Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • January Sale Items

    This month Emergency Essentials is bringing you a lot of good stuff on the cheap. You can check out several of the items in separate feature articles. (See this month’s Resolve To series.) There are other excellent products that won’t get their own feature, and we want to make sure you know what’s available.


    On sale for $28.99


    First up, the 397-Piece First-Aid Kit, is on sale for $28.99. It’s fill of individually-packaged bandages, ointments, creams, and wipes. It comes in a durable bag and you’ll get extra tools like scissors, tape, gauze, gloves, and a basic first aid guide.


    On sale for $2.99 each


    Our LED Glow Stick 200 is on sale this month for $2.99. This is a seriously sweet deal for a seriously sweet item. It’s a combination LED glowstick, flashlight, emergency flasher, and whistle. It will flash for over 200 hours and comes with batteries and replacement batteries so that even your back-up has back up! Because the glow stick runs off of batteries (not chemicals) it’s a non-toxic, conscientious way to prepare. If I'm buying anything this month, a bunch of LED Glow Stick 200s is it.



    On sale for $22.99


    Have you heard of the RADTriage™ Radiation Monitor Card? It’s a wallet-sized card that shows you how much radiation you’ve received if you’re exposed. The monitor is always active and will immediately change color when exposed to gamma or X-rays. The sensor strip will begin changing color right away and finish monitoring in about ten seconds. (Click here to see a video from the manufacturer, JP Labs.) The color change is permanent and the card is good for one exposure indication. Click here for additional information on shelf life and here for testing results from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. So, how much will this proven tool cost you? Normally it sells for $34.99, this month we’re offering it for $22.99.


    On sale this month!


    I wasn’t sure anything could beat the techy coolness of the RADTriage™, but there are some real steals in the food department this month. Our biggest sale is on the Premium 2000 One Year Supply of food. If you were to price out each individual item the combo would sell for $3,348.51, but you can get it for $2,599.99 this month. That’s a $748.52 savings, plus you’ll only pay $12 for shipping on the entire order! You read it correctly – you won’t pay shipping on individual cans or on total weight. You’ll only pay $12 for shipping your entire order.*

    Two other items with big discounts are on the Granola with Milk and Bananas LRP (this month $1.99, MSRP $3.95) and the LRP Entrée Combo (our price $17.99, MSRP $67.41). LRPs are lightweight so they’re great for backpacking, emergency kits, and food storage. They’re really easy to prepare because you just add water. I tried some the other day and I have to say I was impressed with the flavor. I wasn’t expecting freeze-dried food designed for military use to taste good at all. But the entrée I tried was creamy, the vegetables had a beautiful fresh color, and the serving was generous. I’m definitely adding a few of these to my supplies! FYI These products are not available online. Call Customer Service to add them to your order. 1-800-999-1863 during business hours. (M-F 8-6, Sat 9-5 MST.)

    Like I said earlier, there are other items on sale that I don’t have space to mention. (Ok just one more really quickly – check out the Aqua Towel. Usually it costs $4.95 but this month it’s on sale for $2.49.) You’ll want to have a good browse through the catalog or on our website so click here to see all the sale items.

    Happy stocking!


    *An additional charge will be added for orders shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, APOs, and FPOs.

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  • Low-Sodium Food Storage

    Steven Stuckey, @geocaching_ham, asked a great question via Twitter.

    “Having a hard time finding anything with low sodium do you have any suggestions?”
    Yes, we have suggestions!
    For starters, if you’re in the market for low-fuss, lower-sodium meals, here are four tasty options from Mountain House: Chicken Alfredo (260 mg per serving), Chicken and White Bean Chili (260 mg per serving), New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham (290 mg per serving), and Lasagna with Meat Sauce (300 mg per serving). With these meals you get the just-add-water convenience and a lower sodium option in one!


    Here’s something to consider: a lot of food storage is taken from meals originally created for people with active lifestyles; take for example MREs and LRPs. These ready-to-eat and just-add-water meals were created to sustain soldiers in the field. Because soldiers are expending so much energy these meals were specially designed to replace lost calories and sodium.

    MREs and LRPs are a great option for your emergency supplies, so don’t rule them out. Just remember that they are designed to replenish vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs when you’re expending a lot of energy. You won’t want to rely on MREs or LRPs for your entire food storage, but they can be an integral part of your broader strategy.
    Other ready-to-eat meals were created for backpackers and outdoorsy people who are hiking and trekking and climbing all day long. Also consider that in an emergency situation it’s likely that your body will be working overtime to keep you calm, warm, and functioning. You will probably need more sodium to compensate.
    But if you need to be on a low-sodium diet for medical reasons, or have a family history of heart disease and diabetes and are being careful, there are still options for you. (According to the USDA Dietary Guidelines, if you have high blood pressure or diabetes you should not consume more than 1500 mg of sodium daily.)
    Meals made from scratch are usually lower in sodium than ready-to-eat meals. Instead of relying on just-add-water or ready-to-eat meals, make staples like whole grains, freeze-dried or dehydrated vegetables, and fruits the foundation of your food storage.
    I’m not a food scientist, but by comparing nutrition labels I’ve figured out that cooking from scratch does make a difference. Making spaghetti from scratch will save you about 220 mg of sodium over preparing freeze-dried spaghetti. Sure it’s not as convenient, but it fits your need. With little effort you’ll develop the skills to create low-sodium meals from your food storage. Click here for recipes.
    If part of your food storage is canned goods, next time you’re ready to make a purchase choose the low-sodium option. You may also consider rinsing your canned food before using it. Draining the juice and rinsing the food can do a lot to decrease the sodium. This works really well with foods like beans and vegetables, especially when adding them to soups or casseroles. I do this all the time and haven’t noticed a decrease in flavor.
    Speaking of flavor, did you know that you can “trick” your body into wanting less salt? When you use more herbs and spices on your foods, you won’t need as much salt because your taste buds are busy savoring other flavors. Some of my favorites are garlic, pepper, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, cumin, bay leaf, cinnamon, allspice – ok I could go on forever. I love flavor.
    If you really need to cut the sodium out of your diet, start substituting vegetables for meat. Mushrooms are a popular substitute, as are lentils and beans. These hearty foods will help fill you up and are much lower in sodium than meats like ground beef.

    The most important thing to remember is that you can make your food storage work for your specific needs and lifestyle. There are always options.

    We love getting these kinds of questions! To ask your questions, tweet us at @BePrepared_com. We’ll respond to your tweet and post longer answers here on our blog. Now, here’s a question for you:
    How do you use your emergency supplies to make healthy, low-sodium meals for your family? Feel free to share recipes, too!
    -- Steph

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: low-sodium, sodium

  • Have you ever been stranded (even in the middle of your own city) with a broken down car in less-than-ideal weather? Or stranded on the freeway? What about a back road?

    We’ve talked about winter travel and winter safety before, so for this week’s giveaway we want to give you some specially selected items that will help you stay warm, dry, and fed if you have to deal with car problems in rain or snow. 
    These items were chosen because they can give your current auto emergency kit a boost—or give you a jumping off point for putting a kit together. (Don’t have an auto kit yet? The Roadwise Emergency Kit is a great option.)
    Whether you already have a car kit, or you’re still working on it, this will give you some great items to round it out and keep you safe, warm, and fed if you get stranded on the road.
    These items were specially selected just for this giveaway (and most are on sale this month!):
    Auto Tool Kit - $14.99 in January ($31.69 value)
    Includes locking pliers, an adjustable wrench, a 6-in-1 screwdriver, long-nose pliers, leather/canvas gloves, and emergency tape.


    3600-calorie bar- $5.69 January only ($7.95 value)
    These food ration bars have a nice flavor and are high in calories to give you the energy you need while waiting for help.

    Sportsman HoodedBlanket/Poncho

    - $12.99 this month (normally $14.95)
    Keeping warm while stranded in the winter will require staying dry. This hooded blanket/poncho can help keep you protected from the elements.


    Warmth Emergency Kit - $11.95 (valued at $14.92)
    These hand and body warmers will help keep you warm until help arrives. 172 hours of total warmth.

    Glow Stick – on sale this month for $2.99 ($6.49 value) – available in Red, Blue, Green, or Multi 

    This glow stick can help provide light without worrying about matches, and will flash for over 200 hours—a great option for signaling your location to rescuers if you get stranded in the dark.

    Enter to win one of two ways (one entry per person). Just answer this question in the comments below or on our Facebook post about this blog post:
    Have you ever been stranded on the road and had to wait for someone to rescue you—whether it was a tow truck, a stranger, search and rescue, or your own

    family? Tell us a little about it in your comment.
    Your comment must be on the blog or Facebook before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th 2013.
    We will pick and announce the winner on the blog and on Facebook on Monday the 14th, so check back next week to see if you’re the winner!
    If you are the winner and do not respond to our announcement on the blog and Facebook within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.
    All entries will be verified. Contest is open to all customers with a US shipping address; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased—whichever you prefer.This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or

    Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway. 
    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, Car Preparedness, Car Kit

  • Hey team! Check out our January group specials below. In our first group special of 2013 you’ll save 30-45% off regular prices PLUS free shipping within the 48 contiguous states. We’re here to help you get your food storage off to a great start!

