Buy a Preparedness Book, Gas Shut-Off Key, and Can Opener • September Prep Challenge #4

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.

Buy a Preparedness Book, Gas Shut-Off Key, and Can Opener • September Prep Challenge #4

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

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. 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!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

NOTES: You are never behind with my prep challenges. Just jump right in with this week. Want to see more prep challenges? Go here. And if you are new, go to my Start Here page. Purchase The Keep it Simple Preparedness Guide for $5 from my Etsy shop. Need more motivation? Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

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