Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Emergency Preparedness

Camouflaged in the midst of my "get around to it" pile was this little item.It was given to us as a gift. I cannot take credit for the creativity on this one.
Inside this little container is enough food to sustain a person for three days. All that is needed is the drinking water to go along with this canister. It's so small that you can keep it in your car or at your office, or in a closet at home.
It was in my pile to remind me to buy the supplies to make one for each member of my family.
Even though it's not decorative, I thought I'd share it with you. In light of all of the natural disasters lately, it's always good to be prepared.
Here's a look at all that's packed inside.
72 HOUR FOOD KIT
DAY 1
BREAKFAST
Orange Juice & Nutri-Grain Bar
LUNCH
Peanut Butter & Crackers
Drink Mix
DINNER
Chef Boyardee & Fruit Cup
Drink Mix
DAY 2
BREAKFAST
Hot Cocoa & Nutri-Grain Bar
LUNCH
Beef Jerky & Peanuts
Drink Mix
DINNER
Tuna Fish & Applesauce
Drink Mix
DAY 3
BREAKFAST
Instant Breakfast & Granola Bar
LUNCH
Peanut Butter & Fruit Snacks
DINNER
Vienna Sausage & Apple Cider
Cookies
*Gum & Mints to eat whenever*
***EDITED TO ADD---
Don't store a mint gum or else all of the food will have a minty flavor

No, these are not gourmet meals. It is meant to sustain you in an emergency. This is just an example of what can be done. I plan on adjusting some of the items to fit the tastes of the members in my family. I like that it is so compact and all of the items can be purchased at the grocery store. It is something I can do now to bless my family in a time of need.
If you plan on making these, remember to add the necessary drinking water and put the expiration date of each item on the label of the canister so you can always keep things fresh.
The canister is a plastic 3 quart size. I've seen similar ones at the dollar store. You could also combine the entire family's storage into one plastic bin.

46 comments:

joelandbecca said...

Great list! We have been working on our food storage lately, and I need to update the food itmes in our 72 hour kits....love the list. Thanks!

True, it is something that is hard to think about, and not near as fun, but also in light of all the stuff going on, better to be prepared!

Rae said...

I can't believe ALL OF THAT was packed in the jar! Amazing!! I'm definitely sharing this with my hubby and put some together for our family! Thank you!!

Michelle said...

how neat is that...I can't believe it all fit...good thing to have around even though I would hope never to need it:)

JAMIE'S CREW said...

Great idea! Can you please share the dimensions of that jar?? Also, where can that jar be found??

I love this idea. Thank you for posting it.

Kasey Hunt said...

I like that it's compact. We did ours in sweatshirts. They are bulky and take up a lot of room. what size is your container?

Meredith said...

Gotta love food storage in a can!! I have made an re-made a version of that (but in a #10 can) a couple of times for my family. It is great just in case - be prepared, of course!

Spymommy said...

I'd also like to know about the jar - I like that it's semi-transparent. This is a great little idea, and I like that the contents are things my family could eat now because they actually like them - so when they expire we have a little treat and refill the jar.

Joy said...

I edited the post to add the size of the container, but if you didn't read it there...the canister is a plastic 3 quart size. Look at the dollar store for similar ones.

Valarie said...

That is really a neat idea! I need to do this and have them on hand.

Cottagecheap said...

Great one! If people are doing this at home and it is really for 'emergency' might not want hot cocoa (might not be able to boil/heat water) and I would maybe put some powded milk, milk flavor (easy protein), whey protein and get high fat/high fiber/high calorie items. No low fat, no sugar things unless diabetic etc.. If you figure the idea is ti keep your energy/health a few hundred calories can be good.
Although, I could probably go food free for WAY longer than 72 hours and be FINE!

Kimberly said...

What a great idea. Thank you for posting this!

Carol said...

Joy,
Wonderful idea, thanks for sharing! I will defintely make some for our tornado shelter. :0)
Carol ~ in Oklahoma

Amber M. said...

We did something very similar to these in January for Enrichment...I copied enough for each member of my family and put one in each of our emergency backpacks. Very cool....

I hope I'm not being presumptuous by sharing this, Joy, feel free to erase this comment. We weren't able to find any of these containers at our local $1 stores. We ended up getting our plastic containers from a company in SLC that was very reasonable. Here is their contact info in case anyone else is interested:

Industrial Container
www.industrialcontainer.com

Container product # B092A
Lid number #L252

Customer Service #
1-801-972-1561

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! Great idea! My husband got stuck last spring at a gas station an hour from home because the power went out all around after a storm and he couldn't make it home without gas!! He was really hungry too so this would have come in handy! (Of course if he would keep his tank filled...lol)Must do this one!!! Have a great day - Jeannette

Deb said...

Very good idea. I think I need to make one or some of those.

leaca said...

great idea for a gift. we have done this and sealed them in a tin can.

Laura said...

