Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

A Tornado survival checklist saves lives.  I remember as a kid out on my Uncles ranch and my Aunt yelling at everyone to get to safety cause a tornado was on the way. Safety was a huge cave a quarter of a mile away from where we were.  You’ve never seen a bunch of people run so fast.

Luckily, the tornado passed us by, but I’ve never forgotten that experience.  You don’t have to live in Tornado Alley to prepare for tornadoes, they can happen just about anywhere.

Tornado Survival Checklist

 Family Tornado Survival Checklist

Create a Family Tornado Survival Checklist and practice it. Make sure each family member knows where to go and what to take with them to be safe in case of a tornado. Know where to meet up after the storm.

What Is A Tornado Watch?

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for a tornado to develop. When you hear of a tornado watch, stay close to your weather radio for continued alerts.

What Is A Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Warning indicates a tornado has been seen in the area or that radar indicates the presence of a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued, seek appropriate shelter immediately.

Stay Informed About Possible Tornadoes

In the US the best way to stay informed about severe weather is with *this post contains affiliate links a NOAA weather radio. Does your community use Tornado Sirens? Learn what they sound like, and when you hear one, get to shelter.

Identify A Safe Place For Tornado Survival

An underground shelter or basement is the safest. But if those aren’t available, a small, windowless room or hallway on the lowest level of your home will work.  Your goal is to put as many walls between the outside wall and you as possible.

Bring your emergency binder and your 72 hour kits with you into your Safe Place.   Remember, your emergency binder should include a laminated card for each family member with a list of all the family members and their contact information. If anyone is alone and injured, first responders will know how to reach the next of kin.

You Safe Place should also be stocked with emergency drinking water storage .  Finally, make sure you have a *this post contains affiliate links portable battery power bank as to be able to recharge cell phones and stay in contact with loved ones.

Consider keeping  motorcycle or bicycle helmets on hand to protect from flying debris.

Identify where your local shelter is, and how to get to it, if you need to.  In most cases it will be a school, community center or city building.

Bring your pets with you to your safe place, keeping them crated or on a leash. Don’t forget your pet’s 72 hour kit.

PRO TIP: Looking for more ideas on what to stock a Safe Room with?  Our post on Prepping for Basic Emergencies can help with that!

Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

Tornadoes and Mobile Homes

Do NOT remain in a mobile home during a tornado. Leave and see safer shelter.  Please, no arguing here.

Tornado Survival Checklist If You Are Outdoors

Seek safety in a basement, shelter or inside a nearby sturdy building.

If there is no shelter nearby, see if you can drive to a shelter. If you get caught as you are driving, pull over and park, but don’t turn off the ignition and keep the seat belt buckled.

You want the car to be running so that the airbags can still deploy and offer some protection.  Make sure to keep your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands and a blanket.

If you are in an open field, get as close to the ground as possible and cover your head.  Stay away from overpasses and bridges. Do NOT try to out run the storm.

What To Do After The Storm

1. Grab your first aid kit, and deal with any injuries.

2. Shut off utilities. Damage to pipes or switches could cause a fire or explosion. Do NOT use lighters or matches in case of a gas leak. Instead grab a flashlight from your 72 Kit.

3. Inspect your home for damage. If you find structural damage, leave and seek shelter, bringing your 72 Hour Kits with you.

PRO TIP: It’s not unusual for municipal water to become contaminated after a natural disaster.  Learn how to Survive A Boil Notice .

Prepared.  Not Scared.

You don’t have to be blown away when tornadoes strike.  A bit of pre-planning will keep your loved ones safe.

Focusing Roller Bottle Blend With Essential Oils

When it comes to staying focused, I struggle.  It’s not that I don’t want to pay attention, rather,  I have no power over thoughts that drift into my head as I’m trying to pay attention.   Luckily, I have a terrific Focusing Roller Bottle Blend that keeps my mental energy from straying.

DIY FOCUSING Roller Bottle Blend

Why Meadowfoam Seed Oil?

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is a highly stable odorless and almost colorless carrier oil.  I love Meadowfoam Seed Oil’s ‘glide’ too.  Plus, it penetrates well and doesn’t leave you feeling oily.  It is excellent for all skin types.

Focusing Roller Bottle Blend Ingredients

Organic Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Tiny Funnel  (This will make your life sooo much easier.)  Also, this funnel also comes with key tool!

Glass Essential Oil Roller Bottle With Gold Cap


Focusing Roller Bottle Blend Method

Add  the following Young Living Essential Oils to your 10ml roller bottle.

Do you need to order your essential oils first?  You can order Young Living Essential Oils right here.

2 Drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

2 Drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

2 Drops Lime Essential Oil

3 Drops Frankincense  Essential Oil

Next, top off with your Meadowfoam Seed Carrier Oil using a tiny funnel.  There’s less cussing whey you use a funnel, trust me on this one.

Finally, replace the roller ball and cap and you are done!

Pro Tip:  I’m running a deal on Premium Starter Kits.  When you purchase a Premium Starter Kit, I’ll refund you $25.00 either in the form of an Amazon Gift Card or through Paypal!

How To Use Your Focusing Roller Ball Blend

In conclusion,  my favorite place to roll this blend in on the back of my neck. Because the pores there contain sebum, it’s a great place for the essential oils to be able to absorb. Also, I  get the olfactory benefits of this focusing roller ball blend there too!

Where do you use your roller ball blends at?

More Essential Oil Recipes:

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe Cause, medical honey is pricey. Like sell your first child pricey.

Embossed Soap Making Tutorial

Lavender Charcoal DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

Frugal Laundry Hacks: Wool Dryer Balls QUIT buying dryer sheets!

How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Everyday Uses For Powdered Milk Food Storage

There are many everyday uses for powdered milk. Powdered reconstituted milk from your food storage can be used to make whole milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, butter milk and more.  Powered milk is a real power house in your pantry!

Every Day Uses For Powdered Milk

How Much Powdered Milk Should You Store?

While 16 pounds of powdered milk for an adult would provide about 1 glass of milk a day for a year, it wouldn’t allow an for cooking.   Additionally, children would need more to meet their daily requirements.

According to the LDS Food Storage Calculator a year’s supply of dairy would come in at 30 pounds for an adult.

Thrive Life Powdered Milk

I store and use Thrive Life powdered milk. Unlike many other brands I’ve tried, Thrive’s powdered milk tastes good. No. Really. It does! Here’s how you can order Thrive Life Freeze Dried Food.

Uses For Powdered Milk (Instant)

At our house, Instant Milk powder is for drinking because it dissolves instantly in water at any temperature. Instant Milk was also specifically developed for it’s flavor.

Some people add a little bit of sugar and vanilla extract to their reconstituted milk. Interestingly, I haven’t felt the need to do that with Thrive Powdered Milk. I do always serve it cold.

Prep Instructions

Mix Instant Milk powder with water using the proportions below [add more or less powder to suit individual tastes]. Store in fridge; for best taste, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

3/4 c. powder + 4 c. water = 1 qt milk

3 c. powder + 16 c. water = 1 gal. milk

Non-fat Powdered Milk

Non Fat Powdered Milk is best used for baking, although you could certainly use it for drinking too, it just takes longer to blend up.   You don’t need to mix the milk up before adding it to recipes; just add the milk powder to the dry ingredients and the necessary water to the wet ingredients.

If you choose to use Non-Fat Powdered Milk as your drinking milk, you can make mixing easier by using a blender or a *this post contains affiliate links mixing pitcher like this one from Rubbermaid.

Prep Instructions

Mix Nonfat Powdered Milk with water using the proportions below. Refrigerate once reconstituted.

3/4 tbsp. powder + 1/4 c. water = 1/4 c. milk

1 tbsp. powder + 1/3 c. water = 1/3 c. milk

1 1/2 tbsp. powder + 1/2 c. water = 1/2 c. milk

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Fresh Equivalent

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Let’s take a look at the first recipe that uses powdered milk, shall we?

Sweetened Condensed Milk

I cringe at the price of sweetened condensed milk these days. We can save a small fortune by taking a few minutes to whip it up from scratch.

Add the following ingredients to your blender:

1/2 cup of hot water
1 c. of powdered milk powder
1 c. of sugar
1 T. of butter

Blend until very smooth.

Evaporated Milk

Whisk together the following:

Mix 1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. + 1 T. powdered milk powder

Whisk together thoroughly and add to any recipe calling for evaporated milk.


