For our fourth September prep challenge is to buy a few emergency preparedness books, a gas shut-off key, and a can opener. You need a small library of preparedness books to help you survive a disaster. I don’t get them on Kindle because I may not have access to the web, so, buy books you can hold. I’ve read several over the years and some are as long as the Bible. I prefer the less wordy ones. You’ll also need a gas shut-off key in case you need to turn of your gas, and a can opener in case you are without power.
1. Buy an Emergency Preparedness Book
Whatever book you buy, read it! Yes, take time to read the book and highlight pages. Keep these books together with your emergency supplies. If you look for a book on Amazon, you’ll soon be immersed in the overwhelming prepper world. I’m here to help with a few of my favorite books. They are not in order of importance.
- Preparedness Principles: The Complete Personal Preparedness Resource Guide for Any Emergency Situation by Barbara Salsbury, a Latter-day Saint author. I learned so much from Barbara about levels of preparedness and the type of grab and go bag (72-hour Kit) I wanted to buy.
- Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford. This book is practical, well researched, and easy to read. I highly recommend it. Lisa She has an amazing website as well.
- Just In Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison. “Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, and much more.”
TIP: Buy used books to save money. I like shopping at Abe books, but Amazon has used books as well.
2. Buy a Gas Shut-Off Key
Do you know where your gas meter or where the shut off valve is? Do you know when and when NOT to shut off the gas? Check your local gas company website for information.
- You could always shut off the gas with pliers if you can get to them, but make your life easier during a disaster by attaching a gas shut-off key to your meter beforehand.
3. Buy a Handheld Can Opener
Many of us use electric can openers, but they can’t work when the power goes out. So, make sure you have a handheld can opener in your kitchen drawer to open any cans you might need to eat from. If you already have one, no need to buy another.
- How to Clean Your Can Opener. TheKitchn.com recommends you put your can opener gears in in a mason jar, then fill to the gears with vinegar. Soak for a few minutes (or an hour). Brush off the rust and gunk with a toothbrush, and dry.
I hope you can buy a preparedness book, a gas shut-off key and a handheld can opener. These few preparedness goals could make a huge difference in how you handle an emergency.
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer
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