Let's face it: we live in dangerous times.Whether it is falling off the fiscal cliff, rocking and rolling with earthquakes, being blown away by tornadoes, flooded by hurricanes, smoked out by fires, enduring a prolonged illness, unemployment, or attacked by Zombies -- there are multiple ways a normal, peaceful existence can be turned upside down and turned into complete and utter chaos.
At the risk of sounding pessimistic, the truth is: there is a very strong likelihood that some kind of disaster will impact you during your life time. Why wait for it happen and then deal with the aftermath? Instead, a much better approach would be to prepare for whatever trying circumstance comes your way.
Recently, I was invited to attend an event with other bloggers to learn about a company that deals in disaster preparation and self-reliance: Honeyville Grain. With everything that has been happening in the news lately (and with what could happen) I was really interested in finding out how they could help me before, during, and after a disaster.
Honeyville Grain is based in Brigham City, Utah. They have retail stores in Utah, Arizona, and California and also offer an on-line store. Basically, they are available to help anyone, any time, anywhere. Honeyville's philosophy is that food storage and preparation is very personal and they encourage individuals to prepare for disasters by storing what they like and what they will use.
The meet up was held at their store in my hometown, Rancho Cucamonga, California. We were given a tour of the store to get an overview of the variety of products they offer. The first stop on our tour had to do with water storage. The first and most important item to have on hand in case of an emergency is water. (Heck, I knew that. Remember the post I wrote a while back?) We were told that in the case of a disaster, it will take a city at least 10 days to restore clean and useful water. The average adult uses a minimum of 5 gallons of water per day (2 gallons for drinking and 3 gallons for washing, cooking and sanitation). Translated: you should store a minimum of 50 gallons of water per person for an emergency. Honeyville offers all kinds of water storage units in different sizes to fit one's needs. Containers should be filled with water from a food grade hose (not your garden hose). A half teaspoon of plain bleach should be added to every 10 gallons of stored water to fight off bacteria. Once the water is stored, it is recommended you replace it every 6-12 months.
Next, we learned about Honeyville's extensive line of freeze dried and dehydrated dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Dehydrated means the moisture has been taken out of the product. Freeze dried food is heated so that moisture is evaporated and then it is goes through a vacuum process. It rehydrates twice as fast as dehydrated foods and resembles the look of "real" food.
We also became acquainted with Honeyvillle's line of grains, beans, and corn. They carry a lot of hard to find "ancient" grains such as Kamut. Spelt, Amarinth, and Teff. And in case you don't know how to utilize these healthy grains, there are plenty of recipes and cookbooks available throughout their store to help you out. I thought it was interesting that one of their products, quick cooking pinto beans, can be prepared and ready to eat in just 30 minutes!! Healthy and fast. I like that.
There were a lot of emergency supplies available. Obvious things like light sticks, candles, waterproof matches, solar flashlights and radios. They also carried stuff that I hadn't thought about much before. Things like pet food, portable washing machines, ladders, and toilets. You still gotta go no matter the conditions around you :)
In addition to all the emergency supplies and food, Honeyville also carries an extensive line of baking products and equipment. Their flours, spices, flavored honeys, oils, sugars -- are all top of the line. Any conscientious baker would benefit from buying their supplies from Honeyville.
We started out our evening talking about water and we ended our evening talking about water. The final demonstration of the evening featured the Aqua Pail.
Filled with a special mineral, the dirtiest, most polluted water can be treated and made fit to drink using this product.
After our tour, we had time to ask questions and shop around. We also received a "goody bag" filled with some of Honeyville's most popular products: ready to mix pancake mix, real Vermont maple syrup, some seasonings and waterproof matches. I purchased some emergency supplies to put in my new car: boxed water, a solar flashlight, a disposable sleeping bag, and some instant fire starter-- just in case I get stranded after a disaster.
All in all, it was a great visit and really got me thinking of what I need to do to prepare for any emergency -- including a Zombie attack!!!
I hope I've got you thinking about your emergency planning as well. To help you out, Honeyville is offering a special code to my readers that will get you 10% off your purchase at the Rancho Cucamonga store. Use the code word: Prepared10. Shop in their store or go on-line. You have no excuses. Thank you Honeyville Grain.
What have you done to prepare for a natural disaster, financial disaster, health disaster or Zombie disaster?