May 29, 2010

Earthquake Proof Food Storage Rooms

BBC: Grocery store after 7.7 earthquake in Chile

We won't be able to save everything, but here are a few ideas I've gathered to help keep our food storage items safe. The changes are simple, logical and inexpensive. You've just set up your food storage room, but did you think to make it earthquake safe? Let me say immediately that my room is not finished, but I have done some research to help me know what I should change. And I know what earthquakes feel like and I don't want my food ruined after all the work and money I've spent to gather it. But first, watch this soundless video that was taken with surveylance cameras in a grocery store during the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. Could this happen to your food storage room?
Here are some ideas that might help:

1. BRACE YOUR SHELVES
There are many types of shelves, but whatever you end up with should be braced to a wall stud, floor, or other shelves. If you have cinder block walls, you can find the right bolts at a hardware store, but be careful not to crack the cinder block. Get some L-brackets and screws to attach your shelves. If you don't attach the shelves, the entire shelf unit could fall over in an earthquake and block entry to your room as well as damage your items.



2. SECURE CANS AND BOTTLES
During an earthquake, cans and bottles will fall off shelves. I always cringe when I see pictures of peach jars perched atop food storage shelves; peaches that took hours to make, but will take seconds to break. Here are some ideas on how to secure you cans and bottles from Frugal Fraline.
a. Drill a hole through sides of shelving and thread webbing, wire, rope through holes and secure.
b. Attach clips to plasticized wire and clip to eye bolts.
c. Dowels can be attached to wooden shelves.
d. Hook bungee cords to eye bolts.
e. Install baby locks on cabinets.
f. Line shelves with rubberized no slip liner.

Another idea is to attach strips of wood to the front of wood shelves.

Grocery Store after Jan. 9, 2010 6.5 earthquake in Eureka, Calif. China Post Newspaper

3. SECURE BOXES
If you stack boxes of items or mason jars, make sure they are held in place with bungee cords or cording. Try not to stack plastic 5 gallon buckets more than 3 high as the weight can ruin the seal. And the tower that topples will not be a pleasant experience as well.

4. LATCH CABINET DOORS
If you have food items behind cabinet doors, attach child safety latches to the cupboard doors. I know few people who like putting latches on their cabinet doors, but have you ever ridden in a motorhome and had something fall on your head from an overhead cabinet? It doesn't feel very nice. I want to add latches to my highest kitchen cupboards where lots of glass is stored.
If you have other ideas, please share them.

May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Sales are Great for Food Storage

Memorial Day grocery sales are a great place to shop for items to put aside in food storage. Just look for the loss leaders most grocery stores are promoting, and avoid buying other things you really don't need. Even if you don't live in Utah, think food storage this week. Here is what I bought this morning for groceries and food storage. Some are perishable, but can freeze. Got help figuring out the deals from PinchingYourPennies.com. Notice how my list is divided by the areas in the store? This helps get you in and out quickly without overspending.

Friday
Smith's
DELI
Kroger Cream Cheese 2 x .88 ea. = $1.76
Hebrew National hot dogs 2 x $2.50 ea. = $5 (freeze, Sam's Club is about same price)
MEAT/DAIRY
Extra Lean Ground beef 10 x $1.99 per lb. = $19.90 (divide and freeze)
Kroger Butter 3 x 1.67 ea. = $5 (freeze)
Smith's eggs 1 x .88 ea. = .88
CONDIMENTS
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce 18 oz. 4 x .99 ea. = $3.96 (yum!)
Nestle Water 24 ct. case .5ltr (Buy 4 Get $5 Off Next Trip, and had $1.50 coup) That's 4 x $1.36 per case! = $5.44
FROZEN
Kroger frozen boneless Chicken breasts 6 lb. 2 x $6.96 or $1.74/lb. (Had $1.50 coup) - $13.92
Kroger frozen chicken tenderloins 3 lb. 1 x $6.96 or $2.32/lb. = $6.96
Cool Whip .99 ea. (Buy 5 get a $3 OYNSO .39 ea!) = 5 x .39 = $1.95
Cool Classics Twin Pops 8 x .78 ea. = $6.24 (my dentist will love me)
Paid: $71.01

Monday
Dick's MarketPRODUCE
Pineapple .79 lb.
Cantaloupe .69 lb.
Watermelon 4 lbs./$1.00
Corn 4/$1.00
Lettuce, tomatoes, onions
BAKERY
2 Sara Lee hot dog buns 12 ct. $1.66
CONDIMENTS
24 WF Olives 6 oz. .88 ea.
12 Bush's Baked beans $1.50 ea.
SNACKS
4 Lays Chips BOGO Free

May 3, 2010

Items to Stock Up on for Your Food Storage: May

Here is a list of goals for food storage, emergency and general grocery items for the month of May. You may find on sale in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day sales. Take advantage of sales to save money.

Shelf Foods - BBQ sauce, Steak sauce, Mayonnaise, Relish/Pickles, Olives, Refried beans, Baked beans, Enchilada sauce, Green chilies, Taco sauce, Pancake syrup, Soda,

Toiletries - Baby diapers, Baby wipes

Paper & Cleaning - Bleach, Laundry Detergent

Freezer Foods - Strawberry jam or berries, Ground beef, Popsicles

Medical & First Aid - sunscreen, insect repellent, calamine lotion

Family Emergency Kit Supplies (items you share as a family)
5 or 6 gal. bucket or bag, bucket lid, gas shutoff, heavy duty trash bags, family first aid kit, include medicine, sewing kit, scissors, liquid hand soap, work gloves

Equipment & Fuel - Canning jars & lids, Canner, Canning tools

Emergency Prep - Establish a financial reserve, Emergency cash at home in small bills

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