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  • Make sure to take your important information along if you evacuate

    Imagine this: A chemical spill and potential fire forces a sudden evacuation order in your area. You have ten minutes max to grab your kids, pets, keys, wallet, and emergency supplies and be on your way. What’s likely to get left behind?

    One item often forgotten in the rush of any crisis is information. You may need such info as immunization records (Bill cut his foot: when was his last tetanus shot?), homeowners’ insurance policy and contact numbers, or health insurance cards.

    Keeping copies of important documents and info in a form that’s handy to grab along with your emergency kit is a smart step in your preparation efforts. During any emergency, you won’t have the time or presence of mind to rush around gathering up birth certificates, documents, and important phone numbers. Why not prepare copies ahead of time and tuck them into a pocket of your kit?

    Follow these simple steps to add to your peace of mind and readiness:

    1. Make a list of documents, certificates, and papers you wouldn’t want to lose in any emergency situation. Consider the following:
      • Birth certificates
      • Marriage certificate
      • Social Security cards
      • Driver licenses
      • Life insurance policy numbers and phone information
      • Homeowners insurance policy numbers and contact information
      • Health insurance cards
      • Auto insurance cards
      • Passports
      • Up-to-date immunization records
      • Account information for all your credit cards and bills
      • Copies of prescriptions
      • Pet documentation (license and medical records)
      • Precious photographs, including a recent one of your whole family for ID purposes. Perhaps a picture with your pet(s) as well, for ID and proof of ownership.
      • Flash drives containing any computerized material you want to save—family history, creative works, correspondence, financial records, work files, etc.

       

    2. Make a list of phone numbers and email addresses you’d want to have with you. Don’t depend upon numbers that are programmed into your cell phone, as phones can be lost or destroyed. Don’t forget to include employers, employees, relatives, close friends, out-of-state contacts, doctors, poison control center, clergymen, and business contacts.
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    4.  Make a list of all your accounts, with numbers and phone information.
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    6. Gather up those documents from step 1 and make copies of them. Except for your driver license, put the originals in a safe, lockbox, or safety-deposit box at your bank. Consider making two or three copies instead of just one. You might want to leave one packet of copies with a trusted relative to keep for you. Think how grateful you’d be if (perish the thought!) your home had burned to have Grandma hand you a packet of all your most important documents and photos!  Some people also tuck a packet into their car emergency kit or somewhere else in the car in case it’s needed when they don’t have their emergency kit on hand.



      Seal your packet in a plastic bag to protect it from moisture and soil, and have only blank paper showing through the plastic to avoid advertising contents to would-be ID thieves. If you’re concerned about wrinkling or tearing, enclose a piece of stiff cardboard. Some people prefer to enclose each document in a plastic sheet protector and put them all into a binder, but while this would be perfect to hand to Grandma for safekeeping, it makes a more cumbersome package to tuck into your supplies. Your choice!
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    8. Put your packets together and place them where they need to be. Take a deep breath and put your feet up. You’ve done well!

    For additional information, check out the “Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

    What other documents do you think are important to include in your information packet?

    Sources:

    www.ready.gov

    www.readynation.com

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, preparedness, Emergency plan, evacuation plan, emergency preparedness, preparation

  • Blizzards, ice storms, and high winds often cause power outages just when warmth and light are needed the most in our homes. If by chance you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace with a supply of dry firewood, you’re ahead of the game. However, if your home doesn’t have one, how do you keep warm when the utilities go out?

    Portable Heaters to the Rescue

    Most people turn to propane-powered space heaters. These can put out enough heat to warm an area large enough to fit your family during the power outage—even if that may result in a little more “togetherness” than your gang normally prefers! (Pretend you’re camping out.)

    When shopping for a space heater, look for safety features such as an automatic tip-over turn-off switch and a low-oxygen sensor. These features will shut off the heater if it tips over or shut off the propane if the oxygen level in the air dips too low. Remember that you need sufficient ventilation of fresh air in the room, even if it’s cold!

    Of course, you’ll need to keep a supply of propane bottles or tanks on hand to use with these heaters. Most of them will accommodate either 1-lb. or 20-lb. propane tanks and come with the appropriate adapters and connectors.

    Here at Emergency Essentials, we recommend the Mr. Heater brand. All three models include the above-mentioned safety features:

    1. Mr. Heater Big Buddy Combo (our price $160.95, which includes the heater, a fuel filter, and a five foot hose adapter. All you need is the propane, which you must buy in your area. This heater is certified by the CSA International (American Gas Association) for both indoor and outdoor use, and can heat up to 400 square feet for up to 220 hours on the low setting. It features an internal, battery-operated blower fan.
    2. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy (our price, $115.95) can heat up to 200 square feet and uses either the 1-lb. or 20-lb. propane tanks.
    3. Mr. Heater Little Buddy (our price, $63.95) can heat up to 100 square feet. Works with only a 1lb. propane tank.

    One customer told us that his family was without power for three weeks after Hurricane Sandy. When the nights turned frigid, their Mr. Buddy Heater was (literally!) a lifesaver.

    Portable Heater Safety

    Safety is always a concern with any portable heater. FEMA reports that an estimated 900 portable heater fires in residential buildings are reported each year, causing 70 deaths, 150 injuries, and $53 million in property loss. (Estimates from the Consumer Protection Agency are actually much higher.)

    January and February are the peak months for these fires, which are usually caused by the heater being placed too close to flammable items (bedding, drapes, clothing, tablecloths, rugs, sleeping bags, trash cans, stacks of papers or magazines, etc.).

    How can you keep from having a safety issue with your heater? FEMA has produced a 30-second video on heater safety; it’s definitely worth your time to watch it.

