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  • Top 10 items to store (final list)

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    As I promised, I had one more list from the preparedness meeting I attended to share with you. This contains the top 10 other items you should store. Once again I would suggest you look it over and consider what items you need to add to your personal storage program.


    1. First aid kit and hygiene products. Some of these will be different from family to family but they are essential to survival. There are great pre-assembled kits available or you can put your own together. Hygiene products will be very important in an emergency.
    2. Other forms of communication such as 2 way radios, HAM radio, short wave radio. Consider what will work best for your situation and budget.
    3. Water filtration and purification. Water is essential so you will need to have ways to filter and purify it. If you have to leave your home, you will need a filter or purification tablets.
    4. Extra RX medications as needed. This may be difficult to acquire, but if you can, you should get 3-6 months of your prescription medications. It is a scary thought for those who depend on their meds for survival.
    5. Clothing. You will want to have cold weather clothes, work gloves, boots, etc.
    6. A back up source of heat for your home and extra fuel. No one wants to be cold.
    7. Gasoline or diesel fuel stored in cans. There are lots of things that run on fuel and it may be difficult to obtain.
    8. Tools. Basic hand tools will have multiple uses. You should also consider tools for automotive repair.
    9. Written materials, books, and manuals for emergency situations. Since we haven’t experienced a lot of these things, we may need to study and learn how to do some very basic things.
    10. All important documents. Deeds, insurance, passports, birth certificates, medical and church records should be copied in print. Each of these should also be copied on a CD, DVD, or Flash Drive.
    I hope these lists have been helpful and have given you some ideas where you can improve your preparedness. If you have other ideas, I would love to hear from you.

    Contributed by Pam Higley


  • Top 10 Non-Food Items to Store

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    A few weeks ago I attended a very interesting preparedness meeting. This meeting had a lot of great ideas. I especially enjoyed their top ten lists, so I thought I would share those. The first list is the top 10 non-food items to store. Here it is:
    1. Toilet paper—aside from the obvious hygiene benefits, you can use the inside rolls to make fire starters and to make pots for seed starters.
    2. Pain relievers and medicines—there is nothing worse than being sick and not having the first aid supplies you need. Check the dollar store for inexpensive items.
    3. Batteries—this one is kind of obvious. Take a look at the most common battery needs for your household and get some of every size, AAA to D.
    4. Duct Tape—there are so many uses for this. From tent hole repairs to bandages to rope. If you can imagine using duct tape in a project, it will probably work. Here is a website you could check out:
    5. Paper goods—having a supply of paper plates, cups, towels, and plastic utensils can be invaluable when the power is out. You don’t have to worry about washing dishes during a power outage.
    6. Ziplock bags—the heavy duty freezer storage strength can be used for all kinds of things. There is no better way to keep things separated and protected from water and mishaps. They should be in your emergency kits.
    7. Contractor trash bags—there are about as many uses for a trash bag as there are for duct tape. You can make rope from it, build a tent to stay dry or clean up a mess in an emergency. The heavy duty, contractor bags that you can purchase at home repair stores are the best.
    8. Soap—keep some good old bar soap on hand. Along with frequent hand washing, it is your most effective weapon in fighting germs. Better yet, get supplies and learn how to make your own.
    9. Tarps—another multi-functional preparedness item, the tarp is invaluable for protecting you and your things from the elements. If you were to sustain damage to your home or roof, you could make temporary repairs with a tarp.
    10. Feminine products—unless you want to go back to the way it was done in the olden days. The products used today were developed as bandages to absorb the blood of war wounds and can still be used for this purpose.
    Some of these items were things I had never considered storing. I hope you will do as I have done and take some time to see what you should add to your storage plan. Next time I will share the top 10 food items to store.

    Some other non-food items that are great for emergency storage supplies can be found at

    Contributed by Pam Higley


  • Wintertime Traveling Tips

    winterWintertime is here again. The snow is on the ground, the temperatures are lower, the days are shorter, and water has started to freeze. We as humans seem to forget that when these changes occur, we have to adjust the way we travel. The driving conditions are a lot different in the wintertime than in the summertime. As the snow falls, the roads get wet. If the temperatures get to 30 degrees or lower, then that wet road is going to start to freeze, too. Even if the wet road isn’t frozen, it could still be slick, especially once the sun sets or if the wind has been/is blowing. The holiday season is upon us, and that means there are going to be lots of people traveling in these winter conditions. As you and your loved ones travel, keep my top-five tips in mind to help you and your family get together safely:
    1- First and foremost, SLOW DOWN!! From personal experience, this is one of the most important things you can do. It only takes a second to lose control of your vehicle, but if you’re driving slow enough, your chances of regaining control are a lot better. Be sure to pay attention to your surrounding vehicles so that if they are speeding, you can be aware and prepare to slow down or pull over to let them go around.
    2- Allow yourself more time to get to your destination. Being late not only offsets your day, but also everyone else's, making for a long, stressful, and busy day for everyone. So instead of causing a chain reaction of people being late, leave at least ten minutes earlier than you normally would. By doing so, you allow for any delays that may occur so that you can still arrive to your destination on time without being tempted to speed and causing any accidents.
    3- It’s obvious that in the wintertime you’re going to want the heater on in your vehicle, but you don’t want to get overheated. If you get too hot you tend to sweat, and if you have to get out of your vehicle with wet clothes on, you’re more apt to catch a cold and get sick. In order to avoid this, set your heater on a medium heat instead of straight hot, and set the fan to blow either on the floor and defrost or straight on defrost—that will keep you from getting too hot inside your vehicle while still keeping the inside temperature warm and comfortable. Also it helps to dress in layers—if you start to feel warm, take a layer off before you get too hot. You can always put it back on later if you get a little chilly.
    4- Always make sure your vehicle is prepared for the worst. It’s best to always have your vehicle ready for emergency situations. Keep your vehicle stocked with extra coats or a couple blankets, a sealed emergency can with food and water and any other emergency supplies that can come in handy (and a can opener taped to the can so that you can open it), and a mini first aid kit. You should also make sure you have jumper cables in case your vehicle’s battery dies, a cell phone charger for your vehicle in case your cell phone dies, a red flag or small towel just in case you need to get another vehicles attention or become a hazard and need to make sure other vehicles notice you.
    5- When traveling long distances, be sure to tell someone where you are going and roughly how long you expect to take to get there. If you end up having to stop or get delayed for more than a half hour, make sure that while you are stopped you check in to let that person know what’s going on. NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE!!! EVER!!!!! In fact, STAY OFF THE PHONE COMPLETELY WHILE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN DRIVE!! If you are traveling alone and need to check in, take a minute to stop safely and make your call or send your text, otherwise have someone else that is in your vehicle do it for you.
    Life goes by fast enough as it is!! So much of that time is spent working and doing chores and other duties that keep us from what really matters—spending time with our family and loved ones. That little bit of time we allow ourselves to be with the ones that mean the most should be well spent and cherished! So make sure you and your loved ones travel safely and cautiously at all times, and have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


