The world can be a dangerous place and it’s time to get prepared. There are so many different areas of our life where we need to be aware and cautious.

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Join us for the Vernal Preparedness Expo on January 27th, 2018 to learn more and to meet us live! If you can’t make it, be sure to follow our page on FACEBOOK where we will be doing live streaming all day and sharing more tips with you throughout the entire day.

If you can’t make it also, be sure to join our group and ask questions you want us to be sure to cover in our live coverage that day or leave us a comment below. In the meantime, here are some tips from one of our speakers that we wanted to be sure to share with you.

Eric Boettcher | Survivalist | Author

Eric is award-winning triple book author and survivalist who has mastered the skills and techniques for thriving in the harshest of situations through his minimalist approach to survival. Full-time outdoorsman survivalist athlete who is also well known at abc4, Good Things Utah, Fox 31 Denver, K104, KCMJ, Cabela’s, Sportsmans Warehouse, Recreation Outlet, Bob Wards, QuickFire for his supreme survival classes. You will never look at your environment the same.

Eric shared these tips on his website about how to be prepared in your car. Especially in the winter or high heat, we need to be sure we are safe if we find ourselves stranded in our vehicle. Survival is proactive. Think ahead and you’ll be okay.

Eric says, “Your car is where you’re the most vulnerable.  Your may have your 72-Hour Kits in your house but you get in your car and guess what, that may be where you end up for quite some time or even have to spend the night.”

Tips on how to be prepared in your car:

  • Have a map – a physical map that you can use. Often times when we are in our cars we may be in a place where the GPS or Phone Coverage may not be able to help, so be sure you have a local map with you.
  • Have a compass so you can use the map. Consider a globe compass because flat compasses could get stuck. Again your phone may not be able to help if you do not have coverage.
  • 2 gallons of water that is ready to go to give you time to find water. A water filter for when you do find water. Have items that can be used to gather water as well.
  • Have food that you put in your car before you leave and then remove to a temperature controlled area after. No matter how long you’re going to be gone, be sure to take food with you. Be careful of the hotter temperatures during the summer where food could go bad and in the winter when it could get frozen.
  • Turn on your hazard lights right away.
  • Have a towel or some other form of cloth that is torn into 3 sections and hang them out of the window, to show the SOS sign. Using the 3 pieces shows that there is a problem where just one towel hanging out may not attract attention.
  • Put out as many SOS signs as you can in many different places. If surrounded by dirt make it large and put it in the dirt and use rocks or other materials so it can be seen from far away.
  • Tell someone where you’re doing and the time frame you’ll be gone. Have them check in with you through your journey to be sure you’re okay and you keep them posted.

There are tons more ideas you learn at the Vernal Preparedness Expo, on Eric’s website or in Eric’s Book.

 

Do you have other ideas on how we can be prepared? We welcome your comments!

Now that you’re on your way and determined to have a food storage… CONGRATULATIONS!! This is a BIG step and honestly, the rest is much easier. Knowing and understanding that this is important to have a food storage will get you so excited. When you start seeing 1, 2, 3 cans of food turn into several shelves of food… well, you’ll just get more excited.

So, what is the next step? You’ll need to find a smart place to store the food. This can be tricky if you have a small apartment or if you are going to be doing a lot of moving. It’s also tricky if you don’t have a lot of money.

How amazing would it be to build or buy shelving that’s perfect for food storage? But, most of us can’t do that, so we have to come up with smart and clever ways instead. Here are some things to consider and keep in mind:

Consider Temperature

This is very important as food will go bad and be useless or even cause harm if not done right. We don’t know when we will need the food storage so we need to plan on storing it for anywhere from 1 month to 2 years.

Heat, cold, dryness, and humidity could all ruin food.

I’ll admit I’m not an expert on this and since it’s so important, I’ve found this information on Family Survival Planning. Be sure to check out this article for even more on storing your food storage.

“If you live in an area that has four seasons, or very high temperatures and humidity, long term food storage can be difficult. If you live in an area where homes do not have basements, food storage must be kept somewhere in your home at a constant temperature (around 70°F). Cement basements are ideal because they are below ground level (for the most part) and therefore, maintain a pretty constant 50-60°F, which is ideal for long-term food storage. Lacking a basement, just know that the higher the temperatures, the shorter the shelf life of stored foods. But don’t let that stop you from getting prepared.

“If you live in a hot and humid area: For the best food storage conditions, a dehumidifier would be a good investment.

“If you live in a hot and dry area: Air conditioning is the most logical solution, but it takes electricity. Right? That’s ok as long as we have electricity. In the days before electricity, people dug root cellars in order to store their garden produce, jerky, and grains in a cooler environment. Is that a possibility for you?”

Find out more about Long Term Storage and Short Term Storage on their website.

Rotate It

 

Rotating your food will keep it fresh and keep your family comfortable with the food you have stored. Then if you don’t have money for groceries for a few months, you’ll already know how to use the food and you’ll know your family loves it.

The old restaurant rule always applies, FIFO, First In First Out. Knowing and planning to rotate your food will ensure that you’re storing it in a way that makes it easier.

