Thursday, October 9, 2008

Being Prepared

It's obvious that we are spiraling down into an economic crisis. Who knows, maybe things will get better. I don't like the "doom and gloom" talk or feel and don't intend to create that in this blog. But I did want to list some things I have (or will soon have) in our food storage that makes me feel a little more comfortable with the way things are going.

#1 Is an "anti-plague" formula. The link doesn't give too much information. Here's another one. I've just heard (mainly from Robyn Openshaw and the people she has influenced) that this is amazing stuff. There's a lady in American Fork that makes some and sells it but she's usually always backed up for a month or more, it can also be purchased in herbal stores. And it stores for years (atleast the one the lady makes does - I don't know how long the store bought ones last.)

I've purchased the recipe and directions for making it and have contacted the woman above who will help me make it and so am thinking about making a batch myself. If anyone is interested in buying any from me please let me know. I'm guessing it'll be about $20-$30 for a good sized bottle of it.

#2 Wheat. (of course!) Not only for making bread but for growing as sprouts.

#3 Frozen fruits, greens, grape juice, and (soon) chopped up garlic. Now we just need to get a generator.

#4 Green drink powder - I really want to know that I have things on hand that can keep my family healthy when (or if) things fail.

#5 Water. Lots of it. I still need to get more.

#6 Cloth diapers

#7 Formula (I never know how little milk I'll be making when I have a baby)

#8 My bulk storage: rice, beans, salt, oatmeal, popcorn, and my wheat

#9 Seeds. So we can grow our own produce during the appropriate months.

#10 Hand Warmers. I love the idea of having these during the cold winter months. Especially if there is no heat. Wal-Mart sells them. I feel that one can't have enough of these. I'd like to hear other ideas as to how to stay warm during the cold months.

#11 Cream of Wheat and Cracked Wheat. They make a good filling breakfast. And a little goes such a long way. And all it requires to make it edible is water (and a bit of sugar or honey go on top.)

Extras. A few extras I like having are: Crayons and paper, (I hate to think of a child during a time of economic failure {or something like that} that isn't able to color) cake mixes, (a birthday cake for a birthday seems like an extra treat during hard times) and Chocolate Milk mix - the "just add water" kind. (I imagine warm, sweet, creamy chocolate milk in a child's mouth giving the comfort to him or her that all will be well again.)

I listed much more than I thought I would but, when I think about it, there's quite a bit to get together and have. Other things that are important are having a stash of small bills handy and some gasoline.

What things have any of you stored which make you feel at ease if disaster strikes?

Love to you all.



Rochelle said...

72 hour kits in the car and van for each person, and now that it is getting cold, something to stay warm if you are out and about and something happens. One time on the way home from St. George it was snowing and there were dozens of cars off the road the whole day before anyone could help them, since that day I have always kept 72 hour kits in the car.

jenbreedlove said...

Check out this website. Jim Philips, is the owner of this business. He does a tone of classes. This isn't your regular preparedness talk. He gets into subjects like, what to do if you get hypothermia or frostbite, how to deal with sanitation issues when all fails, etc. All of his products he sells, he has tested them to the extreme. He also knows how to be completely warm in the winter with foam clothing. Check out his site for all the info. I also got this great email from a Raw foodest and how she was going to stay healthy during economic hardship. Here is here list of food storage items: Chia Seeds – 3 lbs

Broccoli Sprouting Seeds – 1 lb

Radish Sprouting Seeds – 2 lbs

Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds – 2 lbs

Fenugreek Sprouting Seeds – 2 lbs

Lentils – 5 lbs (although not labeled for sprouting, we sprout them)

Unhulled Sesame Seeds – 3 lbs

Hemp Seed – 3 lbs

Sunflower Seeds – 10 lbs

Flax Seed – 10 lbs

Almonds – raw, directly from the farmers – 10 lbs Dulse (Seaweed Flakes) – 5 lbs (I shared this order with another family, as it comes in 10 lb bags.)

Dates – 3 cases. My friend, a Tibetan Monk, told me that monks can live for many days on six dates per person per day when they meditate all day long. When they hike all day, then they live on 5 dates per day! You figure out on your own how many dates your family needs.
I have so much more info. so you can email me with any questions.
Jen Breedlove

claudia said...

(This comment is from Penny)

I often try to think of what I can't make do without. Or that would be extremely difficult to replace. Of course the food and other things you mentioned are vital, but I also think of things like toilet paper (I really don't want to imagine having to improvise in that area), needle and thread and extra material, shoes, stuff like that. When I start thinking of how self reliant I can be it makes me work harder on our goal of owning land where we can raise chickens and such, since being able to would be a big help even now. I have also found sites on-line that have recipes for making your own laundry detergent/soap for pennies a load. I just googled it, and quite a few popped up.

Brat said...

Thanks for this post Claud.
I hadnt thought of seeds. I'll have to work on that one soon.

Emily said...

These are some very good ideas, Claud. I have some work to do. Ü

Thanks so much for that nice letter you sent me!

Angela said...

Great ideas- I am rebuilding our food storage again and wow prices have skyrocketed since I did it all in 2003. Thanks for the advice!

Chris and Tara said...

Chris and I started getting our food storage together in August and I'm so happy we did. I have sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, rice, and some beans. We are getting wheat and a grinder this month. I'm so proud of us all for trying to be prepared.

dlkenney said...

Randy and I had a better supply in our food storage until this past month, but we can always improve on our ideas of needs also. thanks for the post, I think it has gotten all of us into thinking in a broader sense of preparedness these days.