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Emergency Preparedness (year's supply of food, 72 hour kit)
Various Sources ^ | 9/15/2001

Posted on 09/15/2001 6:22:38 PM PDT by Utah Girl

The LDS Church who believes strongly in self reliance. Spencer W. Kimball, one of the deceased presidents of this church said, "No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able, will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family's well-being to someone else... Maintain a year's supply. The Lord has urged that his people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies, a year's supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days... I am not howling calamity, but I fear that a great majority of our young people, never having known calamity, depression, hunger, homelessness, joblessness, cannot conceive of such situations..."

I just wanted to share some things that my church and family has done to be prepared. This is a list of a year's supply of food storage that can be gathered in one year. It is very flexible. I have the basics in my home, along with some "luxuries" in my food storage and preparedness are. If a calamity strikes, I think I will be prepared and will also be able to share with others. If you have any questions, please let me know. I'm going to try to post once a month (or sooner if requested) on this preparedness topic.

The Relief Society in my ward (it is the women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) has a lesson once a month on the first Tuesday of each month. The first part of that meeting is Family Preparedness. We cover many topics such as food storage, financial preparation, disaster awareness, first aid, etc. The lady in charge gets information on storing food, how to read dates on cans, where to buy in bulk. Usually every month she will make arrangements so that we can buy something in bulk (beans, dry milk, dried potatoes, etc.) In November we will be canning salsa and jumbleberry jam at the local cannery. Anyway, here is the list.

And a couple of other suggestions that I have found helpful. Make sure to buy food that you and your family will eat. Rotate through the food, don't just buy it and store it. When I go to the grocery now, I'll buy a case of something (fancy fruit cocktail, ravioli, beets, sweetened condensed milk.) If you don't have the money monthly to follow this plan, just pick up an extra can of something. Try to do what you can within your financial resources. NOTES: Personally I don't recommend buying those dehydrated foods for your whole food storage. You'll need a heck of a lot of water, plus how will you know if you like them until you've tried them? And it is extremely expensive.

Food storage calculator

January

Provident Living Goal---review your retirement goals.  Are you putting enough aside to be able to support yourselves and to do the things you want to do when you retire?  Also change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Storage Goal:
24 cans of meat or fish per person
1 gallon bleach per person
can opener
garbage bags
laundry detergent

72 hour kit:
Gather a change of clothing including underwear and shoes for each family member--include warm coats and boots,
or have them immediately accessible.
ax, shovel and bucket
utility knife
$20.00 cash
$5.00 in change for phone
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February

Provident Living Goal---plan and carry out a family meeting on home fires.
Include planning an escape route and practicing it.

Storage Goal:
100 pounds (total) pasta & flour per person
hand grain mill
thread, needles, buttons, and zippers

72 hour kit:
1 gallon water per person
scriptures (Bible)
personal documents--genealogical records, wills, passports, insurance, contracts, birth certificates, etc.
$25.00 cash

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March

Provident Living Goal---Learn a new skill or read a book pertaining to your career.

Storage Goal:
50 cans of soup, stew or chili per person
5 pounds of salt per person
20 pounds fat, oil or shortening per person
aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage bags, etc.
At least 5 gallons water per person--recommended is 14 gallons / person for 2 weeks

72 hour kit:
1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)
1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)
1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)
2 liters tomato or orange juice per person (Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months-see Sept)
ALSO make a goal to always have the fuel tanks on ALL vehicles at least half full.
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April

Provident Living Goal---If you normally do not grow a garden, plan to grow at least one vegetable this year.  if you already have a garden either 1)grow a vegetable you haven't tried before OR 2) try a new method or technique this year.

Storage Goal:
2 pounds yeast per person
2 pounds baking powder per person
1 pound soda per person
1 gal vinegar per person
10 cans evaporated milk per person
10 pounds peanut butter per person
spices, condiments and vanilla

72 hour kit:
4 granola bars per person
2 sticks beef jerky per person
1 package chewing gum per person
hard candies or lollipops--at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months--see Oct.)

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May

Provident Living Goal---Make a goal and plan to exercise regularly.

Storage Goal:
100 pounds variety of cereal grains-rice, oatmeal, cornmeal, etc. per person
24 rolls paper towels per person
24 packages flavored gelatin per person
garden seeds
At least one month prescription ahead for all doctor prescribed medication.

72 hour kit:
battery powered radio
battery powered light
batteries

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June

Provident Living Goal---Make a goal to have 6 months wages in savings for emergencies.  Write out a realistic plan to make it happen.

Storage Goal:
First aid kit--should include scissors, knife, thermometer, measuring cup, medicine dropper, hot water bottle, triangular bandages, soap, matches, razor blades, needles, safety pins, adhesive tape, elastic bandages, sanitary napkins (excellent compresses), paper bags, gauze bandages, bicarbonate of soda, Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting), ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, calamine lotion (insect bites and sunburn), rubbing alcohol, diarrhea remedy, antibiotic ointment, first aid instruction book, prescription medication, waterproof matches.

72 hour kit:
Container for holding kit.  Large garbage cans with wheels OR a back pack for each family member recommended.  Find a place in your home that is easily accessible for storing the kit.  You need to be able to grab it at a moment's notice to leave your home.  Note:  Your first aid kit is also part of the 72 hour kit.  Note: your 72 hour kit is also part of your general storage, but your general storage CANNOT be part of your 72 hour kit.  When you need it there may not be time to gather it together for transport.

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July

Provident Living Goal---Make a goal to eat healthier.  For example: less sweets, more fresh fruits and veggies, less meat, more fiber etc.

Storage Goal:
50 pounds sugar or honey per person
10--#10 cans (35 pounds total) powdered milk per person
2 toothbrushes per person
toothpaste
mouthwash
infant needs-formula, baby food, diapers, Tylenol etc.

72 hour kit:
Prepare blankets (the silver foil ones)
gather items to entertain your family and include in kit--UNO cards, coloring books and crayons, x-stitch kit etc.  Be
sure to include paper and pencils.
camp stove or portable BBQ and fuel
mosquito repellant
$25 cash

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August

Provident Living Goal---Learn to preserve food in a way you haven't tried before.

Storage Goal:
100 quarts fruit and or vegetables per person
24 pints jam or jelly per person
feminine needs
school supplies
pet supplies

72 hour kit:
1 can tuna per person
1 can pork and beans per person
1/2 pound dried milk per person
2 packets hot chocolate mix per person (or 1 large can per family).
2 instant soup packets per person (these should be rotated every year)
disposable plates, cups, bowls and flatware
pet supplies-be sure to include dishes, leash and extra water

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September

Provident Living Goal---Review your will if you have one.  Make any needed changes.  If you do not have a will, make arrangements to get one.  EVERY Adult should have a will.  Plan and carry out a FHE on the importance of preparedness.

Storage Goal:
10--#10 cans (35 pounds total) powdered milk per person
25 pounds canned or dried potatoes per person
50 quarts fruit or tomato juice per person

72 hour kit:
1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)
1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)
1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)
2 liters tomato or orange juice per person (Note: these items will be
rotated every 6 months-see March)
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October

Provident Living Goal---Make a goal to read 30 minutes/day to your children or grandchildren.  If you have not children to read to, make a goal to read at least 30 minutes/day just for pleasure.

Storage Goal:
50 cans soup, stew or chili per person
10 pounds cheese--dried or bottled per person
shaving supplies
dish soap

72 hour kit:
4 granola bars per person
2 sticks beef jerky per person
1 package chewing gum per person
hard candies or lollipops--at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months--see April)
Check batteries for light and radio.  Replace if needed.

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November

Provident Living Goal---Make a goal to reduce your family garbage by recycling more.

Storage Goal:
100 pounds wheat per person
1 #10 can juice mix with vitamin C per person
Hand/shower soap
light bulbs
At least one month prescription ahead for all doctor prescribed medication.

72 hour kit:
soap
toothbrushes and toothpaste
shaving supplies
infant needs
feminine needs
disinfectant
aluminum foil

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December

Provident Living Goal---Review your insurance coverage, life, household, vehicle.  Do you have enough?  Could you replace your vehicle or household foods with the coverage you have?

Storage Goal:
40 pounds dried beans per person
matches
candles
batteries

72 hour kit:
garbage bags
candles
matches
can opener

It's very important for us as human beings to be self-reliant.  Included in this folder is a program to assist you to get a years supply of emergency food, 72 hour kit, spiritual goals and provident living goals.
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Water Needs

Water storage is by far the most important area of preparedness.

You can live for quite a long time without food, but only about 3 days without water.  The Fema (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommends 14 gallons of water per person for a two week period.  That may seem like quite a lot, but it is only a gallon a day for drinking, cooking, and washing needs.  The agency recommends at least 14 day supply.

There are some hidden places in your home that have usable water.
One is the hot water heater.  Turn it off and open the drain at the bottom of the heater.  Make sure the gas is off, and the pilot light is out!  Another source is the toilet tank.  Not the bowl, the tank of water that goes into the bowl in a flush.  You can use that water as long as you don't use an automatic bowl cleaner in it. I would still add bleach to it, just to be on the safe side.

There are many ways to store water.
There are containers that you can buy especially for storing. These can be found in some super markets, and hardware stores.  Try on line if you can't find them in your area.  They come in different sizes.  The ones that I have seen are galloon, 15 gallon, and 55 gallon blue barrels.  The barrels work best with a pump, purchases separately, for about $10.  You can use heavy plastic juice containers, washed well with hot water and soap.  You can use liter pop bottles as well.  Do not use glass containers, bleach bottles, metal containers, milk bottles, or water already in milk bottle like containers.  These are made to decompose and will leak all over your storage room (personal experience!).

ALL water obtained from out of doors is subject to contamination for dirt, bacteria or other nasty things.  First it must be clarified and then cleaned of all physical impurities such as dirt and debris. Then it must be disinfected or made safe from biohazardous materials. No home method of water treatment can guarantee safety of the water. Certain water treatment methods described below can deduce the risks involved, but emergency treatment of water cannot guarantee safety of the water. Devices that are sold with a claim that they can purify any water should be avoided because they will not work as claimed.

Clarification

Settling:  This is the easiest method to remove most debris, including radioactive fallout from water.  To let water settle merely let it stand in a container, totally undisturbed for 12 to 24 hours. This will allow any sediment to  sink to the bottom of the container. A handful of clay soil in each gallon of water will help speed this process. Since it takes so long to settle it is advisable to use a large container for this purpose, like a tough tote.  After settling is complete pour, dip or siphon the clean water to another container, being careful not to stir up the sludge at the bottom.  Discard the sludge and then purify water.

Hose Siphoning

Take a six or eight foot section of garden hose and stuff two cottontails in one end.  Place that end into a container of your dirty water. Then suck on the other end until water starts to come through.  Then place the that end into a container placed below the dirty water. Gravity will pull the water from the higher container into the lower container while trapping sediment in the cotton balls.  When the balls are clogged simply remove and replace.  This will clean about one quart per thirty minutes.  However, if the water is really muddy the cotton balls will have to be replaced very frequently.

Coffee Filters

Place three or four filters (one inside the other) into a mason jar and let the edges stick out over the mouth of the jar.  Then screw the lid on over the edge of the filters.  Pour the water into the filters.  The water will drip into the jar.  When the filters become clogged, replace them.  This type of filter will clean approximately one quart of very dirty water per two hours.

Purification

Boiling:  Water sterilization by boiling is preferred over any method of chemical disaffection because disease causing microorganisms cannot survive the heat of a sterilizing boil.  If water is cloudy, only heat sterilization can be fully relied upon to assure complete destruction of these organisms.  Bring the water to a rolling boil for *10 minutes, then adding one minute for each 1000 feet of elevation.

Chlorine:  Liquid household chlorine bleach can be used to purify water provided the label says that it contains hypochlotie as its ONLY active ingredient. Do NOT use granular or powdered forms of household bleach, they are poisonous!!  Add 2 drops of bleach per quart or 8 drops per gallon and let stand for 30 minutes.  If the water doesn't taste and smell of chlorine at that point, add another dose and let stand for 15 minutes.  If the water is cloudy you may double the dosage.
Liquid bleach loses strength over time.  In one years storage you must put in double the amount of bleach as new bleach.  Two year old bleach must not be used.  It is not potent enough to kill bacteria. After adding bleach to water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. Bleach is totally ineffective against GIARDIA and other hardy forms of protozoa.  USE BOILING TO REMOVE THESE if they are suspected.

Iodine Tablets-- these are very effective against all forms of bacteria, however they are less effective against GIARDIA.  Iodine tablets usually have a relatively short shelf life, losing 20% effectiveness in just six months.  They are also sensitive to heat and light.  They turn color from gray to yellow as they become less potent.  The usual dose is one tablet per quart of clear water and two for cloudy.  Let stand for 30 minutes before use.

Regardless of the method of chemically disinfecting water, always double the dosage for cloudy water.  If the water temperature is cold, below 45 degrees, let it stand for one hour before using it.

Be sure to have some water on hand in case of any emergency. You will need it mostly for drinking, but also to wash up a bit and keep utensils clean.  Be sure to at least to have 1 gallon per person and a take week supply of actual clean water is recommended.  You can live for much longer without food than without water.

NOTE: Water is the hardest thing to store. I have 3 55 gallon containers of water, plus about 20 2 liter pop bottles of water. Not enough, but room is a concern. Just make sure to have enough bleach or iodine on hand to sterilize the water. Any time I get an empty soda bottle, I rinse it out, and fill it with water. I don't drink soda pop, but at family parties or work parties, I'll gather up the empty ones to use.


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Sorry this turned out to be so long. I hope that it helps people start to get prepared for whatever life may bring us.
1 posted on 09/15/2001 6:22:39 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
You were reading my mind.....Thanks for the info...I've been thinking about what might be useful to have on hand and remembering the bomb shelter preparations of the 50's...
2 posted on 09/15/2001 6:27:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: MHGinTN, carenot, Miss Marple, jwalsh07, All who are interested
Ping for preparedness. Please ping anyone you would like to this thread. Thanks!!!
3 posted on 09/15/2001 6:27:55 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: goodnesswins
I've just had some very strong feelings that we need to get prepared. Not that I am predicting a war, but I think we as an American people could become much more self-reliant. This is one way to do so.
4 posted on 09/15/2001 6:29:26 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
"Not that I am predicting a war..."

No, President Bush has already basically stated there will be war...you are being prudent, like everyone else should be!!!!!

5 posted on 09/15/2001 6:33:10 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: Utah Girl
My wife and I were just driving around in the country talkin along these lines. Dont forget a plan, taught to your eldest kids in case you need to leave in a hurry, so they wont freak, and will know to be calm and help mom and dad in the transition.
6 posted on 09/15/2001 6:37:22 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: Utah Girl kd5cts
This is John, on Teresa's computer. You are correct UG, we have had to rely on our stored water to take care of the animals when city water failed for 2 days. While not LDS myself, I find their policy to be very reasonable. When a rare tornado hit Utah a year or two ago, recovery was very quick.

/john

7 posted on 09/15/2001 6:38:57 PM PDT by Snowtrill
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To: goodnesswins
I have three bull calves in the corral,a stream,and lots of ammo not counting the cows and the big bull for replenishment.Been thinking about this for several years.
8 posted on 09/15/2001 6:41:36 PM PDT by eastforker
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To: goodnesswins
I had a 72 hour backpack prepared when I lived in California - natural disasters. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to re-stock.
9 posted on 09/15/2001 6:43:48 PM PDT by not-an-ostrich
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To: Utah Girl
Bless you! Thank you for this work. Here we go with the ping list! [BTW, the notion of selfreliance is one Americans will embrace, especially when we awaken to the reality that we are NOW in a war and there will be skirmishes here in the heartland.]
10 posted on 09/15/2001 6:44:20 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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11 posted on 09/15/2001 6:46:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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12 posted on 09/15/2001 6:47:11 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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13 posted on 09/15/2001 6:48:15 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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14 posted on 09/15/2001 6:48:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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15 posted on 09/15/2001 6:49:31 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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16 posted on 09/15/2001 6:50:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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17 posted on 09/15/2001 6:50:49 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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18 posted on 09/15/2001 6:51:27 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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19 posted on 09/15/2001 6:52:04 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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20 posted on 09/15/2001 6:52:39 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: Utah Girl
War! Whoo-Hoo! I finally get to use my Y2K stash...</poor attempt at humor>
21 posted on 09/15/2001 6:53:05 PM PDT by El Cid
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22 posted on 09/15/2001 6:53:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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23 posted on 09/15/2001 6:53:42 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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24 posted on 09/15/2001 6:54:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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25 posted on 09/15/2001 6:55:06 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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26 posted on 09/15/2001 6:55:54 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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Personally, I miss the old MRE's. Commercial variety is now available though.
27 posted on 09/15/2001 6:58:54 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: El Cid
I finally get to use my Y2K stash...

You should have used it up or donated it by now. Turn-over is important in stored food. Alternate Thursday nights are storage food rotation nights. Some are good, some, they hate. But they eat. grin!

/john

28 posted on 09/15/2001 7:02:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: Utah Girl
What about firearms and ammunition?
29 posted on 09/15/2001 7:03:48 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: gcruse, non-sequitur, lavrenti
[bump for preparedness]
30 posted on 09/15/2001 7:05:47 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
What about firearms and ammunition?

hehehe....well shucks...that's a given!

31 posted on 09/15/2001 7:06:46 PM PDT by JMJ333
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To: MHGinTN
Wise words bump. Yes, individuals who can should prepare. Communities - neighborhoods - families - need to work together to do so. During the 60's, we set up civil defense shelters throughout the country stocked with food and water. Individuals built fallout shelters and stocked them with food and water. People who did this were not thought of as nuts. They won't be now either. But the time is so short.
32 posted on 09/15/2001 7:07:25 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: MHGinTN
Personally, I miss the old MRE's

Gag. MRE. Meal, Ready to Eat. Three lies for the price of one. They were better than the previous field rations, I'll grant that.

We found a recipe for hard-tack and made some. It made me glad that I didn't serve in the Civil War. FYI, the last barrels of hard-tack from the Civil War were used during the Mexican wars. In what? 1912? Blech!

/john

33 posted on 09/15/2001 7:07:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: kd5cts, El Cid
I finally get to use my Y2K stash...

You should have used it up or donated it by now. Turn-over is important in stored food. Alternate Thursday nights are storage food rotation nights. Some are good, some, they hate. But they eat. grin!

This reminds me of when my mom started in earnest doing food storage while I was growing up. TVP was the big thing back in the seventies. Textured Vegetable Protein. She bought enough TVP for a family of ten for a year!!! Lasts forever. Smells to high heaven. She made a meatloaf out of it the first night, we all took one bite, and wouldn't go near it after that. My dad is kinder, he ate a portion of it. No matter how she tried to disguise the stuff, we kids would always figure out what it was and not eat it. They finally threw away a 360 day supply of TVP. Moral of the story: Store what you eat, and eat what you store.

34 posted on 09/15/2001 7:08:17 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
What about firearms and ammunition?

I'll leave that up to others. I don't have any idea what would constitute having enough guns and ammunition around. I don't own a gun (and I am a firm supporter of the 2nd amendment.) Just a personal choice.

35 posted on 09/15/2001 7:09:44 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
What about firearms and ammunition?

If you have to ask, you don't have enough of either. Modern ammo should last > 50 years. It won't get any cheaper. Think of it as an investment.

/john

36 posted on 09/15/2001 7:09:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: Utah Girl
Hose Siphoning

Take a six or eight foot section of garden hose and stuff two cottontails in one end.

