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Old 06-06-2014, 03:16 AM
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Food Stocking Being Prepared

My most recent failure:

I love coffee and can't stand it without coffee cream. I have been lax in that area of not stocking.

The First Of The Month:

I went to Aldi's day before yesterday to get coffee creamer.. Sold Out!

Now think of what would happen if this was a emergency crisis and the one item that you can't live comfortably without is gone:

Toilet Paper

What would you do? I will be stocking up this week on that item.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:52 AM
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Jan-April over the 31st-3rd we had bad storms which wiped the stores out with people buying for the storm and those that just got their monthly checks shopping too.

Not only keeping a supply of food and drink on hand you need a way to cook/heat the food too. Charcoal with fluid, sterno cans, Bic cooking discs, matches or lighter stick to light everything, extra fuel for your grill.

Candles or lanterns for light in the evening if you have the solar lights outside you can bring the tops in at night for flame less lighting just put them back outside during the day to recharge.

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:15 AM
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nice idea Roberta on the solar lanterns, they are also not a fire danger like a flame is...

I remember people using kerosene heaters and forgetting to vent the house, kept the house closed up to keep the heat in, and then being overcome by the fumes.

I use hanging lanterns with shields like hurricane lanterns so we have lamp oil, candles, wind up flashlights and radio, solar lamps (wired and free standing), and windows for our lighting.

We use coal and wood for heating, our wood needs to be restocked some. It takes time for it to dry out to make it useful for burning. Coal has to be purchased and we try to keep a year's worth in stock.

Our tinned and dry goods pantry are pretty low right now as we head into the summer, so that is a risky area for us, especially if it was a disaster that tears up our gardens.

I think for anyone considering a relocation or home purchase it is good to look on NOAA or some weather website and see where the natural disasters are likely to strike. I cannot remember offhand where to find areas likely to be hit in case of terrorism, but I believe there are lists out there of higher risk areas.

We can live 30 days with water, only 3 days without, so that is a priority to stock up on.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:18 PM
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ANNA - the key phrase was "live comfortably without" No it may no be comfortable, but you could survive. There is always powdered milk. I think in disaster mode, we could all do without a whole lot that we like.

ROBERTA - I have used to idea of solar lamps before. We also keep a couple LED flashlights on hand. They are very bright.

I garden and can and freeze to be prepared for the winter. I try to can everything I can get my hands on - and make different things with them. That helps tremendously.
I always have a year or more supply of laundry soaps, H&B, TP. If worse came to worse there are ways around those items - bar soap could be used in laundry, old clothes torn up and used at TP, etc.
I probably always have a years worth of food on hand - it just may not be a varied diet! Pickles, jellies/jams (with biscuits/bread), applesauce, relishes, if everything else ran out. But hey, it's food! We wouldn't starve.

Think about how the stores look when they mention snow!! If they said strike or terrorism, or catastrophe - the shelves would be emptied in hours.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:21 AM
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:53 AM
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Don't forget about the issues when the faucets don't work and the toilets don't flush. A person may have a closet full of toilet paper, but no where to go. Our most basic needs should be considered long before problems arise.


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Old 06-07-2014, 01:00 PM
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My toilet will flush if a bucket of water is dumped in so having a rain barrel or several buckets of rain water works in a pinch when needed and waters the flowers and garden the rest of the time.

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Old 06-07-2014, 03:27 PM
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I don't have space for say a years supply of TP but I do
keep as many 12 pks as I can.
I am not able to stand and can like I use to. But oh they are
so much better than stuff we buy at the store. During Hurricane
season I don't keep that much stocked in freezer. But have lots of
food that do not need to be cold or heated in order to eat. Some
things we normally heat can be eaten just out of the can. I have loads
of those type foods Tuna canned Chicken tomatoes pork N beans etc.
Crackers peanut butter you get the idea oh an water to flush the toilet
wash hands tho' not warm but will do the job if need be. Napkins Kleenex
some paper towels paper plates plastic utensils . As many meds as I can
and also aspirin
I will take what I am served knowing someone out there is being served MUCH less
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:12 PM
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I had a great teacher for storing items ahead. My mom taught me this when I was a child. She would say "Joyce, what would happen if we have a blizzard and we can't get to the store"? This I why you need to keep enough ahead to get you by. Canned, dried, and paper products. We had many a time that a storm happened but we always had enough of everything
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:56 AM
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Joyce your Mom did well on teaching
you. I forgot to say I also have water to drink as
well as tea might not be so good not iced but
is still drinkable.
I have several LED lights, gobs of candles, Bic lighter
things. And books for me to read during daylite so I
don't go batty with puter withdrawal lol
I will take what I am served knowing someone out there is being served MUCH less
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