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.  

 

 

Simple 72 Hour Kits and Checklists

Everywhere you look there is another natural disaster.  Could your family survive for the typical three days it takes for help to arrive after a disaster?  It’s time to pack the supplies for  Simple 72 hour kits for each family member.  Let’s keep it simple and geared to each person’s specific needs!

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Simple 72 Hour Kits

What To Pack In Simple 72 Hour Kits

Pack items that are unique to your family’s needs. Consider your individual circumstances, environment and situation.  You will most likely be carrying this kit, so the items you can pack that will serve double duty, the better.  This emergency kit is intended to keep you alive for 3-5 days, not for prolonged periods of time.

Pro Tip:  Individual kids’ 72 hour kits should reflect their ages and what they are able to carry.  You’ll need to carry the rest.  Do you have an infant?  Don’t forget formula, diapers, wipes, etc.  A family member with special needs?  What equipment will they need to make it through a period of emergency?

72 Hour Kit Food Ideas

Each kit needs a three-day supply of food and water, per person, remembering you may not have access to food and water. Do any of your family members have special dietary needs? Picky eaters? You’ll want to choose foods that meet their needs.

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*Protein/Granola Bar

*Trail Mix

*Peanut Butter and Crackers

*Canned Meals, Stews, Tuna

*Soups

*MREs

*Freeze Dried Meals

*Hot Chocolate or other water flavorings.

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Make sure everyone has a light weight mess kit, along with at least one pot to boil water in.

Perhaps your family would enjoy a mix of the above to complete their 72 hour menus?  Don’t forget to add a few comfort foods too!  Set up a 6 month schedule where you rotate out the old stuff in your simple 72 hour kits with shorter expiration dates, and add new stuff back in.

 

PRO TIP:  To cut down on the cost of freeze dried meals, purchase them by the bucket, and ration the contents of that bucket between your 72 Hour Emergency Kits.

72 Hour Kit Water

Each person needs their own canteen, collapsible water container or a couple of water bottles.  Your family will need a way to filter or obtain more water. You can choose a personal water filter like the Life Straw or Life Straw Family Water Filter to meet this need.  In addition, I  like to add a few Datrex Emergency Water Packets to my bag.

Remember, 1 gallon of water per day is needed just for drinking.  You’ll want to make sure you store a few larger containers of water where you store your 72 Hour Emergency Kits or Bug Out Bags.  The 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer is an excellent choice.

Pro Tip:  Not sure what you need in a backpack to use for a simple 72 hour kit?  You can learn about that by reading our post discussing what you should look for. 

Remember!  You don’t have to pick your back pack before you’ve decided on what to put in it.  You can absolutely gather what you need FIRST, and then choose the pack that best fits your stuff.  Heck, you may not even choose a backpack.  I chose a tool chest on wheels for my medically complex son’s needs!

Bedding and Clothing

*Change of Clothing

*Warm Coat, Cap, Gloves depending on the weather.  Change out clothing every six months!

*Good Shoes

*Undergarments, unless going commando is your thing.

*Wool Hiking,  Socks because dry, warm feet are essential.

*Rain Coat/Poncho

*Emergency Sleeping Bag or Bivy

*Yoga Mat to go under an emergency sleeping bag

*Hot Hands Hand Warmers

*Emergency Tube Tent (can also be used as an emergency tarp)

72 Hour Kit Essentials

Fuel and Light for Simple 72 Hour Kits

*Battery Powered Flashlights, Lamps, etc.

*Extra Batteries!

*Solar Powered Lightening Flashlights, Lamps, etc.  I highly suggest the Luci Inflatable Solar Lights. 

*Water Proof Matches

*Lighter

*Cell phone charging blocks like the Mophie Powerstation Plus.

*12 Hour Light Sticks

Personal 72 Hour Kit Supplies and Medication

*First Aid Kit

*Face Mask  ( What kind do you need?)

*Toilet Paper (remove the center tube and the roll will easily flatten and fit into a zip lock bag)

*Feminine supplies

*Soap

*Shampoo

*Hand Sanitizer

*Baby/Wet Wipes

*Tooth Brush and Paste

*OTC Medications

*Prescriptions

*Burn Cream/Spray

*Bug Spray

*Sunscreen

Prepper Gear

*Multi Function Knife

*Handheld AM/FM Radio

*50ft Rope/Paracord

*Sillcock Key  (what is this?)

