Food storage has been on my mind a lot lately. Why? I dunno.... maybe because I'm getting old? Is food storage what old people think about?! ..... awkward..... ANYWAY! I was taught to have at least 1 year's worth of food storage in my home and with all these natural disasters happening, that seems like the BEST idea! The problem I've had with that is this: when do I start building up my food storage?
The first year of our marriage we lived in a box. Haha seriously, a studio apartment. NO room for food storage. When we moved into a 2 bedroom apartment I was just starting to feel comfortable with the food we had in our home. I didn't have to go to the grocery store and buy every ingredient for a recipe, I had most of it on hand. Now my excuse is... our parents! Our parents have food storage so we'll be ok. Um...hello Courtney?! We don't live by our parents!! It is time to start filling our home up with food, not kids. Haha...kidding! Seriously though. Here is an email I was forwarded from an American who is stationed in Japan:
We're doing "fine" here. Considering what is going on around us.
When the first big quake hit, around 2:45 in the afternoon on Friday,
I ran to baby's room and grabbed him out of his crib. We've had
plenty of earthquakes in the 2.5 years we've been here, but this one
was huge. Boy started crying and calling for me --I got him too and
we huddled on the stairs away from windows and light fixtures. The
two boys were walking home from school and came in while the
house was still shaking. They thought it was exciting. I yelled at
them to "GET BACK OUTSIDE!" because I'd just been told if you're
outside, you're supposed to stay outside! I sat on the stairs
praying: "Please protect my kids, please protect my kids, please
protect my kids..." It seemed to last forever (around 5 minutes I've
heard) and then the aftershocks just kept coming and coming. They're
They evacuated the hospital and Husband was able to come home around 4.
[I can't tell you what a relief it was to have my whole entire family
safe and together. And how upsetting it was/is to think of people
all over Japan who have family unaccounted for. It's really hard for
me whenever one of the husbands has to leave.]
Since then, the power has been out and we haven't had any heat or
access to phones (to the states) or Internet (except Husband getting one
e-mail out from the hospital.) Yesterday they opened the commissary (No lights, cash only) and we grabbed some extra food, water and diapers. Since we
have the standard Mormon "food storage" I wasn't too worried about
running out of food or water, but I didn't have any spare diapers so
was happy to buy three big boxes yesterday for Baby. (And yes,
I bought two big cans of hot chocolate. Priorities, people!)
We were asked at church to see what extra coats, blankets, food and water we can round up to donate to the Japanese people nearby. I feel heart sick thinking of those who've lost homes and loved ones. Although you probably know much
more than me, I hear the devastation is extremely great. We were
lucky to be so safe on base and grateful our off-base friends and
neighbors were okay.
The earthquakes (aftershocks) haven't stopped and I spent all night
last night having nightmares about running from collapsing and
buckling buildings. The kids are on edge and tantrums are at an all
time high. They keep busy playing during the day, but when it gets
dark and we have to ration flashlights and candles it gets extra hard
to keep the peace.
A few things I've been wanting to tell people and note for the
*Get an old school, corded phone. If the power goes out, your
cordless won't work.
*Speaking of accountability, in an emergency, if you're going to
leave your house--leave a note on the door saying where you are going
so when guys from church or work coming looking, they'll know where
*When the power went out, people off base couldn't get their cars out
of their garage. Turns out there is a special crank to use but most
of our friends didn't have it or know what it was.
*We've been cooking with our camping equipment. Note to self: Buy a
20 pack of small propane tanks. We've also used our outdoor BBQ (in
the cold) and I'm wishing I had a spare tank of Propane for that.
(We still don't have power and don't know when it will come back on
On Base. Estimates have said 24 hours (we're way past that) to 1
week, to indefinite.)
*Do you have an extra refill of your prescriptions in your 72 hour
kit? It's terrifying to imagine running out of the things you take
every day. Also, the thought of my kids getting sick and not having
enough Children's Advil and/or Tylenol made me pretty nervous until I
verified we had some of each.
*For ONCE I was glad to be doing
plenty of cash on hand to shop at the commissary. But we also have a
cash and yen emergency fund hidden in the house for back-up which was
very comforting. yesterday when we had
*While I'm making notes to myself: Buy a hand crank wheat grinder
and blender! (We have a freezer full of frozen fruit to make
smoothies but no way to blend anything.)
*Also, I'm buying all my kids a down comforter. We have one on our
bed and we've been fine at night, but the kids need 20 blankets piled
up to stay warm.
Again, it takes something so tragic and devastating to kick my butt into gear! I'm not going to go out and spend all of our money on food storage. We just can't do that right now. This is what Eric and I decided we can do:
*Instead of buying 1 or 2 canned goods, buy 3 or 4.
*Each time we go to Costco buy a case of waterbottles.
*Each week put $5-10 (small bills) away for emergency cash.
*Put money aside to save up for a shopping trip to complete 72 hour kits for the both of us.
*Make a list of where everything of importance is in our house in case of an emergency, I won't be thinking clearly and won't remember where I stashed everything.
What other ideas do you have?!
Congratulations if you're still reading...this may be the most boring post I've ever done. But it's so incredibly important. I need to be prepared for my family! So I'd love input, ideas, anything you've got for me! :)
Because every post needs a picture, and I failed to have one with my last post, enjoy this picture of our little, crazy, happy family! ;)