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  • Stacey's Double Apple Crisp

    At our house, Christmas celebrations revolve around traditional treats that different family members have been perfecting for decades. My mom’s pie crust is legendary. My dad’s truffles, fudge, toffee, and peanut brittle are requested annually. In recent years, we’ve added my husband’s mouth-watering peppermint-chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies and a friend’s grandmother’s recipe for old English boiled cranberry pudding We do manage a dinner in there somewhere, but if I’m honest, our holiday is basically a sweet fest.

    My job is baking. The breads, the cookies, the cobblers all fall to me, which suits me just fine (me, who couldn’t find my way around a candy thermometer if my life depended on it!). The only problem is that from mid-November onward, I end up having to make semi-weekly pilgrimages to the grocery store just to stay stocked up on eggs, butter, and brown sugar—not to mention the fresh fruit and cream that I only ever need in miniscule portions and which spoil after five minutes in my fridge. But this year, I found a secret weapon!

    Are you ready?

    I don’t think you’re ready.

    Okay, fine. It’s egg powder. Seriously, I have a pumpkin bread recipe that calls for six eggs. Do you know how fast I go through those huge cartons? But already this month I’ve made pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, and two batches of gingerbread, and I haven’t even made a dent in my can of egg powder. I love it! And it makes me think I should be raiding my food storage for other basics, and maybe even the not-so-basics.

    In that spirit, I want to share with you one of my favorite seasonal treats. I found this fantastic apple crisp recipe years ago and have been tinkering with it every winter until it’s become, quite simply, the best thing ever. And it can be made almost entirely out of food storage items! Good to know you could still have luxuries like apple crisp, even in the midst of a crisis. Bon appétit!

     A Dish Of Apple Crisp made from Food Storage

    Stacey’s Double Apple Crisp

    1 ½ cups Provident Pantry White Flour

    2 cups Provident Pantry Regular Rolled Oats

    2-3 tsp MyChoice Premium Cinnamon

    1 tsp ground nutmeg

    1 tsp ground cloves

    1 ½ cups packed Provident Pantry Brown Sugar 

    1 ½ cups (3 sticks, or 24 tbsp) reconstituted Provident Pantry Butter Powder

    6-8 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Cinnamon Apple Slices

     

    1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

    2.      Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly (this works best with fingers!)

    3.      Put half the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and pat down.

    4.      Cover crumb mixture with reconstituted apple slices, then sprinkle apples with remaining crumb mixture.

    5.      Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serve hot. Top with ice cream.

    Um…I might need to go make this right now.

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, holidays, recipe, family, Dessert, christmas

  • We elves here at Emergency Essentials have taken it upon ourselves to make sure you have yourself a merry little Christmas. We can’t actually hang your mistletoe for you or attend your office Christmas party in your place, but we do have one or two ideas about how make the season’s festivities even festiver. Ten ideas, to be precise.

    1. Keep your nights merry and bright, and avoid accidents in the dark. Never go caroling without our handy 12 hour Light Stick.


    2. Nothing’s cozier for the holidays than a crackling fire in the fireplace. Make sure you’ve got some fuel and fire starter on hand.


    3. It’s going to snow, and the kids are going to want to be outside. They may or may not remember to put on gloves, but you can stash our Hand, Pocket, and Glove Warmers in their coat pockets.  They’ll thank you for it later.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    4. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, and (sniff!) It’s a Wonderful Life. Have you checked your popcorn supply? If you had a Superpail full, you wouldn’t have to.


    5. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping baking supplies on hand during the holidays. And if I have to make one more late-night grocery run, I swear I’m going to mow down a reindeer. Solution: Provident Pantry Whole Egg Powder, Butter Powder, even Imitation Vanilla Powder! Use them for your Christmas baking, and never run low again.


    6. And while we’re on the topic, have you tried the Provident Pantry hot chocolates? My personal recommendation is the Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate with a candy cane stirrer.


    7. In order to make sure Christmas morning isn’t a disappointment, we highly recommend Goal Zero Rechargeable Batteries for all Santa’s toy assembly duties.


    8. Hosting this year? Impress guests with yummy appetizers from your Volcano Dutch Oven. Check out this fun blog for Dutch oven recipes, starting with a Queso Fundido that is making my mouth water as I type this.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    9. Gingerbread houses are a must. But save your stirring arm and let the Bosch Universal Mixer with Cookie Paddles and Metal Whip Drive handle the dough and the frosting.


    10. Finally, make your holiday shopping a pleasure with easy-peasy Emergency Essentials gift cards. Perfect for everyone on your list, and guaranteed not to wilt, shrivel, or settle during shipping.

    Stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to leave us some figgy pudding!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, Winter, preparedness, holiday, christmas

  • 11-28-13-Email-National-Banner

    Hooray, shoppers—tomorrow’s the big day! Here’s what you can look forward to on beprepared.com for Black Friday Deals.

    FREE SHIPPING!

    Tomorrow all online orders over $50.00 (placed between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time) qualify for free shipping (one order limit)! That makes Black Friday the perfect time to purchase all these items you’ve been wanting to buy for yourself or as holiday gifts. All items, not only those on special sales, qualify for this free shipping promotion.

    Remember, all Mountain House cans are on sale (25% to 50% off) starting tomorrow through Thursday the 5th of December, but only those orders placed on Black Friday with your other items will qualify for free shipping.

    DOOR BUSTERS

    Here are just a couple doorbusters to give you an idea of the savings.

    Freeze Dried Tomatoes—A large can for $14.99, regularly $49.99 (Limit 18 cans per customer). These tomatoes are great to use as a side dish, in soups, stews, or sauces. A saving of 70.01%!

    Black Friday Deals: Freeze Dried Tomatoes

    Venture 6 Tool—Sale price $9.99, reduced from $21.95, a saving of 54.49%. Limit 3 per customer. A versatile multi-function tool that can serve as a saw, shovel, hammer, or hatchet! Perfect for your emergency kit and handy to have around the house as well.

    Black Friday Deals: The Venture 6 Tool

    You can see more of our doorbusters on our Black Friday Deals Page.

    ADVERTISED SPECIALS

    Hand Grain Mill—Sale price $44.99, reduced from $89.99 for a discount of 50.01%. This easy-to-use mill can turn out ¼ to ½ cup of flour in a minute, and is also great for making cracked wheat cereal.

    Black Friday Deals: Hand Grain Mill

    Gamma Seal Lids—On sale for only $6.49, regularly $10.00 apiece, saving you 35.10%. This item comes in white, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and black to help you organize your storage buckets. Each lid comes in two parts: the ring and the screw-on lid. Fit the ring on your bucket, add the lid, and you’ll have an easy-access, tight-fitting combo that turns your 3.5 to 7.0 gallon bucket into a permanent storage container. Great for storage foods that you want to access from time to time, as well as for such items as pet food, birdseed, gardening materials, camping gear, and more.

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    Note:  There are more unadvertised specials as well. You can also review those on the Black Friday Deals Page and see how much you can save. Now:  ready, set, shop!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, black friday, sale, Emergency Essentials, deals

  • Are you ready for Black Friday?

    Black Friday is almost upon us! It’s time to get out your protective gear—helmets, elbow and knee pads. And be sure your cell phones or walkie-talkies are in good working order, so you can communicate with your shopping buddy to coordinate your plan of attack.

    Ah, Black Friday shopping—it’s practically the most popular contact sport of the season! Although Black Friday Shopping is a fun tradition for some, it can turn sour if aggressive, determined shoppers line up in the wee hours to swarm the stores and grab the best bargains, sometimes forcing fumbles from other players so they can recover the prize and run for the checkout counter first. For some people it seems that he or she with the most toys wins.

    If the long lines and competition aren’t exactly your cuppa’ tea, you can log on to www.beprepared.com from the safety of your own home and score your bargains with nary a scrape or bruise!

    So tomorrow give thanks, enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie,  relax, and enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones. Log on to our blog or website to get a sneak peek of the sales. Then, early Friday morning (8am MT, to be exact), visit our Black Friday page and GO FOR IT! Good luck!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: black friday, sale, sales

  • Holiday Gift Guide: $10 to $25

    Gifts Under $25

    “Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat,” goes the old song—or maybe it should be “Christmas is coming, and the days are flying fast!”  When I was a kid, Christmas took forever to arrive, but now the days between October 25 and December 25 seem to telescope into a blur. We’re already well into November and holiday shopping is in full swing. Doing our best to help you out with yours, we offer here some fun and practical holiday gift ideas that fit into the $10 to $25 range of your budget:

     

    1. Warmth Emergency Kit--$14.92

    For those on your list who are all-weather campers, winter sports enthusiasts, or faithful football game attendees, this gift is ideal to keep them warm.  With 6 Hand and Body Warmers, 4 Adhesive Body Warmers, and 2 Hand Warmers, your gang will be toasty no matter the weather. This holiday gift is also nice for just walkin’ in the winter wonderland!

     Holiday Gifts: Warmth emergency kit

     

    1. 4-Tray Seed Sprouter -- $13.95

    Know a frustrated gardener who’s waiting impatiently for spring? Give the gift of indoor gardening all year long with our 4-Tray Seed Sprouter.  Perhaps couple it with a copy of The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore on sale during November for only $10.99 (regularly $11.95)—or a 1 lb. packet of “Savory Salad” Organic Sprouting Seeds for $6.50.

    4-Tray Seed Sprouter 

    1. Extra Large Backpack-- $19.95

    This holiday gift could be very useful to get someone started on their prepping by encouraging them to fill it with food, water, first-aid supplies, tools, and more for a bug-out bag (72-hour kit, emergency evacuation kit, etc.) Or they might want to use it for a car emergency kit, with tools and supplies for road emergencies.

      EEI Extra Large Backpack

    1. ASAP™ Silver Solution--$25.00

    Give the gift of enhanced health with this safe, bacteria-killing liquid that boosts the immune system and helps fight off sickness and disease. Silver has long been used by doctors and hospitals to prevent infection and aid healing. More effective than traditional colloidal silver, this solution is useful for both children and adults in fighting off bacterial infections of all kinds. It may be silver, but as one happy customer puts it, it’s “worth its weight in gold!”

     ASAP Silver Solution

    1. Kitchen Plus™ 2000 Hand-Powered Food Processor-- $16.95

    Practically any cook would be delighted to have this food processor in their kitchen anytime, and not only when the power is out. This handy appliance has dozens of functions, including whipping, beating, chopping, slicing, grating, citrus-juicing, and more. It’s easy to use, with rustproof, stainless steel blades and a safety handle to protect fingers. Rave reviews from customers mention the versatility of the food processor in using it to make salsa or hash browns.

    Kitchen Plus 2000 Food Processor

    1. Marlene’s Magic Food Storage Book--$24.95

    Do you know someone who’s new to food storage, and seems a little bewildered about what to do with all those cans and pails? Give the gift of knowledge this holiday season with Marlene Peterson’s 260-page cookbook, Marlene’s Magic Food Storage Book. Full of easy to prepare recipes such as English muffins, homemade noodles, cottage cheese, tortellini shells, and much more. This book gets great reviews from customers—even those who don’t like to cook. 

    Marlene's Magic with Food Storage

    1. Nokero™ N200 Solar Powered Light--$19.99

    Give everyone the gift of light for a time of darkness with this high-efficiency, portable, solar-powered light bulb. Once fully charged with its built-in solar panel, it provides six-plus hours of rechargeable, directable, adjustable LED light in a dark room. It automatically turns off in bright light to conserve its charge.

    Nokero N200 Solar powered Light

    1. Solar Spray™ Portable Shower--$11.95

    Your gang’s been camping for a couple of days, and they’re beginning to smell as smoky and gamey as last night’s barbecued pork. Ah, for a warm shower—but alas! They’re roughing it, and no facilities are available. They’ll never face that situation again with a Reliance™ Solar Spray Portable Shower. The lightweight, leak-proof tank holds 5 gallons of water. Set it in direct sunlight for about 2.5 hours, and three people can grab a quick, warm shower.

    Solar Spray Portable Shower

    1. H-25 Strike Master™ Fire Starter--$12.95

    This is a safe, dependable fire-starter, with shavings from the handle acting as excellent tinder to catch the sparks. It’s a great back-up when you have no matches, and in fact, some people prefer it to matches. Each flint gets up to an amazing 25,000 strikes. So whether you’re camping or in an emergency, this fire starter will provide you with the necessary tools you need to stay toasty warm.   

    H-25 Strike Master Fire Starter

    1. Champion™ Lid Lifter--$14.95

    A true champion among tools, this multi-function aluminum tool opens any storage bucket, unscrews most bung nuts on water barrels, and turns off your main gas valve. When you need a tough job done, the champion has got your back.  It’s sturdier and longer lasting than plastic versions.

     Champion lid lifter

    If none of these gifts strike you as just right, take a few minutes to look through our print or online catalog for more holiday gift ideas in this price range.

    Happy shopping!

    Sharon

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: gifts, preparedness, family, Survival, emergency preparedness, holiday, holiday gifts

  • We're on Pinterest!

    Mom and daughter on Pinterest on laptop

    Did you know we’re on Pinterest? Oh, yeah, we’re hip like that. We even have pins of cute puppies and some ecards, just like everybody else. But you know what else we’re pinning? You don’t? Well, that’s because you haven’t checked us out yet. So, howzabout a little tour?

    For starters, our official Pinterest page can be found here: http://www.pinterest.com/emeressentials/.

    For those who don't know, Pinterest is a social media network that allows you to post pictures of products, crafts, or other neat ideas that you can test out at home. You post pictures on "boards" (see the pictures below) so that your followers can see what you're posting. At the moment we have 33 boards (we’ve got a lot on our mind) and more than a thousand followers. And we’re following some of you preparedness enthusiasts, which is really exciting. Here are a few highlights, but we’d love it if you jumped on Pinterest and looked around for yourself.

     

    Our favorite boards

    • Food Storage Recipes – Salmon burgers and fruit salsa? Egg drop soup and Superbowl party treats? Would you believe we can do all that with our food storage? From freeze dried goodies to solar cooking, this board will make rotation a pleasure and emergency eating a treat.

    Pinterest Food Storage Recipes board

    • Tutorials, Ideas and Plans – Our tireless researchers have scoured the Internet for instructions on just about everything you’d need to do, um, ever. Moldy tent? Tipnut.com has a step-by-step tutorial. Drowning buddy? Artofmanliness.com has an infographic. We’ve even pinned a youtube video on how to make a woven half-hitch paracord pouch. I know, right?!
    • Pet Preparedness – We always think about ourselves and children in our preparations, but what about Fido and Fluffy? Check here for tips, resources, and products to keep furry friends happy and healthy in case of an emergency.

    Pinterest Pet Preparedness board

    • No Room for Supplies?  – We’re particularly proud of this board. Do you have, or have you found, a creative idea for home storage? You know, like furniture with hidden compartments, rooms with false walls? Send us a link and it may show up here.
    • Do It Yourself Preparedness – You know we’re a sucker for DIY. Look here for ideas on how to make essentials like laundry soap, or fun kitchen organizers, like this one http://www.pinterest.com/pin/77898268528076372/.

     

    Why you should follow us

    • Preparedness Pantry Blog – Don’t get a chance to check our blog as often as you’d like? Most of our blog posts get pinned to this board. Follow us, and you’ll always know when there’s something new to check out.
    • My Emergency Binder – This board is a hidden treasure. Printables and downloads from our site are available here, along with good ideas for how to organize and store an emergency binder.

    Pinterest Emergency Binder Board

    • Giveaways and Contests  – Best board ever. Follow us on Pinterest, and opportunities to win freebies will pop up magically in your feed. It’s kind of like Christmas. And speaking of…

     

    CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

    (Pardon the all caps, but we’re really, really excited. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve got five pinboards dedicated to Christmas shopping. It’s never too early, right?)

    • Gifts under $5 , 10 , 25, 50 – Just what they sound like, these boards provide lots of good ideas for Christmas gifts across a range of price points.
    • Stocking stuffers and small gifts – We really like the idea of loading up on little things. These would be perfect for kids’ stockings, a company or church gift exchange, or to have wrapped and on hand for last minute Christmas guests.

    Pinterest Stocking Stuffers board

    • Customer favorites – Still can’t think of anything to buy your family and friends for Christmas? Browse the 100+ plus pins on this board to see what our regulars buy on a usual basis.. There’s bound to be something to please that hard-to-buy-for type here.

    Doesn’t this get you all excited? And here’s one more super-cool thing you can do. Of course, you can repin any of the fun stuff you find on our pinboards. Or you can pin straight from our website! Yeah, you heard that right. Browse the good ol’ beprepared.com, find something fantastic, and hit the ‘pin’ button right on the page.

    Anything else we can do to make your life wonderful?

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: recipes, skills, gifts, preparedness, pet preparedness, emergency preparedness, pinterest

  • Prevent Kitchen Fires

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    Quick quiz: Which activity is statistically more likely to result in a house fire?

    a) Running your fireplace

    b) Using your hair dryer

    c) Frying eggs.

    If you answered ‘c,’ you’re already keyed in to the message of the National Fire Prevention Association. The theme of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week is Prevent Kitchen Fires, a reference to the number one source of house fires in the United States.

    In the interest of keeping your cooking space—and the rest of your house!—safe and fire-free, here are our top tips for preventing  and safely extinguishing kitchen fires.

    Prevention

    • The most important thing any of us can do to prevent kitchen fires is to stay in the kitchen while we cook. Frying, broiling, or grilling requires constant attention. If you need to step out, turn off the oven or stove.
    • If you’re doing something that takes longer (simmering, baking, boiling, roasting), check it frequently. Never leave the house while using the stove or oven, and set a timer to prevent burning.
    • It may sound intuitive to keep flammables away from the stovetop, but think of all the things in your kitchen made of wood, paper, or fabric! Wooden spoons, oven mitts, dish towels, that empty box from your macaroni and cheese . . . You get the idea.
    • Believe it or not, food build-up on your stovetop is also a potential fire source. Keep stoves and ranges clean and wipe up spills when the area is cool.
    • Maintain a 3-foot radius around the stove and oven that stays clear of children and pets (for their own safety), and use back burners when they are present.
    • Be sure your cooking equipment is in good repair and use it properly. Keep electrical cords away from heat sources and never use an extension cord in the kitchen. (Overloaded circuits are a major source of home fires.)
    • No cooking in that floppy-sleeved bathrobe. Loose clothing and hair can ignite in a hurry.
    • Be extra careful when frying in oil. Don’t overfill pans and remember that wet food placed in oil will cause bigger grease splatters.

    Extinguishing fires

    • Many of us have been told what to use on different kinds of fires over the years (baking soda on a grease fire, etc.). The current advice of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is just get out. Leave the house, make sure everyone else is out, and call 9-1-1.
    • REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are going to attempt to fight the fire, have everyone else get out of the house and make sure you have a clear path of escape.
    • Have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher on hand and learn how to use it. The NFPA offers some great tips on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. REMEMBER that fire extinguishers should only be used for small fires. If the fire is too big to handle, just get out!
    • Small grease fires can best be smothered by sliding a lid over the burning pan. Always remember to turn off the stovetop, and wait till the fire is out and the pan is completely cool before touching it.
    • To extinguish an oven or microwave fire, close the door and turn it off. If you can safely reach the microwave plug, pull it out.
    • Have cooking equipment repaired or checked after a fire.

     

    Bonus category: Cooking Outdoors

    In your kitchen-away-from-home, all the safety practices above apply:

    • Keep equipment clean.
    • Keep children, pets, and flammable materials several feet away.
    • Never leave grills or other cooking equipment  unattended.

    Additionally, consider these grill-specific tips:

    • Be sure your gas grill is open when you light it.
    • Never add liquid fuel to a fire.
    • Let coals cool completely before disposing of them.
    • Never use a tabletop grill or camp stove inside a tent.
    • Store fuel carefully and keep it away from heat.

    Check out more safety info at the following sites, and get cookin’ with fire safety!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Fire Safety, Fire Preparedness

  •  brunette woman drinking water from a bottle on a warm day

    Every cell in our bodies contains water, and we need a constant supply to stay alive and healthy. We can do without food for a surprising period of time if we must, but we survive only a few days—3 to 4 in hot weather—without water. When we are dehydrated, our kidneys begin to shut down, our heart races, our body temperature rises, and our electrolytes get out of balance, causing fuzzy vision and thinking (making it even harder to find sources of water).  

     

    How much water do we need to store?

    Whatever kind of emergency arises, we soon realize that clean, drinkable water is the most important substance we need. At least one gallon per person per day is recommended—not only for drinking, but for cooking and hygiene. It’s wise to store at least two weeks’ worth (14 gallons) for each person in your household.

    What kind of containers are best?

    Water is heavy—8 lbs. per gallon. It’s great to have a couple of 55-gallon barrels for sheltering in place—but once filled, they can’t be moved. If you had time in an emergency situation, you could siphon some of that water into 1 or 5-gallon containers to take with you. We suggest, however, that you store some water in small, portable containers that you can grab and go in case of an evacuation order. Keep some in your car for unforeseen situations. Here is a list of the types of containers that work best for water storage:

    Small Containers

    • You can purchase water in small boxes—AquaBlox or Datrex metallized (Mylar-type) pouches for total convenience.WS-P100
    • Be sure that whatever containers you choose are BPA-free, Polyethylene-based plastics or those numbered #1, #2, or #4, or “Mylar” are safe for water storage. It is true, however, that plastic is porous (even though it doesn't appear to be), and eventually allows the water to absorb odors and tastes from the environment. Because of this permeability factor, we do not recommend using plastic milk bottles or similar bottled-water plastic gallon jugs for long-term water storage. Another reason is that they usually allow light through, and light encourages growth of any microorganisms that might be present. It’s difficult to get all bacteria out of a milk jug, for example.
    • For your personal water bottle that you carry with you, be sure it also is BPA-free. If it’s marked with a #1, “PETE,” or “PET,” it should be fine.

    Water Barrels and Combos

    • Large, shelter-in-place storage containers start with the 160-gallon reserve. It is made from an enhanced plastic which is BPA-free, UV resistant, and non-permeable, and which has a faucet for easy access. These can be stacked two-high.
    • Our water barrels (55-gallon, 30-gallon, and 15-gallon) are made from thick, durable food-grade plastic, blue in color to limit light-exposure and discourage bacterial and algae growth.
    • You will need a siphon and a bung wrench to fill and access these barrels. For both the barrels and the 160-gallon reserve, it’s advisable to place them on a wooden pallet rather than a cement floor, and away from sunlight.

    Siphon water from larger containers into portable containers

    Portable water containers and Aqua pods

    • Several other portable water containers are available as well, including 5-gallon Mylar-type bags which are good for short or long-term storage, and jugs with handles and spouts which are useful in case you must carry water from your large container to your kitchen or fetch water home from another source such as an emergency relief truck.
    • A unique, temporary water storage device is the AquaPod Kit—a giant bladder that fits into your bathtub and holds 65 gallons of clean water. This is excellent when a hurricane is threatening, or when you know ahead of time that your water supply is going to be cut off a while for repairs.

    How long does water keep?

    Since water (unlike food) does not “go bad” or expire, you can safely store it for an indefinite period of time in clean, appropriate containers. It can, however, become contaminated if chemicals or microorganisms get in, so there are ways to treat and purify it—see our next blog on that subject! If it makes you feel better, you can rotate your water supply every year or two to be sure it’s still good. Any “stale” taste in stored water can be quickly overcome by pouring some back and forth between glasses or pitchers to re-introduce oxygen into it.

     

    However you choose to store water, it’s a gift to your present peace-of-mind as well as a protection against possible dehydration—and in any emergency situation in which your water supply was disrupted or contaminated, you and your family would be very glad for your foresight!

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  • G

    Talking with kids about disasters, personal safety, and emergency preparedness could be an emotionally draining task for everyone involved. Playing outdoor survival games may be a good way to approach the subject in a fun, memorable, and safe environment.

    Before or after you play: Talk with your Kids

    Talk to your kids about the types of emergencies or personal safety situations they may encounter and what they can do to be safe. Create scenarios or role plays to act out and come up with solutions together. Here are some survival skills that you could talk to them about:

    • The Family Emergency Plan
    • Emergency Kits (how and when to use each item appropriately)
    • What to do if they are lost
    • What to do if a stranger approaches them
    • Outdoor Survival Skills (plant and animal track identification, building a shelter or fire, using a compass)

    Talking with them about these issues will help them to understand the importance of the games and the reasons why they are playing them. After playing the games, you can even ask them what they learned about emergency preparedness or survival.

    Rules and Regulations for Parents and Kids

    Parents:

    • Don’t try to cover everything in one day!
    • Teach one skill at a time and have a game to go along with each
    • Make sure that games are age appropriate
    • Make sure games are supervised by an adult

    Kids:

    • Show respect to the environment
    • Be kind to the gear that you use
    • Stay within the playing area 

    Let the Games Begin!

    Bases (ages 6-12+)

    This is like extreme hide and seek that teaches you how to use the environment as a natural hiding place (good for hiding from intruders, hiding for safety outdoors).

    Number of People: 6-8 people (the more people, the better!)

    How to play: Select one person to be the seeker (this could be the adult supervising). Seeker picks out 6 “bases” that all the hiders must touch/reach during the game within the playing area. The seeker stands at the last base. The goal for the hiders is to get to all the bases without being caught by the seeker.

    The seeker will count to a certain number each round, as hiders run to hide behind each base. Every round the number of counts will be different. As the seeker counts they can count very fast or very slow using the “dot system.” For example:

    • The seeker will announce the counts before they begin counting by saying “10 Slow” or “3 fast”
    • If the seeker wants to count slowly they will count saying—“one, dot, two, dot, three, dot”
    • If they want to count fast they will say “one, dot-dot, two, dot-dot, etc.”

    If the seeker sees anyone poking out from their hiding place after they are done counting, the seeker will call out their name, signifying that that person is out. The person who gets to the last base first without being seen is the winner.

    Other Survival Skills Games to Play:

    Naturalist Scattergories-http://www.twineagles.org/fun-outdoor-games.html (ages 6-12+)

    One player selects a category (example: types of trees), players sit in a circle and have ten seconds to say a type of tree. Answers can only be said once, the last player remaining in the circle wins. Best with 6 players, but can be played with 2. Can also be played using emergency items (name items in an emergency kit, items to bring on a camping trip, types of shelters, etc.)

    Shelter Skirmish-http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=45983 (ages 8-12+)

    After reviewing types of shelters and talking about how to make one, have players compete to make a lean-to shelter with items from the yard. After they work for a while, give them items to help such as a few strips of duct tape, some rope, or a poncho. See who can make the best shelter from a couple of items.

    For More Survival Games Check Out:

    For More Resources for Teaching Kids Survival Skills:

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  • This September, we are having a Mountain House sale that will knock your socks off. For the whole month, ALL Mountain House #10 cans are 40-50% off! If you love Mountain House products, now is the time to stock up and get incredible savings on your favorite items.

    If you’ve never tried any Mountain House products, there’s no time like the present to try some and stock up on the items you like. Mountain House #10 cans are ideal for long-term food storage. It’s been scientifically proven that Mountain House #10 cans have a shelf life of 25+ years, getting you the best value for your buck.

    Here’s a preview of some of the great Mountain House products you can get during this awesome sale:

    Entrees

    Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef- 40% off! On sale for $15.89 (originally $26.49) A savory combination of macaroni, beans, and ground beef mixed in a delicious tomato based chili sauce. A personal favorite (it’s SO good).

    Mountain House Chili Macaroni at the dinner table

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries40% off! On sale for $23.99 (originally $39.99). This great breakfast item is easy to prepare and delicious. Just add water to a bowl of granola, and enjoy the familiar taste of granola, blueberries, and milk.

    Check out more Mountain House Entrees on sale this month

     

     

    Combos

    Since Mountain House Combos include Provident Pantry items, you’ll receive 30% savings on all Mountain House Combos. The Mountain House items within the combos are discounted to go along with our September sale and bring the combo price down by 30% overall.

    Breakfast Combo- 37.3% off!  On sale for $99.99 (originally $159.48). This combo includes granola, scrambled eggs with bacon, scrambled eggs with ham, sliced strawberries, milk, and orange drink mix. A hearty and simple breakfast that is ready in minutes.

    Beef Entrée with Vegetable Side Combo- 31.4% off! On sale for $104.99 (originally $153.06). This combo contains four of our most popular beef entrees (Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stew, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and Chili Mac with Beef). Includes freeze dried broccoli and super sweet corn. All of the meals in this combo are fast and easy to make. Just add water and wait 10 minutes.

    Check out more Mountain House Combos on sale this month.

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    Other Favorites

    Mountain House Strawberries- 50% off! On sale for $15.24 (originally $30.49). Add to granola, cereals, or French toast. MH strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C that is a great natural sweetener. Perfect for smoothies and jams. Rehydrates quickly and retains much of its original color, and flavor.

    Mountain House Freeze Dried Chicken Dices- 40% off! On sale for $29.39 (originally $48.99). The perfect addition to stir-fry, pasta, or casseroles, MH Freeze Dried Chicken Dices rehydrate quickly and retain their original shape, color, and flavor. A great gift for someone just starting their food storage.

    Check out all the Mountain House items on sale this month.

    Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s time to get shopping! Don’t miss out on these incredible savings. For the whole month of September Mountain House #10 cans are on sale for 40-50% off!

    Limited Time Offer!

    Mountain House has offered us a limited quantity and special buy on cans of a few varieties that were manufactured in 2011 and 2012. These cans are scientifically tested to store for 25+ years, leaving over 22 years remaining, and at a terrific discount – 50% off! No tricks or gimmicks, just a fantastic opportunity we are passing along to you. Mountain House cans of freeze dried foods offer terrific flavor and quality, and now you can enjoy their foods at an unprecedented price.

    Varieties included in this limited-time offer are:

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