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  • Once in a Hundred Years 

    In 1955, I was 6 years old and lived in the small Northern California town of Blue Lake. Our family lived next to a creek—the type of creek that completely dried up in the summer. It was about a mile away from the Mad River. In December of 1955 we had a major flood in Northern California. It was later called a one-in-a-100-years flood by California’s Governor. I remember my father putting me on his shoulders and walking over to the bank of the creek. As we looked at the creek we realized that it was ready to go over the bank to our home—which it did the next day. My father then took me—still on his shoulders— a short distance away to my grandparents’ house, which was about 10 feet higher in elevation than ours. There my grandparents fixed a meal for my family, on a wood stove, by the light of what they called a coal oil lamp. I don’t remember what was served, but I remember it being one of the best-tasting meals I’ve ever had. At that time I felt a sense of security—a feeling that in the midst of something that was really terrifying, I would be okay. It is an experience that I will never forget.

     

    Once in a Thousand Years 

    Another flood came nine years to the month later—Christmas of 1964. Northern California, along with Oregon and Washington, got hit with a flood that Governor Edmond G. Brown of California said could “happen only once in 1,000 years,” and it was later often referred to as the Thousand Year Flood.

    It was significant how these storms came about:

    "They resulted from meteorological conditions similar to those of the December 1955 floods. An arctic air mass moved into northern California on December 14, 1964, and precipitation on December 18-20 produced large quantities of snow. Beginning on December 20, a storm track 500 miles wide extended from Hawaii to Oregon and produced unprecedented rainfall on northern California and melted much of the snow from the previous storms. In the Mattole River basin, just south of the Eel River, nearly 50 inches of rain was reported during December 19-23, 1964 with 15 inches observed in 24 hours. In most of the coastal mountains and many locations in the northern Sierra Nevada, the December 19-23 rainfalls totaled 20-25 inches." [1]

    And the resulting damage was extensive to say the least:

    "Many communities in Humboldt county suffered massive power outages and were left isolated (or completely cutoff from the rest of the state for a period), including the region's larger populated areas around Humboldt Bay, such as Eureka and [my home], Arcata, despite the fact that those cities were located on higher ground and not in the path of raging rivers. Unfortunate riverside communities like Klamath, Orleans, Myers Flat, Weott, South Fork, Shively, Pepperwood, Stafford, and Ti-Bar were all completely destroyed by flood waters, some of which were never rebuilt and none regained their former status. Metropolitan, Rio Dell, and Scotia were significantly damaged. Crescent City, still recovering from the tsunami created by the 1964 Alaska earthquake only nine months earlier, also suffered from the floods.

    Over 22 inches of rain fell on the Eel River basin in a span of two days. By December 23, 752,000 cubic feet per second of water rushed down the Eel River at Scotia (still upstream from the confluence of the Van Duzen River), 200,000 cubic feet per second more than the 1955 flood, and more than the average discharge of the entire Mississippi River basin. Just under 200,000 cubic feet per second of water flowed down the South Fork Eel River alone, causing severe damage along its entire length. Every single stream gage on the Eel River was destroyed. The flood crest at Miranda was 46 feet. Signs were later placed on top of tall poles to mark the unusual height of the water.

    The flood killed 19 people, heavily damaged or completely devastated at least 10 towns, destroyed all or portions of more than 20 major highway and county bridges, carried away millions of board feet of lumber and logs from mill sites, devastated thousands of acres of agricultural land, killed 4,000 head of livestock, and caused $100 million in damage in Humboldt County, California alone." [2]

    By this time our family had moved from our home in Blue Lake (the one next to a creek) to a safer location in Arcata, California, which was further away from the river. Although we still experienced power outages and were cut off from all normal benefits of the transportations system (we couldn’t evacuate, no supplies could be brought in on trucks), we had made preparations and were able to weather the storm.  But I will never forget going in a Safeway supermarket and seeing the shelves completely bare. There were two people fighting—arguing—over a small can of mushrooms. I also remember seeing an entire house float down a swollen, muddy river. The influence this flood had on me and my family was a powerful reminder of the principle of preparedness. We knew floods could happen where we lived, but not like this! We moved to higher ground. Higher ground is not just a physical location, it is also a state of mind and a way of life. Being prepared for emergencies is “moving to higher ground.” It means thinking of those you love and “putting them on your shoulders” like my father did with me in 1955.

    Symbolically, when you prepare your family you are putting them on your shoulders. Over the years my parents tried to regularly update their supplies and succeeded in passing this wise principle on to me and my siblings. I am grateful they did.

