November 29, 2018

December Food Storage and Prep Handout

Get ready for winter by gathering a few inexpensive baking basics into your 3-month food storage supply, as well as some emergency power and light items for disasters.



December is the busiest month of the year, so I try to keep the gathering simple. It's also the month when winter storms happen which leads to power outages which leads to spoiled refrigerator foods. So be prepared. I remember the wind storm we had here in Farmington in 2011.


Here is the handout I shared with my LDS Relief Society sisters with a few baking basics to gather along with some long-term food storage. I already bought salt and baking soda, and next week I'll buy baking powder and cornstarch.

LDS HOME STORAGE CENTER SPECIALS
In case you aren't following the sales going on at your local LDS Home Storage Centers, here's what's on sale in December:
*Prices are higher online

As we continue to gradually gather items along with our regular shopping, we prevent over-buying and become self-reliant. And allow the blessings of peace to come!

Have a wonderful Christmas season and keep Christ in Christmas.



Best wishes!

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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November 15, 2018

LDS Sabbath Day Activity Bag for Home

This year for Christmas I decided not to purchase toys for most of my grandchildren, and chose to make a Sabbath Day activity bag for their families to use at home. 


Starting in January, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing our Sunday meeting time from three hours to two. We've been encouraged to teach our children about the Gospel and scriptures more at home using the Come, Follow Me resources. And in 2019, we'll be studying the New Testament.


I found some great Sunday activity ideas from the LDS.org blog which I modified: 80 Ideas For More Satisfying Sundays and 20 Do's For Making the Sabbath a Delight. The second link has a 
printable. My ideas were draw a picture of your Grandparents, write a missionarey, Sabbath Day scavenger hunt, make a treat for the sweets, enjoy activity pages, watch church videos, read the Friend magazine, play a quiet game and do a smiley face attack. 



HOW I MADE SUNDAY ACTIVITIES BAGS
  • I used several manilla envelopes and tucked activity supplies inside each. Then glued a title page with instructions on each packet. 



  • I purchased some children's Sunday books, quiet games and Sunday movies from Seagull Book. They always have great discounts in the back of their store.
  • The most expensive part of my purchases was The New Testament for Latter-day Families for $50.00 for each family. I hope it can be used for many years. 

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  • Lands End had some nice canvas zippered tote bags on sale for $32.40. I used their JOLLY code for the discount, but I'm still waiting for those to come in the mail. I wanted nice bags that could be used again and again.
  • In total, I spent $100 for each family, and each family has three children.
This was a super fun activity for me, and I hope it helps my children help their children have some memorable Sabbath Days.

November 2, 2018

November Grocery Store Deals for Food Storage

Here's a list of many foods that go on sale in November. Stock up for your 3-month food storage supply. Most store well for a year or more, except nuts. 😊


Consider your budget, storage space and regular usage. Do you need yams and cranberries next month? 😉 Or pumpkin and soup. 👍

CANNED/PACKAGED
Broth
Soups
Vegetables
Pumpkin
Yams
Beans
Tomatoes
Pasta sauce (yep!)
Fruits
Cranberry sauce
Stuffing mix
Potato mixes
Pasta
Peanut butter
BAKING BASICS
Flour
Sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Baking cocoa
Chocolate chips
Nuts
Coconut
Cooking oil
Cooking spray
Gravy mixes
Evaporated milk
Sweetened condensed milk
Jello
Marshmallows
Cake mix
Brownie mix
Bread mixes
Cornbread mixes
BEVERAGES
Hot cocoa mix
BAKING ITEMS
Parchment paper
Foil
Foil containers
Baking cups
PAPER/PLASTIC
Trash bags
Plastic utensils
Paper plates

October 31, 2018

November Food Storage and Prep Handout


This month we're gathering Fall foods into our food storage and cold weather items to keep us warm in the winter months. Also a few medical supplies too. I've changed the format of my Relief Society newsletter, so it will look a little different. No recipes this time. Hope you like it!

Many adaptations have happened recently in the Church. Last month Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president said"Just as the Church adapts food production and storage projects according to changing needs, families may want to make similar adjustments from time to time in their food storage plans to ensure availability for their own use and to share with others."

