Some of you may know that I am a "plan for disaster" kind of girl. I have an evacuation pack in the basement (I recently read that each member of the house should have their own, so I will be looking into that), our basement is stocked with canned food to last a few weeks in case of disaster, we have some large bottles of water stored (not enough, but we do have some). You know what I am talking about , right?
I should explain that we live in a small city in Ontario referred to as "Chemical Valley". Everybody here is recommended to be equipped for a shelter in place in case of a spill/leak/disaster - most ignore it, but I cannot. Tornadoes in the county are not unheard of. The power goes out on a regular basis in the winter. You get the idea. So I have always tried to keep things on hand in case we need to dash quickly, or in case we have to shelter in the (unfinished) basement for an extended period of time.
Where am I going with this? Although I have a good stash of food, I am nowhere near the 3 month supply that is recommended in case of a pandemic or other equally disruptive major disaster. Because I have most of the things outlined by the Canadian Red Cross, I thought I was pretty prepared, but realistically, if something is going to happen here, it is going to be BIG. So I thought I should maybe do a little more investigating. I came across this pretty comprehensive list over here and decided I need to get my butt in gear. Plus, it has been pointed out that I haven't done "Three things on Thursday" in a while, so why not combine the two.
I figure picking up 3 things a week will get me well on my way to completely setting ourselves up without causing too much strain (either time, stress, or money). So here is what I started with this week:
Water. We used 4 jugs of our water stash this summer when we rented a cottage that had no drinking water. I finally replaced them this week. We now have 6 4L jugs of water. We obviously would need more than that, but I don't like buying water in plastic jugs, especially since we have to use it and replace it every year to keep it within date. I am working on my conscience on that one.
Yeast. I hadn't thought of stocking up on yeast at all, but it was on the comprehensive list I mentioned above. It's brilliant actually, because we get get so so bored of canned food. I use enough yeast in a year to keep it rotating through anyways. I bought one spare jar for now, and I will pick up another jar some time later down the line.
Sugar. Same as the yeast. I now have one extra bag in the basement, so each time I finish the sugar in my kitchen, I will buy a new bag as usual, and then rotate out the bag from the basement. Plus, sugar would go a long long way in a disaster. you could even barter with it if you were so inclined.
Because I have most of the basics already stocked up, I will be trying to stock up on things that would make us just more comfortable in the case of a disaster. We do have children to keep in mind and little things could go a long way in helping maintain family harmony.
This week, the three things on my list are soy sauce (this will go a long way in flavouring bland foods), popcorn seeds (we eat a lot of popcorn, and it has a very long shelf life, so we can easily keep this in rotation), and honey.
What do you say - want to come along for the ride? What are you going to try to pick up this week? Do you have a suggestion for something we should all have in our "bunker"?