Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • While you are updating your emergency kits during your spring cleaning, don’t forget to clear out some space to store your food and emergency supplies. But we know that's easier said than done . . . Have you ever felt like no matter what size home you live in—big or small—that there is never enough space to store your personal belongings, let alone your food storage and other emergency supplies?


    Boy playing in cardboard box


    If you have limited space to store your emergency items, all is not lost! This just means that you may have to get a little more creative with the places that you store your food and other supplies. Use your spring cleaning as an opportunity to clean out spaces in your home for your food and supply storage. (Spring cleaning is also a great time to rotate your food storage if it's not a part of your regular food rotation.) When looking for unique places around your home, remember that you want to store food items in cool, dry places. Here are some tips and tricks to find space for your storage supplies.


    Organize that Closet

    -          Create an inventory of all of your storage items and attach it to the door or wall inside your storage closet.

    -          Label and organize your items in groups so you can grab what you need quickly.

    -          Store and stack up items on the floor and sides of your closet walls.

    -          Use the top shelves in the closets in your guest room, bedroom, or hallway closet to store items.


    Put it Behind the Couch

    -         Pull your couch out from the wall and store several #10 cans in the space between the wall and your couch (only if the space will remain cool enough).

    -         Store items underneath or behind any furniture that you already have in your home that has enough space to fit items.


    Use a Book Shelf or Cabinet

    Afraid that bookshelves lined with cans will throw off the decorative theme of your home? Revamp your shelves to match the theme of your room.

    -          Add decorative fabric on the back panel of each shelf to create a decorative backdrop for your cans. Check out how to do this DIY project at (We   originally found this idea on Pinterest; click here to follow our boards).

    -          create a curtain to go over your book shelf to hide your cans.

    -          In addition to book shelves, you can also store your cans in cabinets, armoires, cube storage units, or dresser drawers.

    Take the extra few minutes to mount these cabinets or book shelves to the wall so they don’t fall over in an earthquake.


    Make an End Table

    -          Stack up boxes filled with emergency supplies, or stack up cans to create a foundation for an end table. Place a wood board or circle on top to create a table top and add a table cloth to cover the base.


    Hide it under the bed

    -          Keeping food storage under the bed will provide a cool, dry area to keep your food storage.


    Store it in the Car

    -          Storing items in your car can help you and your family in both large and small emergency situations. Check out our tips for creating a car emergency kit for ideas on what items to include.


    Stock Up Your Medicine Cabinet

    -          Check the expiration dates on the medicine in your cabinet. Replace items and consider stocking your cabinet with any over-the-counter medications that may be helpful in an emergency. Replace items in your first-aid kit as well.


    Stash it in the “Usual Places”

    -          Basements are great storage areas because they are usually cool and dry if sealed properly or fitted with a dehumidifier. If your basement floods or has a tendency to be damp, you probably don’t want to store your supplies there.

    -          Attics and Sheds are also good storage areas, but make sure that they are insulated well. These might be best for stashing non-food items like tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, tools, and the like.

    -          Trunks/Chests are good places to store both non-food item storage needs as well as food storage.

    -          Beneath the Sink is a great area to store cleaning supplies.

    -          Kitchen Cabinets clean out one or more of your kitchen cabinets and designate it as the “emergency supply cabinet.” Store only food storage essentials or other emergency supplies in it. Make sure to rotate these items regularly.


    If you live in an urban area, and you're dealing with extra-tight quarters, there are more tips for urban prepping here.


    What do you think? Have you put any of these ideas to use?

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, baby steps, storage space

  • Wheat Berry Salads

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    What’s affordable, hearty, nutritious, and delicious? A grain salad from your food storage, of course!

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    General Instructions for Preparing Grain Berries for Salad  

    My favorite method, which just happens to be perfect when you don’t have  electricity, cooking fuels, or time to spend over the stove (like in emergency situations), is to let the berries soak overnight in a thermos of hot water. Bring your water to a boil and add it to the thermos. But, if you don’t want to wait overnight, bring water to a boil, add grain, boil until the berries are soft. Depending on what type of grain you’re using, it could take 30 to 60 minutes to soften. You could also use your crockpot.

