Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - April Week 2

Making a sanitation cleanup kit and studying emergency toilets is the focus of Preparedness Challenge - April Week 2. As we've observed many disasters over the years, it's apparent that keeping your home well-stocked with sanitation supplies is imperative. Germs and bacteria can kill us.

However, that does not mean you have to go overboard. As we pray for inspiration, the thought comes to be vigilant, but not excessive. We see too much "end of the world" prepping these days, and that is NOT how members of the LDS Church approach preparedness. So, with wisdom and prayer, consider what sanitation supplies you want to gather this week or this month.

1. Make a Sanitation Cleanup Kit
When the LDS Church asks volunteers to go to an area for clean up, they typically send supplies in a cleaning kit to assist in the cleanup, and to protect workers from bacteria and germs. 

Everyday disasters also occur in our lives such as the dreaded overflowing toilet or the flooded basement. Consider what items generally work for you and be grateful you have them for a major disaster when running to the store is NOT an option.

You probably have many of these items already and could keep them grouped together on a shelf so you don't have to run all over your home in search of them. Or keep them in a bucket.
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Rubber gloves (2 pairs)
  • Trash bags (25)
  • Cleaning rags (2)
  • Dust masks (not N95)
  • Bar of soap
  • Liquid dish soap
  • General-purpose cleaner
  • Liquid bleach 64 oz.
  • Powdered cleanser 14 oz.
  • Large sponge
  • Safety goggles
  • Long-handled scrub brush
  • Scrub brushes, iron-shaped (2)
  • Spray bottle (1 quart)
*Information from the LDS Emergency Response Supply Order Form

2. Study Emergency Toilets
In many parts of the world, a flushing toilet is never an option. Here in the U.S. we've been very blessed. However, we should be prepared for times when we can't use the toilet. Knowledge is key. 

This article gives a quick overview of how to make your own portable toilet.

Food Storage Moms You Need to Make Your Own Portable Emergency Toilet

Food Storage Moms

I hope you understand that sanitation is super important after a disaster and find ways to become better prepared.

Best wishes on this week's preparedness challenge,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - April Week 1

This month our Preparedness Challenge focuses on gathering pasta and tomato products for food storage, and sanitation supplies for our home supplies and grab and go 72-hour kits. This week we'll gather a 3-month supply of pasta and tomato items. 

We enjoyed an amazing weekend of the LDS General Conference, and with that spiritual boost we can accomplish anything.

Having a category of items to gather keeps it on your mind when you grocery shop throughout the month. I've found this to be the easiest way to gather food storage and emergency supplies.

With the recent flooding in the Midwest, I've decided to add more beef items to my freezer this month too while prices are still low.

1. Decide How Much Pasta and Tomato Products to Store in a 3-month Supply

Look in your pantry and make a list of any tomato or pasta products you already have. These are probably the ones you usually use because most people have extra. 

Do you have enough? Or would having a few more cans be better? 

It may help to think of recipes you cook: spaghetti, sloppy joes, taco soup, pizza, tomato basil soup, Ziti bake, etc. 

Here are some storage tips. Most shelf pasta has a 3-year shelf life, but according to Eat By Date "Dried pasta will last for 1-2 years beyond a 'best by' date." Store in a cool, dry place. Keep package tightly closed.

Canned or jarred tomato products have a a shorter shelf-life than most canned food. They are acidic and have an 18-24 month shelf-life according to Discard all tomato products "from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented."

2. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Pasta and Tomato Products

These are your every day pantry foods, NOT long-term food storage. Here is a sample of items you may want to gather:
• tomato puree
• diced tomatoes
• whole tomatoes
• tomato sauce
• tomato paste
• salsa
• tomato soup
• spaghetti sauce
• spaghetti, angel hair pasta, etc.

Heads up! Check your Smith's Kroger ad. American Beauty pasta goes on sale starting Wednesday for $0.49 a package. My favorite sale of the year!!

I hope this gives you an idea of what to gather this month. These products are a huge part of my food storage, and may be a part of yours as well.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer