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7 Mistakes of Home Food Storage

Posted on March 3, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

7 Mistakes of Home food storage

Exerpt from Vicki Tate article…

If you are going to store food, make sure that the food you store is adequate for the need you and your family anticipate. This may not be as easy as to achieve as many people think, because the facts are that most people make serious errors when storing food—errors that will come back to haunt them when the food they’ve stored is the only thing that stands between them and their empty, dissatisfied, bellies.There are seven common mistakes people make when storing food. They are: 

1. Variety

Most people don’t have enough variety in their storage. 95% of the people I’ve worked with have only stored four basic items: wheat, milk, honey, and salt. Statistics show most of us won’t survive on such a diet for several reasons. a) Many people are allergic to wheat and may not be aware of it until they are eating it meal after meal. b) Wheat is too harsh for young children. They can tolerate it in small amounts but not as their main staple. c) We get tired of eating the same foods over and over and many times prefer to not eat, then to sample that particular food again. This is called appetite fatigue. Young children and older people are particularly susceptible to it. Store less wheat than is generally suggested and put the difference into a variety of other grains, particularly ones your family likes to eat. Also store a variety of beans, as this will add color, texture, and flavor. Variety is the key to a successful storage program. It is essential that you store flavorings such as tomato, bouillon, cheese, and onion.

Also, include a good supply of the spices you like to cook with. These flavorings and spices allow you to do many creative things with your grains and beans. Without them you are severely limited. One of the best suggestions I can give you is buy a good food storage cookbook, go through it, and see what your family would really eat. Notice the ingredients as you do it. This will help you more than anything else to know what items to store.



2. Extended staples

Never put all your eggs in one basket. Make sure you add cooking oil, shortening, baking powder, soda, yeast, and powdered eggs. You can’t cook even the most basic recipes without these items.


3. Vitamins

Vitamins are important, especially if you have children, since children do not store body reserves of nutrients as adults do. A good quality multi-vitamin and vitamin C are the most vital. Others might be added as your budget permits.


4. Quick and easy and “psychological foods”

Quick and easy foods help you through times when you are psychologically or physically unable to prepare your basic storage items. 

5. Balance

Time and time again I’ve seen families buy all of their wheat, then buy all of another item and so on. Don’t do that. It’s important to keep well-balanced as you build your storage. Buy several items, rather than a large quantity of one item. If something happens and you have to live on your present storage, you’ll fare much better having a one month supply of a variety of items than a year’s supply of two or three items.


6. Containers

Always store your bulk foods in food storage containers. I have seen literally tons and tons of food thrown away because they were left in sacks, where they became highly susceptible to moisture, insects, and rodents. If you are using plastic buckets make sure they are lined with a food grade plastic liner available from companies that carry packaging supplies. Never use trash can liners as these are treated with pesticides. Don’t stack them too high. In an earthquake they may topple, the lids pop open, or they may crack. A better container is the #10 tin can which most preparedness companies use when they package their foods.


7. Use your storage

In all the years I’ve worked with preparedness one of the biggest problems I’ve seen is people storing food and not knowing what to do with it. It’s vital that you and your family become familiar with the things you are storing. You need to know how to prepare these foods. This is not something you want to have to learn under stress. Your family needs to be used to eating these foods. A stressful period is not a good time to totally change your diet. Get a good food storage cookbook and learn to use these foods! It’s better to find out the mistakes you’ll make now while there’s still time to make corrections.

It’s easy to take basic food storage and add the essentials that make it tasty, and it needs to be done. As I did the research for my cookbook, Cooking with Home Storage, I wanted to include recipes that gave help to families no matter what they had stored. As I put the material together it was fascinating to discover what the pioneers ate compared to the types of things we store. If you have stored only the basics, there’s very little you can do with it. By adding even just a few things, it greatly increases your options, and the prospect of your family surviving on it. As I studied how the pioneers lived and ate, my whole feeling for food storage changed. I realized our storage is what most of the world has always lived on. If it’s put together the right way we are returning to good basic food with a few goodies thrown in.

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Why leaders of LDS counsel members to store food

Posted on March 1, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared |

For years leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have counseled members to have a year’s supply of food and other essentials, but why?

1. Through His prophets and apostles, God has commanded us to have a year’s supply of food and other essentials in our food storage. Joseph Smith, the first prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recorded the following in the Doctrine and Covenants:

“The Church and its members are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent” (D&C 78:13-14).

Spencer W. Kimball, 12th prophet, taught:

“The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof” (“Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Ensign, Nov. 1977, 76).

L. Tom Perry said:

“Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. Obtain clothing and build a savings account on a sensible, well-planned basis that can serve well in times of emergency. As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness” (“‘If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear’Ensign, Nov 1995, 35.)

2. Necessary during Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Having a supply of essential foods, clothing, fuel, and water will help us during times of personal and natural disasters. We must be prepared for calamities that may come our way. Ezra Taft Benson, the 13th prophet, said:

“In section 1 of the great Doctrine and Covenants, a volume of modern scripture, we read these words: ‘Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come…’ (D&C 1:12) Further in this same revelation are these warning words: ‘I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth….’ (D&C 1:17)

“What are some of the calamities for which we are to prepare? In section 29 the Lord warns us of ‘a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth.’ (D&C 29:16) In section 45 we read of ‘an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.’ (D&C 45:31) In section 63 the Lord declares he has ‘decreed wars upon the face of the earth….’ (D&C 63:33)

“In Matthew, chapter 24, we learn of ‘famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes….’ (Matt. 24:7) The Lord declared that these and other calamities shall occur. These particular prophecies seem not to be conditional. The Lord, with his foreknowledge, knows that they will happen. Some will come about through man’s manipulations; others through the forces of nature and nature’s God, but that they will come seems certain. Prophecy is but history in reverse—a divine disclosure of future events” (“Prepare Ye,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 68).

3. Gives Us Peace

When we are prepared we don’t have to worry about “what if’s” because we’ll have our food storage and emergency preparedness ready. The Lord said:

“If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

Having what we need and knowing what to do in the event of an emergency or other calamity can bring us peace and help us overcome fear.

4. Teaches us Basic Food Preparation

Building up a food storage helps us learn how to prepare and use basic foods. Because many items in a food storage only last a certain amount of time it is important to rotate the food by using older items and replacing those items with new ones. When we do this we can learn to use our food storage which in turn will prepare us to know how to use our food storage in the case of an emergency.

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Start Your Own Preparedness Business

Posted on February 27, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Economy Stinks… Finally! It’s Time To Start Your Business!
By Mike Michalowicz
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

The sky is falling.  Oh – My – God. It’s all over. Stick a fork in us, we are done.  NOT!

The economy stinks!   So what?  Here’s some news for you, bucko.  It stinks every ten or f


ifteen years.  Welcome to the great cycle of the economy.  We go through this all the time, and here is a predication, it will continue to stink for quite a while. Perhaps another year or so, then it will begin to heal and thrive again.  It always has and always will, cycle.

But what if this one is truly the end; the great collapse?  What if this is the death of the proverbial Roman Empire?  It could be. It is very, very unlikely, but it could be.  And if it is, don’t worry about it since there will be little you can do.

So here we sit, as entrepreneurs, on an economy that is gasping for air. It will either revive over the next year or two or even perhaps die. But one thing for sure, it will get worse before it gets better.  Big business will tighten their budgets, followed by the medium size guys and finally the small businesses will have the wind knocked out of them as everyone slows down.

And it is now, right in this moment that is it the best time to start a business.  Yes, it’s true. So true that it is worth repeating. Now is the best time to start a business. Here’s why:

1. Less Competing Startups – Most people don’t want to start something when things are bad, so they don’t.  This is the old “buy low, sell high” rule.  If most people are going one way, your advantage is in going the other way.  Start when they aren’t.

2. Get Rich Quick Guys Run Away – The folks that were in business to get rich quick go running for the hills when times get tough.  And with them exiting, there is even less competition for you to worry about.

3. Plant The Seed – If you get started now, your business will likely grow slowly.  I mean, a slow economy means slow business for you.  But that is true of a startup in a strong economy too.  So grow lean and mean during these quiet times, and be positioned to grow explosively as the economy recovers.

4. A-Players Become Free Agents – When the big companies start laying people off, and they already have, some great talent will be freed up. Instead of using a high cost recruiting service, a smartly placed (free) Craig’s List ad may land you a top shelf A-player.

5. Go International – A weak US economy is typically coupled with a weak US dollar. That means our other countries can buy from you, here in the US, on the cheap.  Make it easy to do business with you, and global economy is at your beckoning.

6. Time for Luxury – What? Am I crazy?  Nope, I’m not.  Luxury items actually sell stronger in a weak economy.  Certain luxuries that is.  They are called micro-luxuries.  These are items and services under $100 that emotionally replace the loss of big, expensive luxuries.  When people give up the new car they wanted or the renovation to their house, they instead start buying more of those inexpensive emotional replacements like a dinner out, or a day at the spa, or that triple latte grande.

The economy stinks and it is time to celebrate!  Don’t do what the others are doing.  Don’t sit there, curled up in a ball sucking your thumb. If you have ever wanted to start a business, there is no better time then now.  Be cautious and be smart, just like you would at any other time starting a business. But don’t be dumb and wait.  There has never been a better time to start a business… except for the last economic downturn ten or fifteen years ago…

A Preparedness Business is the perfect business to start right now. People are scared and they want to be prepared. It is a low-cost start-up and can be run from the comfort of your own home. We do drop-shipping for you, so you don’t have to store a bunch of product. Check out our Web Site at or email me at for FREE information on our products and the dealer opportunity. OR…Go to and add the code BKFREE in the comments box to get a bonus item with your FREE Newsletter, Catalog and SPECIAL REPORT.

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Emergency Preparedness

Posted on February 25, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Boomers: 30% underwater

Many of those nearing retirement will have very little to live on thanks to an erosion of home equity.

NFL chief takes pay cut after layoffs

Sports league cuts up to 169 jobs; commissioner says he will forego up to 25% of salary, accept pay freeze next year.

Industrial production sinks 1.8%

Manufacturing drops more than expected as extended auto plant shutdowns dampen production of vehicles, parts.

These are just a few of the headlines in this weeks news! Businesses are failing, people are losing their jobs, crisis after crisis in this country. Are you truly prepared if you were to lose your job, what if you were unemployed for months at a time?

As costs continue to rise and our dollar becomes worth less and less, shouldn’t you be investing in something worth more than gold. Sam Andy long-term storage food is a great investment. It lasts from 15 to 25 years. Think of how much food costs have risen in the last 5 years, I can only imagine what they will be in another 5 years. This is a true investment for your family. IF you were to lose your income, you would have peace of mind that your family could eat. It is also gives you peace of mind in a natural disaster. Many of the products are ready to eat and require no refrigeration.

We are also looking for dealers in several parts of the country. Go to to fill out an application and receive free information. Right now the emergency preparedness business is booming. People are truly scared and rightfully so. You can own your own profitable business, while helping people make a great investment! Or you can use the discounts to save money on your own food storage.

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Emergency Preparedness

Posted on February 25, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why have a supply of long-term storage food?
Storing a reserve supply of food probably sounds incongruous to a lot of people. This is the age of plenty! they say. America is the breadbasket of the world! Why would anybody want to stash food away when there’s an endless supply in the stores? We’ve always had plenty!

It would be nice if that was true, but it’s not. It’s true that America has achieved an unprecedented era of prosperity that our forefathers never even dreamed of. But along with prosperity, we’ve also become complacent – living from day to day and talking it all for granted. We figure life will just go on, getting better and better. Wrong!

At the start of the last century, every home had a well-stocked pantry. It was an essential part of the house, with shelves of canned fruits and vegetables, dried foods, flour and grains. Today, the pantry has disappeared to be replaced by a convenient local supermarket with burgeoning shelves of fresh food and freezers full of ready-to-go tv dinners and meals. But what would happen if deliveries to the stores are interrupted or cut-off? In a matter of hours the shelves would be empty! The average store has an average of 3 days worth of food.

It’s time to wake up and face reality. Ask someone who’s been through a natural disaster. All it takes is one devastating turn of the weather to turn a comfortable lifestyle into a nightmare, with utilities cut off, homes destroyed or barely livable, and what seemed to be an endless supply of food and water suddenly in such short supply that it’s more valuable than gold. That’s when we realize that a supply of food is a precious as life.

And if you’re questioning the necessity for having a food reserve, take a minute and familiarize yourself with the state of the world – weather trends that cause drought or destroy crops – political unrest around the world – the continuous global growth in population – many international economies are on the verge of bankruptcy and depression. All of these could affect your supply of food. Disasters come in many forms…what if you had a financial crisis in your own family? Job security is a thing of the past. Almost every week a big corporation decides to lay off a thousand employees. Would your family survive?

At least a 1-2 year reserve supply of food in the home makes good sense for any concerned American who wants to become self-reliant and protect the family from unexpected disasters and emergencies. Sam Andy has been helping keep Americans safe, secure and free for over 50 years

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Survival Times

Posted on February 23, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why A Sam Andy Emergency Home Food Storage Program Will Be The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make!

Let’s face it. It was easy to just NOT think about everyday life being anything other than “normal” and stable — until 9/11. They said it wouldn’t happen here, but it did. Since then many of us have come to really “get it” that life is anything BUT predictable. Here are some very compelling reasons for having a at least one-year Sam Andy food reserve and a home emergency preparedness strategy now.

  1. YOURSELF — In any major disaster, the FIRST person you’re going to have to rely on is YOU — NO ONE ELSE is in charge of, or responsible for seeing to it that you and your loved ones are well-prepared. Looking out for Number 1 is the best reason for storing food. Depending on the government, your church, or your friends is risky business. They can’t take care of everyone.     

  2. THOSE CLOSE TO YOU — If you have family or close friends, you have a duty help them in the event of a disaster (natural or man-made). That means being prepared IN ADVANCE for your extended family and friends!     

  3. LAYOFFS AND “DOWNSIZING” — No ones job is “secure” these days. Daily reports of hundreds and thousands of cutbacks are common. 415,000 jobs were eliminated right after 9/11, resulting in a surge of widespread unemployment. That was the biggest one-month jump in joblessness since May, 1980. Unfortunately, the cutbacks haven’t ended there and will continue to happen.     

  4. PEACE OF MIND — A food reserve is “insurance you can eat.” If you lose your job, get hurt, lose your income or simply can’t make ends meet, you’ll still have food on the table for your family and loved ones.     

  5. SOUND INVESTMENT — One that you can EAT! A food reserve will not lose value over time, either in terms of nutrition or price. In fact, Sam Andy products have a shelf life of between 15 and 25 years! That means you buy tomorrow’s food at today’s prices.     

  6. YOU CAN’T EAT MONEY! You can’t eat gold or drink oil. — If (or perhaps WHEN) there is a global economic financial collapse, your money could be worthless. Even if you had a boatload of money, in the event of a natural or financial disaster, the grocery stores would be closed and people would hide food for themselves. Now is the time to secure a food supply for yourself and your loved ones.     

  7. MAN-MADE DISASTERS — If all the millions of dollars the government is pouring into “Homeland Defense” have merit, we can presume the events of 9/11 are but a “wake-up call.” The President has stated that, “this war against terrorism is just beginning.” There will doubtlessly be other attempts to attack and harm American citizens. If food delivery is disrupted, you will be comfortable knowing that you have a Sam Andy food reserve on hand right in your own home.     

  8. CROP FAILURES AND FOOD SHORTAGES — Whether it’s caused by bad weather, insect infestation, or distribution problems resulting from man-made disasters, you’ll be in good shape with your own Sam Andy food reserve.     

  9. INFLATION — Food prices will increase, but with a Sam Andy Food Reserve on hand, you’ll be secure knowing that you’ve got a great hedge against inflation!     

  10. HAVE YOUR OWN “DISASTER PLAN” IN PLACE — Natural disasters happen with ever-increasing frequency. With your own food reserve and disaster plan, you won’t have to wait until the Red Cross or National Guard can get to you.     

  11. SKYROCKETING FOOD PRICES — In the mid-1960’s, you could buy hamburger meat, 3 lbs. for $1.00; today, those numbers have about swapped places: 1 lb. for over $2.00. Real buying power has not seen an increase in over ten years. If you bought a Sam Andy food storage unit today, in five or ten years you’d still have delicious food at bargain basement prices. Sam Andy foods last 15 to 25 years plus.     

  12. NATURAL DISASTERS — In the past ten years, we’ve seen an ever-increasing number of severe storms throughtout every season, resulting in prolonged drought and crop failures. If the harvests are poor, shortages will result in higher food prices.     