    I got so excited about using our Provident Pantry food storage grains that I couldn’t stick to just wheat berries. We’ve created four delicious recipes from hard red wheat, hard white wheat, spelt, and oat groats. I'm pretty sure that you’re going to love these salads, but don’t take my word for it. Try them out and let us know what you think!


    Mediterranean Spelt Berry Salad

    For the Salad:

    1 cup Provident Pantry Spelt

    3 cups salted water

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD Zucchini

    ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Carrots

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD Tomatoes

    ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Green Onions


    For the dressing:

    ½ cup olive oil

    3-4 TBS Balsamic vinegar

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Italian seasoning

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Salt

    ¼ tsp Provident PantryPepper

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Garlic powder

    2 tsp Provident Pantry Brown sugar (more to taste)


    1. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil. Add spelt and cook until tender. You can either cook the spelt right before you make your salad, or the night before by adding spelt with double the amount of boiling water into a thermos and letting it sit overnight. Strain and set aside.
    2. Reconstitute zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, and green onions in the water used to cook the spelt; drain.
    3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
    4. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Mix thoroughly.
    5. Pour dressing over salad and serve immediately.

    Fruity Wheat Berry Salad

    For the Salad:

    1 cup Provident Pantry hard red wheat berries

    2 TBS Provident Pantry Chicken Flavored Broth

    3 cups water (added an additional 2 ¼ cups)

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD Apple Dices (We used Emergency Essentials' Provident Pantry Fuji Apple Slices because that's what we had on hand.)

    ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Pears

    ¾ cup Provident Pantry FD White Chicken (hydrated in the broth the wheat berries were cooked in)


    For the dressing:

    ¼ cup crushed Provident Pantry FD Apricot

    ½ cup vegetable oil

    3-4 TBS white wine vinegar

    2 tsp Provident Pantry Brown Sugar (more to taste)


    1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add wheat berries and cook until tender. You can either cook the berries right before you make your salad, or the night before by combining berries with 2 cups boiling water in a thermos and letting it sit overnight. Strain and set aside.
    2. Reconstitute broth, apple dices, pears, and chicken using the water you cooked the wheat berries in; Drain.
    3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
    4. Crush dried apricots into powder. In a small bowl, combine apricots with brown sugar, oil, and vinegar. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

    Oat Groats Salad with Chicken and Spinach

    For the Salad:

    1 cup Provident Pantry Oat Groats (rinse after softening)

    3 cups salted water

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD White Chicken Pieces

    ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Spinach

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD Tomatoes


    For the dressing:

    ½ cup olive oil

    3-4 TBS red wine vinegar

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Black Pepper

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Salt

    2 tsp Provident Pantry Brown Sugar (more to taste)


    1. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil. Add groats and cook until soft. Strain and set aside.
    2. Reconstitute chicken, spinach, and tomatoes using the water you cooked the groats in; drain.
    3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
    4. In a separate bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and mix well.
    5. Serve immediately.

    Wheat Berry and Veggie Salad with Sesame Dressing

    For the Salad:

    1 cup Provident Pantry hard white wheat

    3 cups water, salted

    ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Celery

    1 cup Provident Pantry FD Peas

    1/2 cup Provident Pantry FD Green Onions

    1 tsp Provident Pantry FD Minced Garlic

    Optional: ½ cup Provident Pantry FD Beef TVP or 1 cup Provident Pantry FD Chicken Pieces


    For the vinaigrette:

    ½ cup vegetable oil

    2 TBS sesame oil (or to taste)

    3-4 TBS apple cider vinegar

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Black Pepper

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry Salt

    2 tsp Provident Pantry Brown Sugar

    ¼ tsp Provident Pantry FD Minced Garlic


    1. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil. Add hard white wheat and cook until tender. Strain and set aside.
    2. Reconstitute celery, peas, and green onions in water used to cook the wheat; drain.
    3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
    4. In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients; mix well. Pour dressing over salad and toss well.
    5. Serve immediately.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, wheat, recipe, grains, oat groats, spelt, salad

  • 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:

    Additional Sources:

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: preparedness, emergency kit, Emergency plan, family, emergency preparedness

  • Hi, friends!

