Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year from The Food Storage Organizer

A new year brings a new opportunity for gathering food storage and emergency preparedness supplies. I'm waiting to see if there will be a new LDS Home Storage Center price list. I will know the Home Storage Center price specials on Thursday.

I'll post a January Week 1 preparedness challenge this week about creating your preparedness plan. I'm changing some of the prep challenges from last year to coordinate with my Keep It Simple Preparedness Guidebook. (Coming soon!) I know I keep saying that, but I've had 25 children and grandchildren in my home over the past three weeks and they are my first priority.

I just received a new church calling as a Gospel Doctrine Sunday School teacher for adults and I'm scared to death. Teaching adults about the Book of Mormon when they know more than I do will prove interesting. I predict some sleepless nights. But I'm grateful for a new personal challenge.

I'll be volunteering at the Bountiful Temple in the office again which I'm super excited about. I love those opportunities to feel the Spirit of God in my day.

I hope I can help you get started with food storage if you are a beginner, or keep the rest of you motivated. I wish you each a Happy New Year and many, many blessings. Always remember, God loves you.

Best wishes,
Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - December Week 2

Finally, the last Preparedness Challenge of the year! Can some of us do a victory dance? Well, you should. Whatever you collected this year should be celebrated! I created these preparedness challenges to be repeated year after year because it takes time to collect an adequate supply of food storage and emergency supplies. So, whatever you did, was right on. Since we're busy with Christmas preparations, the items to gather can be found in your home or at any grocery store.

1. Gather 72-Hour Kit Items
These items will be useful if you ever must evacuate. If your contact lenses get dirty from smoke, you'll want a pair of glasses. And you don't want to hunt for them during an evacuation when your brain is foggy. So, hang on to that old pair and add it to your kit.
  • extra glasses (Just found an old pair!)
  • small mirror
  • small brush or comb
  • elastic bands
2. Gather Some Prep Equipment
Make sure you know where these items are.
  • duct tape (Very useful! Always know where it's at.)
  • 5-gallon bucket or tote (For extra emergency supplies.)
  • manual can opener (For power outages.)
3. Gather Some Home Storage Items
Check your supplies. I like to keep at least a 1-month supply of them.
  • lotion
  • dish soap
  • liquid hand soap
  • lip balm
That's it! I hope you can handle that. Just add a few things to your grocery list. Or tuck a few items into your 72-hour kit. Or do these suggestions in January like I probably will. :)

Merry Christmas!! I have loved helping you this year.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

Monday, December 2, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - December Week 1

Hooray! You made it to the last month of the year. Since you're super busy with holiday plans, we'll only have two weeks of challenges. This week you'll gather sugars, honey and vitamins into your food storage. The recommended adult amount of white sugar per month is 5 lbs., or 60 lbs for a year. If you don't like white sugar, substitute another sweetener like honey. Or have a mixture of several items.

1. Buy Sugars or Honey For Food Storage
If you live in a small home, focus on a 3-month supply of sugars. I you live in a large home, add to your year's supply of sugar.

Lucky us the LDS Home Storage Centers have long-term white sugar on sale!
- 5.6 lb. can is $4.50 (reg. $5.00).
- Box of 6 cans is $27.00. (reg. $30.00).
- Honey bottles are $4.00.

3-Month Food Storage Ideas:
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Pancake or maple syrup 
  • Jam
  • Confectioners sugar
Long-Term Food Storage Ideas:
  • White sugar, 30 year-shelf life
  • Honey
2. Buy Vitamin C
It's recommended that we have Vitamin C in our food storage supply in case we are ever without this necessary nutrient.

Just add a few items to your grocery list to make it happen.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer