Showing posts with label Emergency preparedness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emergency preparedness. Show all posts

Friday, August 9, 2013

Build an Ark

Build an Ark
Noah Was Prepared

A good friend of ours has a son who was on a beach in Thailand one morning about 10 years ago when God told him that it would be a great morning to hike the mountain behind him. He quickly obeyed the Lords prompting and began to hike the small mountain and not five minutes after he reached the top the Tsunami hit. God led him to safety and indeed placed him in Thailand with a plan to have him serve and comfort those in need.

There is a similar faith story recorded in the book of Genesis when Noah build an ark. God told Noah to build an ark that rain was going to fall on the earth and although rain had never fallen before, Noah had faith that God would indeed do as He promised and flood the earth at some point in the near future. So Noah built an ark and he did it to God's specifications. While Noah and his son's were building, his wife and his son's wives were carefully storing up provisions. They had faith that they were going to survive this impending disaster designed by God and that they would need food and water for the journey. Okay, maybe I have used my imagination a little here, but it does say that God told them to take every kind of food with them and I am guessing that if they did what God said and built an ark that they must have also stored up provision.

Flash forward to 2013, have you built an ark yet? Jesus said that he would return but that until then, there would be trouble. Lots of trouble. Not just that but have you noticed that the weather isn't much different now then it was back in Noah's time? God promised that he would never flood the earth again, but tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, forest fires, floods and enormous tidal waves are still a part of life. What about the possibility of terrorist attack or nuclear reactor leak? There is a leak in Japan right now. Planning for disaster is not something we do out of fear, it is something that we do from a position of faith. Trouble will come. If we are prepared to handle trouble then we are prepared to help those in need during the crisis. Noah was prepared to help his family and save the animal population from death. Our friends son in Thailand was prepared to serve in crisis.

Steps to Building Your Emergency Preparedness Ark

Assess Your Risk

Before you can build your ark you must assess your risk. We have been assessing risk at our house. You can go to and assess what types of disasters would be possible in your area and how to prepare for them.

Build a Supply

Once you have assessed your risk you can build a proper supply of food and resources. One of the highest risks in our area is lack of water or clean water, I am not going to stockpile a bunch of dried meals that I have to use water to rehydrate. It is important to know what the risk is and what types of previsions you will need. If building a supply seems overwhelming then start with three days/72 hours...the critical time frame for any disaster is the first 72 hours. Make sure you have enough supplies for your family for 72 hours. Then start working on a 3 month supply until you have worked up to a year.

Have a Game Plan

In addition to building a proper supply of food and resources you also need a game plan. Teach your children about safety and emergency planning. You don't need to scare them but likewise know how to handle a situation will empower them and help them feel more secure. Kids know that our world is full of disasters, they listen in when you are watching the news. They need to know what to do. Where would you go? Where are emergency supplies kept? Do you have an emergency code word?

We haven't had a code word in a while and I have been thinking that we need to do this again. We used to have a code word for impending danger. This is the kind of danger where you don't question you just follow mom or dad and do what we say. One afternoon we were in a local thrift store and a half dozen police cars showed up. As it turned out there was a gunman in the parking lot. It wasn't a bad neighborhood, just the fallen world we live in. Anyway, I said the code word to my daughter and reminded her to follow me. We coaxed my then three year old son toward the emergency exit where we calmly looked around some more. I kept an eye on the front door for the gunman, she kept track of the little boy. We were ready to dart out the backdoor to safety. As it turned out the police were able to apprehend the man in the parking lot. I am confident that we would have been out the backdoor before a shot was fired, however I am grateful that we never had to find out.

You may also want to read Water and Teaching Children About Safety.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Buddy Burner as Back-Up Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
Think Outside of the Burner
I am amazed at all of the different cooking devises I see on the web.  There are lots of great ways people have devised to cook off the grid, but the reality for most of us is that we may never really need to do so.  As I survey all the different types of solar ovens and camp stoves I am increasingly amazed at the simple technique I learned in Girl Scouts.  I give you, the Buddy Burner.  The Buddy Burner is so simple and as long as you know how to assemble it you will always have a back up plan for cooking off the grid should you ever need to do so.

The Buddy Burner is very simple.  To make one you need a tuna can, a tea lite, and something a little archaic, but you can find one or improvise, an aluminum coffee can (the bigger the better). Coffee doesn't always come in aluminum cans but powdered milk still does or you can buy a supersize can of refried beans next time you feed a crowd and save the can.

Assembly is just as simple.  Empty your cans, place the tea lite in the tuna can and lite, cut an air duct in the coffee can and put it over the tuna can and wait for it to get hot.  When I was in Girl Scouts we cooked our entire breakfast of bacon and eggs on a Buddy Burner!

Do you have your cabinets stocked up for an emergency? There is no place in the world where you shouldn't be prepared for a snowstorm, extreme heat, a large forest fire evacuation, a flood, a you get the picture? Here is an article on how to get started stocking your cabinets.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Emergency Preparedness/Storing up for Hard Times

Canning is a past time that is making a comeback and not to soon if you ask me.  I remember when I was little my grandmother and her sisters (sister in laws actually) would can every summer and this not only took care of the food store for each family for the year but it also served as Christmas and wedding shower gifts.  We knew that if someone in the family were getting married Aunt Clara would be bringing a box of canned goods and dish towels; for Christmas she gave us jam, very yummy jam. 

When beginning a food storage pantry many people's first question is "but what should I store and how much?"  Well, this is going to depend on your family size and what you eat.  In general though, there are some guidelines to follow.

How much food store to have...

When women canned they usually stored up a years worth of food.  I think that is a pretty fair amount for the most part although my husband and I were out of work for nearly two years.  So, you need to decide for yourself.  If financial analysts' recommend having at least 6 months income in the bank then I would say have no less than 6 months food storage.  Food is perishable, so more than two years may be useless, and you will want to rotate your food store.  Perhaps donate to a local food kitchen or your church pantry.

What to store...

The first thing about what to store is that it has to be based on what you eat.  Another thing to consider is what you could cook in an emergency and finally, store items that go together.  So all this being said following is my list.

Water (multiply 1 gallon per day times 3 days times # of family members)
Bottled juice
Organic Canned Corn
Both Dried and Canned beans
Home Canned fruit
Canned tuna, salmon, chicken and clams
Home canned cream soups
Home canned sweet potatoes and pumpkin
Home canned soups
Canned Organic Ravioli
Honey (Did you know that honey is rich in vitamins and non-perishable?)
Natural Peanut butter
Flour (Wheat is good but how do you plan to grind it if the electricity is out?)
Organic instant mac and cheese
Dried Gravies and Sauce mixes

When considering how much of this food to store up I consider how much I use in a month and take that number times 12.  So if I use 2 cans of corn per month that means 24 cans should be in my pantry.  I suddenly feel the need to go to Costco and buy more corn.

Many people understand the need to store food up for hard times like job loss and disaster but they don't really know what to store.  Below are some helpful links for deciding what to store up in your pantry.  There are two general rules of thumb to follow.

1.  Store what you eat.  It won't do you any good to have a stock pile of Spam if you don't eat pork.

2.  Store foods that are easy to cook with in an emergency situation.  For example, you may want to have some store of dried foods but what if there were a water need canned goods too.

"Top foods you should store in an emergency"

Emergency Dude on "Emergency food."


If you are trying to build up your food storage on a small budget, you may consider taking up home canning or devoting just $5 out of each paycheck to storage items.  You will be surprised at how fast your storage fills up.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8