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Emergency Preparedness
 
Flash floods, tropical storms, blizzards...whatever the disaster, it pays to be prepared.
Emergency items should be stored in a disaster supply kit.
Putting Together a Disaster Supply Kit

Items to include in a disaster supply kit:
Medical supplies and first aid manual*
Hygiene supplies such as Toilet paper, Peppermint soap, and Essential oils, Thyme, Lavender, Eucalyptus.
Portable radio and extra batteries**
Flashlights and lanterns with extra batteries**
Camping cookstove and fuel Sterno cans Matches in a waterproof container Fire Extinguisher**
Blankets and extra clothing
Shovel and other useful tools
Money in a waterproof container
Infant and small children's needs (if appropriate)*
Can opener, utensils, cookware
* Check expiration dates and rotate stock for long-term storage.
** Check periodically.

Nutrition Information for Emergency Food Storage
In a crisis, it will be most important that you maintain your strength.
Eating nutritiously can help you do this.
Here are some important nutrition tips:
Plan menus to include as much variety as possible.
Eat at least one well-balanced meal each day.
Drink enough liquid to enable your body to function properly (two quarts a day).
Take in enough calories to enable you to do any necessary work.
Include vitamin, mineral and protein supplements in your stockpile to assure adequate nutrition.
Source: 1-800-325-2664

When deciding what foods to stock, use common sense.
Consider what you could use and how you could prepare it.
Storing foods that are difficult to prepare and are unlikely to be eaten could be a costly mistake.
Stocking a Long-term Emergency Food Supply
One approach to long term food storage is to store bulk staples along with a variety of canned and dried foods.

Bulk Staples
Wheat, corn, beans and salt can be purchased in bulk quantities fairly inexpensively and have nearly unlimited shelf life. If necessary, you could survive for years on small daily amounts of these staples.

The following amounts are suggested per adult, per year:
Item Amount*
Wheat 240 pounds
Powdered Milk 75 pounds
Corn 240 pounds
Iodized Salt 5 pounds
Soybeans 120 pounds
Fats and Oil 20 pounds**
Vitamin C*** 1,440 grams: In a bottle of C-salts from the above source, there is 735 grams (560,000mgs). You would need to buy 2 bottles for each person to give them 1 teaspoon per day containing 4,000mgs. Again 1-800-325-2664. * Best to buy in nitrogen-packed cans
** 1 gallon equals 7 pounds
*** Rotate every two years

Stocking Foods for Infants
Special attention would need to be paid to stocking supplies of foods for infants.
Powdered formula would be the least expensive form of infant formula to stock.
Commercially canned liquid formula concentrate and ready-to-feed formula may also be stored.
Amounts needed would vary, depending on the age of the infant.
Infant formula has expiration dates on the packages and should not be used past the expiration date.
Parents should also plan to have a variety of infant cereals and baby foods on hand. Amounts needed will vary depending on the age of the infant.
Other Foods to Supplement Your Bulk Staples
You can supplement bulk staples which offer a limited menu with commercially packed air-dried or freeze-dried foods, packaged mixes and other supermarket goods. Canned meats are a good selection.
Rice and varieties of beans are nutritious and long-lasting.
Ready-to-eat cereals, pasta mixes, rice mixes, dried fruits, etc. can also be included to add variety to your menus.
Packaged convenience mixes that only need water and require short cooking times are good options because they are easy to prepare.
The more of these products you include, the more expensive your stockpile will be.

The following is an easy approach to long-term food storage:
1. Buy a supply of the bulk staples listed previously.
2. Build up your everyday stock of canned goods until you have a two-week to one-month surplus. Rotate it periodically to maintain a supply of common foods that will not require special preparation, water or cooking.
3. From a sporting or camping equipment store, buy commercially packaged, freeze-dried or air-dried foods.

Although costly, this is an excellent form of stored meat, so buy accordingly.
(Canned meats are also options such as Spam.)
Another option is to purchase dry, packaged mixes from the supermarket.
Consider stocking some of the items listed as examples below.

Amounts are suggested quantities for an adult for one year.
Flour, White Enriched 17 lbs
Corn Meal 42 lbs
Pasta (Spaghetti/Macaroni) 42 lbs
Beans (dry) 25 lbs
Beans, Lima (dry) 1 lb
Peas, Split (dry) 1 lb
Lentils (dry) 1 lb
Dry Soup Mix 5 lbs
Peanut Butter 4 lbs
Dry Yeast 1/2 lb
Sugar, White Granulated 40 lbs
Soda 1 lb
Baking Powder 1 lb
Vinegar 1/2 gal

Storage and Preparation of Food Supplies
All dry ingredients or supplies should be stored off the floor in clean, dry, dark places away from any source of moisture.
Foods will maintain quality longer if extreme changes in temperature and exposure to light are avoided.
Grains If you purchase bulk wheat, dark hard winter or dark hard spring wheat are good selections.
Wheat should be #2 grade or better with a protein content from 12 - 15% and moisture content less than 10%.
If wheat is not already in nitrogen-packed cans, it can be stored in sturdy 5 gallon food-grade plastic buckets or containers with tight fitting lids.
If the wheat has not already been treated to prevent insects from hatching, wheat may be treated at the time of storage by placing one-fourth pound of dry ice per 5 gallon container in the bottom and then filling with wheat.
Cover the wheat with the lid, but not tightly, for five or six hours before tightening the lid to be air tight.
Other grains to consider storing include rye, rice, oats, triticale, barley and millet.
Pasta products also satisfy the grain component of the diet.
Milled rice will maintain its quality longer in storage than will brown rice.
Many of the grains may require grinding before use.
Some health food stores sell hand-cranked grain mills or can tell you where you can get one.
Make sure you buy one that can grind corn.
If you are caught without a mill, you can grind your grain by filling a large can with whole grain one inch deep, holding the can on the ground between your feet and pounding the grain with a hard metal object such as a pipe. Non-fat Dry Milk/Dairy Products
Store dry milk in a tightly covered air-tight container.
Dry milk may be stored at 70oF for 12 - 24 months.
If purchased in nitrogen packed cans, storage time for best quality will be 24 months.
Other dairy products for long term storage may include canned evaporated milk, pasteurized cheese spreads and powdered cheese.
Other Foods or Ingredients Iodized salt should be selected and stored in its original package.
Dried beans, peas, lentils, etc. provide an inexpensive alternative to meat and are easy to store in glass or plastic containers tigtightly covered.
Those purchased from the grocery shelf are normally the highest quality.
Open food boxes or cans carefully so that you can close them tightly after each use.
Wrap cookies and crackers in plastic bags, and keep them in air-tight storage containers.
Empty opened packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or airtight food storage containers to protect them from pests.
Inspect all food containers for signs of spoilage before use.
Commercially canned foods are safe to eat after long periods of storage unless they are bulging, leaking or badly rusted. Quality, however, will diminish with long term storage.
Changes in flavor, color and texture may be observed and nutritional value will decrease.
For best quality, use within one year.
If stored longer than one year, rotate canned goods at least every two to four years.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
To help compensate for possible deficiencies in the diet in emergency situations, families may wish to store 365 multi-vitamin/mineral tablets per person.
Careful attention should be paid to expiration dates on packages.
Shelf Life of Foods for Storage Unopened)Here are some general guidelines for rotating common emergency foods to ensure the best quality of the products.

Use within six months:
powdered milk (boxed)
Dried fruit (in metal container)
Dry, crisp crackers (in metal container)
Potatoes

Use within one year:
Canned condensed meat and vegetable soups
Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals (in metal containers)
Peanut butter
Jelly
Hard candy, chocolate bars and canned nuts
May be stored indefinitely* (in proper containers and conditions):
Wheat
Vegetable oils
Corn
Baking powder
Soybeans
Instant coffee, tea Cocoa
Salt
Noncarbonated soft drinks
White rice
Bouillon products
Dry pasta
Vitamin C
Powdered milk (in nitrogen-packed cans)

Put in a wood stove and stock up on firewood.
Practice living without heat.
Put in three 110 gallon tank rain water catchment system -- basically large covered tanks
and inserts for the downspouts that allow you to put the water off the roof into the barrels. Use the water to water the garden in between rains.
Stored drinking water.
Get two Aladdin lamps and learn to use 'em.
Lots of candles
Put together a serious first aid kit, along with serious first aid and field manuals.
Buy a water filter, the kind you can take with you and filter river water so it's drinkable.
Grow and store lots of medicinal herbs, buy what you cann't grow.
Learn how to use them.
Get books and took workshops about your native plants and how to use them.
Be perpetually prepared for a disaster.
Have cash put aside for in a safe.
A .45 Colt Commander, or other handy to use pistol, and make sure it is well-cleaned and have lots of ammunition.
A varmint rifle and suitable ammo for that.
A 22 rifle
Get concealed carry permits.
Practice at least once a month shooting them all.
Have some simple communication stuff like walkie talkies and a solar powered emergency radio, plus a solar powered flashlight and battery charger.
Dry a lot of jerky -- turkey, beef and fish.
Can a hell of a lot of peaches and other in season fruit, as many as you can buy or grow.
Get a dutch oven and a cookbook to go with it.
Build a fire pit in your yard
Stock up on;
grains
legumes
olive oil
powdered milk
canned foods, especially veggies and meat
"comfort" foods like chicken soup and hot chocolate.
White vinegar
baking soda
bleach
Toilet paper!!!
flour
beans
seeds for growing a garden (Gurney's has great ones http://gurneys.com/ )
seeds to sprout
vitamins, especially C, B-vits and E, Calcium.
( http://nutri.com - VERY low cost Vitamin C 1-800-325-2664 )
Aspirin and Acetaminophen
Get 6 months ahead of the prescriptions you have to take if you can afford it.
Keep rags and use them instead of paper goods for a lot of things, but we also remain stocked up on paper goods.
Stop using feminine products and switch to The Keeper.
Some good hand tools.
Get a manual coffee grinder and learn to use it.
Buy a grain grinder and learn to make bread with it, including Ezekiel and essene bread.
Buy a meat grinder, hand crank, and a sausage maker.
Build a smoker to smoke meats with.
Practice hitting the breaker and living without electricity for a couple of days at a time.
Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals (in metal containers)
Peanut butter
Jelly
Hard candy, chocolate bars and canned nuts

Amounts are suggested quantities for an adult for one year.
Flour, White Enriched 17 lbs
Corn Meal 42 lbs
Pasta (Spaghetti/Macaroni) 42 lbs
Beans (dry) 25 lbs
Beans, Lima (dry) 1 lb
Peas, Split (dry) 1 lb
Lentils (dry) 1 lb
Dry Soup Mix 5 lbs
Peanut Butter 4 lbs
Dry Yeast 1/2 lb
Sugar, White Granulated 40 lbs
Soda 1 lb
Baking Powder 1 lb
Vinegar 1/2 gal

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