Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Reconnect with Family after a disaster

How will you reconnect with each other? Where will you meet? What if your neighborhood is being evacuated? It's important to make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.
Check out these tools to start your family emergency plan 


Foodie Friday: Using Country Cream Milk in Sauces and Soups

Using Country Cream Milk in Sauces and Soups

The following recipes are just examples of the milk-based sauces and soups that you can make with powdered milk instead of milk, half and half or cream. You can adapt your favorite recipes by blending the powdered milk and other ingredients with some of the liquid (either broth or water) and then adding this mixture to the rest of the liquid in a sauce pan when it is boiling. You can modify the thickness of the sauce by adding more or less flour. For creamier sauces add more milk powder.

Allemande Sauce

This versatile sauce is great in chicken dishes such as chicken a la king, chicken cordon bleu, chicken and broccoli casserole, etc.

1 cup chicken broth or bouillon and water, divided
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Country Cream Milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup of the broth or water to a boil. In a separate bowl, blend the remaining broth, flour, salt, milk, and egg. Reduce heat and stir blended ingredients into the boiling broth. Bring to boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in butter and lemon juice.
Use a substitute for commercial cream of chicken soup by making a chicken broth slightly more concentrated by adding 1 1/2-2 bouillon cubes per cup of water and adding 1 Tbsp. more flour.

Corn Chowder

1/2 lb. bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups water, divided
2 cups diced or shredded potatoes
3/4 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbls. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can cream-style corn or blended whole-kernel corn

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and discard all but 2 Tbsp bacon grease. Sauté onion and celery in reserved bacon grease. Add 3 cups water and potatoes. Simmer until tender. Blend 1 cup water,  Country Cream Milk, flour, salt, and pepper. Add mixture to pan of simmering potatoes. Add corn. Heat and sprinkle with reserved bacon.

This is a great thing to make in your Sun Oven too, a perfect meal for a cool fall night!


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Preparing for Fall

The city of Frisco Fire Department shared this on their Facebook last week:

Football. Kids returning to school. The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.
But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.
Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:
  1. Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
  2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  3. Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South.  Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
  4. Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
  5. Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm.  If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
Now that you’re weather-ready, spread the word. Tell your friends on Facebook  and Twitterthat you’re prepared for fall weather hazards such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
Your actions will inspire others to be prepared. Be a Force of Nature  to help make all of us safer.

America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAtho
Want to help your hometown become weather-ready? Be smart, take part and prepare during America’s PrepareAthon! in September.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30.
Visit the America’s PrepareAthon web site to get helpful guides, playbooks for events and free promotional materials including banners, posters, logos, e-invites and more.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: The Best First Aid Kit 2014

It is National Preparedness month again! Today we wanted to share with you where to get the best price for...
The Best First Aid Kit 2014

The best first aid kit of 2014, decided by customer reviews, ratings and popularity, has been #1 for several years in a row – which is adding to it’s credibility.
Whenever anyone says ‘best’ or in this case,’best first aid kit’, it is entirely subjective. This particular kit while not designed for professional EMS, is apparently designed and priced for typical use by the average Joe – while providing more value than other similar kits.
This kit weighs less that lbs.     Has an infinite shelf life

List of Contents:
  • 32 Certi-Strips (1" x 3" )
  • 6 Extra Large Certi-Strips (2" x 3")
  • 9 Heavy Weight Woven Fingertip and Knuckle Certi-Strips
  • 4 Certi-Gauze Pads (3" x 3")
  • 1 Ace Style Bandage (2" x 5 yd.)
  • 1 Triangular Bandage w/ 2 Pins
  • 1 Absorbent Compress (32" Square)
  • 1 Certi-Tape - Medical Tape (1/2" x 2.5 yd. )
  • 5 Cotton Swabs (3")
  • 10 Certi-Sporyn Packets (1 gm.)
  • 10 Antiseptic BZK Towelettes (5” x 7”)
  • 6 Certi-Burn Cream Packets (1 gm.)
  • 2 Insect Sting Wipe-Ups (1” x 2”)
  • 1 Save-A-Tooth (Tooth Preserving System)
  • 1 CPRotector (CPR barrier)
  • 1 Certi-Lancet (Blister And Splinter Relief)
  • 2 Pairs Of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 Foil Rescue Blanket (52” x 84”)
  • 1 Instant Cold Pack (5” x 7”)
  • 1 Wood Splint (6”)
  • 1 Green Glow Stick (6”)
  • 1 Certi-Cet - Acetametophen (2 ct.)
  • 1 Certi-Profen - Ibuprofen (2 ct.)
  • 1 First Aid Facts Guide
The Complete First Aid Kit
The Complete First Aid Kit is a comprehensive kit containing everything you need to keep your home or office prepared for an emergency including many innovative products like Save-A-Tooth. The products inside are stored in unitized boxes to cut down on mess, and the box has a waterproof seal to prevent humidity or moisture damage. The Complete First Aid Kit is made in the USA in a 510k regulated facility ensuring a safe, ethical, high quality product.

