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  • Winter Wonderland

    The cold winter months are approaching, are you prepared to keep your family comfortable and warm during an emergency?


    During this crisp autumn time, we enjoy comfortable days and cool nights, but just around the corner is Old Man Winter bringing us weather that can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous in an emergency situation. So we are going to discuss how you can keep your family safe and warm during cold weather. There are a number of ways to stay warm, along with different places you need to think about having preparedness items stored:


    On the Road


    Wintertime calls for outings in the great outdoors where the weather is harsh. Even if you don’t face a large scale emergency, a day hike or a trip skiing can quickly become dangerous without a few provisions on hand. Obviously, making sure you have extra clothing, blankets, gloves, and hats are essential. Remember, your hands, feet, and head lose heat very quickly, so keep those extremities as covered as possible. You also should keep a winter emergency kit in your car and make sure you have matches, fire starters, and backup heat sources such as hand warmers to stave off frost bitten fingers. One of the most important things is keeping dry, so a poncho is an excellent choice to keep in your backpack. Another item that you should have is an emergency blanket or bag. They are made of material that will reflect up to 90% of your radiated body heat!


    In the Home


    What if there is a power outage or your furnace goes out during those cold days ahead? If your home has a fireplace or wood stove, be sure to have plenty of wood and fire starting materials on hand. The first thing you can do is conserve the warmth by creating your own indoor shelter. Use thick, insulating items such as blankets, mattresses, and other materials to create a small space. Imagine you are a child making a fort in the living room! If you have no other source of heat, just your body heat will help keep you warm. Drinking warm liquids will also help keep everyone feeling comfortable. Again, having emergency blankets and wool blankets on hand will be helpful even indoors. Wool blankets are great because they are excellent insulation and don’t absorb moisture. If you would like a second source of heat for your home, you can purchase a portable heater. Be aware that you must purchase a heater that is certified safe for indoor use. They are usually powered by propane, and will be designed to shut off should the oxygen levels become too low. As always, you need to ensure proper ventilation when using these heaters. If you have electric heaters on hand and wish to use them, a generator is something you might want to invest in.


    With a little extra thought and attention, your winter can be a warm wonderland no matter what Old Man Winter has in store!


    -Angie Sullivan

  • M-R-Easy!

    By Angie Sullivan

    Don’t pass up storing some of the tastiest, easiest food storage meals available!

    Our preparedness journey has recently focused on the lightweight and compact food bars. Well, there’s another easy preparedness food that you’re sure to enjoy. M.R.E.s or “Meals Ready to Eat” were originally created for the U.S. government in the 1970’s for the Space Program, Military, Forest Service, and FEMA. But, these meals have come a long way since they first debuted. They are ready to eat, delicious, and if stored in a cool spot, can sport up to a 10 year shelf life from manufacture date! (I know a group of people who ate a 23-year old Beef Stew MRE and it still tasted good!) The meals are packed in triple layer plastic/aluminum pouches that can be opened without any tools. The food is precooked, and sealed to neutralize bacteria so the food is shelf stable even at room temperature.

    So, what does this mean to you? It means you’ve just been introduced to the “fast food” of the preparedness world! When you first pick up a M.R.E., you will find it is packed in a small box which protects the meal and makes it easier to stack. Inside the box there is a dark pouch. Rip open the pouch and you’ve got your choice of amazing entrées! There is Chicken Pesto, Beef Enchilada, and Cheese Tortellini to name a few. Your entrée can be warmed by using an M.R.E. heater, dropping the pouch in hot water, or even leaving the pouch on a hot rock. Don’t want to wait for it to heat up? Many are tasty even at room temperature!

    With M.R.E.s you can forget the mess kit, the water for reconstitution, and the recipe book. The meals can be eaten straight from the pouch and you can even choose sides and desserts to go with your delicious main meals. Sides like Garlic Mashed Potatoes and desserts like Lemon Poppyseed Cake are comfort food favorites completely prepared and ready for your family to enjoy. They even have pouches of peanut butter and jelly for that picky toddler!

    So, don’t hesitate to try out the amazing M.R.E! They are perfect for “beefing up” your emergency kit food, but your food storage shelves will also benefit from these fast foods because they are an ideal one week, one month emergency food supply. Oh, and did you know that you can even purchase an Emergency Backup Meal that will include an entire M.R.E. meal along with the M.R.E. heater? Now, what could be M.R.Easier?

  • You Can Eat Them Here or There, You Can Eat Them Anywhere!

    Want to store something that can be eaten in a boat, on a train, in the heat or pouring rain? No, not green eggs and ham! We’re talking Calorie Food Bars!

    We’ve spent a lot of time discussing food storage basics, but I wanted to take the time to let you know about a very simple food storage item that may come in handy in many situations, and especially as you prepare your cars and recreational vehicles for your summertime excursions. (Yep! Don’t forget about preparedness on the road!) They are commonly called Calorie Food Bars, and they are designed to offer quick energy and vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent addition to your car, boat, travel trailer, RV or emergency kit. Just open and eat!

    You might be thinking, “Why not just store a few granola bars in my car?” First of all, these food bars are higher in calories. Now, that doesn’t sound great for those of us wishing to lose a few inches, but in an emergency, calories are a critical unit of energy and finding a quick source of them is essential. Also, some Calorie Food Bars are designed to be non-thirst evoking. So, if you are trying to conserve that stored water, these bars won’t leave your mouth needlessly parched. In addition, Calorie Food Bars store well in a wide range of temperatures. They meet the standards of the U.S. Coast Guard, which basically means they can be left in your boat or car without spoiling in inclement and fluctuating weather. They are compact, vacuum sealed, and their thick foil packaging make them a smart choice for areas where storage is at a premium, or where lightweight options are preferred, such as school lockers, sports bags, or anywhere you wish to add an extra level of preparedness for your family.

    Manufacturers suggest you store a minimum of 3600 calories per person, giving you 1200 calories each day. It is best to divide the 1200 calories into 3- 400 calories meals. The food bars come divided into different caloric amounts and you can even get different flavors! Calorie food bars are designed for short term emergencies, and should be rotated approximately every 5 years.

    -  Angie Sullivan

    As you can see, this compact, reliable, and resilient food source is something you can definitely trust to help your family become more prepared away from home. So you CAN eat them in a boat, or on a train, despite the heat or pouring rain! You will like these Calories Bars, you will see…quick food storage, just trust me!

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