Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Food Storage Tuesday (and a reminder at the end!)

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 car kits, add a blanket or some towels (no need to buy something new- just find an extra in your home!).  These can come in handy for a number of things - cleaning up messes, spontaneous picnics, etc.  I have 2 old towels in my kit, and I'm always using them to wipe off slides and swings at the park.  Also for your car kits, add a change of clothes.  Since the summer months are coming (and my children are growing!), I definitely need to switch out the current clothes I have in there.  I don't keep a full change of clothes for myself but I usually do keep a t-shirt and some socks.

How is your three-month supply coming along?  I have a confession... mine is dwindling - rapidly!!  More on that later this week... :)  Hopefully that's not the case for most of you, however.

March is winding down, so we're almost done gathering "other" items for the longer-term storage.  Next month we'll be moving on to something new.

This weekend is General Conference in the LDS Church (this happens twice a year).  That means it's time to check your 72-hour kits and your car kits and make sure everything is up-to-date (you should do this twice a year too, so we've coincided it with Conference).  Check your food, batteries, medicines, etc. and make sure that everything is working and nothing is expired.  If you have food that will be expiring before October 2010, replace it and use it up.  If it is good past October 2010, there is no pressure to switch it out yet since we'll be checking our kits again then.  You can if you want to, though!


Karen (Canadian Soldier's Wife) said...

Question for you about car kits.

We live in an area with a wide range in temperature... -40C in the winter, up to +40C in the summer. This makes it a challenge to keep food/water in the car - which became very evident when the bottled water in the trunk froze into solid bricks! And in the summer, the temperature inside the car gets so high that most energy food will turn into melted goo.

Any recommendations for food/water to keep in the car in an area with these rather extreme temperatures? (We moved here from an area where the temperature from January to August only varied by 10-20 degrees, so this has been an adjustment!)