This week for your 72-hour kits, gather flashlights and batteries. Ideally, every person should have their own small flashlight (and a set of batteries), but if you can't do that, make sure there is at least one for every 2 people. Remember, you should already have one in your car kit, so that counts for one (and if you have 2 car kits, you've got 2 down!).
And since that's pretty easy, we'll add one more thing for the 72-hour kits: copies of personal documents. Keep everything in one folder (and in a parent's kit). You should have copies of birth certificates, ss cards, wills, patriarchal blessings, insurance card copies, etc. If you feel uncomfortable storing this in your 72-kit, still compile this folder but keep it wherever you feel comfortable. Just put a little sticky note in (or on top of) your kit to remind you to go grab it before you dash out of the house (if that's what happens!). There will be other things on this sticky note as well that we'll be "adding" to our kits later (a shovel, for example). It would also be a good idea to send a copy of this folder to a trusted family member (or friend) - someone who lives far enough away that they wouldn't be effected by the same weather disaster that may hit your home.
How is your 3-month supply coming along? Ever since Abs shared her Crockpot Oatmeal recipe, I've been wanting to add dried fruit to my supply. I don't normally like oatmeal but that meal looks great! I think I'd love it with dried apricots and craisins.
And finally, how is your bean storage coming along? Next Tuesday we're starting something new for the longer-term storage, so I hope you've been able to gather at least some beans this month. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a bonus recipe - bean soup. It's so delicous and unbelievably easy to make.