Emergency Preparedness: Put water at the top of your list

The March 11 tsunami was a wake-up call. I need a real disaster kit. We all do. I don’t have the money to go out and simply buy everything on the American Red Cross disaster list all at once, but I can build one, piece by piece. I challenge you, my readers, to do the same.


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Spring Rainfall, Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding in Montana

DENVER – As spring approaches, North Dakota communities are once again preparing for the possibility of flooding. FEMA Recovery and Mitigation experts have several recommendations to help people get ready for flood waters.


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Purchasing — and MAINTAINING — Flood Insurance is a Great Investment for Montanans

DENVER – With several major snowstorms now in the books, Montanans have faced a challenging winter, but think hopefully about the time when the snow melts and we have the renewal of spring. Unfortunately, that spring renewal often comes hand-in-hand with flooding.


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Dietary Fork In The Road

Dietary Fork In The Road
“We’ve seen the food riots in other countries,
and were thankful it wasn’t happening here.
Will you be prepared if it does?”

We all take our food supply for granted. Especially here in America. We’ve always had it and think we always will. But that may change. Let me explain.

Growing up in the Midwest, I experienced several major floods and tornados. Those experiences made a big impact on me. It’s why I’ve been in emergency preparedness for 23 years. Throughout that time, I’ve observed a very persistent attitude. People never think it will happen to them. Not until it does.

August of 2005 brought the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It showed us all what could happen. Major help did not arrive until days after the storm had passed. With homes destroyed and no help in sight, it didn’t take long for people to become hungry. Very hungry. And very angry. That’s when the looting began.

Hungry mobs of people broke into stores searching for food of any kind. It taught us something very important about human nature. When our survival is threatened, the first thing we think of is food. And how we will feed our family. Katrina is just one example.

Other examples show any hint of a major storm can cause grocery store shelves to be emptied. Even if you run to the store to buy food, there may be none to buy. This is why emergency food was created. It stores for years and is insurance against ever being without food. But how does it taste?

I have tasted every conceivable type of emergency food. One type stands above all others. It is so delicious and so fresh-tasting, people can’t tell when it has been stored for decades. That’s why it is called the king of emergency foods.

U.S. Dollar Crisis
U.S. Dollar Collapse

Skyrocketing national debt and massive printing of the U.S. Dollar. Major economists agree it’s a recipe for disaster. Some say hyperinflation will be the result. Others say it will be economic collapse. History says this.

In a total collapse, people will riot and they will loot. This is because in hyperinflation your money is worthless. You won’t have enough of it to buy food for your family. Talk about feeling helpless! But, there is another concern.

History also shows the ones who control the food control the people. The ones who have it survive. The ones who don’t are easily controlled.

I don’t know if America will experience an economic collapse or a terrorist attack. I do know most people were unprepared for the events of late 2001, and couldn’t fathom such an event beforehand.

The beautiful thing about the King of Emergency Foods is that you can store a year’s supply in a closet and know if anything happens, you will be protected with something money can’t buy.

Flavor Locked-In for 25 Years

The food I’m talking about is delicious, long-lasting, freeze dried food. You may be skeptical. But, your skepticism would vanish once you tasted it. If you were eating a meal of it right now, you wouldn’t know it unless I told you. That’s how close to fresh it tastes.

Some freeze-dried items like fruits can be eaten directly from the can. With others, you will need to add hot water and wait up to 10 minutes. Notice I said wait. I didn’t say cook. Freeze-dried food requires no cooking. No fussing. No pots and pans to clean. It is the ultimate in convenience.

Freeze-dried food is the only answer. It is lightweight, compact, and stores for 25 years. In fact, actual laboratory testing has shown it to last for over 30 years. But the manufacturer is so conservative they will only claim 25 years. Now, you may be wondering who makes this food.

Astronauts Love It

Try saving canned goods for 25 years. You risk the danger of botulism. Try saving frozen food for 25 years. You run the risk of power outages. Try saving boxed and pre-packaged foods for 25 years. You run the risk of insect and rodent infestation, and deterioration due to oxygen.

Astronauts enjoying eating space food

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food is made by Oregon Freeze Dry. They have been making it since 1963. They make it for NASA, the Department of Defense, and many other companies. Their processing plants have USDA, FDA, Kosher, and Halal certifications. But you may be wondering how freeze-dried food is made.

