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    YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

    YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

    September is National Preparedness Month and for the first week we wanted to focus on your emergency plan. Sometimes, the weather forecast on the news warns you of an impending emergency. However, you can't always depend on advance notice. An emergency preparedness checklist will help you prepare for an emergency— no matter when it occurs— and can help you sleep more soundly at night. It will organize your efforts and provide you with everything you need in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.

    Food and Water

    Any emergency preparedness plan should include the basic essentials: food and water. An emergency food storage kit offers the most convenient and space-saving option. Store it in an accessible place in your home or car so you can reach it at a moment's notice.

    Since natural disasters often eliminate electric and natural gas power, you don't want to rely on foods and beverages that require heating. Additionally, you want to choose supplies that have a long shelf life so you don't have to replenish them every couple of years.

    Consider stocking your emergency kit with a water filter. Access to clean drinking water is essential for staying safe and healthy, especially if the emergency lasts for several days.

    Communication

    You might not have cell phone service in an emergency or access to television reports. An old-fashioned radio comes in handy. Keep it with your other supplies so you can reach it in a hurry. That way, you'll know what's going on outside your home and you'll hear any warnings from the authorities.

    It's also smart to keep a spare battery for your cell phone charged. If you have cell service, you'll want to contact family and friends to check on their welfare.

    Planning

    Create a plan that your family members can follow in an emergency. The Red Cross recommends assigning each family member a series of tasks to perform so that you accomplish them quickly. Older children and teenagers can help the adults.

    Consider meeting with your family at least once a year to review the plan and make changes as necessary. For instance, as your kids grow up, you can involve them in your preparations.

    Potential Hazards

    Normal household objects and systems can become dangerous in an emergency. Figure out how to shut off your utilities, such as natural gas and water, to prevent fires and flooding. If you have a natural gas line, you should know where the shutoff valve is. Its location may vary a bit, but it's often outside or in a basement. Make sure everyone know where to find the breaker box in the house, and consider designating a room in your home for shelter. It shouldn't have large objects that could fall on your family members or injure them in any other way.

    Documents

    You'll want access to essential papers during an emergency, such as medical records and insurance paperwork. Store these items in a waterproof and fire-proof safe, and make sure you can access them quickly. The Department of Homeland Security recommends using phone apps in addition to the hard copies to store financial documents so you have multiple ways to access them.

    Nobody wants to imagine an emergency striking his or her home, but disasters happen. Following this emergency preparedness checklist can keep you safe and allow you to react quickly and prudently should something go wrong. If you don't have an emergency food kit, stock up now by calling My Food Storage at (888) 407-0833.

     

    Emergency Checklists:
    https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
    https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/make-a-plan.html
    https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness

    MADE IN THE U.S.A: HOME-GROWN FOOD STORAGE

    MADE IN THE U.S.A: HOME-GROWN FOOD STORAGE

    American values include independence, safety and family. These are some of the many things we think about when providing our home-grown long term food to people like you, who just want to prepare for anything and keep their family safe.

    My Food Storage aims to provide families with a long-term food supply that keeps you in mind. We're about protecting the American dream, keeping your family safe, and providing innovative solutions for the long haul.

    This is why we offer what we do, a great product that will last you 25 years without hassle, whatever future troubles you may face. Our food is made with ingredients grown on farms across the United States, and is freeze-dried fresh to guarantee great natural taste and nutrition. It's packaged, not in the out-dated #10 can, but in efficient and safe Mylar pouches that lock in all that farm-fresh goodness.

    We know that a lot of freeze-dried food is not kid-approved, some isn't even adult-approved, but our high quality meals have passed every taste-test and impressed. Kids love our Cheesy Mac and Stroganoff, and so will you. Don't believe us? Try a free sample.

    Of course, even more important than the taste is what we put into the food, and where it comes from. All of our meals, vegetables and meats are made with only the best farm-grown ingredients, so you can eat well and live well without worry.

    The food is freeze-dried, processed and packaged here in the U.S. as well, so you know you can trust in the quality. We don't use any mystery meat or fillers, and provide a wide variety of universally loved entrees and breakfasts to not only suit your needs, but please your taste buds.

    We understand that you work hard, play hard and deserve to rest easy. Invest in long-term food you can trust, and enter the future with the security and comfort of an all-American meal.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

    THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

    Water is the source of life on Earth. It's something we need in order to survive, an element we couldn't live without. But it's almost too simple. With all the sugar-packed and carbonated drinks we consume every day water can easily be forgotten. The fact that we need water to live is obvious, but what we would do without it is often overlooked. It's everywhere, after all. Gas stations and grocery stores, vending machines, fountains and pipes. But what about when none of these amenities are available to us?

    Disasters take many forms, but more often than not, our most basic modern amenities become unusable in a crisis. Have you ever seen a grocery store right before a snow storm? Imagine that times a hundred. In addition to storing long-term food, it's vital that we do not forget about our most precious life source - water. We can survive much longer without food than without water.

    We can't depend solely upon modern conveniences. It is important that we prepare for the life's uncertainties with all the things we need to survive and live well. Prepping is a big step toward empowering ourselves and relieving the anxiety caused by the future’s uncertainties. The threats are out there, and in wide variety. This is why My Food Storage provides high quality and affordable emergency supplies that make sense. We offer many products that can give you the clean water you need in a disaster situation. My Food Storage is offering 10% OFF all water purification products in August to celebrate Water Quality Month. Also, if you spend $100 on Food Storage you will get a FREE Aquamira Frontier Water Straw and if you spend $200 you will get an Aquamira Water Treatment Kit.

    HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING

    HOW TO SURVIVE ANYTHING

    A crisis can take many different shapes and forms. Hazards are everywhere, waiting to surface. So how do we survive whatever the future holds? How can we minimize the damage?

    - First of all, be aware. Stay informed and understand what risks there are for your particular part of the world. Usually, it's impossible to know just exactly when or where a disaster will strike, but the least you can do is determine your risks and prepare for the worst.

    - Plan Ahead. We're all about this. Prepping is your best bet on a secure future no matter the circumstances. There are times when we can't help being taken by surprise, which is why it is so important that we are ready for anything. Make plans with your family in case of an evacuation, or a disaster that calls for staying in and waiting it out. This way, when the time comes you won't need to panic because you'll already know what to do.

    - Stock Up! Put together a good stock of long term emergency food and water, along with other survival supplies. Don't rely on modern amenities, keep back-up alternatives for heat, light, and power. We recommend at least a 1 month supply of food, but preferably more. You never know how long you'll need it, and the last thing you want to do is go hungry during an emergency.

    Having a personal supply of food and water empowers you to take control of your survival and minimize the damage it has on the necessities and daily comforts you and your family need.

    - Stay Calm & Conserve... Don't lose your head in a crisis; you're going to need it. Be rational, all things pass. Focus on the positive and keep yourself well hydrated and fed so you are strong enough to face any emergency. Don't waste any energy unless absolutely necessary.

    There are a lot of hazards out there this summer. Remember all of these important things when prepping for any kind of disaster, and if and when the day comes, don't forget these survival basics. It's simple: follow your plan, eat and drink as needed, conserve energy, stay calm and wait it out.

    ALTERNATIVE USES FOR MY FOOD STORAGE EMERGENCY FOOD

    ALTERNATIVE USES FOR MY FOOD STORAGE EMERGENCY FOOD

    Our delicious emergency meals last 25 years, making them ideal for long term storage and survival purposes. However, they are great tasting and easy enough to prepare for everyday use as well. Here are some ideas on alternative uses for our meals:

    - Camping or outdoor use: Our meals only require heat and water, which means they are perfect for outdoor use. Whether you're only on a day trip, hike, or weekend of camping, you'll be impressed with the delicious high quality of our food.

    - Travel: Many people choose to bring our meals along on international trips, a food source they can trust that is easy to prepare and light weight enough to bring along. They are also great for long road trips, planes, and airport layovers that leave you hungry and only offer expensive food options.

    - Quick Meal: On busy work days, our meals make the perfect no hassle lunch or dinner that is easy to prepare and ready to eat fast. They're so tasty, you won't regret opening up a pouch!

    Tip: some of our favorite and most-loved emergency meals are pasta alfredo, savory stroganoff, and creamy vegetable pasta!

    Keep all of these alternative meal ideas in mind while we are fast approaching a busy back-to-school season and squeezing in a final summer vacation. Let us know if you come up with any more great alternative meal uses, they could be featured in a future blog post!