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 personal documents. This could include copies of your birth certificates, passports, ss cards, wills, etc. You may also want to include copies of your Patriarchal Blessings. Of course, if you are not comfortable keeping these sorts of copies in your 72-hour kits while they sit in your home, you should still make copies and put a folder in a safe place... just remember to grab it when you leave your home in an emergency! You may also want to put other important papers in your file, like maps, instructions, etc.
How is your three-month supply coming along? I know I say this every couple of weeks, but DON'T FORGET to store WATER! I can't even stress enough that water is more important than food. It is vital that everyone in your home has access to clean water for drinking. Check out this article about emergency water - even if you haven't stored water there is still some water in your home that could be used in a pinch. However, it is best to actively store water in your home. Click on the link to read about water storage.
This month for our longer-term storage we are gathering rice. And speaking of rice, I have a question! Just this evening for dinner, I opened up the plastic lid off one of my #10 cans of rice (it's only about 1/3 full since we've been eating it) and I went to dump out some rice into the rice cooker and there were hundreds of BUGS in the bottom of the can! If I had just scooped out a cup or two I never would have seen them, but since I was dumping it out I noticed them at the bottom. So, the question is... did those bugs get in there since I opened it up and put the plastic lid on, or do you think they were in there originally when the can was sealed?? YUCK! I know that people say you are supposed to put your rice (and wheat/flour, etc) in the freezer for a day or something to kill any eggs that may be in your food so they don't hatch (they aren't harmful), but who does that? Do YOU do that? I guess I should start...... I don't know who canned this one up, probably my mother-in-law. I wonder if any of my other cans are bad? I guess I'll just have to start pouring out the rice before I start eating out of each can to make sure it's ok to eat! Blech.
Anyone else have any food storage horror stories? :)