May 30, 2011

72-Hour Kits and Emergency Preparation


Yesterday during a combined priesthood and Relief Society meeting, our Farmington City Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Paul White, was invited to teach us about emergency preparedness. The snow pack on our mountains yesterday measured the same as it did on April 1st of this year. And I woke up to snow on the ground this morning. Though we could experienc flooding in some areas, it will less likely happen in my neighborhood. However, Paul encouraged us to "be prepared for everything," including flooding, landslides, earthquakes, fires, wind storms, etc.

Flooding and landslide risks in Utah will be high for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

May 27, 2011

Best Food Storage to Buy in June 2011

Condiments is the food storage focus idea for June. Save big money by taking advantage of Memorial Day sales, Father’s Day sales (save for Christmas gifts) and pre and post 4th of July sales. June is National Dairy and National Safety month. If you can shop for a 6 month supply or more of these items, do so because these next few weeks have great prices. Use coupons to save even more.

The June List

STEP 1: 3-Month FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY - Condiments
(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart
LT 30 YR= Long-Term shelf life if stored properly. Consider storing a year's supply.

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of adults, and adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale
5. Carry list with you, or put on your cell phone notepad

FOOD ITEMS
Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip 16 oz.
Salad dressings 16 oz.
BBQ and/or steak sauces 18 oz.
Marinade and/or teriyaki sauces 16 oz.
Relish or pickles 8 oz.
Ketchup 10 oz.
Mustard 5 oz.
Chocolate syrup 6 oz. (add to powdered milk)
Salsa 12 oz.
Parmesan Cheese 8 oz.
Soy Sauce 8 oz.
Worcestershire sauce 8 oz.
FREEZER ITEMS
Butter 2 lbs.
BBQ meats (or can these yourself)
Hot dogs, Sausages

NON-FOOD ITEMS (per family)
Paper cups 90 day supply
Paper plates 90 day supply
Paper bowls 90 day supply
Napkins

72-HOUR KIT (per person)
Small mirror
Comb & hair items
Travel-sized toiletries

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES (per family)
Charcoal & lighter fluid (regular, not quick burn)
BBQ mits/tools
Dutch oven & tools
Radio, hand crank
Bungee cords
Pry bar

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT (per auto)
Small mirror
Hand wipes
Small tool kit

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you've already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can't live without it.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE
Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.

PREPAREDNESS GOALS
1. Family emergency plan
2. Clean out freezer
3. Evacuation ready family photos
4. Review firework safety
5. Inventory condiments

May 26, 2011

Joplin Stake Center Is Gone After Tornado. Also Read Other Survival Stories

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Photo from Carmen McIntyre Borup
Watch this news report on KSL.com about a group of saints (Mormon's) that survived the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, while inside a women's bathroom of their Stake Center building.
Also, photos of the stake center and more of the story can be found at Church News. It is amazing to see how blessed these people were. There is no doubt they were watched over. Quite humbling.
Watch Stake President Creed Jones (an LDS leader) share his story about living through the tornado on CNN. (Added May 29, 2011).

More of the story can be found at Church News and Events. (Added May 29, 2011). “We are being sensitive to the particular needs of the community,” Bishop Hoffman said. “We have the infrastructure in place, we have the manpower, and we have the faith.”

Here is another story about an Orem, Utah family surviving under a futon mattress at KSL.com. (Added May 29, 2011)

May 24, 2011

Getting Ready For Disaster Videos by FEMA

FEMA has created some great training videos about "Getting Ready For Disaster." Watch these to teach your family, or yourself, how to become better prepared for emergencies.

"With the upcoming hurricane season on the horizon, killer tornados and wildfires in the Midwest and south and California floods breaking levies, FEMA announces the release of a new citizen preparedness DVD titled, "Getting Ready For Disaster- One Family's Experience". The DVD guides viewers through important steps of disaster preparedness and is a welcome addition to FEMA's preparedness materials." FEMA (click here to go to the website. Great materials!)

