Our fourth September prep challenge is to buy a few emergency preparedness books, a gas shut-off key, and a can opener. Keep a small library of preparedness books to help you during a disaster. You may not have access to the internet during a power outage, so buy a book you can hold. I prefer the less wordy books.
1. Buy an Emergency Preparedness Book
Whatever book you buy, READ it! Keep these books with your emergency supplies. Here are a few suggestions you may purchase atamazon.com/shop/foodstorageorganizer
- 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 I needed.
- Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford. This practical book is well researched, and simple to read. I highly recommend it. Lisa 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.
2. Buy a Gas Shut-Off Key
Do you know where your gas meter is and how to shut off the gas valve? 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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