Monday, January 28, 2013

when disaster strikes

How prepared are you? What if disaster strikes? Power outage? Earthquake? Hurricane?  Tornado? Injury?  Do you have a 72 hour emergency kit? Do you have a first aid kit? Do you even know where your flashlight is?

I come from a place where emergency preparedness is a big deal. We talk of it in our church, and in our community. We want our neighborhoods prepared for what ever comes our way. It is nice to know that there is a plan in place for the community, but putting a personal plan in place is equally important.
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Where does one begin? I would suggest a flashlight and a first aid kit. Then you can move on with a 72 hour emergency survival kit. Once those things are in place, then you can move on even further with a more detailed plan. I have included some links at the bottom of the post to help you get started on a 72 hour kit. 


We have moved on beyond the basic 72 hour kit. We have worked hard on creating a years supply of food on hand. It is fun to see our store room grow. Sometime it seems to be so overwhelming, but it is nice to know that we will be able to survive when the worst happens.

How much is a years supply of food you ask?

for one person to survive you would need in a basic storage

300 pounds of grains  This could include wheat, flour, rice, corn, oatmeal, barley, pasta etc.

60 pounds legumes This could include soybeans, pinto beans, red beans, lima beans, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, nuts  etc.

75 pounds of dairy products  This could include powdered milk, canned milk, evaporated milk, cheese

60 pounds of sugars This could include sugar, honey, jams and jellies,  jello.

20 pounds of fats or oils

8 pounds of iodized salt

Water as much as you can store. We have about 40 gallons per person.

These amounts are for EACH PERSON.  Just multiply it out for each member of the family. You could survive off of this amount of food for one year, but it would get boring.
 If you add a few more items you can make a larger variety of dishes.
baking soda
baking powder
dried whole eggs
 These items really open  up the baking part of it. When you add;
canned fruits and vegetables
dried fruit and vegetables
canned meats
spices and condiments
garden seeds
you will be able to not only survive, but thrive.

Where do you begin? 

1. I know people who have had great success with buying a bit at a time. Each shopping trip they buy one or two items to store for later use. It is a great way to begin on a budget.

2. For those who want to buy it all and be done with it; there are several companies that provide that service. Whatever you choose you have to begin now.  

There are many resources available to help out. I have listed  a few here below to get you started.

72 survival kits

make a 72 hour kit video version

shelf reliance food storage systems

emergency essentials

allisons's pantry

new life on a homestead blogger and self reliance specialist, distributor of Thrive food products

Begin right now with that flashlight. Find it, make sure it has batteries and put it  in a safe place that you will be able to find it again when needed. NOW GET TO IT! YOUR SURVIVAL MAY DEPEND ON IT! 


  1. Great tips! When we lived in Florida, we made sure to have extra food on hand just in case of a hurricane - plus the flashlights, etc. Since moving back to Michigan, I have to admit we aren't as prepared-- not to mention that the kids have lost more flashlights than I care to remember!

    Thanks for linking up to the Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop- hope to see you again next week.
    Kerry from Country Living on A Hill

  2. Good tips. Definitely something to work on a bit at a time. And yes, flashlights with working batteries are a must!

  3. Great info!Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

  4. We always have flashlights and first aid kits at the ready, but haven't tried to set up a year's supply. Perhaps we'll start doing a little at a time. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens!