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Tammy is a mom to 6 wonderful kids, including Parker, who came with an extra chromosome! She is passionate about special needs advocacy, living within her means, and preparing for an uncertain future. Tammy's main blog is Praying For Parker. Make sure to visit her there as well!

Flu Preparedness Supplies: Are You Ready?

Admittedly, its a little late in the season to be talking about getting together your flu preparedness supplies. However, every time I open my Facebook page I am finding another friend lamenting that the flu has just hit their home. It starts with the littlest one throwing up in the middle night and quickly spreads to all the other kids. Just as mom has the final load of sheets in the washer, bam, the all too familiar wave of nausea hits her and dad. All across America this scene seems to be playing out. If you have been lucky enough to escape it thus far, today is the day to get your flu preparedness supplies! Having sick kids is really hard, but having sick parents trying to take care of sick kids is the worst!

Family Flu Preparedness Supplies Checklist

Storing Your Flu Preparedness  Supplies

I keep my flu preparedness supplies in a separate bucket in the storage room. I do this because my kids are  Gatorade hounds and it isn’t something that I normally keep around. If they get even the smallest hint it is in the house, it will be gone! I can’t tell you how many times I would get the flu and crawl into where I knew I had Gatorade stored to find that one of the boys happily stole it for basketball practice. By having a dedicated flu kit I know I always have what I need put away.

Steps To Prevent Getting The Flu:

First, lets talk about what we can do to NOT get the flu in the first place.  An ounce of prevention and all that.

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  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  If it can’t be avoided, consider wearing  a N95 or above  emergency face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 

    Get a Flu Shot. Yes, I recognize this can be a controversial topic, but I still recommend it.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

My Flu Preparedness Supplies And Emergency Checklist

As every Prepper and Survivalist knows, sometimes despite our very best efforts, the flu finds us.  It happens.  Be prepared with your flu preparedness supplies at the ready!

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  • Powdered Gatorade (easier to store the powder, lasts longer, and I can mix it as strong or weak as needed)
  • Ramen. I don’t know why but when I turn the corner and start to feel better I crave chicken flavored ramen. Probably the high sodium in a dehydrated body.
  • Ginger tea and manuka honey  Known for it’s amazing health benefits, manuka honey  improves sore throats and boosts immunity.
  • Peppermint tea
  • Hard peppermint candy (helps sooth stomach and get rid of bad tastes in mouth)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Homemade canned broth
  • Jello
  • Crackers
  • Paper plates and cups. More sanitary and just plain easier on a sick parent
  • Otter pops (throw them into the freezer as soon as you open the kit)
  • Freezer meals for people that are not sick in the houseFlu Preparedness Supplies and Survival Kit

 

Medications and Cleaning Supplies for Influenza Emergency Kits

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  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Immodium
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emesis bags for throwing up in.  The plastic ring keeps the bag open, while it locks shut with a quick twist.  MUCH less chance of spilling than bowls or zip lock type bags.
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emetrol
  • Disinfectant wipes that kill flu germs  I also stock a bottle of Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets for bigger clean up needs.
  • Masks and gloves for containing the spread of germs.
  • Extra laundry detergent
  • Shelf stable probiotics for the mending process. We like the Jarrow brand.

Get Your Pandemic And Flu Preparedness  Supplies NOW

In conclusion, nobody can predict when the flu will hit your family, but being prepared will make it easier to make it through. A little emergency preparedness and planning goes a long way.  What is in YOUR flu kit that I didn’t mention? I’m always looking for new ideas!

The CDC Wants You To Prepare For Nuclear Attack

With what feels like retro vibes from the 1950’s, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has announced a January 16th presentation to teach the public how to  prepare for nuclear attack. Am I the only one hearing the theme to the Twilight Zone playing in the background?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/magnitude-7-point-8-earthquake-strikes-caribbean-tsunami-waves-possible-usgs.html

Steps To Take To Prepare For A Nuclear Strike

Though nuclear detonation is unlikely, it could have devastating effects, and there would be limited time to take the steps necessary to protect our families.  This makes preparing before hand vital.

First, forget every Hollywood movie you’ve ever seen on the topic of nuclear war. The apocalyptic wasteland throughout the country stuff.   Unless you are at Ground Zero of a nuclear strike, there are steps you can take to survive.  But, you’ve got to know what to do immediately after an attack.  The biggest loss of life could come from simply not knowing what to do after a strike.

Who Is At The Greatest Risk Of A Nuclear Strike?

Do you live in a large city like Washington, D.C.?  New York?  Los Angeles?  Are you near a large military base?   These are the types of places more likely to be the target of a nuclear strike.

Be Prepared To Shelter In Place

If you have a basement, that is where you will want to be.  If not, then stay in the most central part of your home,  located away from the direction that the wind is blowing if possible.

Seal off all windows, doors, vents and chimneys. Duct tape, garbage bags and tarps will be your friends.  Store plenty.  Turn off heating and air conditioners that pull in outside air into the home.  Unseal your home after the fall out cloud has passed.

What If You Are Caught Outside?

  • Find something to cover your mouth and nose, that you can still breath through.  Having one of  *this post contains affiliate links these on hand, or in your EDC bag would be excellent.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing.
  • Decontaminate if possible by showering and changing clothes before you enter the shelter.

No Lights. No Water.  Now What?

Plan as though there will be no utilities after a nuclear strike.  Do you have at least a 14 day supply (three weeks would be better!) of water and food?   How about ways to keep warm or cool depending on the weather?    How will you see when it gets dark?  Do not drink water from open water supplies.

Stock Up On Emergency Food

Consider a supply of foods that don’t require cooking, or refrigeration.  If you’d like to kick it up a notch, invest in a butane stove and freeze dried meals that only need hot water to finish off.  Do not eat local fresh food.

What Goes In Must Come Out

Products such as the *this post contains affiliate links Luggable Loo Portable Toilet allow you a place to relieve yourself, and a way to dispose of your offerings.  BTW, if you have pets you’ll need to have a way for them to relieve themselves as well.

A Checklist to Survive a Nuclear Attack

News From The Outside

An emergency radio is going to be a must, in order to receive the latest updates after a nuclear attack.   This Kaito Emergency Radio allows you to charge it using solar, battery, crank, and through a wall plug.  You can also charge cell phones with it.

Potassium Iodide

You can learn more of the whys and hows of this product in this post.   Remember, only the IOSAT brand is approved to protect your thyroid gland.  As talks heats up about the potential of a nuclear war, I expect IOSAT to either go up in price or become really hard to get.  Now would be the time to stock up.

Have A Good First Aid Kit On Hand

Be prepared to handle your family’s medical needs after a nuclear attack, including a supply of any prescription medications they may be on.  A comprehensive first aid kit will come in handy too.  Think about adding a few compression bandages and a book on first aid medicine as well.

Protecting Your Lungs From Potential Nuclear Fallout

With it’s NBC protection rating, an Israeli gas mask will protect your lungs in case you needed to leave your shelter before the ‘all clear’ was given.

Another option, without as great of protection,  would include putting a wet cloth or towel over your mouth and nose.

If you are concerned about needing to leave your shelter early,  you may want to stock a few disposable Tyvek suits and protective gloves.

Knowledge Is Power.  Preparation Brings Peace.

Take the time to make these preparations now, not because nuclear war is imminent, but because there is no reason not to have the basic preps for any emergency on hand anyway.

When people are knowledgeable about emergencies like a nuclear strike,  they are able to act in a calmer and more efficient manner.  If you are interested in learning more about how to survive a nuclear attack, I highly recommend the book, Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self -Help Instructions.  

 

 

Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan: Food Security

Could you put together a nutritious meal for your family using only ingredients currently in your pantry?   What about nutritious meals for a week?  A month?  Several months?  If you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan, then the answer is an easy yes.

Family Food Security with a Long Term Food Storage Supply List

Why should you have a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

Food storage is security.  A well stocked pantry is security against inflation, job loss, illness, and natural disasters.  Think of it as peace of mind you can eat.

What is a Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan?

A 3-Month, or short term food storage supply is made up of every ingredient you need to make meals for 3 months, without having to go to the store for supplies.

A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan stretches that original 3 months out longer, and it consists of items with that have up to a 25-30 year shelf life when stored properly.

Legumes:  dried beans, lentils, barley and nuts.

Grains:  wheat, rice, oats, whatever your family likes and is used to eating.  A long emergency is NOT the time to see how your family’s guts hold up to exotic grains.

Powdered Milk

Leavening Agents

Salt and Spices

Fats and Oils: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and even Crisco.  Remember though, most oil has a very short shelf life, so keep it well rotated!

Water.  And more water. 

Step 1:  Create Your Menus  and Ingredient List

In this post we discussed how to create a 3 Month Food Storage Supply Plan.  The concept for a Long Term Food Storage Supply is much the same, just with foods that can store for longer periods of time.  Instead of only having 7 days worth of menus, you’ll want to aim for 14 days of menus for meals you know you family will eat.

Step 2:  How to Pay for Your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Examine your monthly budget.  What can you do without in order to provide your family with food security in an emergency?   Identify those items, and make of list of your projected savings.

Next, consider some of these ideas to help find the cash to stock that pantry.

Set those savings back to be used ONLY for your Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan.

How to get the Best Nutritional Bang for your Food Storage Buck

When I first began to put together my goals for a long term food supply plan, my biggest concerns were that my family HATES beans, and they gag at the thought of canned fruits and vegetables.

What’s a Mama to do?

I remember thinking that maybe I could get some fruits and veggies in with bottled juices.  But that’s a LOT of juice, and juice has no fiber, and little real nutritional value.

I experimented with wet packed meats.  The ‘tinned’ taste was a big turn off.

I dehydrate much of my garden produce and different fruits.  The problem here is that dehydrated foods take so much water to bring back to life.  And they are often unappetizing unless used in soups or casseroles.

Then I started investigating Freeze Dried Foods for my Long Term Food Storage Supply.

Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan with Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods

Not all Freeze Dried Food is Created Equally

I think I tested samples from every freeze dried food company known to man.  At least it felt that way.  I remember opening a can of freeze dried pineapple from one company to discover that ever single piece was part of the ‘core’ of the pineapple.  You know, the middle part we usually cut out.  That can of pineapple was not only bitter, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get that pineapple to a point where it wouldn’t break a tooth.

Thrive Freeze Dried Food

I finally settled on Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods.  The quality is unmatched.  They freeze dry their own food in house, and they source as locally as possible.

Thrive Life Freeze Dried Food also puts each fruit and veggie through a special wash process and then tests each product after the freeze drying process to ensure it’s safety.  A step like this is especially important when you read about so many food recalls these days.

The very last hurdle I faced was how to make my modest Long Term Food Storage budget go as far as it possibly could.

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Imagine being able to make pizza with melted real cheese and your favorite toppings using your long term food storage supply. 

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Once again, Thrive Life freeze dried foods was able to help me come up with a plan that met a very modest budget.

By signing up for monthly deliveries, I am able to stock up on the foods my family is used to eating that can last up to 25 years.

Now, before I lose you here, let me tell you something.  I get the reluctance to sign up for something.  For quite a while our credit cards were maxed out with providing our son with his medical needs.  We had worked hard to pay down each card, why would we want to add more to it?

The Lowest Cost For The Very Best Long Term Food Storage Supply.

After running the numbers it was very clear; by taking advantage of Thrive’s monthly coupons, sales, and consultant discounts, we were getting the best deal on the best freeze dried food available……anywhere.

I set up a monthly delivery to build my long term food storage with meats, fruits, veggies, and cheese. I looked closely at our budget, made some changes and used that savings to pay for my monthly orders.  Anything I earn from sharing Thrive Life with others, I roll right back into my long term food storage budget.

More Choices To Fit YOUR Needs

Now, if you have zero desire to sign up as a consultant, that’s fine too.  Sign up just for the monthly deliveries and take advantage of the monthly coupons and sales…….and  score FREE SHIPPING.   Remember!  You can SKIP a month or CANCEL at ANY time!

This quick video will walk you through how to sign up for Simple Plate Deliveries, AND grocery deliveries!   It’s quick and easy!

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Maybe you would simply like to place a single order.    Try a few things out and go from there.  Yup!  You can do that too!

Increase Your Family’s Security With A Long Term Food Storage Supply Plan

Wouldn’t it be nice if we never had to worry about natural disasters, job loss, rising food prices and how we would keep our families fed during an emergency?   Well, having a long term food storage supply is one step to taking the worry away and replacing it with a sense of peace.  Let Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods help in creating that long term food storage supply.

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag For Preppers

An emergency survival sleeping bag, like the S.O.L. Survive Outdoors Longer Emergency Bivvy  provides protection in any emergency and in any weather.  Pull out your portable survival shelter in your car while you are waiting for help to arrive.  Whether you bug in or bug out, an emergency survival sleeping bag and portable shelter needs to be part of your family’s emergency kits.

PRO TIP: Combine an emergency survival sleeping bag with a *this post contains affiliate links light weight sleeping bag pad to prevent the cold from the ground from leeching in.  The egg carton construction of this pad will also work to trap warm air close to your body.

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags Improve Your Odds Of Survival In Outdoor Emergencies

Forced to spend an unexpected night or two outdoors after an emergency?  The S.O.L. Emergency Bivvy provides protection from rain, wind and snow with it’s unique mummy shaped design, that reflects 90% of your body heat back to you. Because the bivvy has a zipper, you can use it to add a bit of ventilation if things get too hot in there.     It’s also a bright orange to help any rescuers find you easily.

The Difference Between An Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag And A Mylar Blanket.

If you’ve ever used a mylar blanket, you know how loud and prone to tearing they are.  Add a bit of wind and you spend your time trying to keep it from flapping and flying away.  Unlike a mylar blanket, a bivvy is reusable too.

Emergency Portable Survival Shelters

Perfect For You Vehicle Emergency Kit

If, like me, you live in a cold weather state, but don’t have a lot of room in your car for a big emergency vehicle kit, an emergency survival sleeping bag is just what you are looking for.  Instead of having a traditional sleeping bag or bulky blanket, snuggle into your bivvy to stay warm until help arrives.

Survive a Winter Power Outage

Staying warm during winter power outages can be a challenge, that even traditional sleeping bags can’t handle.  An emergency survival sleeping bag, added to your traditional sleeping bag will keep you safe until the power comes back on.

72 Hour Kit Checklist and Supplies

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Looking for other ideas to complete your 72 Hour Kits and increase your family’s preparedness levels?   You’ll want to take a look at our 72 Hour Kit Checklist and Supplies post.