4/19/13

Doomsday Prepper, Vol 1

It is tornado season in Oklahoma. Time to get the spiders out of the storm cellar and make sure we have adequate supplies down there should we ever have the unfortunate experience of spending an extended period of time there. Two years ago, we were so glad we had that shelter as a tornado ripped through our community and specifically my neighborhood.

See how our chicken coop weathered the storm? We didn't lose a single one..
 the babies were in the cellar with us.
We were all safe and snug down in our little cellar and the house fared well with nothing that couldn't be fixed or replaced. We had real fears of being stuck under debris and unable to come up for air, but we were prepared with game boys and iphones for entertainment and 72 hours worth of emergency supplies. I have been taught since I was a youngster about the importance of having these kits so that we are self-sufficient in an emergency and not dependent on help that may not be coming. And also, if our house had blown away completely, at least we all had a change of clothes, some food to eat and even a porta-potty. (Sooo glad we didn't have to experiment with that!)  Every spring and fall, we go through our kits to make sure clothes fit and food is fresh. Last week we opened up the packs and gorged ourselves on otherwise forbidden junk food. Clif bars, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts and any other shelf stable food I could find to throw down the cellar six months ago. This week it is time to replace it all and send it down for the next six months.
I pondered the question, "Is it possible to pack something a little closer to real food in 72 hour kit? Something besides Ramen and Pop Tarts?"
I like a challenge, so I did a little grocery shopping.  I read a ton of labels and I came up with something I feel a little better about eating in an emergency.

It is time for:
Extreme Makeover: 72 Hour Kit Edition
I began my shopping trip at the local Target because it is a lot closer for me than a whole foods place and organic junk food is as abundant there as anywhere. But at least it is organic and does not have artificial flavors or colors added  and most of these boxed items were on sale, so that is awesome! I like the Annie's brand and love the Archer Farm fruit snacks.  For protein we add all natural Jif to go and spoons. Because who doesn't love a peanut butter spoon?  I also looked for applesauce and diced fruit that does not have Splenda or high fructose corn syrup. I found Kind Bars at Sam's which are just fruit and nuts and I love them. I got tuna pouches for the hubs and Nature Valley Organic canned chicken for myself as well. (The kids won't eat either one)


 

I also fulfilled some requests by my kids who have great nostalgia for Pop Tarts and Spaghetti O's and Ritz crackers. I figure if their world is caving in, might as well have something of comfort! :) Too bad I can't throw in some chocolate for me. Gets too hot!
Now for the fun part. We each got a gallon sized zip lock bag and filled it until all the contents were distributed evenly. Note: Do not do this right after school when all the kids come home hungry. It makes for grouchy kids who do not relish putting all this junk food down a hole when they only want to put it down their own pie holes!
Here is the finished product! 70 percent organic junk food and 30 percent non-organic. Not an ideal diet, but will keep us alive if we are stuck in a storm shelter for days on end!
Don't forget to add spoons for the fruit and peanut butter. Also, be sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand. I put one in each backpack just in case we were to ever get separated. The rest goes down the hole.
My Final cost for 6 kits was 101.25 or 16.87 per person, plus we have a few snacks left for our road trip tomorrow. Overall, I am pleased with our Doomsday Prepper's makeover. We replaced crackers filled with soybean oil and artificial colors with natural crackers. We replaced fruit snacks that were nothing more than high fructose corn syrup and harmful dyes with fruit strips that are 100 percent fruit. And when we clean out the cellar again this fall, I won't cringe as I watch the kids devour their sacks of goodies...at least not quite as much.
Stay tuned for our next installment of Doomsday Preppers! Available here.
Do you have a 72 hour kit for each member of your family? What healthy foods have you found that store well?

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17 comments:

  1. I love it! We just rotated our 72 hour kits and I'm still trying to get the awful stuff used up! I need to get healthier food to replace it. Great ideas!

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  2. <3 I live in earthquake country and have 3 day packs in 2 places: One on the back of my door to grab and go. The other one is in the trunk of my car. If you have a Trader Joes nearby it's worth a trip for the bags of dehydrated and freeze dried fruits which keep very well. For sure Kind bars and also sardines for me and dehydrated meat dog food for the pooch. I've been splurging lately on large metal water bottles (40oz) that I can fill up over and over again for storage. They aren't enough water for 3 whole days but I hate to use the plastic. Thanks for a fun little article.

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  3. Tis the season! I just did a post about the 72 hour kits I've made for myself and my dog over on my blog. My kits are because of the risk of wildfire evacuations - and I'm limited by being gluten free. (Here's the post - http://www.modernishhomemaker.com/2013/04/making-bug-out-bag-and-binder.html) . . . . Thanks for sharing this! I think it's so important for people to realize that it's worthwhile to be prepared - even if you aren't worried about a SHTF-type event, things that happen all over our country every year are worth preparing for.

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  4. I like the idea of Healthifying the Emergency Prep supplies. Odwalla bars, Lara Bars, Oskri Bars, etc. could all be added to this as healthy alternatives. Here's a link to my Facebook page called Healthified Living if anyone is interested. Have a super day!

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  5. Definitely good to be prepared. Honestly, I've never before heard the term 72 hour kits. Good idea though!

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  6. We live in Southern California and I am the laziest person in the world about this. We do not have any packs but this was a great post and it really has me thinking about what to get started on!

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  7. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing this with us on Tuned-in Tuesday Blog Hop! Hope to see you again! http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/04/tuned-in-tuesday-blog-hop-7.html

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  9. Another great post! I just wrote a review of The Untrained Housewife's new guide to Getting Prepared on my Frugal Local Kitchen site. First on her list is a 72-hour kit. Now I don't feel so overwhelmed about putting together, and I like how you included the kids in the preparation, too.

    Thanks for sharing your project at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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  10. This is a great idea and really important with tornado season approaching. I hopped over from A Life in Balance and would love to have you link up with us for Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  11. I've been meaning to work on emergency kits, and love how your organized this! Thanks for sharing some good motivation and ideas.

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  12. I need to go through my emergency kits and get new food soon...this post was timed well and will hopefully help a lot of people realize how easy it can be to be prepared.

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  13. It's good to hear that you are all safe after the tornado outbreak. It's been a scary experience though. It ripped, not only the houses and possessions of every resident, but the lives of many as well. You are so lucky that you found some peace from your cellar and that you're not totally hurt.

    Regards,
    Edwina @ FamilySafeMO.com

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    1. Thank you Edwina. We do feel very fortunate.

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  14. After enduring a really bad storm last Summer and power outages for 11 days...this is a must. Thanks for sharing it at Think Tank Thursday. I was delighted to feature you...Thanks for already stopping by this week!

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  15. So I decided that we need to get our kits updated... they are having a preparedness night tonight for Relief Society but I want to make my own "healthier" version of 72-hour kits like you did. I would LOVE a list of what you packed for each person :)

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    1. I will add that this year when we make our new ones.

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