Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Every Tuesday, we post specific items you should gather in order to supplement your 72-hour 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 72-hour kit is complete, we'll be putting together emergency car kits again (week by week). Once those are done, we'll gather the 72-hour kits again. So don't worry, just jump on in and join us where we are today!

This week for your 72-hour kits, add some candles, matches, and candle holders if you need them (can you imagine actually having candles and matches, but having no way to actually secure a candle to make it stand upright? That would be maddening). Anyway, candles are great to use for just sitting around at night, and if you don't want to be using up your flashlight batteries (if you don't have a wind-up flashlight). If you do have those nifty wind-up flashlights, you may not need candles, but you certainly need matches. Consider buying waterproof ones, or waterproof them yourself by dipping the tips in wax.

How is your three-month supply coming along? Don't forget to store water! You should have at least two weeks' worth of water in your home. Click here to read Abbie's post about how to store water in plastic bottles.

This month for our longer term storage, we are gathering "other" items (see right sidebar for details). I'm stocking up on pasta. What are you gathering?


Danielle said...

We actually have flashlights with solar charging and battery backup. They are pretty cool, though one of these days I need to test how long they will run without getting any light. It's very deserty where I live, so solar is a great technology for this area.

The husband is the biggest deterrent to storing water. I find the easiest thing to do is use the 2L bottles, fill them up, and rotate through them to water my garden. This way the water in them stays pretty fresh, but I have water on hand for an emergency. I also figure that in a true emergency, I'm not going to care if chemicals got into my water, though I do buy bottled water for storing when the husband can be convinced.

As for longer term... mostly we shop good sales hard and stock up as much as we can with coupons and sales combined. We recently got a bunch of pasta, and it was ridiculously low price.. $2 for 8.5 lbs of the good stuff (most of it is wheat, but it's all fiber-added). That will last us quite a while.

I'm loving this site because it's another thing in my life that makes me feel good about my addiction for food storage.

Jody M said...

Oh, add in a fire extinguisher, too. Just in case. Candles....kids...knocked over...no phone service to 911?