The Scientific Process

Almost any food can be freeze-dried. Apples, green beans, entire meals such as hamburgers, spaghetti, beef stroganoff, and even ice cream. Here’s how it’s done.

How freeze-dried food is made

Fresh or cooked foods are flash frozen then placed into a vacuum chamber. About 98% of the moisture is drawn off by evaporating the ice at temperatures below -50º F. The freeze-dried food is packed into specially-made #10 cans that have been enameled inside and out, including the lid. They are then sealed by a unique canning process which uses both vacuum oxygen removal and nitrogen flushing. The result is an emergency food that lasts for 25 years.

Freeze-drying has several advantages over other food preservation methods. Since 98% of the water has been removed, they are 90% lighter and more compact than fresh food. They can be stored at room temperature without deterioration or spoilage.

To prepare a meal, just add hot water (cold water in a pinch), and let sit for up to 10 minutes. Remember, no cooking is required. When you eat it, you will find the food has retained its original fresh flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance.

Once prepared, treat it like any other fresh food and refrigerate. You will find freeze-dried food makes excellent leftovers.

What If Nothing Happens?

There is a possibility that you could buy this food and nothing would happen. But, can you afford to take the chance? Most families only have a few days of food on hand. When you need it most, you may not be able to get it.

Did you know there are families right now who are eating freeze-dried meals from their food storage? They have suffered some kind of financial set-back and are using their storage to get through the rough patch.

When you buy high-quality freeze-dried food, there is never a concern of nothing happening. It is still high-quality food that you can feed to your family, and they will love you for it.

Where Do I Get It?

You can order your Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food from Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center. They have been in business for over 25 years and know everything about emergency preparedness. They offer Free Shipping on orders over $100.00. They also have an unmatched 120-Day No-Risk Guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with any item, just return it and they will exchange or give you a refund, less shipping costs.

Now Hear This!

Notice: Be aware there is extremely high demand right now for Mountain House Freeze Dried Food. An uncertain economic future in the U.S. has created huge demand. Mountain House has cancelled all orders except those with their largest distributors.

Nitro-Pak is Mountain House Food’s largest distributor, so you are safe ordering from them.

Order your Mountain House Food today while wait times are still reasonable. Order now to lock-in your price. If you wait six months it may be too late.


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Red Cross urges earthquake preparedness

The American Red Cross-St. Louis Chapter is urging residents to update evacuation and emergency preparedness kits as part of earthquake awareness month.


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India to seek private investment for food storage

The Indian government has decided to create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to help attract more private investment for establishing bulk food storage facilities, Food and Public Distribution Minister K.V. Thomas said Saturday.


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Revolutionizing Safe Food Storage … Again: Maker of ‘Original’ Green Bags Evert Fresh Unveiling NEW Green Bag at 2011 …

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Evert Fresh, maker of “Original” Green Bags which revolutionized safe food storage, will unveil a NEW Green Bag to retail buyers at the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 6-8.


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Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hopefully you’ve stocked cocoa powder in your food storage, because like many products, cocoa has risen in price significantly. It’s up 300% from last year!! Fluctuating commodity prices make a strong argument for a well-stocked food storage supply. (Watch for more information on what to stock up on this month in my upcoming posts.)

Here is a tasty recipe from joyofbaking.com to put your cocoa powder to good use for adorable Valentine’s Day cookie hearts!

Chocolate sugar cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Hearts

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.

Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch (1 cm). (Keep turning the dough as you roll, making sure the dough does not stick to the counter.)  Cut out desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter and transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to chill the dough which prevents the cookies from spreading and losing their shape while baking.

Note: If you are not going to frost the baked cookies, you may want to sprinkle the unbaked cookies with crystal or sparkling sugar.

Bake cookies for about 10  – 12 minutes (depending on size) or until they are firm around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost with royal icing, if desired. Be sure that the frosting on the cookies dries completely before storing. (This may take several hours.) Frosted cookies will keep several days in an airtight container. Store between layers of parchment paper or wax paper.

Makes about 36 – 4 inch (10 cm) cookies.


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FEMA, National Commission on Children and Disasters Announce New Partnership to Promote Fire Safety Awareness for Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires.


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Get Ready For Produce To Double Or Triple In Price

Farmers have been experiencing unprecedented crop losses recently, after the worst freeze in 60 years, which will almost certainly lead to skyrocketing prices. For more information see the following KGW News article.