*Emergency Whistle

*Personal Protection Device

*Map

*Compass

*Duct Tape (Or, as we like to call it:  ‘Magical Miracle Tape’)

*Black Contractor Bags  (Why?)

*Sewing Kit

*CASH in Small Bills

*Paper and Pen

*Can Opener These military can openers work great, are light weight and don’t take up space.

*Hatchet  (1 per family)

*Emergency Toilet (1 per family)

*Foldable Shovel (1 per family)

*Camping Stove (1 per family)

*One light weight cook set (1 per family)

*Family Water Filter (1 per family)

Pro Tip:    Take all the items marked ‘1 per family and put them into their own container to grab as you grab your individual kits.  I also keep a case of 50 year canned water by my 72 hour kits for my medically complex son.

Copies of Family Records

Place these items in a waterproof container:

*Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)

*Vaccination Papers

*Insurance Policies

*Credit Card Information

*Pre-Paid Phone Cards

Pro Tip:  Date every single item that could expire.   Mark you calendar for six months out, and rotate any expired items.  Inspect individual  72 hour kits twice a year.

Boredom Busters

Seriously, the last thing you want to do during an emergency is keep anxious kids (and adults) busy.  Make sure you add some activities to their simple 72 kits to help make the hours pass quicker.

*Books

*Coloring Books and Crayons

*Small Toys

*Card Games

*iPads and Solar Chargers

*Handwork

*Small Puzzles

*Fidget Spinners

*Whatever relaxes you and can get your mind off the worry.

What’s Next?

Whew.  You’ve got your simple 72 hour kits packed for each family member.  Way to go!

Next we’ll get to work on Family Emergency Kits.  These kits are meant to build on the base of your individual 72 hour kits to see your family through a longer term emergency.

Save Money Buying Emergency Preparedness Gear

Prepping can be expensive.  People  have gone into significant debt in their quest to out run the Zombies.  They let fear over take them, and before they know it, they have spent thousands and still aren’t sure if they have what they need to make it through the emergencies they are most likely to experience.  By creating a plan, we can save money buying emergency gear while adding only what we need to our emergency kits.

Emergency Preparedness

What Are YOU Prepping For?

The first question to ask yourself, is what are you prepping for?    It’s called conducting your threat assessment.  In reality it’s nothing more than simply sitting down and making a list of all the things that could cause life to get dicey.

Do you live in an area where tornadoes, earthquakes, or hurricanes are possible?

Is there a potential for your income to fluctuate, or for you or your spouse to lose a job?

Do you care for someone with special medical needs?

What would you do if your home caught on fire?

If your water source became contaminated, what would you do?

Can you make it through a prolonged blackout?

What you prep for may look very different from what I’m prepping for.  But we both can save money buying emergency gear.

How To Save Money On Emergency Supplies

Prioritizing  Will Save Money Buying Emergency  Gear

Out of all the possibilities you’ve listed in your threat assessment, what is the most important situation for you to be prepared for?   That will be your first priority.

As you prioritize your possible emergencies, you’ll notice that a lot of things overlap in regards to what gear you’ll need.  When you mark that piece of gear off of one concern, you’ll be able to cross it off of another too.

Sell What You Aren’t Using To Buy What You Need

Take a look around your home.  What do you have that you could live without?   What do you have that is less important than the gear you need to get through an emergency?

Sell it.

Ebay.  Facebook yard sale sites.  Local classifieds.  Take your pick, but turn that stuff into cold, hard cash.

Use Cash Back Sites

Cash back sites have become popular lately. From groceries (Ibotta!) to items for your 72 hour kit, there’s a way to get a few bucks back. My personal favorite is  Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Earn the cash you need by making some lifestyle changes.

*Shop Around for Better Life and Home Insurance

*Get rid of cable.  Embrace Netflix or Hulu.

*Menu Plan.  Make a list of what you need for that menu and stick to it.

*Give up a movie night.  Do without the expensive coffee.  Eat at home instead of going out.

*Set up a car pool.

*Brown Bag Lunches

Even if you are only able to cut back $20.00  bucks a month, that’s $20.00 more than you had before.

Who Says It Has To Be New?

Another way to save money buying emergency gear is to buy used.  Look on the same places that you sold your stuff to find the new stuff you need.  Don’t forget thrift stores and yard sales!

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It AIN’T All About The Money, Honey

Emergency preparedness is about making small, consistent steps in your ability to see your family through an emergency.  Don’t get caught up in the hype.  He who dies with the biggest bug out bag, really doesn’t win.