What adjustments could we make? Should we modify our food storage plan? Do we have a food storage budget? Has our family size changed? Are we storing foods our family likes? Have our food allergies changed? Are we open to sharing our food with others?

Simplify food storage by gathering a few extra items each week while we grocery shop. Holiday foods are on sale this month. Many are shelf stable. Hooray! Gathering can be as easy as pumpkin pie!

Check out more ideas in the November handout I made for the LDS Relief Society sisters in my ward. You're welcome to print the pdf to see what we're working on this month.


Best wishes on your preparedness endeavors!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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October 4, 2018

October Food Storage and Prep Handout


Fall is upon us here in Utah. The air is cooler and General Conference is just around the corner. It’s also a great time to gather oils and fats into our food storage. As we enter the holiday season, many oils and fats go on sale. 



All oils are not created equal. Shelf life varies. Gather what you like to use so you will use it. This is NOT a long-term food item, so be careful to read your container. I like canola because of its shelf life, but you may like olive oil. Anything works here. There is a huge variety of coconut oils. Don't assume it has a long shelf life. Check the label.


Here is the October handout I made for the Relief Society sisters in my ward. You’re welcome to print the pdf to see what we are focusing on this month.


Other types of fats you may want to store are peanut or almond butter. There are soooo many differences here. Again, read the label. Maybe you should be refrigerating your almond butter and you didn't know it.

Another fat is chocolate. Yep! Love it! I store semi-sweet chocolate chips since they have a 2-year shelf life, whereas milk chocolate has about a year shelf life. I store my chips in the freezer, but they can also be in your pantry. I love to find my stash of  cold chocolate chips!

Other fats are mayonnaise, salad dressings and shortening. Store whatever your family uses.
It’s best to store oil & fats in a dark, cool location or closed cupboard. Always smell oil before using it and write the date you open a container on the label.

Fire Safety is my emergency focus this month. It’s Fire Prevention week in the U.S. next week, but I vote they move it to June ahead of the fire season. How about you?

The October Costco ad, has smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers on sale for $7 to $10 off. That’s cool!

It’s that time of year when those of us in Davis County, Utah drain our water systems because we don’t want the water to freeze in the pipes during the winter. We use mountain water to irrigate our yards. It's very economical, but we rely on the snowpack. We had a drought this year and my vegetable garden suffered, so I'll figure out a better way to water next year.

I hope some of these ideas help you during the month of October. The key to food storage is gather what you eat and eat what you store. Not buy it and forget about it. Food does NOT last forever and requires rotation or use. So, use it and buy some more!

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer


September 25, 2018

Relief Society Mock Disaster Drill

I’ve been wanting to teach an earthquake disaster drill in my Relief Society for a long time, and I finally had my chance a few weeks ago.  As I was preparing my presentation I began struggling. I had ideas, but they were not working. The thought came to me to share the class with the wards around me.  What? That was a huge undertaking. But my anxiousness calmed down, and I contacted my Relief Society presidency. It was a go!





I contacted the other Relief Society leaders, and they wanted to join us too! I was so excited. It just so happened that the date of the event was on 9/11, so many of us were dealing with memories of that day.
I shared a PowerPoint presentation about earthquake preparation and what we might face if the Big One happened here in Utah. My goal was to empower the women and help them see that working together they can face any challenge. We need each other.
PRESENTATION
After my presentation, I shared details of our earthquake. It happened in January during the winter on a Wednesday at 10 AM. Kids were in school and people at work. Who was left in our neighborhood? Our bishopric and elder’s quorum presidency were gone as well as most of our emergency captains. About four retired men were left and a scattering of women and the elderly.
Communication was limited since cell phone towers were down. Our freeways were at a standstill. Our first responders could not reach us. Homes were damaged, people injured, kids waiting for parents at schools, parents unable to get home, and some neighbors had died.
EARTHQUAKE CHALLENGES
Next, the women were divided into four groups where they could solve challenges they might face after the earthquake. The groups dealt with medical needs, children’s needs, food & water, sanitation and the deceased. Each group was given 15 minutes to come up with solutions to their challenges, and then I invited a spokeswoman from each group to share the group’s questions and solutions. It was definitely a time to think and ponder.
Group A – Medical
  • List those in the neighborhood who have first aid training. Put a stare by those that don’t work on Wednesday mornings. Think nurses, docs, PA’s, EMT’s, fire fighter, police officers, physical therapists, etc.
  • How will you implement search and rescue to look for survivors?
  • Where will you get first aid supplies, splints, crutches, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Where is a good place to set up a medical treatment area?
  • What will you do with the deceased?
Group B – Food & Water
  • Where will you get food & water? What are your resources?
  • How will you distribute the available food?
  • What type of equipment will you cook on?
  • How will you dispose of food trash so animals don’t get to it?
  • How will you deal with food allergies?
Group C – Children
  • Identify the number and approximate ages of children living in your ward?
  • List all of the schools children attend in the neighborhood.
  • How will you get children home from the schools without a parent?
  • How will you organize the tending of children without parents?
  • How will you feed infants if a parent is deceased?
Group D – Shelter & Toilets
  • Where would be a good place to set up an outdoor shelter?
  • What types of equipment will you need to shelter people?
  • How will you keep people warm & dry?
  • What items can people use to keep their bodies clean with water limited?
  • How will you provide toilets?
Working together, our women were awesome. It was amazing!  They got right to work solving the challenges. They CAN do hard things like their pioneer sisters before them.


I’m so glad we did this. We all have things we can do to become better prepared for the emergencies that can happen in our various neighborhoods. But sometimes we need to face the reality of what if? to see what to prepare for.
HANDOUTS FROM THE ACTIVITY
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES
UofU Seismograph Stations – Recent Utah earthquakes
Sorry I can’t share my Power Point presentation with you here.  I hope to get words to it on YouTube, but have not had time.

September 1, 2018

September Food Storage and Prep Handout

Here is the September Relief Society food storage handout with the goals we are working on. I’m the Provident Living Specialist in my LDS ward. I hope some of these ideas help some of you too, my friends! 


 Our September focus is meat, potatoes and earthquake prep. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sells dehydrated potato flakes which are useful for making rolls, pancakes and mashed potatoes. Each #10 can has a 30-year shelf life. The instant potatoes come in a pouch and have a 1 1/2 year shelf life. They are available for pickup at a Home Storage Center location near you.




Gather small cans of meat which typically have a 3-5 year shelf-life. Find some on sale this month at Utah case lot sales, or Sam’s Club and Costco. Meat tends to be expensive, so watch for sales.
Our emergency goals are earthquake preparation. Check out the handout for some ideas.
Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

August 2, 2018

August Food Storage and Prep Handout

Here is the provident living emergency newsletter I gave to the Relief Society sisters in my ward. It has food storage and emergency items we are focused on gathering this month. Hope you find it useful!


Our August prep focus is fruits and vegetables, and items for an emergency shelter.
If you love canning or freezing your own food, your food storage supply will quickly grow. However, you could also buy your canned fruits and vegetables at grocery store case lot sales coming in a few weeks.



July 1, 2018

July Food Storage and Prep Handout

Here is the July 2018 food storage prep newsletter I created for my ward Relief Society sisters. Our July prep focus is sugars, canning supplies, and emergency shelter activities.


You are welcome to print it here:
It’s recommended that we store 60 lbs. of sugars per person. Yes, wow! Any combination of honey, white sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, jams, jellies, pancake or maple syrup, molasses, agave, etc. will work. See example.
Most recipes need less honey than white sugar…sometimes half. A combination of both is best. Most dry sugars and honey have an indefinite shelf life. Cool!
If you’re a canner, perhaps buy sugar with your canning supplies this month. Costco and Sam’s Club always have great prices on sugar, and the Home Storage Center has white sugar & honey too. Walmart has canning supplies.
With wisdom and careful planning you can gather the types of sugar that work for your family.
Best wishes!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

June 1, 2018

June Food Storage and Prep Handout

June is the month where I like to gather grains, vitamins and yeast, and practice bread making because it’s easier for bread to rise when it’s warmer.




If you decide to store a year’s supply of wheat or other grains, it’s important to have enough leavening ingredients. A Brigham Young University handout recommends 2 lbs. for person per year. That’s a lot of yeast. So, I store mine in my freezer and it lasts longer like 3 years.





