Emergency Kits 101

You’ve seen this on the news during natural disasters, where grocery stores are picked clean of pretty much everything, where people are desperate to get the last pack of batteries. While it is hard to look at, you can actually avoid this scenario.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to stay on top of everything, we’ll tell you how to started, and a few tips to help you get started right now, so you’re on top of it all

First you may wonder where to begin. You might look at who the kit is for, and the kinds of emergencies that’ll affect you. You should consider the people, and the animals you’ll need a survival kit for, and of course, how many things you must buy. A survival kit for a couple versus  child will be very different in type.

Next, you’ll want to look at what kind of emergency you’re expecting. For example, if you live along the coastline, you’ve got to worry about flooding. In the Midwest, it’s more tornados and potentially earthquakes. You should prepare for those.  Does the emergency usually require you to stay, or will you need to evacuate? You may want to consider a portable evacuation kit for when you have to get on the road. If not, you may be able to have a little bit more prepared, since it isn’t limited by your movement.  Usually, most people aren’t prepared for this, but if you take the time to sit down and make sure that you have enough, you’ll be much happier.

So what are the essentials? Well first and foremost, is water. You need minimally one gallon of clean water on hand for a person each day, for both drinking water, and of course, sanitation as well. You can reuse different bottles and fill them, or you can get water from the store. If you’re making a survival kit for evacuation, you really shouldn’t bring too much.  You should consider a portable water filtering straw, since it’s small, packable, and lightweight too, and you can take them anywhere, and use them to drink from a water source.

Next is food. You need food.  You should consider some easy to eat foods, and some sustainable foods. You should keep foods on hand that you’ll eat though, since eating foods that you don’t like will make this worse. You should expand your kit to get meals which are hot, canned foods, or inexpensive foods, or you can get a freeze-dried meal pouch for a more lighter option that’s incredibly portable. Ration bars are usually the easiest to toss. You should replace them often, and use them when you’re just living, so that you’re not wasting money.

Finally, light and communication. Cell phones can only go so far, since towers do go down in big emergencies. An NAA radio is great because you can be informed of changes too. You should, however, consider some lights, candles, a charger, and also reducing the number of electronics.  You should also consider some combination items for those instances.  You should make sure that you also consider some LED power failure lights so that if the power goes out, they automatically work.

With the way emergencies happen, you honestly can never be too prepared, and most don’t realize how impactful this can be. Doing this will in turn help you improve your life, and make it so that you’re able to improve and increase your ability to handle this, and make it work in your own personal benefit as well.

How to Store Grains for the Long Term

While paleo dieters will argue that you shouldn’t consume grains because it’s not good enough for the digestive system to adapt, grains are still something that you should always consider having. People have been eating this for hundreds of years, and in many cases, they’re even found millennia ago.  So, they’re not as bad as people make them out to be.

They’re good for you especially during emergencies, and if you’re thinking about storing grains in a food pantry, or even just for a moment, you may want to look into different ways to do this.  You should select the grains with the longest shelf life first, storing them properly. Brown rice and barley are usually the best ones to avoid, since they actually can go bad very fast.  usually, 4-6 months is the average lifespan, so if you feel you’re going to use it, then you may want to get it. Otherwise, go for a different type o grain.

Soft grains are usually the best to start with. This includes quinoa, hulled oats, and also rye.  You should try to get this, and you can even make them last up to two decades if you do this correctly.

Buckwheat, flax, corn, and mullet wand wheat are usually considered the hard grains.  You can get about a decade of shelf life out of these bad boys too, but, if you do have a good setup for this, it can last up to 30 years, or much longer in many cases too. Definitely worth checking out.

Now, how do you store these? Well, buying a sack and tossing it into your pantry isn’t the best way to store this. You should get a food-grade bucket, a vacuum sealer or a health sealer, some 5-gallon storage bags, and also some oxygen absorbers.  You should consider buying these in bulk, and make sure that you get the food grade buckets. Mylar is the best source of material, since this is something that’s often found in many local restaurants, or you can even just buy these online. You’ll need some buckets from your hardware store too, if you don’t want to spend the money, just make sure they’re food grade.

First, you want to find some good places to store this, making sure it doesn’t get higher than 68 degrees in that area. Put the Mylar bag on that, and fill it with grain. Add an oxygen absorbing pack, and have that seal the air out of the bag, and seal it out with a heat sealer.

From there, you trim any of the excess off the top area of your mylar bag, and from there, seal the lid on this with a mallet made of rubber.

This is the best way to do it, but if you’re struggling with this, consider practicing on this with a dummy package before you get the real thing, and you should make sure to avoid overly exposing the absorbing packs to air, since it decreases the effectiveness, and you can even put another oxygen absorber in the bucket too for best results.