CFAK is manufactured in a 510K regulated factory using genuine American labor.

CFAK contains a 23 different medical products to keep you prepared for anything.

Rubber seal eliminates humidity damage. The kit can be mounted to any wall using the molded eyelets.

CFAK includes innovative products like Save-A-Tooth (a $24.95 Value) and CPRotector (a $8.95 value)

CFAK products are very well made. As An example, we use pressed gauze which will not stick to blood.

Unitized boxes make it easier to find what you need and cut down on mess after use.
The focus of most first aid kit companies is packing as many cheap pieces in as possible. The Complete First Aid Kit is focused on giving the widest variety of products and having quantities for each that will work in harmony. This kit is a great addition to any home, office or car as it contains such a comprehensive set of supplies. Buying this kit also comes with access to a website that gives instructions for using every part of the kit making preparation easy and convenient.

Order here:


Foodie Friday: Using Whole Wheat Flour

*Tips*:  Using Whole Wheat Flour

  • Use when in recipes your family already likes, so it is not totally unfamiliar and you know your family will eat it.
  • Try wheat in desserts first--who can durn down a cookie?
  • Don't feel you have to use 100% whole wheat flour. Half white and half wheat gives excellent results.
  • when substituting whole wheat flour for white in your favorite recipes, remember:
  1. Wheat flour is heavier than white flour and needs more leavening.
  2. In yeast breads, use more yeast and let it rise longer.
  3. In recipes that use baking powder for leavening, increase baking powder by 1 tsp. for each 3 cups of whole wheat flour.
  4. Recipes using baking soda do not need to be adjusted.

Here is one of our families favorite breakfast recipes and alterations to use items from your food storage and subsitiute Whole Wheat Flour.

German Pancakes
6 eggs (dry whole egg powder and an equal amount of water)
1 cup milk (try using Country Cream Milk)
1 cup flour (whole wheat or unbleached white flour)
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix well with beaters. Pour onto well-oiled 9x13 pan (try using palm-shortening oil). Bake for 15 minutes. Top with Vanilla Syrup and serve hot.

Vanilla Syrup

1 cube butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter in a heat safe container*. Add sugar and butter and heat until sugar is dissolved (about 45 seconds in a microwave). Add baking soda and heat for 15 more seconds. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

*melt in microwave, stove top, in a Sun Oven, or any other food safe heat source


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 5 Tornado prep tips

5 Tornado Preparedness Tips

  1. Bring back the old school technology: a hand crank radio. It’s so easy to rely on your television reports, your phone, your laptop and now even your tablet to look up the latest information. But, those all need an outlet. If your cell phone is your operating “landline,” purchase solar powered charging mat such as this one or this one
  2. Place items in convenient places and always remember to have good, hiking shoes on hand. When interviewed by the Dodge Globe Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Jeff Hutton, said shoes were one of the most important items to have. Why? “If your house is damaged, you may have to step on glass and other debris. Having some kind of footwear is essential.”
  3. Helmets: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed wearing a helmet, specifically during tornadoes. -Any helmet will work...but here are a few examples; football helmets, bicycle helmets, or motorcycle helmets.
  4. Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the nonprofit social investment bank and financial literacy advocate Operation HOPE. The kit’s main recommendation is that  you store originals of pertinent records like birth certificates, social security cards, and even your mortgage or real estate deeds in a fireproof and waterproof metal box or safe. As a back up, store them on a portable hard drive or a flash drive. Read more here.
  5. FEMA’s basic emergency supply kit: includes a gallon of water for each person/day; a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a weather radio with alert; flashlight; if you don't get solar powered make sure you get batteries for the radio and flashlight; first aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); dust mask; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench/pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for canned food; and local maps. Click here for more information.

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