looking list of nutrients! These peas are essential for your emergency food storage. It’ll be music to your ears when you hear your little ones saying, “More peas, please!”


    72 Hour Food Bucket1-Month Lunch Bucket (Sale Price: $89.99 – Save 50%)

    126 single-serving pouches of lunch entrees gives you, fair shopper, an entire month of lunches in easy to prepare (and enjoyable to eat) meals. Of course, if it’s not just you in your household, this would still give you a week’s worth of lunches for 4 people, so that’s not a bad option, either! No matter what your situation, though, you’re going to need food, and these entrees are both delicious and a quick fix – the perfect emergency meals or dinner when you just don’t have time to cook.


    3 Month Supply of EntreesMountain House 3-Month Supply of Entrees (Sale Price: $499.99 – Save 33%)

    24 cans, 17 different Mountain house entrees, and food for 3 months. That right there is reason enough to go for this, but the price itself practically begs to come join your emergency food storage. These meals aren’t just your run of the mill eat-or-else-you-starve meals. These are pre-cooked, gourmet entrees that taste just like Mom’s home cooking. Add that to your ability to still customize your own sides, drinks, and desserts, this 3-month supply of entrees is just too good a deal to pass up!


    Freeze-Dried Meat Basics Combo (Sale Price: $229.99 – Save 33%)Meat Basics Combo

    I don’t know about you, but a meal without meat is hardly a meal at all. The meats in this combo are all your favorites – ground beef, roast beef, chicken, and white turkey. This is the good stuff, folks. Meat you’ll actually eat during an emergency. It’s also great for camping or even everyday meals when you just don’t have the time to prepare anything special. Meat is also an excellent source of protein, yet one more reason to have these meats alongside your emergency food storage.


    Barebones Safari Outfitters Deluxe Combo (Sale Price: $3,999.99 – Save 18%)


    CT_T555If you haven’t seen one of these tents in action, you’re missing out. This comes with everything you need to sell your house and live comfortably out in the middle of nowhere practically forever. The Barebones Safari Outfitter tent is massive, roomy, and hold up even in high winds. But as amazing as the tent itself is, this combo also comes with front and side awnings, a Goal Zero Yeti 150 Power Pack to charge your electronic devices, and three Barebones Pendant Lights, so you don’t have to go to bed when the sun does. Best of all, though, is sleeping like a baby in your Canvas Bedroll Sleeping Bag atop your Cam-O-Bunk XL Cot.

    Don’t worry about roughing it during your next camping or hunting trip. In fact, you might not even realize you’ve left home! Yes, this Barebones Safari Outfitters Deluxe Combo is that awesome. 18% might not seem like a lot, but that’s almost $900 in savings! Put in perspective, that’s like getting the Canvas Bedroll Sleeping Bag and both Awnings for free! Cheers to free things!


    Chicken and Beef Entree ComboMountain House Chicken and Beef Entrée Combo (Sale Price: $114.99 – Save 37%)

    Three cans of entrees made around chicken, and three cans of entrees made around beef. Simple as that, but more delicious than you could imagine! These are some of our most popular Mountain House chicken and beef entrees, and with good reason: they taste like the real deal, and unopened, they last for up to 30 years! When emergencies come calling, you’ll be happy to have some good meals to keep you on your feet.


    Homemade Year SupplyHomemade 2000 One-Year Supply (Sale Price: $1,379.99 – Save 37%)

    Having a year’s supply of food is a goal for many people, and thanks to Black Friday, you can get yours for a whole lot less! This year supply gives you all the ingredients you need to make your favorite meals, sides, and desserts – it even comes with a large can of heirloom garden seeds for producing your own food at home! At 2,000 calories a day for an entire year, this is a manageable, cost-effective supply of food you just have to have in your emergency food storage.


    Holiday Red 115-Hour Plus Emergency Candle (Sale Price: $3.79 – Save 57%)115-Hour Plus Candle

    When the power goes out, you know what to do…Light it up! These emergency candles burn clean, odorless, and smokeless, making them a great option for indoor use during power outages. Each candle burns for 115 hours straight, and since you won’t need it during the daytime as much, these candles will last you a very long time. The perfect addition to your emergency kits.


    WS_B110_image_115-Gallon Water Barrel Filter Kit Combo (Sale Price: $119.99 – Save 35%)

    Just like the 55-gallon water barrel, only it doesn’t take up as much room (or hold as much water). This makes it an ideal water storage container for smaller homes or when there just isn’t much room. This kit also includes an emergency pump which filters the water as it comes out, as well as water treatment drops, a water bottle, and a 5-gallon collapsible jug to store your clean drinking water.


