The sun is shining here in Utah as I type on my deck. When I lived in California, 62 degrees was cool, but here it’s warm. And the mountains are just beautiful! Here is what we’re working on this week:
March 11th – 17th
Tomatoes & Pasta, and First Aid Kits
INVENTORY: Count the fuel and light supplies. This would include camp stove fuel, propane, wood, charcoal, matches, lighter fluid, batteries, candles, flashlights, etc. They may be in several locations, but if you record those locations on your inventory sheet, it will be easier to count next time. I promise.
EMERGENCY FUND: Put aside the weekly financial reserve amount you decided on with your spouse. Consider $2.00 per week per family member as a place to start.
WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Continue to buy or fill water as needed. Work towards a minimum of 14 gallons per person. I store 4×24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location.
FOOD STORAGE (3-month p.p.): 6×15 oz. canned tomatoes AND 1 jar of salsa. Some examples are diced, stewed, pureed, and whole tomatoes. Adjust amounts for ages of family members, or if you want to store a larger supply.
NON-FOOD: 1 liquid bleach, unscented. If you have room, store 1 per person. You can use this for your laundry now or cleaning, sanitizing, and water purification in an emergency. Too many uses not to have it.
72-HOUR KIT: Rain poncho. Check the dollar store.
AUTO KIT: Rain poncho. Check the dollar store.
EQUIPMENT: Family First Aid kit. I keep our supplies in a fishing tackle box. I cleaned it out last week and tossed out old expired items.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: If you live in Utah, make sure you register for “The Great Utah Shake Out,” an emergency drill residents in the state of Utah will participate in on April 17, 2012.
Newbies: If you are new to my site, just jump right in here. If you have a busy week, don’t worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the March 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read “How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists” for other ideas.
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