  13. ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS FOR BARTER! — In times of food shortages, your Sam Andy Food Reserve will be worth more than gold. With a Sam Andy food reserve and some extra on hand, you’ll have a valuable commodity for trading.     

  14. LIGHTWEIGHT, EASY TO HANDLE AND STORE — Just think, no refrigeration, no spoilage, no waste. Best of all, a Sam Andy Food Reserve Unit that feeds two people for a year will fit neatly in a closet, under the stairs, or under the bed.     

  15. AFFORDABILITY — You are buying TOMORROW’S food at TODAY’S lower prices. A Sam Andy reserve food storage program may never again be as affordable as it is today.     

  16. AVAILABILITY — There’s no time like the present to prepare for the future. NOW is the time to set up your Sam Andy Food Storage Plan before reserves run low, costs shoot up, or crop failures result in real food shortages.     

  17. YOU’RE ASSURED OF HAVING HEALTHY, WHOLESOME FOODS ON HAND when you need them. Sam Andy low-moisture foods are high in protein, as well as low in fats and cholesterol. Units are designed to give you the necessary daily combination of calories and protein for great meals and healthy bodies. No matter what happens, you’ll have a year’s supply right there in your home.     

  18. WE’VE MADE IT EASY — If you’ve ever struggled to grow a family garden, fought insects off of your squash, or stood over a hot stove canning quart jars of your own produce, you know it is NOT fun! It’s hard work! Making one easy decision and placing one simple order could spare you all this work and put a delicious one-year food reserve in your home, right NOW!     

  19. GREAT VARIETY — Sam Andy now offers over 165 food choices from a wide assortment of your favorite foods, including meals as usual, and constant surprises for dinner.     

  20. ECONOMY, REAL SAVINGS — With Sam Andy Foods, you get “just the real food” — there are no pits, no peels, and absolutely no waste. It’s 100% delicious, usable food. Just add water and cook.     

  21. NO WASTE — 100% usable. You use every bit. Because you have portion control, you are using only what you need. Putting the plastic lids back on opened cans (one comes with every can) ensures that Sam Andy foods will remain fresh for six to 12 months without refrigeration, even after opening the can!     

  22. QUALITY CONTROL — ONLY THE BEST WILL DO! — The real difference in Sam Andy Foods is evident in the high quality, superior taste, dense nutrition, and low cost. Sam Andy Foods use only the best available ingredients, and are specifically “low moisture” … meaning that only the water has been gently removed. All the good taste, all the flavor, and all the nutrition is locked into hermetically sealed cans that can store for up to 15 to 25-plus years.     

  23. PRE-PLANNING is already done for you. Every Sam Andy Food unit is carefully planned to provide your family with all the calories, protein, vitamins and minerals needed… anywhere from a few weeks or months, up to two years and more.     

  24. MEALS AS USUAL — Every Sam Andy Unit includes a healthy choice of different foods so your family can enjoy variety and “Meals as Usual” (three tasty, well-balanced meals a day) without experiencing appetite fatigue.     

  25. A DEPENDABLE, ESTABLISHED NAME — As one of the oldest and most respected suppliers in the low-moisture foods industry, Sam Andy has been a pioneer leader in the development and advancement of long-term food storage technology for over half a century.     

  26. CLIMATE IN CHAOS — Warmer and wetter weather conditions caused by global warming will increase flooding in some areas and droughts in others. The effects of these weather patterns will be devastating for areas across North America, especially in high-risk areas such as the Great Plains, the Canadian Prairies, and the Great Lakes, as well as river basins like the Rio Grande, the lower Colorado, the Mackenzie and the St. Lawrence. We have already begun to see a rise in the number and severity of droughts and floods.* In 1993 the Mississippi River flood caused damages of up to $10-$20 billion, the Pacific Northwest floods in 1996-97 resulted in $3 billion in damages, and the 1997 flood in the Northern Plains caused $2 billion in damages.* The Great Plains are susceptible to extreme droughts, which can erode the soil and destroy crops.* Fire-exacerbated drought conditions ravaged Florida, California, and the Southwestern U.S., destroying more than 7 million acres of land. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists reported that 2000 was the driest year on record for the State of Florida, and that the future is shaping up to be even drier still.  