For my ward Relief Society sisters, I called several stores to find a good price on Saf-instant yeast. A store in Ogden called Kitchen Kneads carries it for about $4.00. You can usually find yeast at stores like Costco and Sam’s Club too.
As far as wheat, I prefer to buy LDS hard wheat as it costs about $2.75 per #10 can, and can be stored for 30 years. I store both hard red and white wheat. A can of wheat makes about 16.5 cups of wheat flour and 6 loaves of bread.
Gathering grains was important anciently. In the Book of Mormon, Lehi and his family “gathered together all manner of seeds of every kind, both of grain of every kind, and also of the seeds of fruit of every kind….much fruits and meat…honey…and provisions…we did go down into the ship….” (1 Nephi 8:1 and 1 Nephi 18:6).
After arriving in the promised land, “…we did put all our seeds into the earth…they did grow exceedingly; wherefore, we were blessed in abundance.” (1 Nephi 18: 24).
Like Nephi, may we be abundantly blessed for our obedience in gathering food storage this month!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

May 1, 2018

May Food Storage and Prep Handout

The month of May is upon us so I made a provident living (aka food storage) newsletter with ideas of items to gather for my amazing LDS Relief Society sisters. This month we’re focusing on condiments, spices and emergency cooking. You are welcome to print our ward newsletter for your personal or church use.




Typically you think of stocking up on spices in the fall, and there are some good sales then, but you can generally get good prices on larger cinnamon, oregano, basil etc. year-round at big box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club.





I usually buy a can of dehydrated onions from the LDS Home Storage Center too since it’s so inexpensive there. I open it up and transfer some into a smaller jar in my kitchen. I use those onions all the time in my recipes.
SPICES We are accustomed to having our spices at our fingertips and we could never imagine life without them. Centuries ago it wasn’t so easy to get them, and famines do still occur. Since poor weather conditions affect the growth of plants and herbs, it’s a good idea to keep spices on hand. And did you know that most of them come from outside the United States?
CONDIMENTS Usually during May there are some great stock up deals at grocery stores for condiments such as ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, salad dressings and sauces. Some even have at least a 1-year shelf life. I stock up on enough for the year. But you could just gather a few if cabinet space is limited. Just don’t go overboard. You don’t need 12 bottles of ketchup!
OUTDOOR EMERGENCY COOKING This is also the time of year when you can practice some outdoor cooking skills. And if you keep propaned tanks for your barbecue, make sure you have and extra on hand. These skills will come in handy if you ever had a long-term power outage.
Gathering year-round is easy if you do it along with your regular grocery shopping, and then periodically gather long-term foods like dried onions. I try to shop at the LDS Home Storage Center once a month for a few things.
Best wishes on your preparedness goals!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

April 1, 2018

April Food Storage and Prep Handout

After watching the amazing changes at the April 2018 LDS General Conference this past weekend, I reflected how blessed we are to have a prophet of God on the earth today who encourages us to grow both spiritually and temporally.



When I started this website, I decided that whatever I shared, above all I wanted others to feel hopeful. To understand that with small and simple steps, great things can be accomplished as you gather food storage and emergency supplies. I hope that is what you feel when you read what I share.


I continue to write at least once a month, despite a busy life as a wife, mom and grandma. Whatever you choose to do, and however you do it, your efforts will bring blessings! I have experienced that, and know it to be true. Obedience does bring blessings.
My way to gather is not necessarily the way for everyone, but it does help me have goals to work toward. I chose a few each month to focus on. You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, right?
This month I’m sharing suggested goals to the Relief Society sisters in my ward and encouraging them to gather beans, soup, fish and sanitation supplies. Gathering shelf-stable foods in your food storage in small cans that typically have a 3-5 year shelf life is smart. I’m grateful the LDS Church has suggested this plan.
Also gathering emergency water and a financial reserve (emergency savings) is extremely wise. And THEN gathering long-term foods…foods that could help sustain life if needed. That’s BRILLIANT!!!
So, gather what you eat, and eat what you store this month. Consider what recipes you DO use beans in, and keep those cans on your shelf. What soups DO you typically cook with? What kinds of fish do you like? Is it tuna, or only salmon? How much could you eat in 3-months? Not how much DO you eat, but how much could you eat. Plan for 3-months, as that may get you through a job loss, an ecomomic downturn, or a natural disaster.
As far as sanitation supplies (one area most people don’t plan for), have items on hand to prevent disease and illness. I have a few suggestions on the attached handout I prepared for my ward sisters. You are welcome to print it.
I hope you grow spiritually and temporally as you follow the counsel of our LDS Church leaders to prepare for a rainy day.
Best wishes!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer


March 1, 2018

March Food Storage and Prep Handout

This month I’m gathering shelf-stable tomato and pasta items into our food storage, and working on first aid supplies. Here in Utah we have some great grocery store case lot sales March 7 – 21 @Bowman’s, Maceys, Kents and Winegars. Reams starts March 6. This is where I buy small cans of tomato sauce and paste, diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce for a bargain price. They work well in my 3-month food storage supply.



You are welcome to print my church handout for your personal use or ward. But please keep my name on it.

I’m also gathering spaghetti and macaroni packaged long-term in #10 cans from the LDS Home Storage Center. I decided to buy those two items long-term so I’ll use them, and fettucini and other pastas at the grocery store in typical 1 lb. packages. Of course you can store wheat pasta into your 3-month supply, but it doesn’t store well long-term.
March is Red Cross month in the U.S. so make an appointment to donate blood and help save a life. Perhaps become better trained for emergencies by taking a $25.00 Red Cross First Aid class online at redcross.org. This month I like to clean out our medicine and first aid supplies. It’s important to dispose of medicine correctly, so be careful.
I hope you enjoy gathering!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer
“Relief Society stands for self-reliance. The best food storage is not in welfare grain elevators but in sealed cans and bottles in the homes of our people. What a gratifying thing it is to see cans of wheat and rice and beans under the beds or in the pantries of women who have taken welfare responsibility into their own hands. Such food may not be tasty, but it will be nourishing if it has to be used.” 
~ President Gordon B. Hinckley


February 1, 2018

February Food Storage and Prep Handout

What’s for breakfast? This month I’m helping the Relief Society sisters in my ward gather shelf-stable food storage ingredients to make breakfast. And we’re also focusing on gathering some emergency communications equipment. You are welcome to print my handout for ideas for your ward.



One of the easiest meals to make with food storage is breakfast. You could eat breakfast for every meal of the day if you had to! And the ingredients are inexpensive. Sometimes it takes time to prepare, but I love cooking oatmeal, watching it boil and smelling the cinnamon and raisins!


Some of the best breakfast chefs in our family are my daughter Elisabeth and daughter-in-laws, Melissa and Kailey. They are whole-foods women, and I love watching them make culinary masterpieces like waffles, pancakes, crepes and german pancakes. They tell me there are some good recipes at 100-Days Real Food.
I’m so excited that this month the LDS Quick Oats and Pancake Mix are on sale at the LDS Home Storage Centers in the U.S. How did they know I was focusing on breakfast foods this month? 🙂 Go here for a location near you.
And if you’re one of those people that hides your food storage in the basement, get out your can opener and use it!  The First Commandment of LDS Preppers is “use it or lose it.” Don’t be afraid to use your food storage or the day may come when you have to use it and don’t know how.
Also this month, purchase an emergency radio. If the power went out and you couldn’t watch the news or use your cell phone, you will want to hear it on a radio. So be prepared. Lots of people like the Kaito KA500. Personally, I have an inexpensive Dynamo sitting in my window soaking up the sun. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be fine.
Also, copy important documents to put in a grab and go binder for evacuation. Or give a copy of that binder to a trusted family member in another state.
I hope you find something yummy to store for breakfast. Get out those can openers.
Faith, not fear makes all things possible. You CAN do it!
Best wishes!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer


January 31, 2018

Evacuation Ready Car

Keeping your car well-stocked with emergency items will save you time if you ever need to evacuate. This article is not about what to do during an evacuation. It’s about getting your car ready beforehand. Don’t expect shelters to be up and running when you arrive. Your car may be the place you sleep and hang out for several days.
I drive a Hyundai Santa Fe and my SUV has many compartments and pockets to store items in. Here is the printable list of the items I chose to keep in my car. An asterisk means it’s also an item you could keep in a grab-and-go bag too. I put several items in Ziploc bags or pencil pouches, and put them throughout my car.
DRIVER’S DOOR POCKET
  • Flashlight*
  • Umbrella
  • Car emergency glass breaker
PASSENGER’S DOOR POCKET
FRONT STORAGE COMPARTMENTS
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell phone wall charger (the cord is plugged into the car USB port: however, I want the wall charger in case I need it at an evacuation facility.)
  • Gum or mints
  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Mittens*
  • Cash & coins* (small bills)
CONSOLE BETWEEN FRONT SEATS
Groom Me Pouch:
  • Hair elastics*
  • Brush and comb*
  • Mirror* (use an old makeup compact)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Tissues*
  • Lip balm*
  • Lotion*
  • Safety pins
Feed Me Pouch
  • Napkins* (gather fast-food)
  • Plastic utensils* (gather fast-food)
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Mini can opener
  • Scissors
  • Candy
  • Paper cups
  • Small trash bags
Communications Pouch
  • Pens & pencils*
  • Notepad*
ACTIVITY POCKETS behind driver/passenger seats (People get bored at evacuation shelters, so keep some activity items in your car that don’t require electricty.)
  • Sudoku and word search activities* (I copied my own online)
  • Coloring books*
  • Small spiral notebooks
  • Colored pencils
  • Colored markers
  • Cards*
  • Small kid toys*
  • Paperback books
  • Scriptures* like The Book of Mormon
  • Magazine like The Friend, New Era or Ensign
  • Laminated copy of LDS patriarchal blessing*
REAR EMERGENCY COMPARTMENT

Since fire extinguishers don’t last forever, put a reminder on your Google calendar to have it checked a year from now. Never try not to tackle a fire that is large or out of control.
WHEELED DUFFEL BAG, BACKPACK OR CARRY-ON BAG (Use any size that fits in your car. Put heavy items towards the bottom. Mine is a 30″ Coleman Wheeled Duffle bag I found at Kohl’s. I prefer something with wheels.
  • Water bottles*
  • Millenium food bars*
  • Blanket
  • Tarp
  • Emergency solar blankets, several *
  • Rain ponchos, several *
  • Cargo pants with multiple pockets
  • Shirts*
  • Underwear*
  • Boots & socks*
  • Sun hat that covers neck*
  • Beanie*
  • Toiletries*
  • Liquid soap
  • Headlamp*
  • Duct tape
  • Wash cloth*
  • Toilet paper*
  • Feminine items*
  • Stove in a can*
  • Enamel cup*
  • Large trash bags*
FIRST AID KIT*
  • Bandages, various*
  • Gauze & pads, various*
  • Medical gloves*
  • Ace bandages*
  • Adhesive tape*
  • CPR mouthpiece*
  • Dust masks*
  • Bandana*
  • Alcohol wipes*
  • Needles and thread
  • Triangular bandages
  • Cold packs
  • Benadryl kids chewable (bee stings, allergic reactions, etc.)
  • Prescriptions*
  • First Aid Guide*
C.E.R.T. BACKPACK (Community Emergency Response Team). You’ ll recognize these search and rescue items if you’ve been CERT trained. Everyone should be CERT trained and CPR trained. Become part of the solution.
  • C.E.R.T. safety vest
  • C.E.R.T. hard hat
  • Goggles
  • Leather work gloves
  • Knee pads or foam gardening pad
  • C.E.R.T. victim identification tape 4 colors
  • Carabiners
  • Light Sticks – 12 Hour Green
  • Permanent markers
  • Notebook
  • Pencils & pens
  • Rubber bands
  • Multi-use tool
  • Pocket knife
  • Emergency Solar Radio
  • Extra flashlight batteries in dated baggie
  • Crowbar
  • Nylon rope
  • Sunblock, travel size
  • Insect repellant, travel size
Wow! That took some time to put together. And please don’t think my car is all ready. I’ve still got some work to do.
Do I have sleepless nights worrying about evacuations? No. But it feels soooo good to get this idea moving forward. I hope you’ll find something useful in this post to help you prepare your car for an evacuation. And I hope you never ever, EVER have to evacuate.
Best wishes,
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer

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