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IF AN EMERGENCY HAPPENED TO YOU RIGHT THIS MINUTE, HOW WOULD YOU FARE?


Think about how much you depend on an ever-present supply of food, water, electricity, and heat, an ability to communicate, a place to lay your head, and an ability to travel.

What if—due to circumstances beyond your control—any one or two of those were lost? What if all of them were lost? What are your chances of survival, based on your current state of preparedness?

While natural or economic disasters pose definite risks, personal emergencies like job loss, divorce, or physical disability due to accident or illness all too often turns the lives of individuals and families upside down, making putting the next meal on the table all the more challenging.

The bottom line is: unfortunate things happen all the time–and you are the first and best defense for helping yourself and your family.

"Do not put off the improbable for the unthinkable. … If there is a one in a million chance of something happening to you then it is happening to 300 people in this country right now." Richard Gist, Kansas City Fire Department

There’s no way to be ready for everything, but Emergency Essentials can get you pretty darn close. Preparing for your survival needs in a disaster can seem daunting, but if you follow a simple plan, you’ll be prepared before you know it.

Here are our suggested steps for getting disaster-ready: First, you need an emergency preparedness plan. Here’s an easy Emergency and Evacuation Plan template you can use—just fill in your information and you’re ready to go!

After your plan is in place, you’ll need:

You could compile all of those things, from scratch, on your own. Or you could turn to the disaster preparedness experts, Emergency Essentials. We’re here to help you prepare your family for the unexpected.

While you´re working on gathering and storing supplies, visit our official blog for great ideas and to learn some useful skills. Our Preparedness Pantry blog and our Insight Articles provide top-notch emergency preparedness education. There’s more great information available via our Emergency Essentials Forum and Facebook page to get you exactly what you need.

You may think of “preppers” as people that aren’t like you. But the truth is, most preppers are just everyday people planning ahead for unexpected circumstances with a bit of food storage, water storage, emergency power, and other supplies that will fulfill their basic needs if somehow their supply to their everyday source of supplies (like a grocery store) is unavailable for a while.

Remember, survival isn’t about luck. It’s about prepping for difficult situations ahead of time, including the survival gear, emergency food storage, water storage, and the other supplies and skills you’ll need in a disaster—whether a natural, personal, or financial disaster.

AND BROWSE OUR ONLINE RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION LIKE TIPS, RECIPES, AND ARTICLES:


Blog: beprepared.com/blog
Facebook: facebook.com/EmergencyEssentials
Prep School: beprepared.com/PrepSchool
Twitter: twitter.com/BePrepared_com
Forum: bepreparedforum.com
YouTube: youtube.com/emergencyessentials
Insight Articles: beprepared.com/Insight

Happy prepping!

WHY WATER STORAGE?

Ever wondered to yourself why water storage is such a big deal? What’s so important about having a water filter on hand?
Read over the information below to get a helpful overview of water storage and purification, including essential gear you’ll need to prepare your own supply of water in case of an emergency.

WATER STORAGE FAST FACTS

  • When it comes to basic survival, water will keep you alive longer than food will.
  • You can survive without food for 14+ days, but only about 3 days without water.
  • An active adult needs a minimum of one gallon of drinking water per day.
  • You need a way to store enough clean water for you and your family long-term.
  • You should have 2+ methods to purify and/or filter water in case your supply becomes contaminated.
  • You need water you can carry with you, should you need to evacuate.

Take a look at the list below. You can see how water storage quickly becomes about more than just clean drinking water! Prepare a good supply in advance to meet your most essential needs in a disaster. In order of importance, you’ll need water to:

  1. 1. Drink
  2. 2. Prepare meals
  3. 3. Clean hands and cookware
  4. 4. Flush the toilet(s)
  5. 5. Bathe
  6. 6. Wash clothes

WATER STORAGE

FEMA and The Red Cross recommend that you store a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day, which will only cover your most basic needs: drinking, some cooking, and minimal hygiene (think sponge bath). For anything beyond that, you’ll need to store additional water. And don’t forget water for your pets!

Store as much water as possible; aim for two weeks of stored water. Start small—enough for just one day—then build up to three days, one week, etc.

Good water storage options include food-grade emergency water barrels (or other containers like water tanks or jugs), boxed water kits you fill yourself, and pre-packaged water like emergency drinking water pouches or small, pre-filled water boxes. If you are an urban prepper or live in a hurricane-prone area, consider a temporary bathtub water storage system like the AquaPod.

WATER FILTRATION AND PURIFICATION

Invest in a couple of different methods to purify and filter water, especially if you can’t have permanent water storage because of limited space.

  • A water filter: microfilters are the best for removing as many microorganisms as possible from the water (a Katadyn water filter, like the Katadyn Pocket or Vario, is a great investment for your preparedness gear).
  • Chemical water purification/treatment options like the Aquamira Chlorine Dioxide treatment (for killing microorganisms that are too small for microfilters to catch).
  • A way to boil water (an alternative to chemical treatment)— a portable stove is a great option for this.
  • UV light treatment (disrupts the DNA of microorganisms, making it impossible for them to multiply in your digestive system).

Shop BePrepared.com for Water Storage, Filtration, and Treatment:

NOT SURE WHICH OPTIONS TO PICK?

Our Preparedness Experts can help you decide which water filter and purification/treatment system is best for your needs. Call us at 1-800-999-1863, or visit one of our store locations in Utah.

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WHY FOOD STORAGE?


In case something should ever happen to interrupt the food supply to your area, you need to have a food supply stored so you can continue to care for yourself and your family. Here at Emergency Essentials, we focus on getting people ready for disasters – whether it’s a natural disaster or a personal, financial, or family crisis.

Just as there are different kinds of people, there are different kinds of food storage. We’re here to help you find the right food storage solution for your needs. Think of it as insurance for your food and water supply.

SHORT-TERM FOOD STORAGE


You probably already have a short-term supply of food in your pantry. In North America it’s common to get enough food to last a week (or more) each time you go to the grocery store.

You probably don’t think of that “extra” food as survival food, but that extra can be the beginning of your food storage pantry. The food in your pantry may help you get by for a short period of time if you can’t get to the store. A three-day supply of short-term “food storage” in the pantry is typical for most households. What you need to focus on now is expanding your food storage supply.

If you live in an urban area and survive by eating out almost every meal, think about building up at least a week’s supply of short-term food you can throw in the cupboards. Also take a look at our article Prepping in an Urban Setting for tips and suggestions for urban preparedness. (Quick tip: MREs and Mountain House pouches don’t take up a lot of room, but they deliver a lot of flavor and nutrition when a disaster makes eating out or hitting up the grocery store impossible.)

LONG-TERM FOOD STORAGE


It can be difficult to find foods that are properly packaged for long-term storage. That’s where Emergency Essentials comes in. We stand by our packaging; we use BPA-free, food-grade plastics, double-enameled, stainless steel metal, and metallized bags that are air-tight and water-tight. Our freeze dried meals and dehydrated foods can last up to 25 years when kept in proper storage conditions (stand-alone pouches and MREs excepted). That means that unlike those cans of tuna fish and sardines, you don’t have to rotate your SuperPails, Provident Pantry or MyChoice cans, and just-add-water meals. MREs and pouches not stored in airtight buckets have a shelf life of around 7 years if kept in proper storage conditions.

OTHER ITEMS


You may not have thought to add seasonings, heirloom seeds, or sprouting seeds to your long-term food storage and emergency plan. It’s ok to approach emergency food as basic survival food, but we think you should enjoy what you eat during an extended disaster situation! Seasonings, packaged for long-term storage, are just the thing to perk up a post-disaster meal. And having heirloom seeds stored means that you’ll be able to plant a garden and have your own fresh veggies. Sprouting seeds are your food storage’s under-appreciated super hero. Sprouting seeds need very little space, no dirt, and in less than a week you can grow your own nutrient-packed, fresh vegetable. How’s that for handy? Including these items goes a long way to making your food storage go farther. Sprouts will also give you something like a salad in a disaster if you don’t grow your own lettuce.

PROPER STORAGE CONDITIONS


All food storage should be kept in cool, dark, dry places. If you can maintain a 76°F temperature (or lower) your food storage will last for its maximum shelf life—up to 25 years!

CALORIES COUNT?


Calories are a crucial factor in your food storage planning. To determine your family’s food storage needs, think first in terms of calories per person per day, and then in terms of nutrients (protein, vitamins and minerals) provided—and finally, in terms of cost per serving. Measuring servings isn’t reliable because a cup of orange drink, a cup of beef stroganoff, a tablespoon of butter, and a quarter teaspoon of salt all count as a "serving." Depending upon the food choices, a person could consume three servings a day and only get 600 calories!

In high-stress situations we require more calories than usual to operate in peak condition. According to the government’s dietary guidelines, under normal situations most adults need around 2,000 to 2,600 calories per day—more if very active or highly stressed. Children usually need 1,500 to 1,600 calories per day, but remember that they are growing, and by the time you need to use your emergency food supply they may be eating like adults! Read more about food storage and caloric needs.

Our Food Storage Analyzer is a wonderful tool that will help you calculate how much food storage you have, and how much more you need based on your family members’ individual caloric needs.

A NOTE ON STORAGE FOOD


Emergency Essentials is here to change the assumption that storage food is the stuff your Aunt Edna dusts off for family camping trips. Yes, survival food is a great option for camping food, and for keeping in your survival kits. But our selection of gourmet, freeze dried foods are also aimed to improve your quality of life, especially during an emergency or extended disaster situation. They are delicious and provide crucial nutrients in difficult and stressful times.

We strive to provide quality products with a proven long-term shelf life and a Low Price Guarantee. Here’s what you won’t find at Emergency Essentials: cheap MREs, cheap freeze dried food, and cheap dehydrated food. We sell quality emergency food and survival supplies at the best prices in the industry. If you find the same product for a lower price, let us know and we’ll match that price. Guaranteed.

So whether you’re looking for canned food storage, MREs, sprouting seeds, a wheat grinder, or a dehydrator, Emergency Essentials has it all. With a little preparation, plus some freeze dried and dehydrated food, you can build a Provident Pantry™ of your own.

EMERGENCY AND SURVIVAL KITS

If you’ve read our Read First article, you know that one of the first things you need to take care of in your emergency preparedness plan is an emergency kit (also called a survival kit, 72-hour kit, or a bug out bag—we use those terms interchangeably around here). In a nutshell, an emergency kit is a bag or pack that has the food, water, and gear you need to survive for a minimum of three days (72 hours), preferably longer.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A SURVIVAL KIT?

The main reason to keep a kit on hand is to provide portable gear and supplies that will keep you alive and well until help arrives, or until you’re able to return home, get to the safety of a shelter, or make your way to a friend or relative’s home. Grab your survival kit on the way out the door and use it to get through a disaster when you need to evacuate.

WHERE SHOULD I KEEP MY 72-HOUR KIT?

If you had 2-5 minutes to gather your family and kits in a mandatory evacuation, could you do it? Or would you have to dig your kits out from under a pile of boxes in the basement or storage room?

Put it where you can grab it in a hurry. Many people keep their 72-hour kits in a coat closet or linen closet they would pass on their way to the front door. However, you should consider the layout of your home and decide the best location for your kit(s).

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE IN MY EMERGENCY KIT?

Your bug-out bag should have supplies that will keep you alive and healthy for a minimum of three days (again, that’s a minimum—it is wise to prepare for longer stretches of time if you can). You should have supplies to meet your needs in the following categories:

  • Cash in small denominations
  • Extra clothing
  • Coats, hats, gloves, etc. depending on the weather/season
  • Important Papers
  • Custom items to fit your personalized needs: medications, extra eye glasses or contacts, additional gear, etc.

SHOULD I HAVE MORE THAN ONE BUG-OUT BAG?

Each member of your family or household should have their own bag, customized to meet their individual needs. It’s a great idea to have a kit at home for each person, as well as a car emergency kit for each person. If there’s no room for each person to keep a kit in the car, a larger “family-size kit” with just one of each reusable item, along with water, food, and sanitation items specific to each person could be kept in the trunk or under a bench-style seat.

If you are away from home for work, school, etc., consider keeping a small emergency kit at that location so you have supplies if a disaster strikes and you’re not able to get home for a day or two—even a few hours.

Parents with children in school should work with teachers, principals, or other school authorities to coordinate a kit for each child in the school—whether it’s provided by the family and kept in the child’s desk or cubby, or provided by the school and kept in a designated spot in each classroom. Including some small supplies in the child’s backpack is also a good idea.

Some sites encourage you to build your own fully-customized emergency kit. And we’ve got all the components you would need to create a one-of-a-kind, custom emergency kit for yourself. However, a lot of people simply choose to buy a pre-built kit from Emergency Essentials. Here’s why:

  1. Our kits have everything you need to meet your basic needs for at least three days.
  2. When you buy a pre-assembled kit from Emergency Essentials, you pay less than you would to build it yourself (not more, like at some preparedness companies).
  3. Our kits have been used in real emergencies, and we’ve received feedback from experts and disaster victims.
  4. Our kits are the best value on the market for a well thought-out, complete kit that covers all the basics.
  5. All of our kits have room left in the bags for you to customize them with your own medications, glasses, extra clothes, toiletries, or other items as needed.

So, if you’re just getting started in preparedness and you need an easy first step… here it is. (You’re welcome.) Grab a kit or build a kit—either way, we’re happy as long as you’ve got something that will meet your needs and sustain you in a crisis.