Emergency Preparedness –
Food storage shouldn't just wait for a catastrophe. It can help our lives become easier every day. Learn how to include it in every day meal planning and preparation as you simplify your life.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
With winter just around the corner, we all need to make sure we are prepared for any possible severe winter storm.
It is best to prepare for severe winter weather before a storm actually heads your way. A few basic things you can do to take the stress and worry out of winter weather
*Gift Idea – Give 72 hr. kits to family members
Store bottled water and food that does not require cooking in case of a power outage. Some ideas are tuna, cereal, canned or dried fruit, crackers, nuts, peanut butter and jelly. Remember to store things your family will eat.
Have sand or rock salt to make driveways and sidewalks safer. Make sure your snow shovel or other snow removal equipment is easy to get to and in good working order.
If you have a fireplace, make sure you have wood that is in a dry, easy to access location.
*Gift Idea – Purchase a generator for the family and try it out
If you have a gas grill, make sure you have a full propane tank. It may be possible to cook on your grill once the storm lets up. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that it works properly. Only use a generator outdoors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
Learn to shut of your water main and gas line in case there is a problem.
*Gift Idea – Emergency Car Kits
Make a winter emergency kit for your car. Include: window scraper, small broom, flashlight, blanket, battery operated radio, snacks that provide energy, water, jumper cables, small shovel, sand or cat litter for tire traction, hat, gloves, extra socks, first aid kit and a piece of fluorescent fabric to use as a distress flag .
If you have a baby or someone that requires medication, make sure you have plenty of those extra things you will need on hand.
During a storm, it is important to remain positive and use good judgment.
*Gift Idea – Give a battery operated radio to family who does not have one
Have a battery operated radio so you can listen to weather reports.
Dress in layers of loose, lightweight warm clothing. Your coat should be somewhat water repellent. Wear mittens, they will keep your fingers warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and scarf. Use the scarf to cover your mouth. This will protect your lungs.
KEEP DRY. Change wet clothes as quickly as possible to help keep from losing body
Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
*Gift Idea – Give a new snow shovel and car window scraper
Drive only when absolutely necessary.
If your power is out. Close off all unnecessary rooms and stay in one main area.
Eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids.
*Gift Idea – Give a flashlight or headlamp to every family member (with batteries)
Don’t forget about your solar lawn lights. These can be left out during the day and brought in a night. Several together can give off a good amount of light.
Have puzzles, games, books or any other light activity you can do while you are homebound. Turn this into an opportunity to relax or make it an adventure.
As tempting as it is to snuggle down and sleep, it is important to move around occasionally. This will help you keep warm and keep you alert.
Other Emergency Preparedness Gift Ideas
- First aid kits
- Emergency candles, Flashlights/Headlamps (Costco 3 for $9.99)
- 72 hour kits
- Hand wheat-grinder?
- Back packs
- Alternative cooking stoves
- Solar ovens and buddy burners
- Propane Stove and Gas
- *Water filtration bottles and pumps (especially after our Lindon water emerg.)
- Water storage containers
- Labeler machine
- Food Storage -
- Food storage shouldn't just wait for a catastrophe. It can help our lives become easier every day. Learn how to include it in every day meal planning and preparation as you simplify your
- Give gifts from the Home Storage Center to family and friends - they have new pre-packaged items. Here is the link below to the order form.
- Homemade Jam, Jelly, Salsa, etc. decorated with bow
- Cake pan with recipe or mix
- Pizza pan with good recipe or mix
- Frozen cookie dough balls with baking instructions
- Breadsticks with recipe and ribbon
- Baking mixes put in decorative containers
- Water purifiers
- Generators, solar/gas
- Wheat mills or Bread mixers
- Homemade Jam
- Homemade Wheat Bread
- Bottled Fruit
- Bottled Pie Filling, with pie instructions
- Dehydrated fruits (peaches, pears and apples) or vegetables
- Sprouting trays with seeds and instructions
- Bulk spices and bullion in decorated pint jars
- Recipes for food storage items and binders
- Long-Term Food Storage Items (such as cans of wheat, beans, etc.)
- Church magazines for friends or less actives
- Family History Ideas by Ann Lewis & others, link below, VERY FUN IDEAS!
Physical Health –
- Gift card for PG Rec Center membership (month, 6 months, year)
- Give a homemade gift card to friend/friend to commit to excersie with them
- Gift card for a community ed class
- Gift a gift of savings gift certificate! Pay it forward!!
- Pay off a debt instead of gifts for couple or self or family.
- You have to think real practical and out of the box on this one. It’s fall. We aren’t thinking gardening right now unless you. . .Give a gift card to a gardening company . . . to use later.
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