My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!

Crazy Storms, Crazy Foods, Crazy Winds, Crazy Wildfires, Crazy Life!


Crazy!  That’s how I would describe the weather in the USA this week.  First – tornadoes across the southern and the plains states.  Next – extreme flooding in the south.  Then – crazy Santa Ana winds and hot temps in southern California which was followed by a 1000 acre wildfire.  It’s been one wild week, and it’s not over yet.


It’s been a crazy week.


While no one can predict every unexpected event, we can all try to do our best to be prepared.  I know.  You’re heard it before.  I promise I won’t guilt you.  But, I do hope my post gets you thinking.  Are you prepared to leave your home at a moment’s notice?  If not, what do you need to do to be prepared.


If I may make one suggestion…  Get an emergency kit.  Make your own (click here to see how) or buy one (click here to find one).  It doesn’t matter.  What do you need for an emergency kit?  If nothing else, please get the basics: food and water for 3 days. 


Some basic emergency kit items.  This is called the "3-day light" emergency kit.

Some basic emergency kit items. This is called the “3-day light” emergency kit from Emergency Essentials (where I bought my family’s emergency kit).  Photo courtesy of Emergency Essentials.



If you can go a bit further, add an emergency blanket, a small first aid kit, and a light source like a flash light or a glow stick.  If you are all in, consider adding a change of clothes and copies of your important documents.  There is always more you can add, so don’t let that overwhelm you.


We have a "family" 72 hour kit, which is a set of four backpacks.

We have a “family” 72 hour kit, which is a set of four backpacks.


Inside one of our 72-hr kit backpacks.

Inside one of our 72-hr kit backpacks.


Please do one thing…  Put some water and food in a backpack and start your emergency kit TODAYNot tomorrow, not this weekend, not next week.  TODAY!  Having an emergency kit on hand will give you peace of mind.  You will be prepared for the unexpected.


(Stepping off my soap box now.)


If you want a more comprehensive check list, check out this one provided by Emergency Essentials.



Do you have an emergency kit (a.k.a. 72-hr kit or BOB, bug out bag)? 

If you have one, when was the last time you updated yours?


Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

8 thoughts on “Crazy Storms, Crazy Foods, Crazy Winds, Crazy Wildfires, Crazy Life!

  1. I have all of this stuff planned, Pinterest board for “Emergency Preparedness”, my own lists for our “but out bags” as well as lists for 7 days worth of food and supplies in the event of a shut in… I just haven’t executed it yet! Hopefully I get moving on it before it’s too late!


  2. I really appreciate the reminder and the encouragement to do this! Thanks for the information, too.


  3. Great tip on having important documents ready. It also helps to have an extra copy of those documents with a trusted friend or relative in a different zip code.


  4. Thank goodness for Grammie, who made 72-hour kits for each of my kids. The hubby and I are on our own — but at least the kids will be covered! 🙂


  5. Another handy item: a wind-up radio. Good reminder for most of us. Thanks.


  6. Thanks for the like, Laurel, on my Life Lessons post. I see by this post that you and I are on the same wave length as far as disaster prep. I look at it from an international or expat perspective, but survival applies to us all.

    Great post here and lots of good practical information! (Yes, I’ve got our “go bags” at the ready! )

    Last June when we lost power for 4 of the hottest days we were ready because we had a plan and could implement right away. We lost nothing in the freezer- our ice cube “melt signal” was still there when the power came back on.

    Thanks for letting me know about your Foray into Food Storage… glad to meet you here!


  7. Thanks for a great post today, Laurel. Some of us need to hear (or read) these things more than once before we actually do them! – Fawn


  8. Weather has a way of getting it’s way most of the time.


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