Introduction (Windows Media 6.3MB) 5:06 min.
Get Informed (Windows Media 4.7MB) 3:47 min.
Make a Plan (Windows Media 7.0MB) 5:45 min.
Disaster Supplies Kit (Windows Media 5.6MB)
People with Disabilities (Windows Media 3.8MB)
Food and Water (Windows Media 5.8MB) 4:39 min.
Helping Children Cope (Windows Media 5.8MB) 4:44 min.
Get Involved (Windows Media 7.0MB) 6:37 min.

May 21, 2011

Food Storage Survey

Dear Readers:

Please fill out this food storage survey so we can create tools to help you with your food storage. It only takes 60 seconds. Your participation is greatly appreciated! If you have problems with the survey, please email me your answers.

Thank you!
Valerie

Click below:

Food Storage Survey

May 20, 2011

Preparing for Flooding by Watching Shepard Creek Waterfall

About 1/2 a mile from our home there is a waterfall that brings water to Shepard Creek. Because of the substantial snowfall this past winter and the chance of flooding in our neighborhood, I've been watching the waterfall and the creek. My 6-year old daughter and I have been taking almost daily hikes to the waterfall. It has been a beautiful experience to walk along a mountain stream and enjoy the views and beauty that are close by. Watching and being aware, is one way we can prepare.

May 16, 2011

My 2-Loaf Wheat Bread Recipe


Many recipes make 4 loaves of bread, but sometimes I only want two. So here is my 2-Loaf Wheat Bread recipe. First of all this is not a 100% wheat bread recipe, but it does contain more wheat than white flour. And second of all, I am not a great baker. But after trying bread recipes over and over again, this one is working for me. I live in a higher altitude, so I do not know if your results will be the same. But my kids say this is good bread. The wheat I used was hard red wheat from my food storage.

I grind a #10 can, and then store what I don't use in the freezer.

2-Loaf Wheat Bread

1/2 c. warm tap water
2 T instant yeast
1 t. sugar
2 c. hot tap water
4 c. wheat flour
2 c. white flour
1 T salt
1 T dough enhancer
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. honey

1. Spray 2 glass loaf pans with cooking spray.
2. In mixer bowl with dough hook (I have a KitchenAid) combine 1/2 c. warm water, instant yeast and 1 t. sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Add hot water and 4. c. of wheat flour. Beat on low speed for 10 min., periodically scraping sides of bowl. Beating that long helps knead the dough so don't stop too soon.
4. Add salt, dough enhancer, oil and honey. Beat well.
5. Add 2 c. white flour, one cup at a time, and mix on low for 10 min.
6. Dough should pull away from sides of bowl and form a ball on dough hook. If it does not pull away add flour a little at a time until it does.
7. Spray hands with cooking spray over sink.
8. Remove dough from dough hook and divide in half. With your hands, shape into 2 loaves. My mom used to say it was just like patting a baby's bottom. Then put in loaf pans.
9. Cover (I used plastic, but you could use a towel) and let rise until almost double (30 - 40 min.).
10. Turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 - 40 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, and then remove from pans to continue cooling.

Tip: Let the uncovered bread rise in a slightly (turn oven on for 5 minutes and then off) warm oven, and then turn on to bake after it has risen.

Printable 2-Loaf Wheat Bread recipe

The plastic on my rising loaves does not stick because of the cooking spray. The large baggie in the background contains freshly ground wheat just ground in my Magic Mill. It is now in my freezer for future use. Add it to waffles, pancakes, more bread, etc.

May 14, 2011

Preparing for Floods in Utah


The snow-capped mountains above our home

We’ve had a record breaking snowfall in Utah this year which has caused potential flooding problems in some areas. We live in a beautiful neighborhood in Farmington on the bench of the Wasatch Mountains. Shepherd Creek runs close by, and I love to hear the water at night. Our situation is not the worst that others will face. It is sad to hear the stories about the Mississippi floods. Plans are underway to secure our area by cleaning out debris in the creek, and placing sandbags where needed.

May 11, 2011

Pictures Of Alabama Tornado Damage - Before and After

My brother Matt works for an insurance company and sent me this link to satellite before and after pictures of Alabama tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Pleasant Grove on April 28, 2011. My heart goes out to those of you who went through this or lost family and friends.

Drag the slider left or right to see the before and after.

Pictures of Alabama tornado damage

May 10, 2011

1976 Magic Mill Owner's Manual Instructions


Thank you to the reader who sent me the owner's manual for a 1976 Magic Mill wheat grinder. I lost the printout a year ago and just found it today behind the cabinet of my printer! Because it was a scanned copy, it does not copy well; so I retyped most of it instead. I purchased my Magic Mill from a woman in my ward several years ago, and she didn't have the instruction booklet either. So it was nice to finally read how to really use the mill, rather than guessing. Those of you looking for instructions

May 6, 2011

Book Review: "Seven Years of Plenty" cookbook


I've enjoyed reviewing "Seven Years of Plenty," a cookbook by Linda Olsson, author of the blog Seven Years of Plenty. Cooking is one of my downsides; however, I am grateful for those of you willing to teach us how to do it using basic ingredients. This book is filled with cultural recipes from around the world in places such as Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Armenia, Italy, and Lebanon as well as many other countries. Because America is a melting pot, Linda has chosen to share a variety of recipes as "it shows the boundless creativity of people throughout the world."

May 1, 2011

Best Food Storage to Buy in May 2011

Here is my suggested list of food storage items to stock up on in May based on my 3-Month Food Storage Plan. It contains long and short-term foods. Focus on a three-month supply first, but you could store more or less depending on your finances and space. This month focus on beverages.

Sales to watch for are Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day (great sales!). This is National BBQ month and National strawberry month. Items such as sunscreen, charcoal, igloos and strawberries will go on sale this month.

The May List

STEP 1: 3-Month FOOD STORAGE SUPPLY - Beverages
(Suggested amounts are for 1 adult)
CL = case lot sale, WM = Walmart, LDS = available at LDS Home storage center
LT = Long-Term shelf life if stored properly. Consider storing a year's supply.

1. Decide on a monthly food storage budget
2. Choose a few items from the list that you want to focus on
3. Multiply list amounts by # of family members. Adjust amounts and items for younger children
4. Each week look at your grocery store ads for items on sale that match your goals
5. Carry your list with you, or put it on your cell phone notepad


FOOD ITEMS
Milk, Nonfat Dry 4 lbs. or 1 #10 LDS can (LT 20Y)
Fruit drink mix/Tang 1 lb. (LDS)
Cocoa mix 1 lb. (LDS)
Juices, bottle/can 3

NON-FOOD ITEMS
Sunscreen
Insect repellent

72-HOUR KIT (per person)
Book to read or activities
Underwear
2 pairs of socks

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES (per family)
Charcoal & lighter fluid
Cooler/Igloo
Hand towels
Tarps
Heavy rope

AUTO EMERGENCY KIT (per auto)
Pocket knife
Water bottles (1 per seat)
Work gloves

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER
Store a 2-Week Supply of drinking water, which is about 14 gallons per person. If you've already started this, continue to add to your supply. For drinking, that is about 4x24 ct. cases of 16.9 oz. bottles per person. You may need more for hygiene and cooking which you can store in other containers. Always keep stocked up on water. You can't live without it.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE
Each week add some money to an emergency fund. Decide on a do-able amount and set up weekly transfers from checking to savings. Or put aside your loose change in a jar. Whichever way you choose to save, use it only for emergencies.

PREPAREDNESS GOALS
1. Rotate water bottles
2. Make strawberry jam
3. Create family favorite food storage menus
4. Learn to shut off gas/water

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