  • Our winter traveling and commuting-it is important to be prepared

    Commuting in the winter can be dangerous! Commuting in the winter can be dangerous!

    It’s just an hour after sunset, and the single-digit temperature is settling in on your winter surroundings. The shiny asphalt is giving the illusion that it’s bare and you can drive the speed limit, but you know better. You know that’s really black ice on the road. It’s been lightly snowing all day and now it’s below freezing; the once wet road has now transformed into a black top ice rink, and the road you’re traveling on is full of twisty turns and sharp corners.

    This has been a winter never seen before.   Traveling to and from work has been hazardous and dangerous.   Now is the time to ask yourself if you are prepared for what may happen in your daily commute with winter weather conditions.

    by Angelia Kunz

    Our suggestions! Our suggestions!

    Make yourself a 24 hour single person traveling emergency kit.

    Fill it with EVERYTHING you might need if you find yourself stranded in a situation where going for help just isn’t a safe option. Find yourself a water-tight, hard container to hold all of your emergency essentials, just in case your car ends up in a river and you need to evacuate. Make sure it will fit nicely under one of your seats, or at least in the trunk of your car. Stuff it FULL with supplies that will help you survive the night:

    • 3 Meals to eat. Some examples are
    • A little container of honey to help keep your blood sugar up
    • A 2.5 can of ready to eat freeze dried fruit
    • Matches/a lighter to melt snow in the 2.5 metal can for extra water
    • Mountain House Flameless Heating Kit to cook your meals in
    • A couple bottles of water to mix with your meals and drink
    • Coghlans Water Purification Tablets to add to melted snow in the 2.5 can for drinkable water
    • Aquamira Water Bottle With Filter to drink your snow water out of
    • Several packets of hand warmers (use in your shoes to warm your feet, too)
    • Pocket size sleeping bag to sleep in or use as a shelter if you have to evacuate from your vehicle
    • A couple space blankets for extra warmth
    • Bag balm to keep your hands and lips from cracking and bleeding
    • A flashlight that has the sharp bottom and flashes SOS (plus extra batteries)
    • A whistle to help you call for help
    • Several travel-size packets of Kleenex (easier to pack than a toilet paper roll)
    • A couple travel-size packets of hand wipes
    • A mini first aid kit
    • A little funnel (if you run out of gas, take it and an empty #10 can to fill with gas and pour into the tank)
    • A deck of cards/a little notebook and pen (keep yourself calm and focused; could write down your thoughts)
    • A list of instructions on how to use all this items, including
      • Stay active--exercise once every hour to keep your oxygen up and blood flowing
      • Use the empty 2.5 can to melt snow to use for water. Once melted, remove from heat and add a purification tablet to make it safe to drink, or simply pour into your filtered water bottle
      • Keep two opposite windows cracked just enough to breath in fresh air
    • A little note of encouragement (could be written at the beginning of the instructions; just a little something to keep yourself calm and hopeful)

    If you buy enough of these items in bulk, you can build several of these emergency kits for each of your vehicles, and even one for all your loved ones. Please be safe!


    ALWAYS be prepared!

  • Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter

    As I was going through my 72 hour kit I found an item that came in the kit that I wasn’t too familiar with:  the Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter.  I decided I needed to learn more about it.  The Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter system provides a safe and convenient way to drink clear clean tasting water anywhere.  No pumps, no hoses, no special fittings, just “fill and go”.  This means you simply fill the bottle with water, drop in the filter and you’re ready to drink.  You get a high quality 22 oz. Nalgene Sport Bottle with a sturdy push pull valve system and polycarbonate flip cap to keep the drinking valve clean.  The bottle itself is lightweight and easy to use.  It is ideal for wilderness or adventure travel, camping, bicycling, emergency kits, even daily use at home or work.  It is ergonomically shaped to fit comfortably in your hand or in most bicycle water bottle cages or backpack pockets.

    The Aquamira Microbiological Filter is a special thick-walled “porous plastic” filter designed to provide greater effectiveness than common thin-walled fiber filters.  The tiny, intricate pathways in the filter remove chlorine and odors from your water and also trap 99.9% of harmful Giardia and Cryptosporidium which are the two leading causes of waterborne illnesses. The activated carbon reduces waterborne chemicals and improves water taste.  A single filter treats up to 230 refills and replacement filters are available.  Rainy Day Foods carries both the water bottle and replacement filters.  They also carry a filtering straw by Aquamira.  These are wonderful items that I believe every home should have in their emergency kits.

    contributed by Pam Higley

    Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter


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