    --Don Pectol

    Thanks for sharing your story and insights, Don. There are several important lessons here; these ones in particular stood out to us:

    • Involve your children (if you have any) in your preparedness efforts, even if they are too young to understand the concept of a disaster. If a disaster strikes, they'll certainly remember feeling safe and protected if you're prepared, just like Don remembers.
    • The importance of food storage and water storageWatching those two customers fight over a can of mushrooms is something Don will never forget, and it's something we hope you don't ever experience first-hand!
    • Knowing the possibility for certain natural disasters in the area where you live. These flood were created by out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, but after the first flood, Don's family moved to higher ground and weren't affected as much by the second, more severe flood.

    Learn how to prepare for a flood.

    Learn about emergency preparedness in your state.

     

     

    [1] http:// www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/hearings/usbr_dwr/docs/exhibits/cspa2b.pdf. Accessed March 8, 2013.

    [2] "Christmas Flood of 1964." Wikipedia.org. Retrieved March 8, 2013. (Author's Note: See especially footnote #7: California Department of Water Resources (January 1956). Flood!. Sacramento, California: California Department of Water Resources. OCLC 8135568.)

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  • This post is part of a series showcasing real-life survival stories. 'Lessons Learned' is a way for individuals and families to share what they learned from living through a disaster. To read all Lessons Learned stories, click here. To submit your own story, click here.

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 45 million people, including my family. The blackout started on August 14. I was 13 at the time, with a 10-year old sister, 3-year old brother, and two older brothers who were 15 and 18. My younger sister had a blast swimming in our neighbor’s pool during this time, but I didn’t dare get in because I didn’t want to be covered in chlorine for days. As a pre-teen girl, the idea of not taking a shower for four days was mortifying. There was one day when it poured rain so hard that I was actually able to get in my bathing suit and take a quick shower in the rain.

    During the day we felt like we were roasting and wished we had something like a solar generator to power a simple fan. The nights were alright because it gave us a chance to cool off, but scary because everything was pitch black. Fortunately, my mother was prepared ahead of time with emergency candles, 72 hour kits, and a supply of food storage and water. The biggest thing we should have done differently is having moist wipes like the Ready Bath Basics, and a portable toilet. Luckily, our neighbors let us use their pool water to flush our toilet. We wished we had more water because we went through it so quickly. Many food storage products require water to prepare them, which is something we did not consider fully when deciding how much water to store.

    Natalie Haight

     

    Thanks Natalie, for sharing your survival story. You did a great job of pointing out essential items to have in an emergency.

    Luckily Natalie’s family could stay in their home and were able to survive with their emergency kit that included water, food, and lighting. Fellow preppers, storing water should be a priority for you and your family.

    Here are a couple lessons we gleaned from Natalie's story:

    • Store enough to have at least 1 gallon per person per day for 14 days. Store more to make bathing and toilet flushing more than a luxury. Click here to see Emergency Essentials’ water storage options.
    • Consider how you might keep your family cool if you’re struggling to survive hot summer weather. You might open all the doors and windows to create ventilation, but do you have netting to keep out insects? Click here to explore various survival scenarios.
    • Have a swimming pool.*

    What did you learn from Natalie’s survival story?

     

    *Tee hee hee. Juuust kidding.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, emergency power, solar power, Emergency plan, water, water storage, emergency preparedness, Lessons Learned, Blackout

  • Customize Your Homepage

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    Did you know that you can customize the Emergency Essentials homepage? You can select what you want to see most and that’s what will show up first when you go to the EEL website. Here are the nine options; click on any of the images below to go directly to that customized home page.

    1. Sales

    The website is set to automatically show you the current sales. This is the default option, so if you don’t select one of the other customization options, this is the homepage that will always come up. If you select another customization option, and later want to reset your customization to Sales, you’ll find the option fifth in the drop-down menu.

    2. Most Popular

    This customization option will show the most popular products, education pieces, blog articles, and recipes on our website. If you'd like easy access to any of the above, this is the homepage for you. Clicking on any of the images on the Most Popular homepage will take you directly to that product, article, or category.

    3. Emergency Kits

    Choosing to customize your homepage for Emergency Kits will show you a variety of kits. You'll also see several options for products to supplement your kits, emergency-kit related articles on our blog, shipping and other general information.

    4. Food Storage

    Foodies, this is the customization choice for you! By setting your homepage to Food Storage you'll always be able to see some of our popular food storage items and items that are on sale. On this homepage there are also several links to important articles about food storage and a link to our Food Storage Analyzer.

