Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - November Week 3

Our November Week 3 Preparedness Challenge includes adding a few survival tools to your 72-hour kit. To keep it simple, I selected a few tools you can find on sale during the holiday season. Tools that the men in your family probably already have, though they may not let you put those in their 72-hour kit. :-) If you ever need to evacuate, camp out or camp in, these tools could prove useful because you will always know where they are.

1. Gather Survival Tools For Your 72-hour Kit

After looking over a multitude of websites, the tools listed below kept coming up. You don't have to buy them for everyone in your family. Perhaps just the adults or your teenager.

There may come a time where you have to cut fabric or canvas to free an individual. Or you need a screwdriver or can opener. And a few carabiners on your 72-hour kit could assist with hanging something useful.

Your tools don't need to be expensive. You're not after the greatest multi-tool ever invented. Check out for ideas, but you don't have to shop there. You'll find great prices at hardware stores, the men's gadget section in department stores and Walmart.

Shopping List:
  • Leatherman-type multi-tool
  • or Swiss Army knife
  • carabiners
While shopping, think inexpensive, lightweight and useful. NOT survival of the fittest.

This is the last challenge of the month. Keep it simple this week!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - November Week 2

Newly washed clothes are a blessing. My November Week 2 Preparedness Challenge is about gathering laundry supplies for hand washing after a disaster. I just visited Tangier, Morocco and saw the poor wash by hand and hang clothes on roof tops. After an extended power outage, you may have to wash clothes by hand too. You may face a fire, flood, tornado or pandemic. I think washing clothes and sheets during a pandemic would be the most difficult. This week see if you have handwashing laundry supplies on hand.

1. Gather Emergency Laundry Supplies
It's always a good idea to have a month's supply of laundry detergent and other laundry supplies on hand. Most likely your supplies could last longer than that. But if you had to use them in an emergency, it would be a blessing to have supplies.

During a disaster, you could wash clothing by hand in a sink or bathtub. But if you can't drain the sink or tub, a wide plastic tub and washboard could prove useful. Or you could scoop the dirty wash water out of the bathtub and dump it outside.

Rinse clothes in a bucket of water, squeeze out excess water and hang to dry on a clothesline with clothespins. Outside or inside will depend on the weather.

Do you have enough water stored to wash clothes? Most of us don't. You could use rain water or stream water. Imagine that. You may want to wait several days before washing clothes until some normalcy returns.

Shopping List:
• wash tub or bucket
• bucket (to rinse)
• washboard
• vinyl gloves (protect hands)
• laundry detergent
• bleach
• clothesline
• clothespins

Useful clothes washing links:

May you have a blessed week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Monday, November 4, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - November Week 1

Along with your holiday food shopping, this month gather some extra baking basics into your food storage such as baking soda and powder, brownie or cake mixes, flour, salt, broths and soups. They are typically on sale at this time of year, so stock up! Gather enough items for this winter and into the next year. Most baking basics have an amazing shelf life. Here is what you could gather this month.

1. Gather a 3-Month Supply of Baking Basics
Even if you don't bake much now, if your goal is self-reliance versus government or church dependence, keep supplies that will sustain you during job loss, economic crisis, long-term illness or disaster. Here are a few ideas. Feel free to add some of your own.
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cornstarch
  • cream of tartar
  • soups
  • broths
  • brownie or cake mixes
  • yeast - now or in December
  • sprinkles - got to have a few
2. Gather Long-Term Flour and Salt
The LDS Church sells white flour in large #10 cans for $4.00 in Home Storage Center stores. Or online you can buy 6 cans in a box for $25.00. A great deal since this flour has a 10-year shelf life. You could of course purchase white flour bags at the grocery store with a 1-year pantry shelf life. Bagged wheat flour only has a 1 to 3 month shelf life. Yes, really. I prefer to store some cans of white flour, but more cans of wheat since I can grind it into flour.
  • Flour: 1-month adult supply = 1 LDS #10 can or 4 lbs.
Salt (or sodium chloride) is essential for the human body. You don't have to buy it in a special storage container as it has an indefinite shelf life. You could buy sea salt for your table and regular salt for baking. Keep it dry and in a dark, pantry cupboard.
  • 3-month adult supply = 20 ounces OR
  • 1-year adult supply = 5 lbs. (Yep!)
Bake a few cookies for me this month!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer