Friday, May 3, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - May Week 1

Last month was super busy for me, so I'm excited to share our May Preparedness Challenges. This month we will gather cooking supplies into our 72-hour kits, gather condiments and spices and practice outdoor cooking.

No one ever thinks how they will cook after a disaster, but after a disaster your stove may not work, and you probably won't have power for that microwave oven.

I'm not an expert in this area, so I try to keep it simple by imagining the aftermath of a disaster. Let's pretend my disaster was a major earthquake. After coming out from beneath my kitchen table, and checking on my family members, check on our neighbors. I woudn't even be thinking about food.

After getting people better situated and cared for medically, we realize we haven't eaten in four hours. The refrigerator has been off for a long time, and it's unlikely it will be turned on for weeks. So, how do we prepare food?

Gas ONE New GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Propane and Butane Camping and Backpacking Gas Stove Burner with Carrying Case

1. Decide How You Will Cook After a Disaster
Personally, I would not cook anything and eat our small canned foods that require no refrigeration such as PB & honey sandwiches, canned fruit and fresh fruit. Eventually we will have to heat up some stew. One idea is using a simple one-burner gas butane stove. So, we turn it on and heat up our canned stew. Yum! That stew never tasted so good.

Oher options:
  • Small camp stove in our 72-hour bags
  • Propane barbeque with the single burner on the side. 
  • Use firewood and coal last since they would use up valuable fuel that could keep you warm.
How will you boil water and keep it warm? A camping tea kettle is perfect for that. You'll need boiled water for your oatmeal and your hot cocoa tomorrow. You may even need to boil water for medicinal needs. Lots of things to consider with your imagination. Keep your cooking items together to make it simpler to find. Here is a sample, but I'm no expert.

Overmont Camping Kettle

2. Gather Emergency Cooking Supplies
May is a great month to start watching for sales on cooking supplies. Don't feel you have to run out and buy anything.

Possible cooking supply options:
  • camp stove
  • camp stove fuel
  • Dutch oven and supplies
  • Single burner-camp stove
  • matches
  • lighter
72-hour kit Ideas:
  • camping can opener
  • mess kit
  • eating utensils
  • matches or lighter
  • mini stove and fuel
I hope you can decide what cooking items work best for your family.

Best wishes,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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