    $24.00 each when 12 cans are purchased together. Regular price: $43.95.
    Toss a handful of these tasty tomato chunks into a veggie omelet, or simmer some to perfection in a pot of your own homemade chili or vegetable soup. No matter how you use them, these tender freeze dried tomato chunks add even more possibilities to your food storage. Each can has a net weight of 4 oz.
    $14.00 each when 12 cans are purchased together. Regular price: $22.75.
    For baking needs, or simply for spreading on a fresh slice of bread. Butter powder offers flavor and convenience to your food storage. Each can has a net weight of 34 oz.
    $20.00 each when 6 bags are purchased together. Regular price: $32.95.
    This granola is a morning favorite when combined with freeze-dried fruits, as topping on a cobbler, or as a tasty trail mix. For emergency preparedness it is a useful storage food for a quick energy boost right out of the bag. Packaged for long-term storage it comes in a re-sealable, metalized 7-lb. bag.
    60 cents each when 80 warmers are purchased together. Regular price $1.00.
    In cold weather, hands and feet often feel the effects of the chill first. With the 18-hour Hand and Body Warmers, you can add comfort to chili days and nights and protects yourself from injury and frostbite.
    So those are the group specials for January 2013. Orders for Group items should be placed by January 24, 2013. If you meet the minimum purchase requirement for one group item, shipping is free. To learn more about the Group Program click here for all the program details.
    Happy grouping!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: group program, group specials

  • 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 We might just feature you on the blog or Facebook!
    Happy prepping!
    —Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Urban Girl, Pennies for Preparedness, Prepping on a Budget

  • Resolve To Sleep Well

    It’s the new year and we're all making resolutions. We've come up with a unique take on four common resolutions and have some recommendations we think will help. Check back each Tuesday in January to join the discussion on each resolution. 

    Resolve to Sleep Well During an Emergency
    Sleeping well during an emergency can get tricky. Sleeping is one of the body’s ways of rejuvenating, and good sleep is crucial to your well-being—especially in a crisis. 

    In order to sleep well you need to be comfortable, dry, and maintain a certain temperature, all of which can get tricky in an emergency. When you’re stuck outdoors it may be too cold or too hot for you to sleep comfortably – not to mention that you might be on a cot or the floor. To help you sleep better, add these solutions to your emergency kit.

    Let’s start with the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho. This versatile item has a lot of features. One is that the blanket/poncho retains up to 90 percent of your body heat. In a situation where you’re outdoors in the cold, the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho will make a big difference in helping you stay warm.

    Another feature of the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho is that it’s lightweight and unfolds to 72” by 72” so it’ll give you a lot of coverage. If you’re caught in the rain you can hang up the blanket/poncho as a shelter and keep yourself dry. Or let’s say that you’ve lost power and your home is  overheated. Try hanging the blanket in front of a window, with the reflective side facing out. This will provide much needed shade and give you the chance to rest a little easier.

    The Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho has four layers—one of which is ASTROLAR® reinforcing fabric. This makes the blanket/poncho tear and

    puncture-resistant so you can rough it up and still be confident that it will see you through the night. Plus it’s on sale this month for $12.99.

    Keeping a reliable sleeping bag on hand is a good idea—even for those whose idea of camping is a hotel. All of our sleeping bags work well for camping, so consider their other uses. A sleeping bag might make all the difference on a cold winter night if the utilities go out.

    The Slumberjack line offers sleeping bags for a range of temperatures (rated for -20°, 0°, and 20° F). With draft tubes, collars, and hoods, these bags have what it takes to keep you warm in an emergency at home or in the outdoors.

    Even when you don’t need the sleeping bag for warmth, it can come in handy as an extra layer of padding between you and the ground. 

    If you do have to sleep on the ground, you’ll want a sleeping pad. We have a handful of self-inflatable Therm-a-rest sleeping pads that are small, lightweight, and affordable. Therm-a-rest mattresses are designed with outdoorsmen in mind, so they’re durable and reliable. This portable mattress will also give you another layer of insulation from the cold. In any sort of situation where you’re forced to evacuate, you’ll be glad to have a Therm-a-rest in your emergency equipment.

    It’s unlikely that in an emergency situation you’ll sleep as well as you would at home, but with the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho, the Slumberjack sleeping bags, or Therm-a-rest mattresses, we can help make that night a little more restful. 



    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, shelter, sleeping bags, sleeping pads

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