Another great reason to rotate is to inspect your storage for signs of spoilage or signs of pet infestations. If cans are bulging or seeping liquid from the seal, they will need to be thrown away immediately. Those are almost sure signs of botulism poising, which could be life-threatening. For jars you’ll want to check to see if the lid seal is still intact by checking to see if it pops back up when you push down on the top.

When you bring home new food to add to your storage or when you take from your food storage to use it, you’ll be able to keep track of your inventory. It would show you how much your family is using, how long the items are on the shelf before they are used, and ensure you have stored the proper kinds of foods.

Remember that list you made of what you need? Be sure to keep that current during rotation. Every 3 months you’ll be able to adjust your purchases to match your families needs.

I’ve tried doing this each time I’ve gone to the store and it can be difficult. So, doing a family inventory about every 3 months is a good idea. If there is one food that you have never used in those 3 months, consider it. Would it be best to keep adding that particular food? Will your family use it? Is there a certain food you can never catch up on? Maybe you run out of it before you have more to add to it?

Another few tips about rotating:

  • Try new foods slowly to see if your family will use it
  • Be sure there are dates on everything, use a Sharpie (the tiny “use by” dates can fade, or be unreadable under certain conditions)
  • Store like things together similar to how the grocery stores do it, this saves searching time
  • Label your shelves if possible to make access, inventory and restocking easier
  • Put the heaviest items on the bottom shelves to prevent shelving falling over
  • Move items that are about to expire in the everyday cabinets to be used quickly
  • To rotate cans easier, use boxes with one row of cans so it’s easy to add to the back, or use tilted shelving where the front is lower so cans move down, Food Storage Made Easy has a great video and a downloadable plan for building a shelf like this
  • Use recipes in your weekly meal plans that include food from the food storage (If you’re storing dry milk be sure your family would drink it. Try mixing 1/2 regular gallon milk you buy with 1/2 gallon dry milk. This way your family gets used to the taste and it saves you money.)

Create and Find Clever Storage

My first food storage was under beds in the boxes they came in. I cut them in half so they were only one can high and slide them under. Dates written on the top, all I had to do was pull out the box, check the dates, add new cans to the back of the box, and take from the front.

I also built storage shelves with cinder blocks and Plywood.

We found a bunch of cinder blocks at a friends they weren’t using and then had the plywood cut at the hardware store where we bought them. Not great for floor to ceiling shelving, but it worked great for 3-4 shelves high in the garage.

Here is a great list of sites that have some super clever ways of storing food. Many of these can be done on a very small budget.

I’d love to see how you are storing your food storage! Leave a comment with a picture or idea below.

We are so excited to have our very own Founder, Sheila J Davis presenting at Discover Your Success Online Summit, April 11-13, 2018. If you haven’t heard of Sheila yet, you’re missing out!

Sheila is an accomplished speaker, trainer, consultant, digital marketer, and mentor. She’s known for her motivating and engaging presentation style, professional online work, freely giving expert advice that works, and endlessly texting her children “dab” emojis (that’s what the cool moms do, right?).

For the past 6 years, Sheila has hosted and presented her own events both on and offline. She has also spoken and taught as an expert on international panels, podcasts, local television, and both on and offline educational summits, most notably working with KUTV Fresh Living every month, Ladies Who Lunch Network, Joyful Living Conference, Mom’s Conference, The Inspired Women Project, Female Entrepreneur Empire, Morgan Women in Business, and the Online International Virtual Assistant’s Convention.

 

“I love working with women to put their businesses on autopilot so they can not just have an income-generating business, but also live their lives with their families.” – Sheila

 

During Discover Your Success Online Summit, Sheila will teach participants how to Create their own Income-Generating Powerhouse of a Business!

So many of us find ourselves at the end of a long day feeling like we haven’t accomplished anything. Yes, we checked off loads of things from our “to-do” list, but did we serve our passions? Did we change lives? Did we actually make a difference? If not, it’s time to put your business on autopilot and live the life you were meant to live!

 

“Live your life in real life while hearing the hum of your well-oiled machine of a business running in the background!” -Sheila

 

When you sign up for your seat totally free, you’ll also get access to Sheila’s Autopilot Checklist! Are you ready for autopilot and what are your next steps? Find out more by joining us for the event and downloading your free gift.

 

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What you’ll learn in this awesome recorded training which also comes with a download:

  • Watch this when you are free from distraction, so you can listen for those little tips that will make a big difference in getting organized
  • Before starting the webinar, be sure to print the handout included on this page. You’re going to want to have a pen ready.
  • Ask a sister, friend, or spouse to be your accountability partner to follow up on your organizing progress. After watching this webinar, you will have selected a project to work on, scheduled it into your calendar, and have all of the tools you need to organize it – start to finish. An accountability partner will be the cherry on top. You will be successful at organizing!

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Are you ready to conquer the clutter? Have everything in its place? Feel in control and excited about life? If you are, then you are going to love these tips! They are simple but powerful tools that can create a real change in your life. And the best part? This isn’t rocket science! You can implement any one of the tips TODAY, and feel an immediate difference. Pick one or two and get started, and then be sure to send me an email to let me know how great you feel. You won’t believe how easy it is to live a happy, healthy,
more organized life.