    Check out this fantastic product review from Kevin in Oklahoma:

    My wife Debbie and I were customers of [another] brand of storage foods because we had been able to taste them at a home demonstration and found them to be the best tasting products for storage food we had found. That is until we ordered some MyChoice™ sized cans of the Provident Pantry products from Emergency Essentials to try out. All I can say is WOW, what a shock! We tasted the sweet corn (tastes just like it is right out of the field fresh), green beans, ground beef, potato dices, freeze dried Raspberries, freeze dried Raspberry yogurt bites, and the instant fat free milk.

    Raspberry Yogurt Bites

    I work nights and the products came in after I had left for work but my wife got them and opened the freeze dried Raspberry yogurt bites and the freeze dried whole Raspberries to taste as she is VERY picky concerning the taste of those items. The text I received from her was that the food had come in but there might not be any of the Raspberry products left for me to taste when I got home! They tasted far superior to the products from the other company and were much cheaper, too! (For example, the Sweet cherries from Emergency Essentials are $15.00 per #10 can cheaper than the other brand for the same product and sizing.)

    When I got home I mixed up some of the instant nonfat milk as I am super picky on milk and tried it against some of the other company's product which I had thought was great. The Provident Pantry brand was a hands down winner in that test. I even compared it to some store bought milk we had and there was absolutely no difference in taste!

    Powdered Milk tastes delicious!

    I made up a dinner of ground beef, potato dices (reconstituted and fried like fresh potatoes), sweet corn, and green beans with a glass of freshly mixed milk and I can say without a doubt it was just like I had made all of it with fresh products from the grocery store!

    We are sold on the taste, quality, and pricing of the Emergency Essentials storage food and will be having the original members of the other brands taste test group over to let them do a tasting of the Provident Pantry brand to get their opinions on it. I will send test results on that as a follow-up. We use our storage food on a daily basis as a way to both keep it in rotation and to save money on our monthly grocery bills. The products allow us to practice portion control and virtually eliminate any leftovers that end up getting wasted and thrown out.

    We are now full time customers of Emergency Essentials and are establishing our monthly orders as part of our regular grocery shopping budget.

    Thanks for the great service!

    Kevin, Oklahoma

    Thanks, Kevin! We’re happy you’re so thrilled with our products. (We think they’re pretty great, too!) Experiences like yours are one of the reasons we love helping people prepare.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, Customer Reviews, Emergency Essentials, rotating

  • Composting: The Other Black Gold pt 2

    You’ve read the first part of our composting series, Composting: The Other Black Gold, now you’re ready for some more details.


    A Note on Using Manure or Feces

    Is all poop created equal? Technically any fecal matter can eventually be used as a fertilizer, but should be composted first. However, when incorporating brown organic matter into your compost don’t use human, dog, cat, or pig feces because these types of fecal matter frequently carry pathogens and parasites. When you’re making compost to use in growing edibles, it’s best to stick with waste from herbivores like rabbits, sheep, goat, horse, or cow manure. Here’s a simple explanation of why.

    Turning your compost pile

    When you’re building your compost pile, keep in mind that you’ll have to turn that stuff over. You’ll also want to be rotating out the finished compost. Don’t build it bigger than you can manage. The best height for your compost pile(s) is between 3 to 5 cubic feet. It all depends a lot on what you’ll be able to turn – don’t make it too big! We recommend making multiple piles; that’ll make your timing and turning a lot easier.

    When you’re turning compost, remember that the point is to bring stuff from the outside (edges) in. It will decompose without you turning it, but it will take a lot longer – often up to a year! Turning the compost introduces oxygen, which helps it break down.

    Don’t turn your compost pile more than every two weeks. When organic matter decomposes, it builds up heat, which is part of the breaking-down process. If you turn the pile too frequently, this heat is lost and the whole composting process takes a lot longer. Since the point is to get compost onto your garden as soon as possible, turning every two to four weeks is ideal.

