Favorite "Meditation of My Heart"

Call unto me,

and I will answer thee,

and shew thee great and mighty things,

which thou knowest not. --Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Emergency Preparedness Updated

About a week ago I told you about my less than successful test of our emergency food preparations.  I had previously tried to have a month of food in reserve, but when I tested to see if I did, I discovered I was way off on my expectations.  My new emergency supplies focus more on the first 3 days to a week after a disaster and less on long term food supplies. 

So today I repacked in four containers.

Container 1:  65 gallon trash can
  • 36 bottles of water plus 3 gallons
  • 1 L canola oil
  • Shortening
  • 2.5 gallon bleach
  • Big Dawn dish soap
  • 6 Sponges
  • BIG trash bags
  • 2 Rain ponchos
  • 16 oz rubbing alcohol
  • Small First Aid kit
  • Work gloves
  • Rubber gloves
  • Medical gloves
  • Bungee chords
  • Big tarp & a small tarp
  • Tent stakes
  • Rope
  • Mallet
  • Duck tape
  • Flash light
  • 2 boxes baby wipes
  • 1 tub of sanitizing wipes
  • 2 cans of ham
  • 2 cans of chicken
  • 1 box chewy granola
  • can opener
  • powdered electrolyte mix
  • vitamins
  • Diapers
  • Medications
  • Extra feeding tube
  • Few of Jon & Nate's formula cans
  • Beef jerky with cheese
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Emergency candy & gum
  • Ziploc baggies
  • and I still need to add a small radio
Container 2: 5 gallon bucket
  • 15 pounds of sugar
  • 20 pounds of beans
  • 3 pouches of tuna
  • applesauce
  • cooking fuel
Container 3:  5 gallon bucket
  • 25 pounds of flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • Paper plates & plastic forks
Container 4:  Plastic tote
  • 50 pounds of rice
  • #5 can of ravioli
  • cooking pot
  • Serving spoon
  • Peanuts
  • Evaporated milk
  • Mac N cheese
  • Powdered whole milk
Hubby adding reflectors to the tubs to make them
easier to find during an emergency.
First Aid bag also got refilled and updated to be ready for our summer outings and the ouches that happen on the go!

If you see anything that I forgot or have a suggestion please let me know.  Obviously I hope we never need any of it, but if I missed something, I'd like to know now and not when we need it.

 The ants [are] a people not strong,
yet they prepare their meat in the
summer; ~~Proverbs 30:25


  1. Where are you storing these cans of stuff? My worry if they are outside, is that the sun will warm them too much. If stored in garage, i worry they will be inaccessible if house collapses or flood occurs.

    1. This was asked on my FB page too. We don't have to worry about flooding where we live on a hill, but I put things such as matches in baggies to prevent moisture.

      I've read a lot on where to store supplies & we chose the back of the downstairs garage near a door because there is a concrete block wall which is part of our foundation on two sides that is not likely to fail. The literature I read suggested strapping it near a door on the lower level of your home, OR attach it just inside a crawl spaces access panel OR strap it to an interior wall near the water heater.