    5. Group Specials

    Updated monthly, the options on this homepage will keep you in-the-know about our group specials. This is the perfect customization choice for Group Leaders and other people interested in buying in bulk. One benefit this homepage has, that the others don't, is that it provides a link to our Facebook page where you can receive exclusive offers. By liking and following our Facebook page you'll get the word on promotions that we don't offer anywhere else. As with all of our excellent homepage choices, in addition to featuring products, this homepage provides links to educational materials. It doesn't get easier than this!

    6. Urban

    If you live in a crowded metropolis, or are interested in urban preparedness, customize your homepage using the Urban option. This homepage is chock-full of links to information on how to prepare for a disaster or emergency for your particular situation. We also promote products we think work well for people with limmited space for food and water storage and emergency kits.

    7. Outdoors

    The Outdoors homepage customization features gear that we think lead a great double life; one in your backpack and one in your emergency kit. Clicking on any of the product images will take you to detailed information about that product. Once there, you can always click on the outdoors tab to view more products under specific categories like sleeping bags, backpacks, and cook stoves.

    8. Scenarios

    If you're looking for information on a specific scenario this is a great customization option. Here you'll find links that will take you educational pieces on disasters like tornados, earthquakes, and even how to survive unemployment. Most exciting is the link that will take you to information on natural disasters that commonly occur in your state. This is a great option if you've just moved to a new area or if you are new to preparedness.

    9. Education

    Our Education homepage will keep a lot of valuable knowledge a mouse-click away. The only products featured here are books and other educational materials. The most popular links on this page take you to our Prep School curriculum and other insightful articles on our blog. This customization will also connect you to information about our company's programs, videos on our YouTube page, and the Emergency Essentials Forum where you can communicate with other preparedness-minded people.

    Choosing to customize your homepage to see the products and information you want most will save you a lot of time by minimizing your searches. If you do customize your homepage you'll always be able to search for products in the cream-colored box on the top, right-hand corner of the page.

    We love all the options our new website offers and hope this article helps you tailor the website to work for you.

    Happy customization! 

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  • Resolve to Stay Hydrated

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    During an emergency it’s more important than ever to keep your New Year’s resolution to stay hydrated. You, being a handy, prepared sort, can pull out your trusty Katadyn® and save the day! Katadyn® water filters and purifiers are the real, water-purifying deal—with a Katadyn® filter you can drink water from almost any source.*
    Katadyn’s® headquarters are in Switzerland—and you know how precise the Swiss are. Katadyn®developed a 0.3 micron glassfiber cartridge that removes all sorts of evily-weevilies from water. It takes out sediment, bacteria, spores, cysts, algae, and protozoa. The carbon core improves the taste and odor of your filtered water. If you are hiking, camping, or stuck with nothing to drink but dirty water, this is the filter for you.
    This month the Katadyn®Ceradyn Drip Filteris a great value for $249.99. The trick is to let the Drip Filter do all the work; all you have to do is add the water. It uses three .2 micron ceramic filters (with granulized silver in the core) and the power of gravity to purify water—no pumping required. The Ceradyn holds 2.5 gallons of water, and will filter 39,000 gallons, which makes it great for large-scale water purification. For the amount of water it purifies, the Ceradyn gives you clean water at less than a penny a gallon.



    Ceradyn Drip Filter

     

    Are you storing water? If not, get cracking! In an emergency situation—say the water main breaks, or a contaminant leaks into the city’s water supply—you will need water. You need water to drink, but also to brush your teeth, wash your hair, prepare meals, flush the toilet, wash clothes, and—heaven forbid—for first aid. That adds up to be a lot of water. On average, one adult needs to drink one liter of water per day in order to survive. If you store enough water for each adult to use one gallon per day, that leaves you just over two liters of water to do everything else.
    Storing water can be tricky. It’s heavy and can take up a lot of space. We can’t change the weight of your stored water, but we can help you maximize the space in which it’s stored. Our water storage barrels provide a space-efficient way to maintain your stationary water storage supply. You can choose a 15, 30, or 55-gallon barrel. These barrels are made of food-grade plastic and they restrict light to help prevent algae growth.
    You’ll need to have a way to access your water, so don’t forget to store an Emergency Siphon or drinking-water-safe hose, and a Barrel Buddies IIwhich opens the barrel (and shuts off your gas!).
    Water is the most important element of your emergency supply. It’s possible to live with little or no food for several weeks. If you don’t have access to clean drinking water your health will decrease rapidly. With a reliable supply of stored water, and a great water filter, you can stay hydrated and weather the most difficult of emergencies.
    * Do not attempt to purify flood water or water that may be contaminated with harmful chemicals. 

