emergency preparedness

Personal Water Filters – Emergency Preparedness

*I received the product mentioned free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions are mine alone.  I will NEVER recommend something I don’t truly believe in.



320px-FEMA_-_37174_-_Emergency_Preparedness_^quot,ready_to_go^quot,_kit.Most of you know that I am into emergency preparedness.  I don’t go as far as to worry about living in tent cities or storing items I don’t use for barter, but I do like to have items around to keep my family safe if something were to happen.  We have a food storage, and I keep several first-aid kits throughout my home and in my cars.  I also keep a 72-hour kit for each of my family members.


A few months ago, I read about water filter straws.  The idea intrigued me, and I wanted to learn more.  They are pretty cool, it turns out!  After hearing about the woman who survived for 9 days in the wilderness in the Sierra National Forest, I’m betting that there are others who are curious about these water filters as well.  What an amazing story that is!  I’m so glad it had a happy ending.  :)


I actually received an Acquapura water filter straw about a month ago so that I could review it.  Let me tell you a little about how these things work:


  • Triple Layer Filtration System – makes water 100% safe to drink; Softens Water and Eliminates Water Odor
    Features a Unique Cap with an Innovative Dust-Free Design; Protecting You from the Secondary Pollution of the Outlet Mouthpiece.
    Certified By the WQA and the TUV-SUD; the Most Respected Ranking Organizations for These Types of Products.
    Filters 99.999% of Waterborne Bacteria Greater Than .01 Microns
    Exclusive Antibacterial GAC “Damping System” with UF Membrane Ensures that Raw Water is Completely Filtrated.
  • • Compact and Light-Weight at just 2.12 Oz (60 Grams)

These things are genius!  I wish I’d learned about them before, but I am certainly grateful that I have not been in a position in which I needed one for survival.  I have already purchased more so that I can add one to each of our 72-hour kits.  I’m thinking they are a must have for any wilderness camping and hiking too.  You just never know, and they don’t take up any space or weigh a thing…so why not?


This is just another item that I think is a must have in our emergency kits.  When disaster hits, water can quickly become a vital resource, but not if you can’t filter it.  Buy yourself some peace of mind and look into these; I really recommend it.  You can click HERE to purchase this specific brand (NOT an affiliate link; I won’t get a penny if you purchase), or search for other brands online.  There are many options, and I really feel that they are worth every penny!




Emergency Kits – Money! 1 comment

How are you doing getting some money into your emergency kits?  What kind of containers are you using?  How are you saving money so that you can afford to put some in?





So why do you need cash in your emergency kit?  If tragedy strikes, banks and other electronic payment systems may be down and if that happens, cash is king whether for food, water or gasoline.  This month we’re aiming to add at least $20 more in our kits, but if you can do more, do it!  Ideally you’ll have $200 or more total in your kits.

Let’s get going!

Emergency Kits – Hand Sanitizer

This week let’s add some HAND SANITIZER to our emergency/72-hour kits.




Hand sanitizers can help prevent the spread of disease and germs almost as well as soap and water…and in emergency situations where you may not have a lot of water to spare, it can come in very handy.  Of course, if water IS available, then washing the traditional way is always best.


You can buy hand sanitizer just about anywhere.  I usually buy mine at the dollar store, unless I happen to see it at the grocery store for less than a dollar.  Very cheap, easy to buy, easy to store!  So no excuses, let’s get it added.

Emergency Kits – Feminine Hygiene

This week let’s work on making sure we have plenty of feminine hygiene products on hand in case of an emergency.





Not a whole lot to say about it….it’s pretty self explanatory!  I will say that I personally subscribe to an Amazon.com Subscribe and Save service  and I get my products from that.  I don’t like being a brand snob, but I’ve had enough unpleasant experiences in this area that I’ve become pretty loyal to Always products, and Amazon’s Subscribe and Save  gets me a pretty good deal when I buy in bulk. 