    Instant Chocolate Pudding Large Can (Sale Price: $13.29 – Save 55%)Instant Chocolate Pudding

    Mmmm…pudding! Having desserts on hand is more than just important; it’s a necessity! This instant chocolate pudding is quick and easy to make, and a delicious snack whenever you have that chocolatey craving, and that includes during emergencies!


    Emergency Essentials Entrée Favorites Combo (Sale Price: $119.99 – Save 45%)FS_V500_updated

    These are your favorite meals. No really, they are! They’ve been proven by our customers time and again as their all-time favorites. So when we you get these six cans of entrees, you’re not just getting meals, you’re getting home-cooked comfort that even your pickiest eater will love! So go ahead, bring your favorite meals into your emergency food storage where they belong.


    Gourmet Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate (Sale Price: $16.99 – Save 36%)Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate

    Real Dutch cocoa, refreshing mint taste…this is the hot chocolate you need this winter (and the next, and the next…). Combat winter’s cold winds and falling snow with this rich blend of delicious hot chocolate.


    Ultra Warmer (Sale Price: $0.75 – Save 69%)Ultra Warmer

    These warmers provide more than 24 hours’ worth of constant heat. They are safe to use and environmentally friendly. Line your sleeping bag with them, tuck them in your jacket during sporting events, or just have some ready to use in an emergency by keeping them in your emergency kit in your home or car.


    Sensor Deluxe Power Failure Flashlight (Special Price: $12.49 – Save 53%)Deluxe Power Failure Light

    These nifty little flashlights are exactly what you need in your home to prepare for power outages. While the power is on, the flashlight sits in its dock, charging so you can use it when you need it. But, when the power suddenly goes out, these lights power on, giving you light to see by. Keep these plugged in to the outlets around your home so you can stay safe from harm when your home turns black.


    Trekker Kelly KettleTrekker Kelly Kettle Combo (Sale Price: $89.99 – Save 22%)

    The Kelly Kettle is more than just a kettle – it’s a water purifier, food rehydrator, and cooks your meals! Faster than a speeding bullet, it even boils 19 ounces of water in minutes while simultaneously acting as a stove! And the best part is, it uses fuel you can find everywhere! Twigs and wood chips, grass, leaves…if it’s flammable, it’ll work. This combo comes with the Trekker Kelly Kettle, a cook set, pot support, and some FiredUp! Fire starter fuel. An excellent new stove and kettle system to add to your camp kitchen.


    Cheesy Lasagna (Sale Price: $13.99 – Save 60%)Cheesy Lasagna

    There’s a reason Garfield the cat loves lasagna so much. It’s loaded with cheesy pasta and tomato sauce in a delicious, easy to rehydrate freeze-dried meal! There’s not much else to say about this other than this is one meal your family will ask for again and again.


    Yoders Bacon (Sale Price: $14.99 – Save 34%)20130910-_MG_2766_ccs

    BACON. Packaged for long-terms storage.

    Did I mention it’s bacon?


    WS_B405_image_130-Gallon Water Barrel Filter Kit Combo (Sale Price: $129:99 – Save 34%)

    When 15-gallons is too small and 55-gallons is too big, this 30-gallon Water Barrel is Goldilocks’ water barrel of choice, because it’s “juuuuust right!” Included in this combo is, of course, a 30-gallon water barrel, water treatment drops, an emergency pump that doubles as a filter, a water bottle, and a 5-gallon collapsible jug for easy water storage and transportation.


    Emergency Gas Wrench (Sale Price: $2.99 – Save 70%)

    Gas leaks can be very dangerous, and they can come about by earthquakes and other disasters. If there’s a gas leak in your home, you need to shut the gas off right away, since gas leaks are a fire hazard. Keep this emergency gas wrench near your gas valves so you’ll always know where it is when you need it.


    Emergency Whistle (Sale Price: $0.35 – Save 53%)Emergency Whistle

    Jiminy Cricket hit it right on the money when he said, “When you’re in trouble…give a little whistle!” Having an emergency whistle with you can make a huge difference in getting help. Attach the lanyard to your hiking bag, camp gear, or in your emergency kit, so when you’re in trouble, this little whistle can help others find you.


    6 Gallon Bucket with Lid6-Gallon Bucket with Lid (Sale Price: $5.99 – Save 53%)

    Buckets are great for storing food. They’re high quality, food-grade, and stackable – everything you want (and need) in a good food bucket for your storage! You can store bulk grains, cereal, flour, sugar, and basically anything else that fits! Save storage space by stacking these buckets on top of each other. Dump in your food, toss in an oxygen absorber, and cap it off with the included lid and you’re good to go!