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  • Resolve to Stay Hydrated

    During an emergency it’s more important than ever to keep your New Year’s resolution to stay hydrated. You, being a handy, prepared sort, can pull out your trusty Katadyn® and save the day! Katadyn® water filters and purifiers are the real, water-purifying deal—with a Katadyn® filter you can drink water from almost any source.*

    Katadyn’s® headquarters are in Switzerland—and you know how precise the Swiss are. Katadyn® developed a 0.3 micron glassfiber cartridge that removes all sorts of evily-weevilies from water. It takes out sediment, bacteria, spores, cysts, algae, and protozoa. The carbon core improves the taste and odor of your filtered water. If you are hiking, camping, or stuck with nothing to drink but dirty water, this is the filter for you.

    This month the Katadyn® Ceradyn Drip Filter is a great value for $249.99. The trick is to let the Drip Filter do all the work; all you have to do is add the water. It uses three .2 micron ceramic filters (with granulized silver in the core) and the power of gravity to purify water—no pumping required. The Ceradyn holds 2.5 gallons of water, and will filter 39,000 gallons, which makes it great for large-scale water purification. For the amount of water it purifies, the Ceradyn gives you clean water at less than a penny a gallon.

    Ceradyn Drip Filter

    Are you storing water? If not, get cracking! In an emergency situation—say the water main breaks, or a contaminant leaks into the city’s water supply—you will need water. You need water to drink, but also to brush your teeth, wash your hair, prepare meals, flush the toilet, wash clothes, and—heaven forbid—for first aid. That adds up to be a lot of water. On average, one adult needs to drink one liter of water per day in order to survive. If you store enough water for each adult to use one gallon per day, that leaves you just over two liters of water to do everything else.

    Storing water can be tricky. It’s heavy and can take up a lot of space. We can’t change the weight of your stored water, but we can help you maximize the space in which it’s stored. Our water storage barrels provide a space-efficient way to maintain your stationary water storage supply. You can choose a 15, 30, or 55-gallon barrel. These barrels are made of food-grade plastic and they restrict light to help prevent algae growth.

    Water Storage Barrel

    You’ll need to have a way to access your water, so don’t forget to store an Emergency Siphon or drinking-water-safe hose, and a Barrel Buddies II which opens the barrel (and shuts off your gas!).

     

    Water is the most important element of your emergency supply. It’s possible to live with little or no food for several weeks. If you don’t have access to clean drinking water your health will decrease rapidly. With a reliable supply of stored water, and a great water filter, you can stay hydrated and weather the most difficult of emergencies.

    * Do not attempt to purify flood water or water that may be contaminated with harmful chemicals.

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  • Hi, friends! Urban Girl, here.


    I’ve been thinking about prepping a lot this past year (obviously). And I’m still in the mode of paying off student loans at this point in my life, so I’ve only got a small budget for  preparedness items each month. Still, there are those whose preparedness budget is smaller than mine.
    I frequently see comments on Emergency Essentials’ blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages from those who are living paycheck to paycheck, and can’t seem to get enough ahead to budget for prepping supplies or food and water storage.
    Does that sound familiar to you? Well, I’m planning to do a special prepping project this year—and I’d love for you to join me if you’d like.
    I like to pay cash for most things I buy, because I’m a very visual person, so it helps me to actually SEE how much cash is left in my wallet for the things I’m planning to buy in a month—or just in a pay period. But the one downfall of that system for me is loose change. I despise having loose change hanging out in my pockets, the crevices of my purse, and even my designated change purse.
    So, here’s what I decided to do: I’m taking an old #10 food storage can, cutting a slot in the lid, and making a “preparedness piggy bank” out of it. At the end of each week, I’ll dump the entire contents of my change purse into the bank, and at the beginning of each pay period, I’ll put in any cash I have left in my wallet. Each month I’ll total what I’ve saved. Maybe it will be a couple dollars—maybe it will be more—who knows?
    This money will ONLY be used to buy items I want for emergency preparedness. Some months I might not buy anything so I can save up for a slightly larger item. Some months I might buy a small $1 or $2 item that will come in handy.
    Every time I make a purchase using my pocket change, I’ll show you what I get. And at the end of the year I’ll show you everything I was able to afford—without any scrimping or extra budgeting on my part.
    What do you think? Will you take the Pennies for Prepping challenge with me? If so, I would love to see what you buy each month! If you’re participating, you can email your experience and pictures of what you buy to social@beprepared.com. We might just feature you on the blog or Facebook!
    Happy prepping!
    —Urban Girl

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  • Holidays are a great time to give the gift of preparedness. We've put together a list of 40 gift ideas to fit any budget. Order by December 17th to receive your items by Christmas.*



    (* If the item you want is on back order, we cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. If you have questions about any of these items, please call us at 1-800-999-1863 or send an email to sales@beprepared.com

    10 Gifts Under $5



    $2.95 HotSpot™Reusable Hand Warmer – This amazing instant hot pack is perfect for extra warmth during outdoor activities like skiing, sporting events, and winter camping. Up to 2 hours of heat. Simply boil to restore to its original state for reuse.
















