Tuesday, January 19, 2010


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 glow sticks and some aluminum foil, duct tape, and some glow sticks.  Duct tape and aluminum foil come in handy for many reasons.  Glow sticks can be used at night when you don't want to be using battery power, or in an emergency you can tie them to things you may need to find in the night without having to use your flashlight.

How is your three-month supply coming along?  We have been asked to have a three-month supply of foods you regularly eat.  This may sound overwhelming, but if you break it down into small pieces it's doable. We prefer to store meals that can be made using only non-perishables.  This way, even if there is a loss of power and we lose all our perishables (including freezer foods), we'll still have 3 months worth of good meals for our families.  Check out our food storage recipes - all of them are completely made with non-perishables only.  Then, make a master plan of what meals you want to store for your three month supply.  You don't have to plan 12 weeks of different dinners, however; for example, you could just come up with 2 weeks worth of meals, then store each meal 6 times.  That would give you 12 weeks of 14 different dinners.  Then, make a master shopping list and cross of the things you already have, and what you still need to buy.  Stock up when you see sales.  Also, buy a few things from your list each time you visit the grocery store.

Don't have time to sit down and plan your non-perishable meals, plus make a grocery list??  That's ok - we've done it for you.  In our e-book, we have a three week menu plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner).  You buy groceries for each meal 4 times, and then you'll have 12 weeks worth of meals.  Our e-book also includes the master shopping list of what you would need for the whole three months.  Check out our food storage e-book!

For more details about how to plan your three month supply, just click on the link.

How is your longer-term storage going?  This month we're gathering beans.  Of course, you don't have the gather the same thing we are gathering each month - this is just a reminder to help you get the things you need.  I love beans - I've been making lots of taco soup lately!  Beans are so versatile so stock up on all the kinds your family will eat.  Lentils and dried split peas also fit into the bean category.  You can also check out our food storage recipes using beans.