Until next week…

Emergency Kits – Non Prescription Medication(s)

Let’s get stocked up on some non-prescription medication(s) for our kits this week.




Life is stressful, even during the best of times.  In an emergency, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is a headache on top of everything else….or allergies, or insomnia.  Feeling at least decent physically will go a long way in helping you to keep your sanity in times of struggle.

So…browse through your local ads.  See what’s on sale and buy an extra bottle if it’s something you can use.  Stock up on what you’ll use, not on any set list of stuff.  I’ll share with you what I have extra, but by all means, only purchase what’s good for YOU and your family:

  • Tylenol – I actually have store brand acetaminophen, both in capsules and in children’s liquid form. In my case, I must ALWAYS check to make sure the meds I purchase are gluten free…so keep that in mind if you have a food intolerance.
  • Ibuprofen – again, in children’s liquid and in capsules.  I don’t have as much of this, because of my history with ulcers…but I figure in an emergency, it’s worth it to have on hand.  If there are fevers or pain involved with any given situation, it’s nice to know you can alternate between this and the acetaminophen for maximum relief, if needed.
  • Melatonin – both in capsule and liquid form.  The liquid form is great for the kids, but the stuff I have has gluten, so I’ve also purchased the capsules.  If life “happens”, as it always does, and we’re struggling with an emergency or other problem, I want to know that if nothing else, my kids will be able to sleep at night and wake up refreshed.
  • Antacids – I personally have prilosec OTC, but you could store Tums or anything else.  Just in case!
  • Emergen-C – again, I don’t have the actual brand, but a store brand that is similar.  Soothing for a parched throat, provides vitamins as well!
  • Multivitamins – When on sale, I stock up on vitamins, particularly the gummy kind that my kids are so fond of.  (although I actually would like to switch to liquid or something different since those are not the “healthiest” multi vitamin out there…any suggestions?)

Of course, I wouldn’t suggest you buy ALL of the medications you would ever possibly need, but if you happen to find a good deal on any this week, go for it!

Emergency Kits – Garbage Bags

This week let’s get some garbage bags for our emergency kits.



Besides being handy for keeping things put away, clean and sanitary, they can be used in a lot of emergency situations.  Let me share just a few with you:

So, no time wasting!  Do yourself a favor and grab some garbage bags to include in your kits.




Create an Emergency Plan

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have a lot of time to act.  That is why preparing NOW is so important.  Emergencies tend to happen suddenly.

The American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency have put together a checklist, and I would like to share that checklist with you:

Create an Emergency Plan


Meet with household members.  Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes, and other emergencies.  Discuss how to respond to each disater that could occur.

Emergency Checklist

  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home.  Mark two escape routes from each room (usually a window and door).
  • Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Teach children how to make long distance telephone calls.
  • Pick two meeting places.  A place near your home in case of a fire, and a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
  • Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
  • Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit.


Some of these things can even be turned into a fun family activity.  For example, you could practice getting out of the house in case of fire.  Help your kids climb out the windows and everything, and then meet up in your predesignated spot.  Or turn off the power to your house for a few hours and play around with the hand cranked/battery powered radio, with the flashlights, etc.  I’m of the opinion that anytime you can make learning fun, you can make learning stick.



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Emergency Kits – Gloves

This week, our focus is going to be on GLOVES…two types:




and Work



I think the reasons behind needing gloves are probably pretty obvious.  Latex gloves are so useful in unsanitary conditions to protect ourselves from disease, blood, germs, etc.  They also come in handy when you’re grossed out and have to clean something up.  :-)

Work gloves are so important to have!  I can imagine SO many emergency situations in which they would come in handy.  When moving debris out of the way, whether from a wind storm (tree branches), an earthquake (rock, cement, rubble), or anything else, gloves will protect you from cuts, slivers, burns, and more.  Make it a priority to get yourselves some gloves for your kits!