  27. FOOD CROPS DAMAGED BY WEATHER CHANGES — Floods and droughts made worse by global climate changes could threaten health conditions in ways other than just the spread of infectious diseases. They could damage crops, making them vulnerable to infections and infestations by pests and choking weeds, thereby reducing food supplies and potentially contributing to malnutrition.     

  28. POTENTIAL TRANSPORTATION SHUTDOWNS — Even just the threat of truckers going on strike can cause store shelves of food to empty of stock almost overnight and the BULK of the food in our supermarkets gets there via big trucks. Supermarkets carry less than three days supply of food.     

  29. THE WORLD’S POPULATION IS GROWING at an alarming rate. While we’re losing agricultural lands to housing developments at the same time farmers are going bankrupt, the population of the world continues to rise due to people living healthier and longer. At some point in the not-so-distant future, there will be shortages of food simply because of the increased demand.     

  30. SAM ANDY HAS DEDICATED YEARS OF RESEARCH and dietary planning in order to determine the nutritional and caloric requirements necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy nutritious “meals as usual.” The results of this are pre-planned units to fit any budget and any size family or group.     

  31. A SAM ANDY FOOD RESERVE IS NOT JUST “EMERGENCY FOOD.” Many families use Sam Andy foods every day because of the great savings, lack of waste (no peels), perfect portion control, and because it’s there when you need it. Generally speaking, Sam Andy foods are no different from foods used in everyday cooking, except that the moisture has been removed and that most products must be reconstituted before using. For many recipes, using Sam Andy low-moisture foods is actually easier and more exciting than traditional methods.     

  32. SAM ANDY ASSISTS YOU IN PLANNING YOUR FOOD RESERVE. With nearly half a century’s experience in researching nutritional needs and dietary planning, Sam Andy provides you with advice to help set up the proper food storage plan for you and your family. Our comprehensive Cookbook and Food Storage Guide offer hundreds of recipes, calorie tables, and menu suggestions.     

  33. WE LIVE IN UNCERTAIN AND UNSTABLE TIMES. Whether disaster comes in the form of a natural weather emergency, a pink slip from the boss, loss of retirement income, or a personal health challenge, the ONE single most important thing you can do is to insure where your NEXT meal will come from in the event you are faced with a challenge to provide for your family. You can do this TODAY by stocking up with a Sam Andy Food Reserve.


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Survival Times

Posted on February 23, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Alaskans brace for Redoubt volcano eruption

Monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned that an eruption was imminent, sending experienced Alaskans shopping for protection against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend on south-central Alaska.

“Every time this happens we do get a run on dust masks and goggles,” said Phil Robinson, manager of an Alaska Industrial Hardware store in Anchorage. “That’s the two main things for eye and respiratory protection.”

Customer Ron Cowan picked up gear at the store Thursday before heading off to an auto parts store for a spare air filter.

“I’m older now and I’m being a little more proactive than I was the last time,” Cowan said.

When another Alaska volcano, Mount Spurr, blew in 1992, he waited too long.

“The shelves were cleared, so I thought I wouldn’t wait until the last minute,” Cowan said.

Unlike earthquakes, volcanoes often give off warning signs that usually give people time to prepare.

The observatory, a joint program between the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, was formed in response to the 1986 eruption of Mount Augustine.

It has a variety of tools to predict eruptions. As magma moves beneath a volcano before an eruption, it often generates earthquakes, swells the surface of a mountain and increases the gases emitted. The observatory samples gases, measures earthquake activity with seismometers and watches for deformities in the landscape.

On Nov. 5, geologists noted changed emissions and minor melting near the Redoubt summit and raised the threat level from green to yellow. It jumped to orange — the stage just before eruption — on Sunday in response to a sharp increase in earthquake activity below the volcano.

Alaska’s volcanoes are not like Hawaii‘s. “Most of them don’t put out the red river of lava,” said the observatory’s John Power.

Instead, they typically explode and shoot ash 30,000 to 50,000 feet high — more than nine miles — into the jet stream.

“It’s a very abrasive kind of rock fragment,” Power said. “It’s not the kind of ash that you find at the base of your wood stove.”

