Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Got Water?

Just a reminder - You will want 1-2 gallons of water per person per day for a minimum of 14 days.  I highly recommend 2 gallons or more.

Remember, you can use the PETE containers used for juices at the supermarket.  Just wash/rinse and refill with tap water.  These are easy to obtain, store, move, refill, use.

A survivor of Hurricane Katrina reports that when disaster strikes, the first thing you think about is water.  (That would be right after - is my family ok?)

You will die without water before you will die without food.  In addition to drinking, think about the water required to prepare certain food stuffs.  This isn't just about brushing your teeth. A bath every third day is recommended.

Good luck!  Keep up the good work.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Who Wants Wheat?

two things - 

#1 I am looking into a group order on wheat - hard winter white - $18.69/50 lb bag.  Price reduced depending on quantity.  When I bought my wheat, I purchased 1000 pounds.  Let me know if you are in the market for even one bag of wheat.  If we all buy together, we will get a better price.  I have to call back when I know how much we want.  

#2 does anyone need #10 cans from the cannery?  I have several opened (no lid!) but for the price of a lid, they are great for storing wheat flour in the freezer, or brown rice in the fridge, etc.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Three Rs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Be creative - save money!  Use old containers to store food stuffs rather than spend money to buy commercial containers.

For example - use cottage cheese, yogurt, or sour cream containers to send left overs home when your adult children visit.  Use them to store food items in the fridge.  Not as convenient as see-through plastic containers, but you can easily discard them and not even feel bad.

Use ginger snap canisters (they are quite large) to store rice, barley, or other grains on your turnaround cupboard.  They are waterproof, pest proof, and quite convenient and the price is right.

You get the idea.  Find ways to reuse those canisters.  I store my rice in old Nesquik canisters.  I make notes to myself on the lid - cooking instructions or just id labels.  They don't make the handy style anymore with the fancy handle.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Power of 3

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing..."

Please ask me for a copy of this exceptional preparedness guide.  I can either email you the PDF version or will prepare a printed copy upon request.  

In a nutshell: 

Spiritual Preparedness

Daily Prayer
  • Individually and as families
Daily Scripture Study
  • Individually and as families
Make and Keep Sacred Covenants
  • Weekly Sacrament meeting Attendance
  • Regular Temple Attendance
  • Service 

Temporal Preparedness

  • First 3 Minutes
  • First 3 Hours
  • First 3 Days
  • First 3 Weeks
  • First 3 Months
  • One Year

Valuable information for each of these temporal preparedness time frames.  You don't want to miss this.  Original plan is prepared by the California Orange Stake.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I am Jeanne Cushing - the newly (March 2013) assigned Emergency Preparedness Specialist / Director for Naples 2nd Ward.  

I am the mother of seven with three (soon to be four) beautiful granddaughters.

I grew up in a home where self-reliance was the expectation.  My parents were incredible examples of determination and commitment.  When I was a teenager, my mother determined the old couch was past its prime - so she learned how to reupholster and did the entire job herself.

Remember - reduce, reuse, recycle!  and repurpose!

My objective is to present useful, perhaps valuable, information relative to living with a self-reliant, prepared mentality. The blog is also a launch pad to useful websites which contain information relative to various aspects of this objective.

There is nothing more reassuring than knowing you can care for yourself and that if the unthinkable were to happen, you would know what to do - and have the wherewithal to do it. I reflect on disaster situations where the victims are helpless just waiting for someone to come rescue them. It doesn't have to be that way.

Be faithful in training yourself, in learning new techniques and skills.

Let's be prepared!  The life you save might be your own.