Water and Food Storage – There are many canned food sales going on right now, especially the first two weeks of August. Many of them include water storage containers. Check them out and see if they will fit your needs. Make it a priority to get your water storage started right now if you have not done so! Even if you can only save your water in smaller containers for portable situations, do it now. It is recommended that we have a minimum of 14 gallons of water per person stored. That is basically drinking only. You need more for bathing, brushing of teeth, food preparation, cleaning, sanitation needs, etc.
As for food storage, now is the perfect time for canning, bottling and freezing the many items available in our gardens and fruit orchards. Many of the stores are having their canned foods on sale right now. While these sales may not be the best sale prices of the year, they generally have really good prices, and many items to choose from. During the year many stores will have “loss leader items” at greatly reduced prices to bring you into their stores. That is also a great time to purchase in bulk and build up your storage.
Water: Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must head food, pack a can of sterno (may not be allowed in shelters). Choose food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supply Kit:
First Aid Kits and Medicines: Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include at least the following items (add others for your family’s specific needs):
· Medicines: Non-prescription drugs: