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Okay, so you’re on board for getting your family ready for an emergency?
In an effort to keep this as non-overwhelming as possible, I’m breaking up our tasks into more manageable bites. Baby steps.
Today we will tackle food and water supply.
Did you know you can survive for several weeks without food, but only 3 days without water? Scary.
You can print this list out by clicking HERE.
The list itself is pretty self explanatory, but there are a couple of things I want to chat with you about.
As for water storage, you can buy commercially bottled water from the grocery store and that’s easy. We happened to MAJORLY score when we randomly found those two blue water storage jugs at a yard sale, and we inherited the black one from Andy’s dad. Using giant jugs works better for us, because it allows us to have 18 gallons of water without having to store lots of smaller jugs of water. The one downside to water storage containers is that they must first be cleaned and sanitized…and ideally the water should be dumped and refilled every 6 months. Not a huge deal for us (thank you iPhone reminders!), and worth it to save on space.
We also have water purification tablets. Just in case the Zombie Apocalypse lasts longer than 3 days.
A few years ago, I was out shopping and randomly decided to buy some “non-perishable” foods for an emergency kit. It wasn’t researched, thought out, or even planned in advance. I just kinda started putting things in my cart that I thought would work. When I decided to tackle Home Safety Week, I pulled out my haphazard food kit and was SHOCKED to find that every single food item (and some of my first aid stuff) was expired. Like, 2 years expired. Grrrrr….
I was frustrated because it meant that not only was I throwing away uneaten food, but it meant that I had to replace it all.
A waste of food, my time AND my money.
Plus, when I started to do the math…6 people in my family…times 3 meals per day…times 3 days…that was 54 meals I had to put together.
54 meals is a lot of food. It’s a lot of cans. That take up a lot of room.
That I have to re-buy every few years (even if I remembered to rotate it out to avoid throwing it away, it still means spending the money over and over again!).
I had seen these ARK Readiness Kits before, and while I knew they were a good idea, I was hesitant to spend the money at first.
Until I realized that buying 54 meals…and rotating it out to avoid spoilage…would actually cost me MORE to put together my own food supply.
The more I looked into the ARK food kit, the more I was sure it was a better fit for my family. It has a shelf life of 20 years, comes in a weatherproof bucket, and has 330 servings of food! One and done. No more thinking about it, it doesn’t take up a ton of space, and it has more than enough food for our family.
I contacted the fine folks at TheReadyProject and asked if they would like to collaborate for Home Safety Week. Lucky for us, they were game!
And not only that, but they are offering readers 40% off (that’s a lot!!!) with code HomeSafetyWeek (thru June 25). They don’t offer discount codes often, so if you are interested, you should take advantage while you can!
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Disclosure: The Ready Project provided my family with product and the giveaway item in exchange for sponsored content. I approached them because it seemed like a perfect fit. But the truth is, whether you buy an ARK kit or not, I think we are all mostly concerned that your family is emergency ready. Whatever that looks like for you.