Cottontails? LOL! The ones running around our yard would be hard to catch and stuff into a hose.

Seriously, great information here. Thanks.

37 posted on 09/15/2001 7:10:34 PM PDT by Arizona
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To: Arizona
Giggle. I missed that one. It should be cotton balls.
38 posted on 09/15/2001 7:11:21 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: DainBramage
My wife and I were just driving around in the country talkin along these lines. Dont forget a plan, taught to your eldest kids in case you need to leave in a hurry, so they wont freak, and will know to be calm and help mom and dad in the transition.

This is very important. My sister did a fire escape lesson with her kids (five under the age of seven.) Her oldest was took this very seriously, but she and her husband were very reassuring during the lesson. We don't want to scare the kids to death, but they need to know the basics as you said.

39 posted on 09/15/2001 7:13:10 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: Utah Girl
I'd like to point out that water can also be purified by distillation (turning water to steam, then condensing the vapor). This process removes virtually all contaminants including radioactive debris. Most distillers require tubing, preferably copper, a pane of glass, or a sheet of plastic.

A quick web search will turn up dozens of designs.

Lonesome

40 posted on 09/15/2001 7:14:49 PM PDT by Lonesome
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To: kd5cts
While not LDS myself, I find their policy to be very reasonable. When a rare tornado hit Utah a year or two ago, recovery was very quick.

It is truly wonderful to see the communities around here be able to step up immediately when there is a disaster. I've had friends whose husbands were out of work for a few weeks or months, and used their food storage to get them through the tough times. When I was going to college, my mom would tell me to come over once a month and go shopping in her food storage. My sister uses hers really well, and you can tell when it is the end of the month at her house, they have food storage dinners!

41 posted on 09/15/2001 7:15:56 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: kd5cts
Oh, some things like spam and tuna last a long time. I think we will be getting to the bottom of the Y2K spam pile sometime in 2003.
42 posted on 09/15/2001 7:16:26 PM PDT by better_dead_then_red
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To: Dog Gone
About all I have left is coffee and toilet paper. What about you?

And the Spam. What can I say... It was on sale.

I'd rather eat pig snot.

43 posted on 09/15/2001 7:17:01 PM PDT by Nita Nupress
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To: Utah Girl, Nita Nupress, Dog Gone
Very, very good! Thank you! Worth a high-priority bookmark!
44 posted on 09/15/2001 7:19:03 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
LOL! It'll be interesting to see what Dog Gone has left. I'd bet at least a case or two of the TP.
45 posted on 09/15/2001 7:21:04 PM PDT by Nita Nupress
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To: Utah Girl
and used their food storage to get them through the tough times.

I'm still working, but my paycheck seems to have lost itself somewhere in NYC. We're not going to tap the savings. When the cash runs out (I have cash on hand, in case of emergencies), we go to food storage. I expect that my check will arrive before then, but it certainly gives me confidence to know that the food storage is there.

46 posted on 09/15/2001 7:21:06 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper
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To: Utah Girl
Unused Y2K supplies may come in handy.
47 posted on 09/15/2001 7:21:26 PM PDT by seeker41
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To: Lonesome
I'd like to point out that water can also be purified by distillation (turning water to steam, then condensing the vapor ). This process removes virtually all contaminants including radioactive debris. Most distillers require tubing, preferably copper, a pane of glass, or a sheet of plastic.

Being a total novice at distillation, does this require fuel or energy of any sort?

48 posted on 09/15/2001 7:21:27 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: DainBramage
"Dont forget a plan, taught to your eldest kids in case you need to leave in a hurry, so they wont freak, and will know to be calm and help mom and dad in the transition." Don't forget to tell them what to do if you are not able to be there too.
49 posted on 09/15/2001 7:21:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: Nita Nupress
And the Spam. What can I say... It was on sale.

I'd rather eat pig snot.

Oh my goodness!!! This is so funny. I have no Spam in my food storage, but I did pick up some Vienna sausages today. Great to grind and make a sandwich out of or cut up and throw into chili.

50 posted on 09/15/2001 7:23:23 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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