If you haven’t made your emergency binder yet for one of those reasons (or any other), this is the month for you to GET IT DONE!
Scroll down for helpful ideas on how to make your binder if you are working on starting an emergency binder from scratch.
In our May newsletter we gave a full tutorial on how to create your own binder including a list of what to buy, what to include, and free downloads for section dividers and a cover page. This is a robust complete system that will walk you step-by-step through creating your whole binder. The Prepare My Life Planner is regularly $119.95 but is ON SALE for just $99.95 this month! We are so excited to start a new year of building our food storage, learning new skills, and helping our families become more prepared. Our entire website organize and categorized to make it easy to access everything in one place.
Homemade Whole Wheat “Rhodes” RollsJulie shares her secret bread making tips that enable her to create delicious freezer rolls that are even yummier than Rhodes rolls and made of 100% whole wheat! Chicken Tortilla SoupAnother freezer meal idea, this soup is great fresh or several weeks later out of the freezer.
Fuel the Fire FebruaryThis is a 5-part series covering common and less-common fuels that are used for emergency preparedness and cooking without power. Fast and Easy Chicken Quinoa SoupA delicious recipe using a grain that people don’t commonly store but we think is a great option to add variety to your food storage grains. New Thrive Sauces (and Seasonings)Thrive Life launched a new line of sauces and seasonings at its annual convention in 2013.
Getting Started Raising ChickensJodi shares about her adventures raising backyard chickens and gives details on everything you need to know to get started. Tax Refund WeekTips for helping you to make the most of your money when purchasing food storage, especially when you have a large bulk sum to spend such as when you get a tax refund. How to Overcome Food Storage ChallengesWhatever struggles you may have with food storage, we have some tips for helping you to overcome them.
Rice Flour CrepesUsing home ground rice flour, you can make lots of different foods that are gluten-free.
New and Improved Sun OvenThe All-American Sun Oven is a complete redesign of the popular Global Sun Oven.
Greek Lentil Soup RecipeAnother healthy recipe that uses one of the legumes that you will find on most long term food storage calculators. Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies Learn how you can use common storage items to replace a lot of your household cleaners. 5 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me 5 Years AgoSome tips for beginners that can help you get started with the right thinking. 17 Ways to Use Your Wheat Grinder17 different delicious recipes using different legumes and grains that you can grind in any wheat grinder.
Water Storage FAQWe discuss commonly asked questions about water storage on a podcast episode with links to lots of additional information. 10 Ways to Practice Powerless Cooking This SummerSummer time is a great excuse to practice cooking outdoors and work on those powerless cooking skills.
Summer Salad with a Quick and Easy Corn SalsaA great go-to salad that can be made using food storage foods and taken to any pot luck or barbecue event. How to Create a Recipe BinderJodi gives a step by step tutorial showing how to make a great little recipe binder to organize all of your recipes.
Emergency Preparedness Plan: Whats New?Download our new 9 page emergency preparedness plan to help make a plan and disaster kit for your family. Freezer Meals and Food StorageJodi shares about a freezer meal project she did for her grandma and how she used lots of food storage items in her meal ideas. 7 Day Challenge RecapSummary and links to all 7 days of the 2013 7 day challenge, an annual event where we all practice our preparedness in a fun and challenging mock emergency. Food Storage SubstitutionsPrint out these handy substitutions for when you run out of an ingredient or want to store less ingredients and still make your same foods. 12 Days of Food Storage ChristmasFun gift ideas for Christmas time or ANY time, to help you give the gift of preparedness to loved ones. Freeze-Dried Foods versus Dehydrated FoodsMany people don’t realize there is a significant difference between freeze-dried foods and dehydrated foods.
All About Yeast and Vital Wheat GlutenThese two ingredients are key to making our favorite whole wheat bread recipe but they can be intimidating if you are new to bread-making. We are getting ready to start our FIFTH challenge and we have learned so much every single year that we have done this with all of you.


We did one of our podcast episodes featuring some of our favorite things about the challenge as well as some hints and tips if you are going to participate this year. We have SOOO much fun doing this together and getting our friends and family to join in too.
Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started. The top of the pyramid is for stocking the smallest amount of food for the shortest amount of time. This pyramid will keep you from spending time and money on preps that, while they may be useful overall, are pointless to you right now.  How much of a 50 pound bag of flour or rice will you use in a 3 day long power outage? If you are new to prepping, or you are experienced but find your supplies jump all over the map, start by stocking enough food and supplies for a 3 Day Emergency.
If you have a typical local situation, such as a major snow storm or power outage, you won’t be one of the people raiding the grocery store.
Be sure to include at least 1 gallon of water per day, per family member, and something to cook on, Forge Survival Supply has several types of survival stoves.
Remember that the extended survival food supply is going to need regular cooking supplies to be stocked, such as oil, flour, sugar, spices, etc.
You will have to have stocked bulk supplies of staple foods for cooking, like flour, wheat, sugar, and canned goods.
The perpetual food supply is for total collapse from which there is no coming back or voluntary off grid living indefinitely. If you have a question, comment, there’s a problem with the site, or you just want to say Hi, Send Us an Email. Subscribe to the FREE Survival Cache Newsletter and we'll send you a monthly email with new gear reviews, site news, survival tips, and more. In our Emergency Binder post we talk about how important it is to have your documents safe and ready to grab and go in case of an evacuation. The binder I was using didn’t have a zipper OR a handles, so things would always fly out.
I had a nice set of tab dividers in my binder however, they didn’t extend PAST the documents. Complete with Emergency Preparedness sections: Prepare My Family, Prepare My Home, Gather Supplies, Prepare to Evacuate, Prepare to Stay.
Also includes comprehensive sections on: Personal, Insurance, Financial, Assets, Final Planning. Forms for you to fill out ALL your information that you can access and complete online as well, save to your hard drive, and print copies for loved ones. Each section walks you through checklists of things you need to do, and things you need to place in your planner in the appropriate sheet protector. I just ordered this today and I’m wondering how long it takes to arrive in California? Some of the personal information sections only have pages for 4 people, but when you buy the planner you get access to digital versions of all the papers so I just went and printed off enough for all my children.
Rhonda, We asked the creator of the binder if she makes it available with just the guts and she said she only wants to sell it as the complete package. We always will keep it on sale versus retail pricing, but we are doing a BLACK FRIDAY sale for $20 more off! I ordered and have your original download preparedness emergency kit paperwork, the one we are supposed to put into a pink binder….
If you ever think there’s any chance at all in needing it, I recommend getting one before you need it. We’re Jodi and Julie, two busy moms who like to share what we learn while we build and use our Food Storage. The three-part ebook program teaches you how to build a food storage with checklists, an encyclopedia, and a recipe appendix.
With so many conflicting “marketing” messages in the  preparedness industry, researching and selecting the proper food storage and emergency supplies is almost impossible.
While most food storage companies offer a “calculator” to help you determine which package to buy, the results are often pre-programmed based on number of people and how long your food will last.
Disclaimer: Food Storage Reviewer does or may have affiliate relationships with any of the companies reviewed on this site. In celebration of our 5 year blogging anniversary we created this mini ebook FREE to our readers that will guide you through planning and carrying out an emergency preparedness plan for your family. Visit our POST on how to make your own Emergency Binder with step-by-step instructions and downloads.


With the Prepare My Life Planner in hand you can rest assured you will have all the important information and documents gathered together in case of an emergency.
The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September.
Check out some of the resources we found in this POST on helping your kids get involved in your Emergency Preparedness.
Please leave a comment with any other ideas of things you do when spring cleaning your food storage. See the different foods you can make just by adding a few more items into your food storage plan.
The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way.
The idea being that someone who is completely new to prepping can start with a cheap and easy goal and build (downward) from there. On further trips to the store, add a few food items to your 3 day cache each time and you will soon have enough to survive for several weeks.
You will also need larger water containers to support not only drinking and cooking, but hygiene.
A large fuel supply, or alternative cooking method will have to be used, and hunting if it is available.
You must have a self sustaining food supply, like a garden with heirloom seeds and large hunting area. The documents were in sheet protectors which made them extend too far past these regular tabs and they were pretty much useless because of it.
One thing I’ve been wondering lately, and have heard discussed, is that we need to provide our log-in ID and passwords to all of our financial accounts so that someone can get into them all if we are incapacitated or pass away.
I am trying to order, and would like to order more than 1, but can not figure out how to change the quantity. We’ve dedicated this site to cutting through the confusion and giving you an honest assessment of all top vendors and products—so you can prepare yourself with all the essentials needed to survive any emergency.
In fact, we pride ourselves in remaining unbiased so we can help you make an honest decision when it comes to emergency preparedness. We understand there are many other variables that go into making an investment of this importance. It is a scavenger hunt that you can do in your house or at a store to collect items for your 72 hour kits. The Planner contains step-by-step checklists and forms for you to complete relating to various aspects of emergency preparedness.
The Challenge is a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. Well I got giddy with excitement, pulled out some post-it- notes, and started on a rampage. Buy a 3 day supply of food for you household (be sure to get things with a long shelf life) and place it somewhere other than your pantry. You will also have to have an alternative water source such as water collection, filtration, and recycling. However, we do have affiliate relationships with any company that sponsors an affiliate program—which allows us to sell some products directly on this site, often at slightly lower prices.
Our recommendations are based on the things that matter most for you, so your results are a perfect fit.
Along with emergency preparedness planning, it is also designed to store and organize your important personal and financial documents.
Most of the learning and fun occurs as we share our experiences through comments, surveys, and facebook. Maybe it’s a natural disaster, or an issue where you have to rely on yourself with no outside help for a couple of days. These areas weren’t related to my food storage and eprep specifically but the concepts apply.



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