This week the preparedness challenge is to add baking mixes—muffin mixes, cake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes, biscuit mixes, etc. to your food storage. These mixes can be purchased or prepared from scratch and can add variety to a preparedness food storage plan. Baking mixes are a convenience that can make preparing food simpler, a welcome benefit in an emergency.
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This week the challenge is to back-up your supply of dishwashing soap and laundry detergent. Knowing that you can take care of normal household tasks like doing the dishes and washing clothes decreases panic and
Canned fruit is an easy food to store and convenient in an emergency. It requires no more than a can opener to have ready-to-eat food. Typical canned fruits include applesauce, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and many varieties of berries. Watch for them when they are on sale and stock up.
Clearly, among other things, we have a fuel crisis in June 2022, and you are probably frustrated paying so much for fuel right now. Higher prices may signal that a fuel shortage is coming. How can you protect yourself if there is a fuel shortage and it’s hard to get fuel. There are a couple of things you can do. Make a habit of keeping your gas tank at least half full. When the gauge starts getting close to the half way mark, start planning your next fuel purchase. Second, store extra fuel.
Have a Back-Up Plan An important preparedness principle is to have multiple contingencies for responding to possible crises. When it comes to water preparedness, try to have several methods for obtaining clean drinking water. In
Dessert mixes might not be the most nutritious food, but they are convenient and comforting, and that goes a long way in an emergency. They add variety, and kids like them—they are familiar foods which can add some normalcy to a stressful time. You can choose instant pudding or cooked pudding, but both require milk. Of course, fruit-flavored gelatins require water and heat, and both pudding and fruit-flavored gelatins set up better if they are refrigerated.
Clean water is extremely important! A lot of times there is water available, but it’s not safe to drink. You should assume that your water is contaminated if the culinary water system has been compromised. Boiling is recommended, but it’s only an option if you have a way to heat it along with needed fuel. For that reason, you need redundant systems—multiple ways to obtain clean water.
The preparedness challenge this week is to add canned meat to your food supply. Meat will make your menus more palatable and much more like the food most people are used to eating. Even the addition of small amounts of animal protein to vegetable proteins raises the protein quality of your diet. Canned meats are familiar to most diets and are a nutritious choice, especially when fresh foods aren’t available. You can choose from a wide variety of canned meat, poultry, and fish.
Most people rely on their municipal water system to deliver clean, pure tap water for drinking, food preparation, and personal hygiene. A crisis, big or small, may interrupt the delivery of clean water. When that happens you may experience a “boil water advisory.” In some crises the water system may break down entirely, and you may have to rely on stored water or questionable local water sources like streams and ponds.