Thursday, June 22, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #16

This is the last entry for the class.  I hope the class has been beneficial to you.   After Hurricane Matthew I felt an overwhelming need to help others prepare for disaster type situations; the preparedness posts I’ve written, the Hurricane Matthew posts I’ve written, the why prepare posts I’ve written and this class have all been for the sole purpose of helping others prepare. 
Thank you to all who took the time to comment and participate in the class, I hope you feel it has been worthwhile. 

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  1. Thank you, Patsy, for creating this preparedness class. It has made me think heavily about what we might need to do in an emergency and what we had on hand.

    Since the class started, I have stocked up more bottled water on our shelves downstairs. We may not have enough for 3 weeks worth, but the increase will definitely help us go longer than a few days. I also want to change out the water in the "tap water" recycled jugs, since it has been there for over a year, I hope to add a few more in the future. These would we used for cooking and washing.

    The one thing I never though about before was how my stores of soda (for use when company comes), apple juice (bought on sale to use for making jam) and juice in the canned fruit (I had enough that we could share 1 jar a day) would ultimately help us extend our water stores. So that is a positive!

    As for our pantry, I have increased our tuna, peanut butter, canned pasta sauce, and bagged pasta, plus added canned mushrooms to our stores, due to some great sales. I will continue to add to our pantry as more sales come up, even though I feel we are pretty stocked as it is.

    The course has made me realize that canning fruit and jam is definitely a good thing, as this will provide much needed nutrition in an emergency. I have discussed with my husband my plan to buy a pressure canner in the very near future. I want to can some "convenience" foods, like sloppy joe meat, taco meat, chili, soup stock and homemade soups for us to use regularly. The pressure canner would also allow us to can some of our freezer content if the hydro failed.

    Gas for the generator is the one issue I have not come up with a good solution for. We must be able to rotate through the gas, so we cannot store much more than what we already do. So, although we have a generator, we will not be using it constantly during an emergency. I can accept that.

    Thank you again for doing this. I enjoyed walking through an emergency without actually being in one, so I could think about everything with a level head!

    1. Rhonda, home-canned convience foods make the difference between a nutritional meal during a disaster and snack type eating. As for gas for the generator, your plan is the same as ours and for the same reasons. I'm glad the class was beneficial to you, thank you for your words of encouragment.

    2. Hi Patsi, I've just been a lurker as thinks have been stressful here still, but I love your blog and all the scenarios as well as the comments. I have a question for you. I make everything homemade as do you and others. I'm thinking that may not be to my benefit during a crisis. I do not buy convenience foods. Do you store convenience foods and if so do you mind sharing what they have been and how you felt they worked for you? That you for all your valuable lessons!
      Melody in OR


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