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    Getting stuck in traffic during an emergency evacuation can potentially become a life or death situation (if anyone has seen the movie, Deep Impact, visualize that congested highway scene at the very end . . .). So, when you plan your emergency evacuation plan, you may want to consider a couple modes of alternate transportation in case the roadways are blocked.

    The guys at Gizmag suggest that research on current road infrastructures indicates that our roads cannot accommodate everyone driving full-sized cars. This is because as populations increase, and developing nations grow, more people are able to purchase full-sized cars. More people with full-sized cars=more traffic on the road.

    Since expanding roadways costs a lot of money and a lot of time, some companies are turning to alternative brands of transportation—referred to as last mile transport vehicles—to decrease congestion on the roads. Major car companies are also creating concept cars with additional space to include a last mile transport vehicle inside. So, if you are in traffic you can just pop out your last mile transport vehicle from your trunk and weave through the cars to get to work.

    But what are these last mile transport vehicles like?

    The Yikebike –this 25.4 pound miniature electric bike can travel 9.3 miles at 15 mph per charge.  Simply fold it up and store it in your trunk or carry it with you as you evacuate. Check out this video to see the Yike Bike in action:

    The Zeit Eco Electric Scooter—traveling at 15 mph, this scooter has an aluminum frame with a side pocket for storage. According to its creators, “the 250 - 350 W brushless geared hub motor gets its power from a 350 Wh LiFePO4 battery.” The battery can be charged from a home outlet!

    Gizmag also highlights some futuristic evacuation vehicles that scientists and automobile companies are currently developing. Check out these articles on Electro Hydrodynamic Thrusts that could one day become a silent airplane. Also take a look at the completely impractical (but kind of awesome) Off Road Limo and Diablo jeep.

    To see more developing last mile transport vehicles check out this article:

    http://www.gizmag.com/yikebike-ev-lighter-models-greater-range/26893/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a3b03218e6-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

    And before you get your last mile transport vehicle, learn how to make an emergency car kit to keep yourself safe and prepared while on the road.

    --Angela

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  • Tsunami warning sign

    In mid-June, tsunami-like waves hit the New Jersey shore, sweeping at least three people into the ocean.

    The event occurred in close conjunction with a weather system labeled by the National Weather Service as a low-end derecho which propagated from west to east over the New Jersey shore just before the tsunami. It is also possible that the slumping at the continental shelf east of New Jersey played a role. The tsunami was observed at over 30 tide gauges and one DART buoy throughout the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

    Read more here: http://oldwcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/previous.events/06-13-13/index.php

     

    Tsunamis can come unexpectedly and very quickly, and the first wave is not always the largest in a possible series of several waves. Tsunami waves can travel as fast as 500 miles per hour and can raise water levels as much as 100 feet. If you live or vacation on an island or in a coastal location:

    • learn what the tsunami warning alarms sound like (it will likely be similar to one of these)
    • know what the signs of a tsunami are
    • sign up for earthquake and tsunami alerts on your cell phone
    • have a plan for evacuating to high ground in case of a tsunami warning
    • follow suit if the locals start running for the hills

     

    In a nutshell: If the tide ever drops suddenly, get to high ground immediately, because it will roar back with a vengeance and you cannot outrun it.

     

    The most damaging tsunami is history was the 2004 tsunami that affected Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Over 200,000 people died and many more were injured in that tsunami alone. Footage from the 2004 tsunami was caught on camera by several individuals and compiled into a documentary for BBC Channel 4 (Directed by Janice Sutherland). Links to the film are below.

    Please note: Much of this footage contains graphic and disturbing material, and there is profanity throughout. Please use caution when viewing, especially with children nearby.

    Tsunami Caught on Camera - Part One

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Two

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Three

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Four

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Five

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Six

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Seven

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Eight

     

    Learn more about tsunamis at the NOAA Tsunami page.

    Also download and review this helpful Tsunami brochure produced by UNESCO.

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    We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect.” If you want to get better at fishing, playing the violin, knitting, or emergency preparedness . . . you need to practice. If you have a Family Evacuation and Emergency Plan, you’re ahead of the game, but how often have you practiced it? Just like with learning a new hobby or skill, we have to practice our Family Evacuation and Emergency Plans so that we know what to do and where to go if an emergency hits.

    But how should you practice? Where should you start? What should you do?

    Consider mapping out your Evacuation and Emergency plans over a series of family nights/meetings. Since discussions about the various supplies you’ll need and situations you may encounter during an emergency may be overwhelming, talking about it all in one day may kill the enthusiasm your family has (or you’re trying to build) for prepping . . . Try to get everyone involved in the discussion in some way.

    As a family discuss what your meeting place will be, what types of items to include in your emergency kits, who your emergency contacts will be, and what methods of evacuation you could use (bike, foot, scooter, car). Our Family evacuation plan provides a comprehensive chart on how to create and record  info for your emergency plan if you are unsure of where to start.

    Practice Time!

    Once your family has mapped out your emergency evacuation plan, it’s time to practice. To build excitement and motivation for your drill, you may want to make it into a friendly competition. The ultimate “winner” could choose a treat or favorite dinner if they win. And since you are practicing consistently, everyone will hopefully get a chance to win while also becoming prepared in the process!

    Begin your practice with a goal:

    •  Get all family members to the in-city meeting place by a specific time
    •  Get all members out of the house and on the lawn in _________ minutes
    •  Time the amount of time it takes to get all family members to the out of city contact on _________mode of transportation
    •  Have each person pick one important or special item and get out of the house in ________ minutes (items could be a computer drive, diary, photos, a favorite book or doll, medicine) How long will it take them to decide what’s most important and get out of the house?

    Try to make your practice drills feel like real situations.

    •  Have everyone practice carrying their emergency kits with them as they go to the meeting place
    •  Have them pretend to be asleep in bed and have to get out of the house—have shoes, a flashlight, or glow stick by the bed for easy access
    •  Have them practice using the secondary exits of the house, if the primary exits are inaccessible
    •  Have them practice contacting your emergency out-of-city/state contact to let other family members know where you are (warn your out of city/state contact to expect several calls if you choose to practice this skill)

    Another fun idea for practice is to do an emergency preparedness scavenger hunt/choose your own adventure. This could be both fun and challenging for teens. For instance, leave them notes at pivotal spots on their evacuation route with situations that need solutions:

    • If they go to get their bike to evacuate you could leave note that says “oh no, there’s a flat tire and not enough time to fix it to meet the family in time. What do you do?”
    • Or if they get to the emergency spot, you could leave a note that says “everyone’s late. Who do you call to find out what’s happened?—the emergency contact” and have them call the contact (warn your contact beforehand though that this is just a drill . . . )

    The depth of your practice can range from quick and short basic skills to more intense survival situations. It’s up to you and your family to determine what types of practice will work best. Perhaps start out with the basic skills like just getting out of the house and onto the lawn with an emergency kit. As your family masters the basics, you can then move up to more complex tasks.

    After Practice

    After each drill, evaluate how you did or where you need to improve upon your plan. Additionally, having a good fitness regime will also help you and your family to evaluate how they can improve physically to execute the emergency plan.

    Try to make your practices a consistent part of your family’s life. Consider picking one day every three months to practice with your family. How often you practice really just depends on what works for your schedule. But practicing consistently is key to helping your family become familiar and comfortable with what to do during an emergency.

    Happy Prepping!

    --Angela

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  • Prepare Teens for disasters using YA fiction

     

    Do you think it’s hard to get your teens interested in Emergency Preparedness? Helping your teen(s) create an “emergency preparedness” Young Adult (YA) summer reading list may help them to view emergency preparedness in a new light. With the success of teen survival novels turned movies like the Hunger Games, your teens might enjoy reading other stories about how teens were resourceful while surviving during emergency situations.

    But what if your kids are like Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid? When his mom tries to create a “reading is fun club” during the summer, Greg asks her why she can’t give him a “real punishment than having to read the classics.” Perhaps your teens see emergency preparedness and reading in the same light, and while you can’t force them to read or prepare, you can give them sneak peeks of what each survival book is like.

    You can show them “book trailers” to give them a sense of the main idea of each story. A book trailer, like movie trailers, might get them more interested in the story. Also, consider reading the book first or along with your kids. As you read, you can discuss what you’ve each learned about prepping, and make your own family game plan based on what the characters do well (and not so well).

    Recently, I have been reading Susan Beth Pfeffer’s YA novel Life as We Knew It. This book has made me think about what I would do in a natural disaster (caused by a meteor colliding with the moon!). This disaster seems pretty far-fetched, but recently a meteor did hit the moon! While the effects were not as far reaching as what happens in the book, scientists explain that this impact created the biggest explosion of its kind. Luckily, the Earth’s global climate was not affected, but this book can help you start discussions about what to do in regular natural disasters as well.

    At the beginning of the novel, sixteen-year-old Miranda makes a very teenager-like statement: I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s would still be open. Do your kids know where their food comes from? A discussion about the supply chain for restaurants and grocery stores will be an eye-opening talk for your kids, who may think something more along the lines of Miranda’s assumption.

    From Miranda’s struggles throughout the book, we can learn how to think, plan, and prepare for emergencies before they strike. For instance: if you couldn't buy food at the grocery store, what would you eat?

    Since Miranda and her family didn’t have any food storage, they put themselves into a dangerous situation as they head to a looted grocery store to stock up on food and supplies. These are the items that they thought were the most important to grab:

    - Dry foods

    - Canned fruits, vegetables, and Progresso soup

    - Water bottles and jugs

    - Dry milk and canned juices

    - Pet food

    - Pastas

    - Canned Tuna

    - Cookies, cakes, pretzels, chips, candy, nuts . . .

    Why would you stock up on Junk Food?

    After the meteor hits, Miranda and her family start stuffing their mouths with chocolate chip cookies as a coping mechanism. Candies, cookies, and other comfort food items can help your family to feel less stressed during an emergency. You want to include food you are comfortable and familiar with in your food storage. However, the cookies Miranda’s family purchases from the store will only last so long before they go bad (use dehydrated or freeze-dried ingredients to make your treats!)

    This is not to say that during an emergency we can eat all the treats we want. While comfort foods have their place, you want to focus on stocking up your food storage with nutritious, filling, and healthy foods.

    What other types of non-food item supplies would you need?

    In the store, Miranda’s mom gives everyone a mission—one person got water, the other dried foods, etc. Miranda’s duty was to stock up on vitamins and medicines. When Miranda hits the medicine aisle, it is practically untouched. In emergency situations, non-food items are just as important to your survival as food items. Here are some non-food items they thought were important to purchase:

    - Paper products—toilet paper, feminine hygiene products

    - Oil lamps

    - Matches

    - Batteries

    - Candles

    - Garden seeds to grow veggies and fruits

    What Basic Survival Skills can you learn?

    The rest of the book also discusses what to do in power outages, for communication needs (radio), and coping with stress in an emergency situation, taking out cash from the bank, and basic survival skills that could also give your teens new perspectives on prepping.

    As author Virginia Woolfe once said, “Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” Since fiction is a representation of reality, you can use YA survival novels like Life As We Knew It to talk to your teens about why it’s important to have an adequate food and supply storage that fits your family’s needs. Consider what those needs are; create a list, and start prepping.

    Here is a list of other YA survival novels that will help your teens start thinking about prepping:

    The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    Matched by Allie Condie

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  • At the end of 2012, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimated that 22.3 million people were living with type 1 or type 2 Diabetes in the United States. In fact, Dr. John Anderson of the ADA states, “I know of no other disease that is increasing at (about) 8% per year.” The growing rate of Diabetes among Americans is an important issue for emergency preparedness gurus to consider when addressing preparedness needs.

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    So, what can we do to adequately prepare for our families’ various health needs in an emergency?

     The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and Lilly Diabetes outlined the importance of emergency planning for people with Diabetes and other health needs at ACE’s annual meeting (on May 1st). These two programs began collaborating after Hurricane Katrina and led to the creation of the EmPower “My Diabetes Emergency Plan.”

    The Emergency Plan

    My Diabetes Emergency Plan” is a comprehensive checklist (available in both English and Spanish) that helps those with diabetes prepare in advance for big and small emergency situations. In addition to blood glucose testing supplies, insulin, and medical records, some other suggested items to include in your emergency kit are:

    • Empty plastic bottles for syringes
    •  A 2-day supply of non-perishable foods (peanut butter, cheese crackers, meal replacement bars and shakes)
    •  Soda, honey, and hard candies for possible hypoglycemic reactions.
    • Cooler or insulated fanny pack to store insulin

    The purpose of this emergency plan is to prepare users for a range of emergency situations from severe weather to car trouble to power outages. So, you should constantly update the supplies in your emergency kit. Updating medical supplies is especially important for those with Type 1 diabetes that must take insulin regularly.  However, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests that since insulin is a prescribed medication that you cannot store extra supplies of insulin unless your prescription and doctor allows it. But there are general guidelines and precautions that you can take.

    Guidelines and Precautions for Insulin Users

    According to the FDA, insulin can be stored in a refrigerated area  at approximately 36 to 46 degrees F until the expiration date on the package. If there is no access to refrigeration, “all of the available insulin can be left unrefrigerated (between 59 and 86 degrees F) for up to 28 days and still maintain potency.” The ADA also suggests that if your glucose levels go too low that you do not want to inject insulin, but you can stock up on glucose pills and candies to help raise these levels. For more information on how to use insulin during an emergency situation, check out the websites listed at the end of this post.

    Sometimes in emergency situations hospitals provide insulin to patients who have their prescriptions and medical records with them. The FDA suggests that it is ok to use a different brand of insulin if your doctor has discussed and prescribed alternatives to you. This is why it is important to include up to date medical records in your emergency kit and to talk to your physician about these alternatives as the Empower “My Diabetes Emergency Plan” suggests.

    Dr. Lawrence Blonde, endocrinologist, member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and fellow of ACE, states, "Our goal is to encourage people with diabetes to take steps in advance of an emergency to protect their health. It only takes a few minutes to prepare an emergency kit, and now with the added download availability of our checklist in Spanish, even more people can be ready." In addition to this comprehensive plan and checklist, there is also a step-by-step video about how to build your emergency kit that you can watch on the Empower website.

    Learn more about this exciting press release and the ongoing conversation about Prepping for the various health needs of your family at the Eli Lilly and Company website

    Click here to see the “My Diabetes Emergency Plan” checklist

    Click here to see information on insulin use during an emergency situation:

    http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/ucm085213.htm

     http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/ada-emergency-medical-advice.pdf

    Additional Sources:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/06/health/diabetes-cost-report

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  • Holy cow. Sometimes people in TV shows are soooo frustrating. I mean, seriously, people, think a little bit. Last night I was watching The Walking Dead and some emergency preparedness lessons really hit home. (WARNING: Don’t spoil anything for me, I’ve only just finished season 2 and don’t want to hear anything about season 3.)

    Having said that…SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen any of the episodes and plan to, don’t read the next two paragraphs.

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    So in the show, a horde of zombies descends on the group and overruns their home. The group is driven out, and everyone is separated; most are in groups of two or three, but several people are on their own. It was frustrating and nerve wracking to watch.

    I kept yelling, “You should’ve had an emergency plan! Where are your emergency kits? Did you designate a rendezvous point?” (I know it’s fiction, but I like to get into it.)

    (Spoiler over.)

    Fiction or not, everyone can benefit from having a plan, having an emergency kit, and designating a meeting point. For me, that’s the lesson the WD episode drove home. When you’ve experienced the comfort of group support and camaraderie, the last thing you want to do is go solo. Groups of like-minded individuals can work together to provide food and protection for each other. Not to mention easing the work load and keeping up morale.

    So the lesson I learned? Before an emergency or natural disaster, pick a safe spot where your family and other members of your preparedness team can meet. It’s important to practice and to plan for various scenarios, so in addition to picking the spot, actually go there. Try getting to your meeting point from different parts of town like your home, workplace, church, or your children’s school. Try getting there in different ways; drive once, then bike or walk the route. If you really want to test yourself, see how long it takes you to grab your emergency kit and get to the meeting point.

    You might even consider picking two meeting points – one that’s close to home in case the emergency is confined to your house or block, and one that’s a little further away in the case of a larger disaster.

    If only The Walking Dead had a seasoned prepper in it. The show would be soooo much cooler. Or at least less frustrating! Helpful tips and know-it-all attitude aside, what about you? Do you watch The Walking Dead or is that too out there for you? More importantly, do you have a designated meeting point?

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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.

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  • Emergency Plan for Pets

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    Today as I was looking through a few news sites online I ran across an interesting article from CNN about making sure you have an emergency plan set up for your pets. I was mostly surprised by how similar the suggestions for pet emergency kits were for the suggestions for human emergency kits. Here are a few tips from the article that particularly stood out to me:

     

     

     

    1. Try camping, or at least learn a few skills - It's important to keep in mind that many hotels and other places you might think to stay during an emergency may not allow pets. If you find yourself in this situation, you will probably be happy that you have some camping supplies like a tent or water filter set aside and a few skills that can help you get through until you find a more permanent place to stay.

     

    2. Invest in sturdy pet carriers - No matter where you end up during an emergency, your pet will need to sleep somewhere. Get a carrier now and have your pet sleep in it and get used to it. Make sure it is big enough for your pet to be comfortable in and that it has space for a water and food bowl.

     

    3. Carry copies of documentation - It is pretty common to hear that we should keep copies of credit cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other important documents with our emergency kits. The same thing applies to important papers for our pets. Some papers that you might want to consider are lists of medications or allergies, vaccination records, and disaster contacts.

     

    4. Carry photos that show you with your pet - This can work as proof of ownership. You can put pictures of you and your pet on it's carrier and also carry them with you in your emergency kit.

     

    Click here  for more ideas of what you should consider when working on preparing an emergency kit and plan for your pets and to read the article from CNN in it's entirety.

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  • Getting Started

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    Many people ask, “Where do I begin when it comes to Emergency Preparedness?

    We'd answer that question by saying that the first thing you should do is to get information first. Information is the most valuable tool to have in an emergency. We have a large collection of Emergency Preparedness Insight Articles that can help you to obtain this vital preparedness information.

    Get Started on your Prepping by reading Emergency Essentials Insight Articles

    Insight Article Topics:

    Take a look at some of these articles to start or refresh your prepper education. These articles will help get yourself and your family invested in emergency preparedness. There are over 90 articles to choose from within 13 different categories. Insight Categories include:

     

    Preparedness Checklists and Downloads

    Another great way to get started (with no cost involved) is to develop a personal or family emergency preparedness plan. Check out our Preparedness Checklist page to start creating an emergency plan or to build your emergency kit today. You can print these plans directly from our website. Here are the checklists we have to offer:

     

    A Few More Tips for Getting Started

    Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started with your preparedness plan after you have your Family Evacuation Plan in place:

    • Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: water (both portable and permanent), an emergency kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag, and a first-aid kit or an emergency bag.
    • Get your information from reliable sources. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that it has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
    • Use short-term storage as a guide for long-term needs. The items required to sustain life for three days can easily be multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
    • Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members, and others.
    • Think investment, not expense. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste.

    Remember that babies, small children, the elderly, pets, and those with special medical needs require special consideration when planning for an emergency. We offer some great information to help you with these groups.

    For those of you wondering how and where to begin, we hope this post will be helpful. For others who have already started, we welcome your input to help and assist those who are just beginning. An inner confidence results as one strives to do their best to become prepared.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: pets, Emergency plan, family, water, First Aid, children, water storage, getting started, emergency kit checklist, Preparedness Checklist, special needs

  • We have encountered a lot of recent discussions about Heirloom and non-hybrid garden seeds. One of the most important characteristics of Heirloom seeds is that they are open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds. What does this mean, and why is this so important in relation to emergency preparedness?

    Typical seeds you purchase in local stores are generally a hybrid of different plants. This is done to produce higher yields, to help the plants be more resistant to disease, to create specific tastes and colors, etc. The downside to hybrid seeds is that the seeds of the grown vegetables generally cannot be harvested and replanted the next year. Conversely, open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds can be harvested and planted year after year, making them an important addition to any food storage plan!

    After researching various suppliers of non-hybrid open-pollinating seeds, Emergency Essentials, Inc. settled on a great product called "Canned Garden Seeds." The can includes 16 popular and easy to grow non-hybrid garden vegetables that are hermetically sealed in E-Z lock reusable bags. The bags are triple-layered foil packets that are sealed in the can. A very helpful Gardening-Made-Easy Instructional Guide is also included.

    One tip we would recommend is storing the seeds as cool as possible - your refrigerator or freezer would work best if you have the room. According to the manufacturer, the seeds can be safely stored for 4 years at 65-70 degrees and much longer at lower temperatures. Each 6 degree drop in storage temperature may double the storage life of most seeds. Good planting!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, Emergency plan, heirloom seeds, non-hybrid seeds, garden, gardening, emergency preparedness

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