Mix the following:

Mix up 1 cup of powdered milk. Add 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to the milk. Stir it in and wait for 5 minutes.
Viloa’!  Buttermilk alternative!

Whipped “Cream”

In addition to the above, you can make whipped cream with powdered milk.  Start by adding 1 Cup Ice-Cold water and 1 Cup powdered milk to the bowl of your stand mixer. Whip the mixture until it’s nice and fluffy.

Next, add a bit of sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to taste. Finally, continue to beat until the mixture has thickened.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

In a blender, pulse 1 Cup Powdered Milk, 1 Cup Powdered Sugar and 1 Tablespoon melted Coconut Oil, until the coconut oil is blended in.

Make Your Own Chocolate Pudding Mix

Those little boxes of pudding are expensive. Most people don’t realize that you can make your own chocolate pudding mix.

Master Mix Recipe

Combine 1 Cup good quality Cocoa Powder, 1/2 Cup Corn Starch, 1/2 Cups Sugar and 1 Teaspoon Salt in an air tight container.

Making Chocolate Pudding

When you would like to make a batch of pudding, add 1/2 Cup of pudding mix to 2 Cups of Reconstituted Milk from your powdered milk storage.

In  a pan over medium heat and whisk until the pudding mix and reconstituted powdered milk until it  comes to a boil.  It’s important to keep whisking so your pudding doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

Continue whisking as your remove the pan from the heat.  Whisk until pudding mixture thickens.

Transfer mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for an hour.

Homemade Milk Bath

Finally, an everyday use for powdered milk is Milk Bath!   Our Homemade Herbal Milk Bath Recipe is a skin softening, relaxing delight.

Even MORE Everyday Uses For Powdered Milk

What are YOUR favorite everyday uses for powdered milk?

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe

We are grab and go breakfast people at our house.   Since my kids were little,  the best way to make sure everyone at my house got a good breakfast was to have ready made items like muffins, stashed away in the freezer.  Luckily, this Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe is super easy to make in bulk.  Consequently, the only thing left to do is to warm them up and go!


Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe

Why Freeze Dried Food?

In an emergency, I want to know my family will be able to eat well.  It’s important to me that what I have in my food storage, is food my family will eat.

Therefore,  I stock freeze dried food so I can have the  meats, cheeses, veggies and fruits my family loves and use these ingredients in our everyday recipes.

In addition,  the ease of  cooking with freeze dried food, my food waste has also gone down significantly.  Plus, Thrive delivers right to my door.

Pro Tip:  How To Order Thrive Freeze Dried Food

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe Ingredients

*I added extra ham and cheese to my muffins as some of my family wouldn’t touch a vegetable to save their lives. 

1 Cup Thrive Scrambled Egg Mix

2 Cups Water

1 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Ham

1 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Cheese

1 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Broccoli

1/2 Cup Thrive Chopped Spinach

1/2 Cup Thrive Freeze Dried Red Peppers

1 Tablespoon Thrive Freeze Dried Green Onions

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)

Set aside an EXTRA 1/2 Cup of water to be added when ham and onions are added to help with the ‘defrosting’ process.

Thrive Scrambled Egg Mix


Directions For Making Egg Muffins

First, combine the 2 cups of water with the 1 cup of eggs. Mix well. Salt and Pepper.

Sprinkle the cheddar cheese into the egg mixture and let set for about 10 minutes to rehydrate cheese.

Next, add sausage and onion,stirring well.   Now add the extra 1/2 cup water to accommodate rehydrating.

Break up the broccoli, spinach and peppers a bit, and fold them into the veggies.

Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins

Due to the amazing that is  my new silicone pan, my muffins pop right out, unlike when I was using a tin pan.

Finally, spray a muffin pan to lightly grease it. Spoon mixture evenly into the 12 cups, making sure each cup has an equal amount of egg to ‘goodies’  ratio.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

ENJOY this Ham and Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe!

ProTip:  Create A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan!

How Simple Was That?

Due to not having to chop or crack eggs,  clean up is a true breeze!

Much as we may hate it, families are busier now than ever before.   As a result, we need to find ways to keep up with the crazy.  Rather than sugary cereal, feed your family a healthy meal on the go with this Ham And  Cheese Egg Muffin Recipe.

Interested in making more meals with Thrive Freeze Dried Food?  Check out our Freeze Dried Meals In a Jar:  Sausage Potato Soup