    If you're looking to speed up the composting process, consider adding composting activators. Many are manufactured, and a few you can make or grow yourself. If you're putting in the right balance of green and brown organic matter (ie nitrogen and carbon), and building the pile correctly, then you don't really need a composting activator.  But if you do want to hurry up the decomposition go ahead and use one, with this caution: because you're adding nitrogen you'll probably notice an increase in odor.

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    How do you know when your compost is ready?

    According to this article by the University of Illinois, “compost is ready to use when it is dark brown, crumbly and has an earthy odor. Compost should be fluffy, but not powdery. The original materials that were put into the compost pile should not be recognizable, except for small pieces of stems.” This should take about three months, depending on what kind of composting you’re doing.

    Composting is a wonderful way to cut down on waste, create your own fertilizer, and increase your garden’s production. Come harvest time you’ll find that your table scraps were worth their weight in gold!

    Happy composting!



    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food insurance, gardening, Composting



    Think gardening is okay but composting just isn't for you?  Here are some basics to get you drawing on the other black gold – compost that is, not Texas tea. This information was compiled from books we offer at Emergency Essentials, The Sense of Survival and The Encyclopedia of Country Living, as well as from informative websites (links included in article).

    Tips for Beginners

    • Wait until your organic material is composted (decomposed) before you put it in/on your garden. Table scraps are great, but don’t chuck them right into your garden. You’ll learn why below.
    • Cutting your organic material into smaller pieces will speed up their breakdown. For example, instead of leaving the entire banana peel, tear it into fourths (or smaller if you have time).
    Compost should be about as moist as a wrung-out sponge.


    Four Basics

    To compost, you need four basics: organic matter, moisture, oxygen, and bacteria. You provide the organic matter (and occasionally a little water as needed) and Mother Nature provides the rest. If you’re building your composting piles on the ground, Mother Nature will also provide worms which are the best composters ever. They will help speed up the composting process by breaking down organic material, aerating, and fertilizing so don’t get rid of them!

    But you don’t just have to build your pile right on the ground. You can also keep your compost in a bin, and there are lots of different types of composting bins to choose from. If you do start your compost in a bin, layer it like lasagna. Make sure you add a bottom layer of soil, and a little water to keep the organic matter moist.  Add your organic matter, and a little more soil on top.  Turn it every two weeks. Also important – the bin should not be air or watertight. You definitely want oxygen to get in there and do its job. Add a few earthworms to your bin and voila!

    Bits of vegetable, fruits and paper ready for composting.

    Choosing your Organic Matter

    What NOT to put in your compost:

    meat, bones, dairy, and oil.

    So your part of the composting partnership is to add organic matter. What can you put in and what should stay out? In general there are two types of organic matter; green and brown. Green organic matter would be table scraps (like your vegetables, egg shells, or coffee grounds) and lawn clippings. Brown organic matter would be stuff like manure, leaves, and twigs.


    Surprising things you can compost:

    hair, paper, and dryer lint.

    Keep a 1:1 ratio of green to brown organic matter. That balances the nitrogen (from green organic matter) and carbon (from brown organic matter). If your compost stinks, you probably have too much green matter. Add more brown organic matter to balance it out. And make sure that you always top your compost with a carbon (brown organic) layer, or a layer of dirt. Read more here.

    There are a lot of items that you probably didn't think could be added to the pile but that actually can be composted. Here’s an interesting post on composting hair. Dog and cat hair compost more quickly than human hair. If you are going to add hair make sure you spread it out – don’t let it clump in one spot.

    We have a lot more information on composting for you, check back tomorrow to read The Other Black Gold part 2.



    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food insurance, gardening, Composting




    When I was fourteen-years-old, my great-uncle experienced a third degree oil burn while frying fish for our family dinner. My grandmother and I, who were the only ones home, had no idea what to do and my uncle refused to go to a hospital. Growing up in the depression era, my uncle was used to using home remedies to solve all of his ailments, but this burn needed greater medical attention than his home remedies could provide.

