Saturday, August 25, 2012

Preparedness Challenge #38

Welcome to the Preparedness Challenge! Each month USA Emergency Supply hosts a give away to encourage families to set something aside to prepare for a time of emergency or the unexpected. Those who link up or leave a comment of something they did during the month to be prepared will be entered in the drawing (please take a moment to read the rules at the bottom of the post).

Today's Winner & Give-Away!

Last month's give-away from USA Emergency Supply was the The Back to Basics Apple PeelerI'm pleased to announce the winner today...


This month our give-away items include 2 food grade buckets with 2 gamma seals! Wow... perfect timing for storing extra grain! Guess you've heard we can expect grain prices to go up this fall - and in fact, I believe they're already climbing. Now's your chance to try putting some extra food aside in advance. 

Living out in the country in a farmhouse has some perks, to be sure. But it's also a favorite spot for mice! Having the buckets with gamma seals assures me that these unwanted guests aren't getting into my grains and leaving behind little "gifts", if you know what I mean.

I use the same buckets (10 + and counting) for rice, beans, oats, various kinds of wheat, spelt, dried corn, and sugar (for bees and canning, of course!). One even stores our G.O.O.D.Y. supplies. And having the gamma seal lids makes it a breeze to get into them on a regular basis while still keeping the buckets well sealed. If you need some good information on various grains, USA Emergency Supply has an entire information center with excellent reference material. 

If you plan to store items long term, you still need to use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, but once you open the bag, as long as you plan to consume the contents in a reasonable amount of time, you can just pour it right into the bucket and put the gamma seal on. 

How I Met The Challenge!

I felt really good about this month's challenge...

• Food Storage:  Lots of food preservation going on around here... jams, relish, dehydrated cherry tomatoes, chopped and frozen bell peppers, etc. I also stocked up on oats, wheat, and chicken feed.

• Emergency Preparedness: From my THRIVE party, I got two 55 gallon water barrels, a pump, and a siphoning kit! Woo hoo! I've needed this for a looooong time. Thank you to everyone who ordered from my on-line party... you really blessed me!

• Sustainable Living: Got the fall garden going with carrots, parsnips, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, three kinds of kale, and two kinds of chard. 

Now it's your turn to join the Preparedness Challenge..

Join the Challenge & Enter The Give Away

To be entered in the drawing you must complete the following 2 steps:

1) Either leave a comment
(with your email info - this is required to contact you)
link up your Preparedness Challenge blog post
(you only need to comment or postnot both).

2) Your comment or link up MUST include something you did this week to be more prepared in terms of food storage, emergencies, or sustainable living (or all three areas!) Posts not related to at least one of the three areas of preparedness will not be counted toward the give-away. Please be sure to clearly state in your comment or post what you did this month to be more prepared (see my example above as one easy way to do this). Again, the three areas we are focusing on include: 

• food storage for life's unexpected events whether related to long term effects from a disaster or a job loss and everything in between

• emergencies for times of power outages, natural disasters, and such

• sustainable living in order to be more independent, both physically and financially, and to live as close to the land as possible given each individual's situation 

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. If your post is just a general homesteading post, please save it for the Monday Homestead Barn Hop.

NOTE: This challenge and give-away ends Friday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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!!


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