Saturday, October 1, 2011

Preparedness Challenge #28

Welcome to our weekly challenge to be prepared! For the next few weeks, most of my prepping will probably be focused on requirements from my CERT class (Community Emergency Response Team) or a spin off of it at the very least, which is probably a good thing. I tend to focus on the "sustainable living" portion of being prepared and it's easy to get behind in the areas of "emergency preparedness" and even "food storage". Between the CERT class and the Preparedness Challenge, the accountability is EXACTLY what I need to get prepared. It's way too easy to say "Someday I need to make sure we're ready for  ________".

This week I purchased two additional first aid kits. I already have one for in the house, but it's not as portable as I'd like since it's in a tackle box. I also had some first aid supplies in my GOODY bucket that I had made, but it wasn't very extensive. Being a "first responder" in my community, I needed one that would fit in my CERT backpack and it needed to be light weight and soft-sided so as not to take up too much room.

I opted for this nifty first aid kit because it also had sleeves inside it to hold items in an organized manner that were like pages so you can quickly flip through and find what you need. I figure I'll have to add some items or switch some things out (like a better pair of scissors), but it seemed like the best option in a situation where I might have to work quickly.

*Update 10/5/11: I received my first aid kits and they were not as represented from the company I in which I linked. After researching this, it seems the company is no longer making this particular kit, but I called First Aid Only and they are recommending an alternative with pages that turn. You can view that item HERE
First Aid Kit
I actually ended up purchasing two, because I didn't have anything for the car (at least not anything worth mentioning other than a few bandaids). And since we live where we drive through remote areas often and the weather is unpredictable, I picked up some thermal blankets to keep in the car.

Thermal Blanket

The last thing I purchased were some nitro gloves, but not sure everyone would need those. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have some on hand though. You never know when they might come in handy, even if it is just around the house or in the car. It's not always a family member that needs first aid!

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• food storage 
• emergency preparedness 
• sustainable living

Please be respectful of our challenge and only add a post on one of these three preparedness topics ONLY in order to retain the integrity of the link up event. I have enabled the "like" button on the linky and I'm asking readers to give a thumbs up to all blogs that are on topic! And be sure to take the Preparedness Challenge picture and add it to your blog so others know you're participating and hopefully they'll join up, too! THANK YOU!!


  1. This past week, I was able to make several pints of both applesauce and apple butter from some apples that were free to us for the picking. I still have enough apples left over for more apple butter since my boys seem to like it more than the sauce. Yesterday, our electricity went out for about three hours due to high winds, it made me realize how unprepared we were even for a short outage. We did not have any drinking water in the house. I have definitely added a couple of cases to my list for my next trip to the market.

  2. Trying to stock up on foods that we can warm up on the camp stove if we loose power due to snow or ice and found campbell's soup on sale so grabbed about 20 lol woohoo

  3. We've been very fortunate. Our CERT instructors have provided us with many bandages and a very long piece of something like a seat belt to pull people with if we have to.

  4. Good thinking about the nitro gloves, also carry non latex gloves for those who are allergic to latex. In our first aid kit I have gloves, I also have a container in the bathroom. You never know when a friend of the family, or neighbor may need your help.
    This week I filled 3 more buckets with 50 pounds of all purpose flour, 50 poiunds of pounds of bread flour and one bucket (25 pounds) of hard white wheat berries. I also need to get one more bucket filled with sugar (20 pounds). I did add a pack of 25 chocolate nestle shelf stable milk for the kids they were 9.99 for 25 bottles at Costco (cheaper that Walmart's that were 6.00 more). I will also be sewing curtains for my kitchen, and repairing and hemming a pair or two of my daughters pants. Last but not least I am taking a sleeping bag, 2 light up Frisbees and a throw to the trailer, so it it ready to get out of dodge, or vacation. :) KEEP UP THE PREPARING EVERYONE, IT IS WORTH IT....

  5. Just found your blog after searching for this kind of thing!

    A few months ago I mentioned to my wife that we should start banking some food, just in case. She came around this week, so we dedicated $25/week to purchasing extra food or other supplies we will need if _________. Our goal is to have one year of supplies (so we can make it to/through a garden planting and harvesting) by November 1, 2012.

    This week we bought some canned goods, and I taught myself to make a fire with one of those magnesium firestarter tools today.

  6. Hi, Can you please tell me what nitro gloves are? Are they for medical emergencies? Would latex work as well? Thanks, Angela

  7. Angela, great question! A large segment of the population are allergic to latex and if you're working in a neighborhood emergency situation, you don't always know who is sensitive and who's not. Vinyl gloves are an option, but nitrate gloves are resistant to a wider range of chemicals. Again, working in an emergency situation, you don't know what all you might encounter, so I opted for Nitrate.


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