    As a fourteen-year-old, I was terrified at the sight of the burn and knew nothing about burn care. If only I had known about Emergency Essentials and products like the BURNFREE Pain Relieving Gel, my uncle may have been saved a portion of the medical expenses and treatments that he had to face because he did not know how to properly take care of his burn wounds.

    Imagine cooking a family meal in the kitchen, like my uncle was, and then having a burn emergency that requires urgent care. What would you do? How would you treat the burn effectively? If you have a BURNFREE Pain Relieving Gel stored in the kitchen, you can pop out the gel and use it to immediately avoid any infection to the area and begin to lessen the pain. *

    The BURNFREE Pain Relieving Gel was specifically developed for first-aid use on burns and scalds. By storing one of these bottles in your home, you can begin to care for burns properly before the burn creates any devastating effects to your body. And because not all burns are third-degree magnitude, this gel allows you to treat burns in a variety of situations.

    MF-B515 BurnFree 4 oz. Gel

    Help your family know exactly where to turn for aid in the event of a burn emergency by getting the BURNFREE Pain Relieving Gel. This gel is originally priced at $4.95 each, but with your group savings, you can purchase this preparedness essential for $3.00 a bottle. At least 24 bottles much be purchased to receive this discount. These incredible savings will potentially save you or your loved ones from the painful and lasting effects of a burn injury.


    *In the event of a third degree burn, seek immediate medical attention


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: group program, group specials, emergency kit, burn care

  • If you've been tirelessly looking all winter for great deals on preparedness items for the spring and summer months, look no further. Our May Group specials will add versatility and vivacity to your food storage supplies. Group orders qualify for free shipping when the minimum purchase amounts are met.  Just check out what our May Group specials have to offer:


    Freeze-Dried Miniature Meatballs

    Prepared and packaged for long-term storage, enjoy these succulent beef and chicken meatballs now or in years to come. Simply re-hydrate to restore the original flavor, size, and texture. Use them in pasta dishes or in a sub sandwich. This delicious addition to your food storage can be purchased for $23.00 each (48% off of the regular price of $44.95) when you buy 6 or more.


    Freeze Dried Mini Meatballs


    Burnfree Pain Relieving Gel-4oz. Bottle

    Specifically made for cooling, soothing, and providing instant pain relief to a burn related injury, BurnFree gel is an essential for any first-aid kit and provides amazing results. Take the gel with you on your next camping trip or store it in any place where a burn can happen. This product is originally priced at $4.95 each, but with your group savings, you can purchase this preparedness essential for $3.00 a bottle. That is 39% off its regular price. At least 24 bottles much be purchased to receive this discount. Stock up and share them with friends!

    MF-B515 BurnFree 4 oz. GelTomato Powder

    If you love to make sauces, soups, or juices, you have to try our Provident Pantry Tomato Powder. This excellent addition to your food storage will provide you with nutrition, rich flavor and color to spice up your meals. The best part?—there are no additives or preservatives! By purchasing 12 cans, you can receive a 30% discount from the regular price. Just $16.00 per can (regularly priced at $22.95 each).

    Tomato Powder

    Instant White Rice

    White rice perfectly complements many meals. Use this dehydrated food as a side dish, in a casserole, or in a dessert. Our instant white rice is packaged for long-term storage, so you can enjoy this delicious side item now or years from now. This item can be purchased for $8.00 per can! That is 27% off the regular price of $10.95. At least 12 cans must be purchased to receive this discount.

    Instant White Rice

    Eight Pack Utility Flame Gel Packets

    Have you ever been on a camping trip and just couldn’t get the fire to start? Well, with our Utility Flame Gel packets, you can get that fire started, your family fed, and your toes warmed in half the time. This non-toxic fire-starting gel is reliable and produces no smoke or odor. It doesn’t evaporate, freeze or melt, and it’s water soluble. Utility flame gel is an ideal accessory to have in any climate that you may camp in. Simply tear open the package, squeeze out the gel, and light it. The byproducts are only water, sand and carbon dioxide, meaning that there is no mess to clean up. If you buy at least ten 8-packs, you can receive a 28% discount. That means you’ll only pay $10 for each 8-pack instead of paying the regular price of $14.00.

