Any major disaster could temporarily overwhelm Police, Fire and Ambulance and First Responders. There are many daily conveniences that we all take for granted; running water, electricity, gas, telephones, getting cash from an ATM machine, or even running to the grocery store to pick up milk and bread.
All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives.
Preparedness is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluation and improvement activities to ensure effective coordination and the enhancement of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. In the preparedness phase, emergency managers develop plans of action to manage and counter their risks and take action to build the necessary capabilities needed to implement such plans. Proper maintenance and training of emergency services, including mass human resources such as Community Emergency Response Teams. Learn how to prepare for your family and at your workplace, explore many links to resources and see what to do for your pets. As a member of the university community you also have a responsibility to familiarize yourself with FIU’s emergency communication plan and be an active participant in your own safety by staying alert to messages from university and local emergency managers. Although the focus is on hurricanes at this time of year, it is important for you to know that FIU plans for all types of emergencies that may affect the university community. Faculty and staff should also take a moment to become familiar with your department’s Continuity of Operations Plan now. This year we have created an informational poster you can download, post and reference as you make your preparations for the season. Dry Pack Canning is the process used to  store foods that have less than 10% moisture and are low in oil content.
The thing I especially like about doing my own dry pack canning is the freedom to choose what I want to store.
Food grade buckets are fantastic for storing large amounts of food at once and provide a barrier of protection against rodents. Bottles made of PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic can be used with oxygen absorbers to store products such as wheat, corn, and dry beans. Other types of plastic bottles typically do not provide an adequate moisture or oxygen barrier for use with oxygen absorbers. PETE bottles can also be used for shorter-term storage (up to 5 years) of other shelf-stable dry foods such as white rice.


Remember – we work as a team, so plan on being there until all the product is completely finished.
I would like to know if dry canning food with an oils content such as brown rice, nuts etc can you use an oxygen absorber as I heard that you should not and should only dry can using a food saver vac with the attachment of a suction cap to get the air out.
Hi Tanya, I believe that you can either use oxygen absorbers or a FoodSaver, but you should consider these items as short term storage – no longer than 6 months.
We’re pleased to welcome Tala Hooban from the Administration on Children and Families to Public Health Matters.
Planning for emergencies is important, especially since your family may not be together when disaster hits.
Now that I work for an agency focused on child and family safety I’m even more aware of the importance of being prepared to ensure safety and a smooth recovery process.
Follow ACF’s Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) on Facebook and Twitter for preparedness tips all month long. Comments listed below are posted by individuals not associated with CDC, unless otherwise stated. Yes, keeping first aid is necessary we don’t no what happen when we are working ,in the disaster time we use first aid.
Preparedness is the key to surviving any eventuality that may come our way, whether a natural or manmade disaster.
Comment All comments posted become a part of the public domain, and users are responsible for their comments. Both the Red Cross and FEMA recommend that you try to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (3 days) following a disaster. Power outages can close grocery stores, put ATM machines out of order and prevent you from doing simple things like putting gasoline in your car. We cannot control the weather or prevent disasters from happening, but there are steps you can take to minimize risks from known hazards. Professional emergency workers are rapidly overwhelmed in mass emergencies so trained, organized, responsible volunteers are extremely valuable. As soon as possible after an emergency, you should establish contact with your colleagues and supervisor.
When properly done, these items will last a long time – maybe even 30 years under certain conditions.


Put your product in a jar, place 1 or 2 – 300cc oxygen absorbers in with the food and put on a new lid and screw the band tightly. I use mine almost every day for keeping the extras I haven’t used or for breaking down a bucket into smaller portions. PETE bottles are identified on the container with the letters PETE or PET under the recycle symbol.
You can verify that the lid seal will not leak by placing a sealed empty bottle under water and pressing on it. Drain out the water, and allow the bottles to dry completely before you use them for packaging food products. I have my doubts about whether these PETE bottles will really store food for over 10 years.
Tala works in ACF’s Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response and understands the importance of keeping families safe and together during a disaster.
Make sure to involve your children in the planning process, when you include children they’re more likely to remember the plan and act on it. Organizations like Community Emergency Response Teams and the Red Cross are ready sources of trained volunteers. I have found that the things that are placed in bags sometimes get air back into them, so I mostly use it to seal canning jars, or for things I want to place in the freezer.
The University has taken steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff and I urge you to take this opportunity to do the same.
In the mean time, I still use this method when I purchase things in bulk that I know I will use within one year. Once I open these buckets and know I won’t be using all the food within the next month or so, I transfer the food to smaller containers using the above methods.



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