April Showers Bring May Flowers!
The rain and the thunder storms, the smell of the after math of a thunderstorm, don’t you just love April? I do (well besides the allergies) This really can be such a beautiful time of year as the trees and flowers start to wake up and the smells, and I LOVE hearing the birds chirping every morning.
Tip – When you buy your stuff remember to store the oldest date stuff in the front and rotate through it before its expired. The canned or bagged storage food has a 25 year shelf life (not canned beans and corn) actual stuff that has been packaged as food storage.
If you see an item say corn if it where me I might get fresh corn to eat but I would buy a Food Storage Large Can (made for food storage) of dried corn that will last for 25+ years. Sugar for example I will buy 6 thinks of sugar and put all but one in storage and rotate through it. and restock as needed.
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What to Buy in April….
72 Hour kits. See WAY below for this info Remember just do what you can you can always add to it later.
Powdered milk (40oz will make 5 gallons of milk) Honey lots of honey! I heard once you can live off of honey, I DON’T KNOW HOW TRUE THAT IS BUT I HAVE A LOT JUST IN CASE) Sugar, brown sugar, powder sugar, molasses, corn syrup
Emergency sewing kit: Thread, pins, needles, buttons, snaps, zippers, tape, measuring etc…
Pasta lots and lots of pasta also spices, dry onions, garlic, chicken bullion, beef bullion, seeds, vanilla, maple, other extracts, powdered eggs ( I actually like these a lot) again DON’T PANIC just decide what’s most import and add a bit extra to the shopping list.
Extras – Non-food items:
can opener, wheat grinder, blender, aluminums foil, plastic wrap, bags, dutch oven, food dryer, fishing line, and hooks, garden seeds Remember there is no need to worry about buying all of this at once I have taken years. Just pick one or two if you can and get them per year. Or Christmas and Birthdays these can be great things to get.
Water just like in January
Sample 72 Hour Survival Food Kit –
2 hot chocolate powder packets, 2 cereal bars, 4 granola bars, 2 beef jerky, 2 fruit roll-ups, 2 packets crackers, 1 can apple juice, 1 can chicken noodle soup or tuna, 4 soup based packets, 12 pieces hard candy, 1 spoon, 1 2 liter soda bottle filled with water.
Emergency 72 Hour Kit – cover all emergency needs – food, water, shelter, communication, and warmth, all items in each person back pack
Dry Pack – Whistle, flashlight, extra batteries, radio/walkie talkie, poncho, 12- hr light stick, 1 roll toilet paper, pocket knife, compass, pocket first aid kit, emergency blanket light weight (Costco has great ones in bags) water proof matches, soap, change of clothing (think ward you can always de-cloth you can’t warm up if not enough clothes) extra socks/undies
***In a ziplock – information sheet, Childs name, age, bday, all families phone numbers, cash 50/100.00 each small bills. copy of ID and info about all of Childs health histories/surgeries/illnesses etc… do this for parents too.
Food/water – tuna fish, fruit cocktail, peanut butter/honey, granola bars, fruit snack, jerky, 2/3 water bottles
Other – Feminine hygiene needs, can opener, packing tent light weight and water proof, sleeping bag backpack style light weight and can go below zero degrees, sanitation kits, campers trowel, tool kit, diapers/infant needs
Pack each bag according to each Childs needs! Put in rooms on closet shelf if child can’t be trusted of if they can put under beds.
72 hour kit check list
Portable container located near and exit of your house. don’t over load it.
Each family member should have their own kit with food, clothes, and water. Distribute heavy item between the kits.
Enclose extra clothing, matches, personal documents and other items damaged by water or smoke in plastic to protect them.
Keep a light source in the top or your kit.
Personalize your kit. Made sure you fill the needs of each family member.
Inspect your kit at least twice a year. Rotate food and water. Check clothing sizes. Check expiration dates on batteries, light sticks, food, etc…
Consider the needs of elderly people, as well as those with handicaps of other special needs