Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Many of my friends and family in the northeast were recently affected by a crazy October snow storm. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power - in very cold weather. Downed tree limbs have made travel difficult, if not impossible, for some. It could still be days before things get back to normal. I pray for their safety, and am thankful to be experiencing what remains of a beautiful fall.
However, these kinds of storms always give me pause. If we had been hit with a foot of snow, loss of power, and the inability to travel, would we be ready? Are our 72-hour kits stocked and ready to go? Do we have back-up sources of power and/or heat? Do we have supplies in case of an emergency? I would like to think so.
Every year, one of my favorite summer/fall activities is canning. Peaches, pears, applesauce, jams, jellies, vegetables, tomatoes, salsa...anything I can get my hands on!! I use one of these water bath canners for most items. For the applesauce and tomato sauce, I also have this strainer. These gadgets are priceless in my book, as they allow me to put up food for my family that would be there in time of need...and that we can enjoy all year long even when there is no emergency. I also buy bulk wheat and use this grinder to make my own flour. You know, just in case.
Are you ready for an emergency? Read what our leaders have said about food storage and emergency preparedness. You just never know when you're going to need it!
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