    $2.95(each) Fresh & Go Toothbrush – Help your loved ones stay fresh in an emergency with this handy, ready-to-use toothbrush. Up to 30 brushings’ worth of toothpaste in the handle.
























    $3.29 UCO Stormproof Matches – These innovative matches burn for up to 15 seconds, even when exposed to wind, rain, or after being submerged in water. Great for the outdoor enthusiast who “has it all.”













    $3.50 PVC Poncho with Hood– A practical addition for emergency kits, car kits, or for carrying with you. A stocking stuffer that could make a big difference in unexpected storms.  









    $3.50 Basic Chow Set (Knife, Fork, & Spoon) – This 3-piece utensil kit locks together and comes in a vinyl case (included), so it fits easily in a backpack or pocket.





    $3.95 Emergency Essentials Inc. 32 oz Water Bottle – Help your loved ones stay hydrated wherever they go with this water bottle. Great for everyday use, outdoor activities, and emergencies. 







    $3.95 High Uinta Gear™ 13-Function Pocket Knife – This multi-purpose tool fits in your pocket and makes a useful addition to emergency kits. Includes a 2” knife blade, Phillips and flat screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and more.
















    $4.95 LED Glow Stick 200 – Functions as glow stick, flashlight, emergency flasher, and whistle. No chemicals. Flashes for over 200 hours. Great for emergency kits.


















    $4.95 100-hour Candle – Give the gift of long-lasting emergency light with our liquid paraffin 100-hour candle. Clean-burning, odorless, and smokeless.



















    $4.99 High Uinta Gear ™ Multi-Function Tool – More than 13 functions in one tool, including pliers, wire cutters, and a can opener. A great stocking stuffer. 

















    10 Gifts Under $10

    Mountain House Pouches – These just-add-water meals are a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and preparedness-minded individuals. Perfect for emergency kits. Consider giving one of these great meals as a gift:



    $6.50 New Orleans Rice with Shrimp and Ham























    $6.95 LED Glow Flashlight – Works as a flashlight, glow stick, and emergency flasher. Flashes for over 400 hours. It even has a storage compartment in the handle for carrying additional emergency items.








    $6.95 Spark-Lite Fire Starter – The smallest, most effective, wet/dry fire starter on the market today. This kit consists of a spark wheel and flint lighter, 8 Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs and instructions packaged in a small plastic container with a flip lid for easy opening. A useful tool for emergency and outdoor use. 

    $7.95 5-Gallon Water Jug – A great gift for getting started or adding to an emergency water storage plan. Makes it easy to store, move, rotate, and use water.
















    $7.95 Deluxe Sanitation and Water Kit – This kit not only allows you to store up to 5 gallons of water in a metallized bag in a box, but the box can also be used as an emergency toilet. A great addition to any emergency preparedness plan. 





    $7.95 Emergency Essentials Medium Backpack – An excellent backpack for many of your preparedness needs. This medium-sized backpack is great for emergency kits, car kits, or everyday use.














    $9.95 MyChoice Caramel Yogurt Bites – A tasty treat packaged for long term storage to be enjoyed now or years from now. A great way to share a delicious treat and the message of food storage with family and friends.





    10 Gifts Under $25



     $12.99 Venture 6 Tool– This compact and handy tool converts from shovel into a saw, hammer, and hatchet. Also pulls nails and opens bottles. Carrying pouch included.

    $15.99 High Uinta Gear Trekking Poles (set of 2) – These trekking poles add extra stability while backpacking and hiking, especially on steep climbs. A great gift for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Adjustable length and anti-shock technology.

     $16.95 Wavelength Radio, Phone Charger, and Flashlight – An AM/FM radio, cell phone charger, and rechargeable flashlight all in one. Hand crank charges the built-in battery and runs the radio for up to 12 minutes from just 1 minute of cranking.

    $16.95 Yoders Canned Bacon – A fun, yet practical gift for any bacon lover. One can contains up to 50 slices of bacon. 2-year manufacturer shelf life guarantee and up to a 10-year shelf life. 

    $17.95 Heirloom Seed Garden Combo – A great gift for the gardener in your family.  Contains enough seeds to plant a quarter-acre of non-hybrid, non GMO vegetables. Also an essential part of any long-term emergency preparedness plan.

    $18.95 Emergency Essentials’ Tips for Preparedness Book – An important resource for starting or improving an emergency preparedness plan. A helpful gift for sharing preparedness.

     $18.99 NEW! SOL 2-Person Emergency Bivvy – This ultra-lightweight emergency sleeping bag can keep 2 people warm in and emergency. A great gift for couples.

     $19.99 NEW! Volcano Lite Canister Stove – An affordable, lightweight camping stove for the outdoor enthusiast in your family. 10,000 BTU burner lights without matches using built-in piezo ignition. Fits standard iso-butane canisters (sold separately).



     $21.99 Snapware 10-piece Pantry Set – A great addition to any kitchen. Five containers ranging from 32-120 oz. with a patented freshness seal, easy-open, extra wide mouth lid.



     $22.99 MyChoice Hot Cocoa Combo – An indulgent assortment of Milk Chocolate, Mint Truffle, Raspberry, and French Vanilla Hot Cocoa mixes. A great gift for any chocolate lover. Each can contains 1lb. 6oz. of mix.











    10 Gifts Under $50



    $29.99 K-2 5˚ Sleeping Bag – This comfortable 3-season sleeping bag makes a great gift for people who enjoy camping. Comes with a compression stuff sack to save space. Great for car kits.

     $30.99 3-Day Lite Emergency Kit – A great gift for college students. This economical 3-day kit includes the basic supplies needed in an emergency.



     $33.99 Kaito Short Wave Radio – An important addition to anyone’s emergency supplies. Has 10 bands, including AM/FM bands, a NOAA band for instant weather information, TV 1-2 bands, aviation band, and four continuous shortwave bands.  Four power sources, including its hand-crank generator, solar collector, three "AA" batteries (not included), and AC adapter (included).



     $34.99 NEW! Volcano 4-Piece Anodized Cook Set – The innovative compact nesting design of this cook set saves space and allows you to also store a canister stove. Anodized aluminum heats up fast and distributes heat evenly.

     $34.99 SOL Origin Survival Tool Kit – This pocket-sized kit makes a great gift for hikers, backpackers, or anyone with an emergency kit. Includes an array of survival tools including fire starting tinder, 150 ft of 1 lb.-test cord, stainless steel wire, an emergency sewing and fishing kit, knife, compass, and more, all inside of a waterproof case.

     $38.95 3-Day MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) Food Supply –   A great gift for anyone who likes to hike, camp, or hunt. Includes 3 days’ worth of delicious meals that require little or no preparation, heating, or clean-up. Long storage life also makes them perfect for emergency kits.



     $39.95 MyChoice FD Fruit Combo – Share the joy of food storage with this tasty combo. Our MyChoice cans have the same shelf life as our #10 cans, but work great for sampling, snacking, rotation, or for ingredients you use every day. Consider giving individual cans as gifts to friends and family.  



     $39.99 SOL Escape Bivvy – This revolutionary emergency shelter allows moisture to escape while keeping warmth in. Makes a great lightweight and compact shelter item for emergency kits, car kits, or in a daypack.   

     $47.95 Fired Up! Emergency Fuel and Firestarter (4-gallon bucket) – This safe, simple, and versatile emergency fuel and fire starter makes a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone interested in emergency preparedness. Use to light campfires, prepare charcoal briquettes or as a safe and reliable fuel source for cooking or heating in emergency situations.

    $49.99 Victorio Hand Grain Mill – A great gift for anyone who loves to bake from scratch. Grinds fine bread-quality flour or courser cracked cereals without electricity. Also an essential tool for food storage. 














    For more gift ideas, visit BePrepared.com.

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  • Holidays are a great time to give the gift of preparedness. We've put together a list of 40 gift ideas to fit any budget. Order by December 17th to receive your items by Christmas.*

    10 Gifts Under $5

    $2.95 HotSpot™Reusable Hand Warmer – This amazing instant hot pack is perfect for extra warmth

    during outdoor activities like skiing, sporting events, and winter camping. Up

    to 2 hours of heat. Simply boil to restore to its original state for reuse.
















    $2.95(each) Fresh & Go Toothbrush – Help your loved ones stay fresh in an emergency with this

    handy, ready-to-use toothbrush. Up to 30 brushings’ worth of toothpaste in the

    handle.
























    $3.29 UCO Stormproof Matches – These innovative matches burn for up to 15 seconds, even

    when exposed to wind, rain, or after being submerged in water. Great for the

    outdoor enthusiast who “has it all.”

     













    $3.50 PVC Poncho with Hood 

    A practical addition for emergency kits, car kits, or for carrying with you. A

    stocking stuffer that could make a big difference in unexpected storms.  

     









    $3.50 Basic Chow Set (Knife, Fork, & Spoon – This

    3-piece utensil kit locks together and comes in a vinyl case (included), so it

    fits easily in a backpack or pocket.

     





    $3.95 Emergency Essentials Inc. 32 oz Water Bottle – Help your loved ones stay hydrated wherever they go with

    this water bottle. Great for everyday use, outdoor activities, and emergencies. 

     







    $3.95 High Uinta Gear™ 13-Function Pocket Knife – This

    multi-purpose tool fits in your pocket and makes a useful addition to emergency

    kits. Includes a 2” knife blade, Phillips and flat screwdrivers, a bottle

    opener, and more.
















    $4.95 LED Glow Stick 200 – Functions as glow stick, flashlight, emergency flasher,

    and whistle. No chemicals. Flashes for over 200 hours. Great for emergency

    kits.


















    $4.95 100-hour Candle – Give the gift of long-lasting emergency light with our

    liquid paraffin 100-hour candle. Clean-burning, odorless, and smokeless.



















    $4.99 High Uinta Gear ™ Multi-Function Tool – More

    than 13 functions in one tool, including pliers, wire cutters, and a can opener.

    A great stocking stuffer. 

     

















    10 Gifts Under $10

     

    Mountain House Pouches

    These just-add-water meals are a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and

    preparedness-minded individuals. Perfect for emergency kits. Consider giving

    one of these great meals as a gift:




    $6.50 New Orleans Rice with Shrimp and Ham





    $6.95 LED Glow Flashlight – Works

    as a flashlight, glow stick, and emergency flasher. Flashes for over 400 hours.

    It even has a storage compartment in the handle for carrying additional

    emergency items.








    $6.95 Spark-Lite Fire Starter – The smallest, most effective, wet/dry fire starter on the

    market today. This kit consists of a spark wheel and flint lighter, 8

    Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs and instructions packaged in a small plastic container

    with a flip lid for easy opening. A useful tool for emergency and outdoor use. 

     

    $7.95 5-Gallon Water Jug – A great gift for getting started or adding to an emergency

    water storage plan. Makes it easy to store, move, rotate, and use water.
















    $7.95 Deluxe Sanitation and Water Kit – This kit not only allows you to store up to 5

    gallons of water in a metallized bag in a box, but the box can also be used as

    an emergency toilet. A great addition to any emergency preparedness plan. 

     





    $7.95 Emergency Essentials Medium Backpack – An excellent backpack for many of your preparedness

    needs. This medium-sized backpack is great for emergency kits, car kits, or

    everyday use.














    $9.95 MyChoice Caramel Yogurt Bites – A tasty treat packaged for long term storage to be enjoyed

    now or years from now. A great way to share a delicious treat and the message

    of food storage with family and friends.

     





    10 Gifts Under $25



    $12.99 Venture 6 Tool

    – This compact and handy tool converts from shovel into a saw, hammer, and

    hatchet. Also pulls nails and opens bottles. Carrying pouch included.

    $15.99 High Uinta Gear Trekking Poles (set of 2) – These trekking poles add extra stability while

    backpacking and hiking, especially on steep climbs. A great gift for outdoor

    and fitness enthusiasts. Adjustable length and anti-shock technology.

    $16.95 Wavelength Radio, Phone Charger, and Flashlight – An

    AM/FM radio, cell phone charger, and rechargeable flashlight all in one. Hand

    crank charges the built-in battery and runs the radio for up to 12 minutes from

    just 1 minute of cranking.

    $16.95 Yoders Canned Bacon – A fun, yet practical gift for any bacon lover. One can

    contains up to 50 slices of bacon. 2-year manufacturer shelf life guarantee and

    up to a 10-year shelf life. 

    $17.95 Heirloom Seed Garden Combo – A great gift for the gardener in your family.  Contains enough seeds to plant a quarter-acre

    of non-hybrid, non GMO vegetables. Also an essential part of any long-term

    emergency preparedness plan.

    $18.95 Emergency Essentials’ Tips for Preparedness Book – An important resource for starting or improving an

    emergency preparedness plan. A helpful gift for sharing preparedness.

    $18.99 NEW! SOL 2-Person Emergency Bivvy – This

    ultra-lightweight emergency sleeping bag can keep 2 people warm in and

    emergency. A great gift for couples.

    $19.99 NEW! Volcano Lite Canister Stove – An affordable, lightweight camping stove for the outdoor

    enthusiast in your family. 10,000 BTU burner lights without matches using built-in piezo ignition. Fits standard iso-butane canisters (sold

    separately).