    Steak Seasoning Supreme (Sale Price: $8.99 – Save 55%)Steak Seasoning

    Every steak needs its signature seasoning, and this is the perfect one to go with your emergency food storage or kitchen pantry. Season you meat for a most excellent taste you will be renowned for.


    Dehydrated Drink Mix ComboDehydrated Drink Mix Small Can Combo (Sale Price: $17.49 – Save 50%)

    Everybody needs to drink, even in emergencies! Sometimes, however, that emergency water has been sitting around for too long and the water just doesn’t taste good anymore. This can happen after filtering water, too. Or, maybe you just want a tasty drink at your picnic! No matter what the reason is, these drink mixes add flavor to your water, and are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12, and other nutrients. Perfect for camping, emergencies, or just at home for a quick treat.


    Freeze DryerHarvest Right Freeze Drier Stainless Steel (Sale Price: $3,799.99 – Save 11%)

    Harvest Right Freeze Drier Black Finish (Sale Price: $3,399.99 – Save 12%)

    Having your very own freeze dryer can save you lots of money. Freeze-dry your own food, including leftovers, to keep them for years down the road. Easy to use, easy to set up, and is just what you need to get yourself started in preparing your own long-term food storage.


    Goal Zero Venture 30 BundleGoal Zero Venture 30 Recharger with Special Gift! (Sale Price: $99.99 – Save 28%)

    You’ve got the power (quite literally at that)! Take this recharger with you everywhere you go – camping fishing, hiking, your bug-out bag – and keep your devices charged and active. What good is a GPS if it’s out of juice? How can you jam out to your tunes without a charge? Never fear, because the Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger will keep your devices powered. And, as a bonus, this bundle comes with a Micro Boom Bluetooth Speaker, a high-quality, powerful speaker that connects to your devices via Blutooth. Perfect for taking to the great outdoors!


    Pantry Replenishment ComboPantry Replenishment Combo (Sale Price: $34.99 – Save 61%)

    You cook, you bake, and you use your spices and ingredients. Why not take the time now (while the price is so low) to stock up your pantry with those baking essentials? Home-baked food is a necessity and comfort when disaster happens and situations are uncertain. Of course, it’s also a necessity and comfort on Tuesdays, too. And Wednesdays, Thursdays…and every other day of the week.


    Klymit KSB 0 Synthetic Sleeping BagKlymit KSB 0 Synthetic Sleeping Bag (Sale Price: $99.99 – Save 50%)

    Sleep soundly in warm comfort on your next camping trip. This sleeping bag is designed to keep you warm and comfy during cold nights sleeping under the stars. The food box is overstuffed to keep your feet warm, and let’s be honest, that’s a problem with a lot of other sleeping bags. The bag is sewn in a way that it eliminates air movement, yet still allows you to move and shift within the bag. There’s even a mummy hood to minimize heat loss during especially cold nights!


    Optimus CruxOptimus Crux Canister Stove (Sale Price: $39.99 – Save 27%)

    This little stove is so compact and lightweight that the fact that it’s a powerful 10,200 BTU burner will surprise you! Thanks to an innovative folding burner head and the convenient protective bag, the Optimus Crux packs down to store in the empty base of an 8 ounce fuel canister. Quickly boil water or simmer food without spot burning. A great basic stove that takes up very little space.





  • Back to the Future: Advice to Your Past Self

    The Toronto Blue Jays are in the playoffs, Trudeau just got elected as Prime Minister of Canada…What year is it, anyway?

    Well, it’s still 2015, but today marks an important day in history. Today is the day that Doc and Marty McFly went into the future! Great Scott! How time flies!

    DeLorean - Back to the Future

    In the movie Back to the Future, the protagonists Doc and Marty head off into the past, future, and past again to make changes so bad things won’t happen in the future (or past, or present, or…whenever). Time travel can be hard to stay on top of some times. After all, it’s all a bunch of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey…stuff.

    Unfortunately, we still haven’t mastered the art of manipulating time like they did. But let’s say we could time travel. Marty was sent all over the place to help prevent bad things from happening. Well, now it’s your turn. If you could go back in time and let yourself in on a little secret about being prepared…what would you tell yourself?

    If you knew your past self was going to be hit hard by a natural disaster, or injury or job loss, what would you say?

    Think about that for a moment.

    Ice Storm (CNN) - Back to the FutureHow prepared were you for Hurricane Sandy, or that last tornado that ripped through town? When that massive snow storm hit last winter, were you sufficiently prepared with food, water, heat, and other gear to get you through those days when you couldn’t leave your house?

