Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your emergency car kit, your 3-month supply, and your longer-term storage. If you are new to our blog, don't worry! You won't be left behind. Just start up where we are and follow along. You will eventually have everything completed! Once the car kit is complete, we'll be putting together 72-hour kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the car kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

This week for your emergency car kits, add a flashlight and some batteries. If you really want to invest in something long-lasting, consider getting one of those wind-up flashlights - I love not having to worry about replacing batteries. We've added a few flashlight links on the right side of the blog page to give you some ideas - feel free to do your own research, of course, but these two flashlights have great Amazon reviews and you may want to consider them. The silver one is an LED crank light, and the red one below it is a Red Cross solar/crank light that also includes radio, a cell phone charger, and earphone jack. Of course, we're not telling everyone to get something this pricey or fancy (it's currently $30 on Amazon), but I will say that I myself am considering it. My family is about to embark on an 800-mile road trip next week, and this will really give me peace of mind. Also, if you live in an area that gets blizzards, or you frequently travel long distances on back roads, this is something you should probably consider.

How is your three-month supply coming along? I love having my master shopping list handy because I can really take advantage of the sales at my grocery store. Do you have a 3-month plan? Sit down and write out some recipes you like, then figure out how much of the food you will need for 3 months. For more details on how to make your plan, read our blog post about it here.

We are still gathering beans for our longer-term storage this month. If you want to buy pinto beans already canned in #10 cans, click here to purchase them from LDS Catalog. They are pricier than buying them at the store, but they are already canned up, and the price includes shipping.


:o) Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! I am encouraged that I can do this for my family!

I have a question about storing water in my emergency and car kit. Especially in the car, it gets really hot where we are in the summer. I have heard it isn't safe to drink out of bottled water that has been hot. Is this true? Is there something else I can store my water in for the car. Also, I am keeping my emergency backpacks in the garage, where it also gets hot in the summer. Any idea there?

Thank you!
:o) Rachel

kate said...

Your site is great. I'll get a new crank light this week as recommended.

Anonymous said...

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