Welcome back for another week of preparedness goals. I hope you are learning and growing as I am. Each week, I learn new things. Each week, I take these preparedness goals and study a bit further into them, and it never ceases to amaze me, that there is always something else to learn! Who knew? Did you know, we don’t know it all? That is why it is great to have a community of like minded people around us, because combined together, we make a whole. I think of that often in the classroom I work in. There are four ladies, and together, we make a great team! Alone, we would not be near as efficient. Same goes with preparedness! Together we make a great team. Doing it alone, we can’t do it all, and thus we are not as efficient. And besides there is only so much a brain can hold!!! Sometimes it hurts! LOL
$2 to add to your emergency cash jar, seems like such a small amount, but sometimes even that small amount can test our commitment to prepare, right? $2 per week, is pretty little in the big grand scheme of things. You know what I find hard, is that I rarely have cash on me. Everything is done with plastic! And I rarely every go into a bank. So, if you are like me, and never have cash to add to your “cash” jar, I recommend maybe you do it all at once. Whether that is monthly or for the year, or however it works best for you. If you have four people in your household for example, that
you are adding $2 per week to you jar for, let’s do the math. $2 per week x 4 people would be $8 per week, x 4 would be $32 per month. So add in $32 per month, once a month. Better yet, just swing by the bank machine, take out a couple of $20 bills. Go by an icecream cone with your sweetheart to make change, and drop all of the rest in your “cash” jar. Easy peasy and you get a date out of it too! If you are less ambitious than that, and don’t want to think about it at all, then you would multiple $2 x 52 weeks, which is $104 dollars, and for each person in your household, get that much cash and drop it in your cash jar. But DO NOT only add $20 dollar bills. Actually grab a roll of loonies or twoonies (or dollar bills if you are not Canadian) and put the change in the jar. You want a good mixture of dollar bills and change for whatever might come your way. So do it weekly, monthly, or yearly, it matters not. What does matter is that you do it.
2 litres water per person per week, is a small price to pay, to have water on hand. In fact it doesn’t have to cost you anything at all. Water is free. Perhaps you have to pay a small bit for the containers, but still it is pretty cheap. So why don’t more people do it? I ask myself this all the time. I think we live in such an instant world, where everything is literally available at the touch of our fingertips, whether that includes turning on a tap, flushing a toilet, or ordering something off the internet. It is right there, wherever and whenever we want it. It is hard for us to imagine it will ever go away. I get it! I often watch the news and think, those poor people who are living through whatever disaster it might be, and I sit back and give thanks that it isn’t me. Somewhere in the back of my mind, there is that nasty little voice that is trying to trick us all, telling us that it will never happen to us, so we need not worry. I have that voice too. But it may, and very likely will, at some point happen to us. Water is life to us as humans, and we had better secure our lives by making sure we store this life source. It is free, or cheap, and it is precious, so regardless of what your little voice is telling you, store it!!! Stick it away and forget about it, because someday it may save your life!
This week, for your food storage goals, add extras like jellos, syrups, candies, and things. Hard candies have pretty much an indefinite shelf life, if kept dry and wrapped in their original wrapping. Things like candy canes, jolly ranchers, mints, and such, if you stash a bunch of them in a bucket, and put them on the shelf with your wheat, nobody will ever know they are there, and you will always have a quick comfort food if needed. I remember years ago, I stashed a large bucket of candy canes in a bucket. It sat on my shelf for years, until my someone found it and
took it home. He liked to use them in with his white hot chocolate, so there went my supply. Haha. But point being, they sat on my shelf for probably 10 years before he found them, and they were still good! Jellos are a great comfort food, but also they are great if you have sick kids. When I was growing up, and we got sick, we lived on a farm and couldn’t run to the store to get gingerale or other things. My mom would always make a package of jello, and let us drink it while it was warm. It kept us hydrated, and gave us the sugar for energy, and tasted great. It helped soothe an upset stomach as well. Don’t knock it til you try it! My kids – now adults – still like to drink it if they have an upset stomach or are sick. Now the grandkids are doing it as well. Small traditions like drinking warm jello, go a long way. Jello is cheap, so get a stash of it on your shelf. It has a really long shelf life as well. I have used jello that has been many years old, and it has been just fine. Get a variety, and get it on your shelf! Use it for comfort food, every day food, and sickness food!
For your emergency preparedness supplies this week, add space heaters, as well as foot and hand warmers to your storage. You can get the foot and hand warmers pretty much everywhere, this time of year. I have purchased them many places, but at Costco you can get a box of them, and regardless of the shelf life they say, I have some that are about 7 or 8 years old now, and they still work. I tried one, and it got hot. They may not last “as long”, I am not sure about that, but they do work. So if you have some and they are expired, don’t throw them out. Keep them. They probably still work. If in doubt, try one and see.
As far as space heaters go, do a little shopping around. You can get electric ones, but in an emergency, when power is out, that isn’t going to work so well is it? Nope! I have a couple of these, and they are pretty slick little machines, but a tad pricey. But they would do a wonderful job if your power was out and you were cold. About a month ago, we lost power around here, and in some places it was out for 24 hours or more. I talked to several people who said they spent the entire night in a truck stop restaurant because it was too cold in their house! It wasn’t even cold outside yet!! If you had one of these I guarantee you could be comfortable in your house, at least in one or two rooms, until you got power restored.
I have never used one of these, but have the plug in version of them, and it is an amazing heater. This one is a bit cheaper that then one previous, but I think it would be a great tool in a cold power out situation as well. Check it out! I think I am going to pick up one of these myself, just in case. Another thing to think about would be heat in a can options. You know the ones where you stuff a toilet paper roll into a small paint can and fill it with rubbing alcohol, and pop the lid on. They work pretty slick as well, but are more dangerous around little kids. If you are interested in how to make them, here is the method: it comes from Food Storage Moms, and if you click on the picture, it will take you to her post and the recipe / method. They are a great tool for house or in the car. I have several and have used them often. They are inexpensive and a great option, if you can’t purchase a propane type heater.
This week for your preparedness goals, you should also do an inventory of your paper products and plastic products. Things like paper plates, paper towels, napkins, plastic utensils, plastic cups, etc. I use a lot of these in the summer time, and at large family functions, which we always seem to have, so I tend to run out. In fact, a couple of weeks back, when we had a pipe break, which flooded our kitchen and cupboards, and ya well….. that is another story, but I figured we would just used paper and plastic for a couple of days until we could get the water fixed, and I didn’t have any plates or cups. Thus off to the store to buy some,. I think I am going to stash some, that nobody can find, except me, because then I will at least have some when a real emergency happens! Haha. I learned a few lessons over that small disaster, and I have a feeling the lesson learning isn’t over for it yet, as we are still in the repair process!
Stay warm, be smart, and prepare! Be the kind of person you love! Be the kind of person others can love!