We just made up emergency backpacks for each of us in our family. We keep them by our beds so if we need to leave in a hurry It's right where we can find them. We made sure to put in a change of clothes. I like your idea for the car. We were just talking about needing something for the car.
Thanks for the great tip.

Ashlie said...

What a great idea! I would never have believed all that stuff was in there if I hadn't seen the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Joy, this is great! Thanks for sharing!! I too want to go make some for all of my family members. I've got some hunters in my family and this could really come in handy for them to pack in their hunting bags. Thank you so much! I've seen little sardine cans filled with "stuff" to use in an emergency but never a foodie thing like this. Awesome! I'm actually going to do a shout out about this on my blog and link your post up to it.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Such a great idea. A gal pal and I were just talking about being prepared for emergencies and how even when you think you are you probably aren't. I am definitely going to make these and put them in the emergency bin I am working on. GREAT idea.

Erin said...

Thank you for sharing your idea! We have been trying to work on food storage in our home, and anything that would make putting a 72 hour kit together easier, I am all for!

Holly said...

I must have my head in the sand because I'm surprised that so many of your commenters have already done something like this, or have emergency backpacks, etc. This is a really good idea, though, and maybe this was just the kick in the pants I needed to do something like this!

Chris said...

Love this idea. Here is Hurricane Florida this will be a very nice thing to do for my family. I would love to share this on my own blog, if I could please have your permission?

Thanks so much,

Angie
www.thriftyfloridamama.net

Salsa Mama said...

I LOVE this! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

salmagundi said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Sally

Christine Lynn said...

What a wonderful idea! I am really in awe that you were able to get all of that in one jar! Good idea about the expiration dates to. Really really great idea! Thanks for sharing..need to look for a jar now! Knowing me I'd eat it before the disaster strikes!...lol

Joy said...

Ladies,
I would be happy if you shared this idea on your blogs.

Christie said...

Really cool! I can't believe all of that stuff was inside of that little container.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Thanks for posting this. This is a GREAT idea and great list. I like how compact it is. I am going to make some of these for my family!

Shannon

Screaming Meme said...

My goddness! What a great gift! After Hurricane Ike I am very much into Emergency Preparedness!!! :) Thanks! I'll be making these for those I love!

Brooke said...

Oh my goodness oh my goodness! I have been away too long and you have been BUSY!! More to add to my "One day in my dreams I will make all of this COOL stuff" list. yes, I have one.

julie said...

That is such a great idea! Let us know what you put in yours! I would love to hear more ideas! Thanks!

candiceschenk said...

Wonderful!!! I am thrilled to see this because it's just the motivation I need to get my kits done! Thank you so much!

I've heard if you dry pack these kits into a #10 can with a canner (our ward has one) they last a long time.

Jen said...

This is soooo cool! I have never seen those Jif TO GO before but I am sure I can find it. This is so motivating, because I CAN do this. aybe, just maybe this will be our Christmas gifts to family members!
♥Jen

Meg said...

This is a very good idea. I must admit that I like vienna sausages and you (and whoever may read this comment) are the only ones I've EVER TOLD!!! Guilty!

Jen r. said...

I LOVE this idea and am going to do it!

Mimi Sue said...

I love it. That plastic is lighter than the #10 cans but still waterproof and you could multi use the jar. For what I don't know, but you'd have it. Also, my neighbor lets her kids eat the soon to be expired food from their 72 hr kits on conference weekend. That way you check it every 6 months and update it with new food. Mimi

Inspired Kara said...

What a GREAT idea!!!

Ms. Tee said...

Wow, I can't believe all of that fit in that 3 qt canister! This is such an excellent tip. I'll definitely do this. I've been meaning to do something like this, but just never got around to it. :)

Wendy said...

Joy...thank you for sharing this...I've had it on my mind lately that I need to redo my 72 hour kits...especially in light of the fact that I've added 2 more kiddos to the pack since the last time I updated them (scary, huh?) I'm going to get on it!

the mrs. said...

Thanks for the idea--love it!

Our Complete Family said...

What a wonderful idea! I need to get my winter car emergency kit ready for the Midwest winter just ahead. Thanks for the reminder!

onlymehere said...

I did a whole post on 72 hours kits a couple of weeks ago during conference and this is the best idea I've seen yet. We've decided to help our married daughter start her long-term food storage for Christmas this year. It's what she really wants and I could add in these kits for her and her husband and make one up for their 3-month-old. Thanks for the great idea, it's just what I've been praying for to add to their gift!

JuJu and Family said...

Great idea. It's one of those things that I guess unless you've been through it, like you, it isn't a thought in the mind. Take care and thanks for sharing.

lani said...

This is the best idea!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing with us! I can't wait to make one for each of my family members! Can I post it on my blog so everyone can come check out yours?

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

This would make a great Christmas gift to give my hard to shop for brothers. And I can use coupons for most of it.
I'm going to copy your list and start stockpiling things to make these.

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