It's Just the Coffee Talking: If you haven't already, start thinking about what you would need to survive for 72 hours minimum without help in the event of an emergency.

Good Morning Coffee Friends...  

Over the past 18 years I've been blogging here, I've mentioned the importance of having supplies on hand in your emergency storage.  I've never preached it or harped on it - but have mentioned it fairly often as I care about you guys and want to just quietly make sure you are all doing ok.  

I've often said that even the government suggests you have at least 3 days to a week worth of things in the situation that you couldn't get any help from anyone... for anything.  So, food, water, medications, baby supplies, pet foods, household items, paper goods and more.  

I do have an affiliate account through Amazon and although I barely make anything there (literally pennies usually since I don't push products hard on my site - I just chat over morning coffee), I'm going to put some links here for you guys so if you don't have ideas of where to start, maybe some of these things will be a good starting point.

A 72 Hour Kit:   A 72 hour kit is highly recommended by FEMA and the Red Cross (Red Cross even sells them on their websites.)  Basically it's a kit with 72 hours worth of food and water, as well as some basic personal care supplies, navigation items, light sources, emergency blanket, maybe a tent, and minimal first aid in order for you to survive for 3 days (or 72 hours) in the event of an emergency.  They are usually packaged in a backpack to keep them organized in one place and ready to grab 'on the go' if needed.  You should always personalize your kit(s) though based on your needs or your family needs. 

Canned Foods:   In your kitchen cupboards, hopefully you have a decent supply of canned foods; even if you don't usually eat canned foods and prefer 'fresh' or frozen.  In the event of a power outage or quarantined in your house, you won't be able to get those items and you need a backup plan.  What you choose for your canned goods is up to you for your family.  Don't go buying a bunch of beans and beef stew if you have no idea what to do with beans, don't like them or don't like beef stew.  There are canned options for almost everything.  And they last for years!  Don't worry about the 'best buy' date as canned goods except for pineapple, oranges and tomato products (which are all acidic and break down the seals faster) are good for literally 5-10 years.  Putting something in your storage now is good for the next 2-5 years and you can eat it any time; you don't have to wait for an 'emergency'. 

Dehydrated Foods:  I like dehydrated foods.  A lot.  You can outfit your entire pantry with dehydrated foods if you wish - they have all the options and items you can imagine.  The bad thing about them is that some of the items don't re-hydrate all that great.  Meaning, they don't re-hydrate back to 'fresh' as well you would like.  If you've ever bought a little box of a salad mix like "Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad" for instance, you know that little packet you mix with the mayonnaise?  That has dehydrated carrots, peas, etc. in it.  The veggies re-hydrate ok (especially if you leave them in the salad overnight and they absorb more moisture over 12 hours verses just 30-60 minutes) but some items never really bounce back (like meats - think JERKY! LOL).  You can soak it in water all you want but jerky will never really be tender meat again.  :)

Freeze Dried Foods:    My all time favorite emergency food storage - but unfortunately, pretty expensive.  Rightly so though, as most of these foods reconstitute back to 'fresh' almost perfectly. From meats, poultry and vegetables to fruit, prepared entrees and meals and even cheeses and desserts; freeze dried is usually pretty awesome.  Tastes for everyone are different, but generally speaking these are all good.  I prefer individual food items and to cook for myself, as the prepared items tend to have a LOT of sodium; but I know how to cook and bake well so it's not a big deal to me. 

Protein Bars and other other 'quick grab' items:   Most people are familiar with these items already as they have a pretty solid place in our day to day lives already.  From hiking and camping to pre-work outs, to work place snacks, and school snacks... almost everyone has protein bars, granola bars, trail mixes, and other snacks already in their cupboards, backpacks, office drawers, etc.  Good to get a few extra on hand for your storage.

Paper Goods and Personal Supplies:  Honestly, I feel like everyone kind of learned this on their own over the past two years!  We all know how hard it was to find paper goods during the quarantines... and I think most everyone knows now to keep some on hand.  Don't forget cleaning supplies, flashlights, batteries, personal hygiene items, baby items, pet supplies, medications, reading glasses, heat sources, cooking sources in case of power outage, etc.  

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Ok - this is getting long and there is SO MUCH information that I could write for days... but again, I try NOT to preach.  Just mention in passing and hope that my Coffee Friends are doing something (anything) to prepare.  Anything is better than nothing.  :)

Just take a moment (over coffee) to start thinking about yourself and your family members and what you might want to have on hand if you found yourself having to be in your home without help for a week, or if you had to 'grab and go' in the event of an emergency.



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