    Check out the safety features of a portable heater before you purchase it

     A Few Portable Heater Safety Tips:

    • Use the proper size heater for the area you need to heat. Expecting a small heater to warm a large area can result in the unit overheating. Using too large a heater in a small area can increase the amount of carbon monoxide in the air.
    • Keep the area sufficiently ventilated with fresh air.
    • Follow your heater’s instructions exactly.
    • Use appropriate connectors, hoses, etc. for your model.
    • Keep heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
    • Don’t leave your heater unattended.
    • Place heater on a hard, level, non-flammable surface (not on a rug or carpet).
    • Inspect your heater regularly for damage, and don’t use a defective unit.

    Have you ever had to rely on a propane-powered heater to heat your home, office, cabin, or another location? Have you ever experienced a time you wished you had one?

    Sources:

    Photo Courtesy of FEMA

    www.beprepared.com/essentialgear/warmth

    www.fema.gov

    www.sylvane.com/portable-heater-safety-tips

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: safety, preparedness, Survival, emergency preparedness, Fire Safety, Fire Preparedness, National Burn Week

  • How to teach preparedness to toddlers

    After a year of teaching 3-4 year olds as a Sunday school teacher, I’ve learned it’s hard to get toddlers to sit down and focus for even just 5 minutes! This makes the task of teaching emergency preparedness skills . . . Um, how should I say it . . . DIFFICULT.

    So should toddlers be taught about emergency preparedness? Can it even be done?

    Teaching toddlers emergency preparedness skills is not a lost cause. It can be done, but strategically through repetition and play.

    Repetition and Strategic Play

    According to the MetLife Foundation’s pamphlet, “The Power of Play,” toddlers need movement, action, and repetition to understand the world around them. Repetition “helps children know what to expect [and] gives them a sense of security and control over their world. It also helps them master new skills and boosts their self-confidence.”

    Since toddlers rely on routine to understand the world around them, teaching emergency skills through repetition may be the key to helping toddlers not only to prepare, but to feel more confident when an emergency hits.

    How do I Teach My Toddler Using Repetition and Strategic Play?

    Build Your Own Emergency Kit Activity

    Get a backpack for your 3 or4-year-old. Tell them “this is your emergency backpack” (have them repeat the phrase ‘emergency backpack’). Let them know the backpack is special and should be used only when an adult tells them to use it.

    1. Use FEMA’s disaster preparedness coloring book pgs.4-6 to discuss with your child what an “emergency” or natural disaster is.  Explain it in a way they can understand and not feel overwhelmed about. (See coloring page below)

    FEMA Disaster Preparedness Coloring page

    2. After going through the coloring page, tell your child that they need their special backpack when there’s an emergency.

     3. Have a pile of items (maybe 2-3 for now, you can put more in the next time you play) to put into the emergency kit. Pull one item out at a time. Ask the child to identify or guess what the item is and what they would use the item for. If they don’t know, help them.  Let them put it in the backpack.

    CAUTION: Many of the items will be similar to what they already use daily so it’s important to specify that these are special pull-ups or a special sippy cup that they only use when an adult tells them to get the emergency backpack. Repeat this point and ask/tell them the appropriate time to use each item.

     

    4. Talk with your child about things they’d want to have in an emergency to help them feel happy. You’ll want to include some of their favorite snacks and a blanket or toy in the emergency kit.

    CAUTION: You may not want to put toys or blankets your child is attached to into the bag at the moment but take note of these things so you can bring them or get duplicates to put in later.

     

    5. After you put all the items in the backpack, explain to your child that “we need to put this backpack in a place where we can grab it quickly for an emergency.” Help your child select a place to store the bag, close to the front door.  Make sure they understand to only get this special backpack out when they are told by an adult.

    6. Show the toddler you have a special backpack as well, stored in the same place, or if it isn’t, go move the backpack to the same place. Show them some of the items in your kit.

     

    This is an activity that you’ll want to do often. You can do it when it’s time to replace items or you can do it once every three months, reiterating the same ideas and principles about preparedness. Review the items that are already in the bag, put them back in, and add other things as needed.

     

    Check out the Insight Article, “Special Considerations for Emergency Kits” to help you decide what to include in your toddler’s kit.

    And while you’re at it, check out our other articles about prepping for kids and teens:

    Prepare Teens for Real-Life Disasters  Using Young Adult Fiction

    Survival Skills for Kids: Outdoor Survival Games

     

    Have you tried to teach your toddler about preparedness? What did you do? What suggestions do you have for other parents or caregivers?  Let us know in the comments.

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, preparedness, family, emergency preparedness

  • Garden Vegetable Soup with Chicken Gnocchi

    We’re pretty excited about our new Garden Vegetable Soup with Chicken Gnocchi recipe here at Emergency Essentials. It got rave reviews from the employees who sampled it and it’s the recipe featured on the cover of our January catalog.

    Imagine a rich, savory broth with bites of chicken and spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower, corn, potatoes, and green onion, punctuated with chewy, delicious butter-browned gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings). What could be more delicious for a warm winter’s meal?

    This recipe was made entirely from food storage and draws from our featured MyChoice Freeze-Dried Garden Vegetable Combo, on sale this month for only $23.99—as long as supplies last.] This combo consists of six small cans of Diced Potatoes, Cauliflower, Spinach, Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Corn.

    But what makes this soup hearty and delicious is the White Chicken from our Freeze-Dried Meats Favorites Combo, on sale this month for $189.99.

    Check out the recipe for this yummy soup on our recipes page

    Or you can find it on page 19 of our January Catalog.

    Bon Appétit!

     

    --Sharon

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, recipe, emergency cooking

  • 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.

    Black Friday Deals: Gamma Seal LidsBlack Friday Deals: Gamma Seal LidsBlack Friday Deals: Gamma Seal Lids

     

     

    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?

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