    $21.99 Snapware 10-piece Pantry Set – A

    great addition to any kitchen. Five containers ranging from 32-120 oz. with a

    patented freshness seal, easy-open, extra wide mouth lid.



    $22.99 MyChoice Hot Cocoa Combo – An indulgent assortment of Milk Chocolate, Mint Truffle,

    Raspberry, and French Vanilla Hot Cocoa mixes. A great gift for any chocolate

    lover. Each can contains 1lb. 6oz. of mix.











    10 Gifts Under $50



    $29.99 K-2 5˚ Sleeping Bag 

    This comfortable 3-season sleeping bag makes a great gift for people who enjoy

    camping. Comes with a compression stuff sack to save space. Great for car kits.

     

    $30.99

    3-Day Lite Emergency Kit – A great gift for college students. This economical 3-day

    kit includes the basic supplies needed in an emergency.



    $33.99 Kaito Short Wave Radio – An important addition to anyone’s emergency supplies. Has

    10 bands, including AM/FM bands, a NOAA band for instant weather information,

    TV 1-2 bands, aviation band, and four continuous shortwave bands.  Four power sources, including its hand-crank

    generator, solar collector, three "AA" batteries (not included), and

    AC adapter (included).



    $34.99

    NEW!

    Volcano 4-Piece Anodized Cook Set – The innovative compact nesting design of this cook set

    saves space and allows you to also store a canister stove. Anodized aluminum

    heats up fast and distributes heat evenly.

    $34.99

    SOL Origin Survival Tool Kit – This pocket-sized kit makes a great gift for hikers,

    backpackers, or anyone with an emergency kit. Includes an array of survival

    tools including fire starting tinder, 150 ft of 1 lb.-test cord, stainless steel wire,

    an emergency sewing and fishing kit, knife, compass, and more, all inside of a

    waterproof case.

    $38.95 3-Day MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) Food Supply –   A great gift for

    anyone who likes to hike, camp, or hunt. Includes 3 days’ worth of delicious

    meals that require little or no preparation, heating, or clean-up. Long storage

    life also makes them perfect for emergency kits.



    $39.95

    MyChoice FD Fruit Combo – Share the joy of food storage with this tasty combo. Our

    MyChoice cans have the same shelf life as our #10 cans, but work great for

    sampling, snacking, rotation, or for ingredients you use every day. Consider

    giving individual cans as gifts to friends and family.  



    $39.99 SOL Escape Bivvy – This revolutionary

    emergency shelter allows moisture to escape while keeping warmth in. Makes a

    great lightweight and compact shelter item for emergency kits, car kits, or in

    a daypack.  
     

    $47.95

    Fired Up! Emergency Fuel and Firestarter (4-gallon bucket) – This safe, simple, and versatile

    emergency fuel and fire starter makes a great gift for outdoor enthusiasts or

    anyone interested in emergency preparedness. Use to light campfires, prepare

    charcoal briquettes or as a safe and reliable fuel source for cooking or

    heating in emergency situations.

     

    $49.99 Victorio Hand Grain Mill – A great gift for anyone who loves to bake from scratch.

    Grinds fine bread-quality flour or courser cracked cereals without electricity.

    Also an essential tool for food storage. 














    For more gift ideas, visit BePrepared.com.
    (* If the item you want is on back order, we cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas. If you have questions about any of these items, please call us at 1-800-999-1863 or send an email to sales@beprepared.com)

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  • Here at Emergency Essentials, our mission is to help people prepare. Not only do we offer great products at the lowest prices (we guarantee it), but it's important to us that customers feel like they're informed about emergency preparedness--that they're armed with the knowledge they need to feel confident in the face of a crisis.

    Often people feel like they aren't sure where to start with their preparations. So we decided to create an online Prep School. Each week we'll offer a module on an important preparedness topic.

    The Prep School schedule for the rest of 2012 is as follows:

    OCTOBER

    5th - Water Storage 101 (That's tomorrow, so check back!)

    11th - Food Storage 101

    18th - Kits

    25th - Gear 101

    NOVEMBER

    1st - Water 102

    8th - Food Storage 102

    15th - Winter Travel

    22nd - Gear 102

    DECEMBER

    6th - Water 103

    13th - Food Storage 103

    20th - Planning

    27th - Gear 103

    All modules will be available to view online.

    You can also download and print each module--by the end of the Prep School "academic year," you'll have a wonderful resource you can 3-hole punch and stick into a binder or have spiral bound at your local print shop.

    See you tomorrow for "class!"

    -Sarah

    P.S. If you're wondering what the Latin in our Prep School crest says, it's "Be Prepared, Be Confident."

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