    I think, if we had the ability to time travel, we would let ourselves in on some useful secrets. For me, it might be to stock up on some extra water during my time in the Philippines. That would have made the tropical storm and subsequent damage much more manageable.

    Or, during the fall of 2012, I would warn myself about the flood risk my apartment was in. Perhaps I could have avoided a swimming pool for a living room if I had but prepared a bit better.

    jobless man - Back to the FuturePerhaps there are some of you who have lost jobs, or have been involved in an accident which hindered you from making ends meat. Would you have wished for the ability to go back in time and warn your better-off self of ways to prepare? Maybe you would have told yourself to set some of that money aside for food storage and other emergency supplies, so when that job loss or accident did come, you would be OK until you can recover.

    If you really think about it, there are probably at least a couple times you weren’t as prepared as you should have been. If only someone from the future had come back in time to warn you about the threat that lies ahead.

    Well, fellow citizen of Earth, you’re in luck! Fortunately for you, I come from the future, and I’m here to warn you that life isn’t all safe, easy, and without its problems. From here on out, there is disaster around every corner. The future is always in motion, however, so it’s hard for me to say exactly when it will come. But your decisions today will affect your outcome tomorrow, next month, or even years down the road.

    Don’t put off preparing until it’s too late. Take it from me, your voice of warning from the future. There will be problems, and they’re hardly ever what you expect them to be.


    What would you tell your past self to do to prepare for the future? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Ms. America Teaches Emergency Preparedness

    Ms. America - Deseret News Julie Harman dons her Ms. America crown - via Deseret News

    On Tuesday, September 29, Julie Harman of Midvale, Utah, was crowned Ms. America. Her title gives her the opportunity to spread her message of self-reliance across the nation.

    Harman wrote in a biographical statement that self-reliance “goes to the heart of everything I’m about.”

    She became a single mom at age 28, according to her biography. Her life as a single mother with two daughters, starting her own business and facing money troubles, caused her to realize she had to rely on herself, she said in a platform promotional video on her web site, http://www.libertywithjulie.com.

    “I realized over the years of being a single mom that there were many instances and moments in my life where I wasn’t sure if I was prepared,” she said. “I knew that I had to search deeper. I had to figure out whether or not I was truly prepared.”

    Her platform focuses on “five points of preparedness”: act responsibly, be informed, commit to a plan, decide and deploy, and encourage others.

    “Self-reliance is something that isn’t just about food storage. It’s a message that goes across the board in many facets of life,” she said in her video.

    This includes emotional preparedness.

    “There are moments in life when we may feel that there is no one else there for us, or no one understands what we are going through,” she wrote in her biography. Such moments can lead to a downward spiral of depression or anxiety where recovery takes far longer than just a moment.

    She worked to overcome the tough times in her life by focusing on her own health and mental strength, she wrote. She based her mission statement on those experiences.

    “Self-Reliance is the ability to strongly perform from one’s own abilities in different areas of life. As we each become more personally PREPARED, we inherently become more RESPONSIBLE citizens to society as a whole,” she wrote.

    Ms. America

    Harman is a strong supporter of first responders like firefighters and police officers.

    “I actually consider them the heart of every community,” she said in an interview with KSL, a Utah-based NBC affiliate.

    She feels individual preparation helps first responders, she said in the interview.

    Desmond Johnson, a paramedic for the Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake County, said he appreciated that message, in a story in the Deseret News, a Utah newspaper.

    "There are only four to eight of us at a fire station at a time, and we can't be everywhere at once," he said in the story. "If people have some view of what is going to happen, whether it is small-scale or large-scale, it won't be complete chaos."

    Sheroes - Ms. America Sheroes - via libertywithjulie.com

    She also works for empowerment of women, calling them “Sheroes,” from an organization she represents. In September, she participated in an event with the charity Dress for Success, which helps women afford business clothing.

    She wants to carry her message to what she called the “five areas of community”: businesses, nonprofits, schools, political leaders, and service providers like emergency responders.

    “It was a message that not only I needed to receive, but there were a lot more citizens in the country that needed to receive it as well,” she said in her video.

    One nickname for the Ms. America pageant, which is not affiliated with the Miss America scholarship pageant, is “crown for a purpose.” The title for the competition, open to women age 26 and up, provides recognition to help winners promote a cause, according to Susan Jeske, the pageant’s CEO.

    “Titleholders … are to use their ‘crown for a purpose’ in order to ‘make a difference’ in their communities and around the world,” Jeske wrote on the Ms. America web site.


    - Melissa


    What are you doing to "make a difference" in your community? Let us know in the comments below!


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