PrepWise Wednesday — November 4th

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It has been a while since I have talked about preparing. Winter is coming so now is the time to start thinking about cold weather preps.

Do you have an alternative heating source if you lose power? How about enough warm clothes (think layers) and blankets for everyone in the family? Do you have have a plan for the family to survive for a couple of days if you are snow or ice bound? Now is the time to check your supplies and make sure you have them in the house. That way you don’t have to make that mad dash to the store for toilet paper and milk along with everyone else in the area when that dreaded four letter word – SNOW – enters the forecast.

If you travel a lot you need to think about your cars too. Do you have an emergency kit in there? If so, make sure you add things like extra blankets and maybe hand and foot warmers. You may want to add some additional food items, think about some self heating MREs, that way you can have something warm if you are stuck in the middle of no where. Don’t forget to add kitty litter (non-clumping) and a small shovel to help dig out if you get stuck in the snow and ice. Oh and you may want to add some de-icer in case your locks get frozen.

So start your winter preps now and beat the rush.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

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PrepWise Wednesday — Figuring out what you need

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You have now decided you want to start “prepping” and building a supply of food and medicines and you not sure how to figure out what the heck you need for your family. There are several websites out there to help you.

One that I can recommend is Millennium Ark. This website is definitely for the hardcore prepper that is out to prepare for the end of the world. They have one tool that I love. It is this spreadsheet to help you figure how much of what items you need to store. It has a section that you fill out for the number of people that live in your house and for how many weeks you want to prepare for. It runs in Excel (or you can download OpenOffice which is a shareware program that lets you run Microsoft Office programs).

There is a one year supply list here. It has a one year supply for one adult. It includes costs. The rest of the site is once again a hard core prep site so you are warned. 🙂

Over at Cooking Traditional Foods there is a section on Food Storage for those with food sensitives and allergies. KerryAnn also has a spreadsheet similar to the one at Millenium Ark to help you with your food storage needs.

Another great resource for getting started is the Simply Living Smart website. They have wonderful resources.

The most important thing to remember is to store what you eat, and eat what you store. That way the food is used and rotated, and nothing is wasted.

Come on join us at PrepWise to learn more.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Prep Wise Wednesday

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I know this is late, but I have 3 little girls all down with a cold. So my week has been a little nutty.

Last week we talked about BOBs. What happens when you can’t or don’t want to leave your house? I personally am thinking about this coming winter and illnesses. With all my children if this H1N1 flu really takes off I will be staying at home and not risking going out in public.

If are considering this too, now is the time to start laying out your plans. If things were to get bad and you didn’t want to leave your house for a month or two would you be able to stay in and not worry about it. Do you have the supplies in your house? What supplies do you need to make it happen?

First thing you need to do is take an inventory. Look in the pantry, cabinets, and medicine chest. What do you have in there right now. Think about everything your family uses. Toilet paper, paper towels, cold medicines, prescription medicines, food and drinks. Based on what you have in the house right now, how long until you would have to go to the store? Does it provide you peace of mind? If not, you have some work to do.

Next would be to determine how much you would need to have in your house so that you could avoid going out for a month. Based on what you have right now in the house how much and what would you need to purchase?

After you know what you need to purchase, make a plan. So you know you won’t be going out for a month to any store you will need to have canned or frozen fruits and veggies. How far will a can of fruit cocktail go for your family? Will you need one, two or three cans for a meal? How many times can you serve it before the family goes ICK! You need to plan for a variety too. You also need to start serving them now so the family can get used to it or you can find out that they REALLY won’t eat it and plan on other things to make sure the family gets all the nutrients they need. Plan out a month’s worth of meals. Start stocking now from sales.

Also you need to think about medicines. What do you need to keep the family comfortable if they are sick? Think fever reducers/pain killers like Tylenol and Motrin. What forms do you need them in? For my family I need pills, chewables and liquid. If I had everyone sick I would need a lot of them. So I have started purchasing it now. BJs has the huge bottles of the generic tablet forms so I have been purchasing a bottle a month. For the chewable form, I get the Equate brand at Walmart. I don’t need as many of those since I only two of my tweens have a hard time with swallowing pills. I also purchase the liquid Equate Brand. I wish they had it by the gallon. When all three of the girls are sick I can easily go through a bottle within 2 days, probably sooner now that they are older and larger.

How about other cold medicines like sudafed, zycam or occillium? Think about how much you would need and start to pick up them up now. What about prescriptions? How do you purchase them? Are you able to get them mail order, 90 days at a time? See if you have that option and start stocking up.

How about your paper supplies like TP, paper towels, or tissues? How much do you go through in a day? What if people were sick and using more? Would you have enough? Again if you are not brand loyal, start stocking now so you will have enough.

Cleaning supplies? Do you have enough cleaners in the house? Make sure you have enough cleaners in the house. Oh and don’t forget the trash bags too!

Do you know how to make homemade cleaners? Start doing some research on that, it tends to save money and better for everyone in the long run.

Once you have a month’s worth of supplies in the house you need to determine if it is enough for you and your family? If not decide how much you need and make a plan to accomplish it.

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A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

PrepWise Wednesday — Getting to Know BOB

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This is the start of my Wednesday Series. I think having “preps” in the house is so important, and I encourage everyone to do some prepping. We have weather emergencies, health emergencies, and even government emergencies. So you need to have your emergency preparations in place.

The first you thing you need to do is get you BOBs together? Who is BOB? you are asking. More along the lines of a what is BOB. It is your Bug Out Bag. This is a bag you put together for each person and animal in your family. It will contain 3 days worth of food, personal hygiene items and clothing. Start thinking about it. You get the call to evacuate NOW. You don’t have time to put things in the suitcase all you have time to do is grab your keys and GO! Now you have nothing.

The Basics of BOB
Backpack
Water (and water purification items)
3 Days for Food and snacks (in cans or bags, no glass, no need for refrigeration)
Disposable plates and utensils
Can opener
Swiss Army type tool
Flashlight, extra batteries or glow sticks
Extra Keys
Simple First Aid kit
Whistle
Dust Masks
Large Plastic Garbage Bag (used for shelter or rain protection)
Long Pants
3 Pairs Socks
3 T-shirts
Long Sleeve Shirt
3 Pairs of Underwear
Hat
Work gloves
Any medications
Emergency blanket
Rain poncho
Body heater/Hand Warmers
Cash
Local Maps
Sun Glass
Tooth Brush
Tooth Paste
Deodorant
Shampoo
Soap
Comb/brush
Shaving cream
Razor
Wet Wipes
Towel
Feminine Hygiene Supplies (obvious uses, plus great for covering wounds if necessary)
Medical Gloves
Tissues
Hand Sanitizer
Biohazard Bag for Sanitation

Parents Bag
Copies of Birth Certificates
Copies of SS cards
Copies of Driver’s Licenses
Phone Number for Contacts
Phone Numbers of Doctors
Medical Conditions
Allergies
Photos

Children’s Bags
Parent’s Phone Numbers and Names
Home Address
Contact Numbers
Allergies
Medications being taken
Phone number of doctors

Baby’s Bag
Diapers
Wipes
Bottles
Formula
Spoon
Diaper Cream

Pet’s Bag
Food
Water
Food & Water Dishes
Medication
Leah
Medical Records (shot records in particular)
Cage
Toy or Blanket

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A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome