Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Q & A

I received the following comment from a reader recently ... 

Patsi... a thought I've been having: You have been presenting these disaster scenarios, and your students have been brain storming as to what they could do in each situation. Our responses reveal how much we are or are not prepared to meet each disaster. We are learning some great tips from other commenters as to ways to survive this disaster. But I think something huge is missing... I think the instructor who has survived these disasters needs to be instructing us not only as to whether we are making good decisions, but also how wrong or inadequate choices could affect an outcome. We need to hear from you, Patsi, how you coped with this disaster. What did you learn? In what way were you inadequately prepared for this disaster? What worked for you? What would you have done differently? What foods/recipes that you thought would work, didn't? What would you have had more of in your pantry? Less of? What are you doing now to prepare for another disaster? We can comment all day til the cows come home (and thanks for your input/reply to some comments), but we're just basically sharing what we THINK will work.. what we THINK we will do. I am turning to the teacher for wisdom.

While I have attempted to reply and respond to as many comments as I could ... and answer specific questions when asked, there was and is no way I could include everything in this class.  I chose to approach the class in the manner that I did thinking it would be the best way to get everyone to think about how they would or could handle each scenario.  We are all at different places in our disaster preparedness journey and what works for one might not work for another.  We need to be able to come up with a disaster plan that would work for each of our individual needs.  That was my mindset when thinking about how to approach teaching the class.  

So, here's your chance to 'pick my brain,' tell me what you want to know.  What questions do you want to ask me about the disaster?  I will do my best to answer your questions in-depth but please keep in mind, what worked for us, might not be the solution for you.

I plan to do at least one post or more if there are enough questions, so, let me hear from you.

What do you want to know?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

The Ways of My Household ... 6/20/2017

I've had a busy week but before we get to that let me share that my husband got a good report from the doctor concerning his injury.  The doctor said he was 75% through the healing process and to keep doing what he had been doing.  

In addition to spending 2 days going back and forth to doctors ...

I added 3 squash casseroles to the freezer part of my pantry.  I really want to build my pantry up in the area of freezer meals.

My goal of adding freezer meals to the freezer got another boost. We found some huge bell peppers on clearance at the grocery store, bought them, brought them home and turned them into stuffed peppers for the freezer.  We added 4 stuffed pepper freezer meals, 3 quart bags of cooked rice and 2 quart bags of browned ground beef to the freezer part of my pantry. (The cooked rice and ground beef were left over from the stuffing part of the stuffed green peppers.) 

We found banana’s on sale for $.39/lb so we purchased some, brought them home, peeled and cut them up into smoothie making size chunks.  I added enough for 27 smoothies to the freezer part of my pantry.

We’re eating cabbage, green onions, radishes and squash from the garden.  We picked our first green beans and canned 7 quarts.

We've been feeding garden scraps  to the chickens and to our compost bin.

We purchased a 5 lb bag of shreded Mozzarella cheese and after using some of it in a casserole, made the rest of it up into ½ cup servings which I froze in snack bags.  The snack bags were in turn put inside of quart size freezer bags.  I added 28 half cup servings to the freezer part of my pantry.

I was able to get another face cloth crocheted.  For this one instead of adding a ruffle to the edges, I just added loops. This one, as the last one, along with a bar of pretty smelling soap will become a gift.  I used Bernat 100% cotton yarn to make this one.

I ordered and received some chickweed to use in making a salve for skin irritations.  I hope to get it made before I run out of what I have on hand.

We found some apples on clearance at Kroger, bought some, brought them home and started peeling and slicing them for dehydrating. As of this writing the dehydrator is huming right along full of apple slices.  I have enough apples left to fill up the dehydrator again.  I am always happy to find marked down produce!

I’ve been treating an ingrown toenail for my husband using essential oils and foot soaks.  I’m happy to say that it started showing improvement after the 2nd treatment and by the 4th it wasn't bothering him anymore. Here’s what we did, with an emery board we filed down the top middle edge of the toenail from the topside  (you can also cut a small 'v' in the middle edge of the tonail) … we soaked the foot in an Epsom salt water solution then applied less than a drop of clove essential oil to help numb the area.  Next, came an application of tea tree oil followed by an application of OnGuard essential oil.  (Note:  I am not a doctor and have no medical training. I am simply sharing what worked for my husband. This treatment has not been evaluated by the FDA.  Please consult your physician for medical concerns and conditions. Use caution when using essential oils.)

 I was in Walmart one day and found several partial bolts of fabric on clearance for $1 per yard.  I was told that they were doing a ‘reshelving’ and were clearancing out all their discontinued fabrics.   The lady in front of me had several bolts and I had 5 bolts myself.  I paid a little less than $20 for quality fabric that would have cost me well over $100 had I paid full price for them.   The sewing part of my pantry got a big boost!!!

How did you build up your pantry this week or live frugally?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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