    Utility Flame Gel



    Our group program is an excellent way for families, friends, and neighbors to work together to obtain incredible discounts on a variety of preparedness items. If you’d like more information on how our group program works, check out our group programs page for all the details.


    Be on the look-out each month for more amazing savings through our Group Specials program!


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, group program, group specials, sale

  • iStock_000008708575XSmall_Tree_FourSeasons

    As you jump into spring cleaning, remember to check your emergency kits. As the seasons change, the items in our emergency kits should change accordingly. Now that we’re heading into warmer weather, switch out that heavy coat for a lighter jacket or sweatshirt (depending on where you live). You probably don’t need those snow boots for a few months, so switch them out for a pair of tennis shoes, hiking boots, or galoshes. Gloves, hats, and scarves may still come in handy; use your discretion to decide what’ll be best for you and your family.

    While you’re at it, check the expiration dates on:

    Check batteries and electronic items like radios and cell phone chargers. Make sure they still work!

    Check to make sure nothing’s cracked and leaking (like that bottle of hand sanitizer).

    Add items you may have forgotten like sunblock, a hat, N95 respirator masks, or utensils.

    Keep in mind that disasters in your area change with the seasons; update your kit to reflect what you might need during tornado season if you live in tornado country, or flood season if you live in flood country, or fires if you live in fire country, etc.

    If you’re not sure what might happen in your area, click here to find out. If you’d like ideas on what to put into an emergency kit, read over one of our handy checklists here. We’re serious about helping you prepare, so if you have any questions, ask them in the comments below and we’ll answer!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, emergency kit

  • May 2013 Sale Items

    Oh, boy… have we got some great stuff for you in May.

    First things first. Remember the 160-gallon Water Reserve we introduced you to a couple of weeks ago? Well, we’ve bundled two Water Reserves together with a 50-foot drinking-water-safe hose and 6 Aquamira Water Treatments (three sets) to make the Ultimate Water Reserve Combo. And for this month only we’re selling it at an introductory price of $779.99. (It’s a $1099.99 value, and will regularly sell for $849.95.)

    So, if your water storage situation isn't in order, now would be a great time to make it happen.

    Ultimate Water Reserve Combo (320 Gallons) 320-Gallon Ultimate Water Reserve Combo

    Whole Egg Powder is 27% off

    $15.99 for a #10 can (reg. $21.95)

    $5.99 for MyChoice™ can (reg. $6.95)

    Who says you can’t have a wonderful brunch in a disaster? Keep powdered whole eggs on hand for baked items like cakes, cookies, and casseroles; or whip up delicious breakfast foods like quiche, scrambled eggs, or pancakes.

    Dried Whole Egg Powder - #10 Can Dried Whole Egg Powder - #10 Can


    Save 31% on the Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo

    $99.99 for 6 #10 cans

    Get a nice assortment of fruits and veggies in one fell swoop. This combo includes freeze dried strawberries, peaches, bananas, green peas, tomatoes, and super sweet corn. They’re favorites for a reason—they are delicious and really easy to use. Snack on them straight from the can, or add them into your favorite dishes. Rehydrate with water for a few minutes, and then treat them like fresh produce that’s pre-chopped and ready to go!

    Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo Fruit and Vegetable Favorites Combo

    All Mountain House Pouches are on Sale

    If you’re planning some backpacking, camping, or other outdoorsy fun this summer, stock up now on Mountain House pouches, and take some delicious entrées, wrap fillings, side dishes, and desserts with you!

    Road trip? Pack some pouches and fill a Thermos with hot water at home or along the way; you’ll have great meals without settling for whatever fast food joint or questionable diner you can find on the road.

    These pouches are also a great option for emergency kits—just be sure to pack extra water for reconstituting them.


    This is just a lil’ sampling of what we’ve got on sale this month. Check out the rest of our May sale items here.

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