The particulate has jagged edges and has been used as an industrial abrasive. “They use this to polish all kinds of metals,” he said.

Particulate can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages. The young, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are especially susceptible. Put enough ash under a windshield wiper and it will scratch glass.

It’s also potentially deadly for anyone flying in a jet. “Think of flying an airliner into a sandblaster,” Power said.

Redoubt blew on Dec. 15, 1989, and sent ash 150 miles away into the path of a KLM jet carrying 231 passengers. Its four engines flamed out.

As the crew tried to restart the engines, “smoke” and a strong odor of sulfur filled the cockpit and cabin, according to a USGS account. The jet dropped more than 2 miles, from 27,900 feet to 13,300 feet, before the crew was able to restart all engines and land the plane safely at Anchorage. The plane required $80 million in repairs.

The observatory’s first call after an eruption is now to the Federal Aviation Administration. The observatory’s data collection has become far more advanced in 19 years, as has the alert system.

“Pilots are routinely trained to avoid ash and in what to do if they encounter an ash cloud,” Power said. “That kind of thing was not routinely done in the 1980s.”

The jet stream can carry ash for hundreds of miles. Ash from Kasatochi Volcano in the Aleutians last August blew all the way to Montana and threatened aircraft, Power said.

Particulate is mildly corrosive but can be blocked with masks and filters.

Power advises Alaskans to prepare as they would for a bad snowstorm: Keep flashlights, batteries and several days’ worth of food in the house, limit driving and prepare to hunker down if the worst of an ash cloud hits.

Merely going indoors is a defense against ash. The American Red Cross recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside, plus goggles and glasses instead of contact lenses. If no dust mask is available, an effective respiratory filter is a damp cloth over nose and mouth.

But potential danger all depends on the wind. Mount Spurr erupted three times in 1992. When it blew that June, only climbers on Mount McKinley — about 150 miles north of Anchorage — were affected, Power said. An August eruption dumped significant ash on Anchorage and a September blow sent ash about 40 miles north of Anchorage to Wasilla.

Dust mask customer Elizabeth Keating said Thursday that if the volcano erupts, she expects to stay inside. She bought masks for her school-age grandchildren to carry in their backpacks.

“I want to make sure they’re carrying these in case they’re en route,” she said.

You must always be prepared in case of an emergency. You never know when you may lose power for days or weeks, your water supply or access to food. Sam Andy Foods can help you prepare. For your FREE NEWSLETTER, SPECIAL REPORT, and CATALOG contact BK at:  or log on to and add the code BKFREE in the comments box to get a bonus item with your FREE Newsletter, Catalog and SPECIAL REPORT.

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Do you have a “Plan B”…a secure fallback plan if you lose your job or income?

The horrendous events of September 11, 2001 were a wake-up call to all in the Western world who had been taking the “good life” for granted. More especially to Americans, it was but a bellwether event to an already faltering economy.

Layoffs impact families, not just individuals
Any layoff, let alone a constant flow of them, sends a chill through all of us. The families, most of whom will face the personal anguish of meeting mortgage payments, school costs and other obligations that cannot be turned off as swiftly as their income can be terminated. These lives are impacted not by a “fly-by-night” dot com, but solid companies. Eventually., many furloughed employees may be re-hired, but during the meantime, what happens? It’s a reality that, while some of these jobs will come back, they won’t be all at once.

Safety net for unemployed not adequate
This, at a time when millions of unemployed workers are finding the U.S. “safety net” in shreds. With the pace of layoffs accelerating as the economy moves into recession, economic forecasters predict that another 1.5 million jobs may be slashed over the next three quarters.

They point out that Unemployment Insurance (UI), the principal program for jobless workers, has emerged as the most significant element of what remains (after two decades of whittling away at social programs under the guise of welfare “reform”) of the social safety net. However, since the Reagan years of the 1980’s this program, initiated in 1935, has systematically been eroded.

With average consumer (credit card) debt ranging from $5,000 to $8,000, mortgage delinquencies rising and bankruptcies expected to reach a record 1.4 million in the near-term, seeing that YOUR family has a safe and secure strategy for weather tumultuous economic times is a paramount responsibility.

Unpredictable weather adds to insecurities
Added to the now ever-constant threat of “domestic terrorism” taking many forms, from bombs to plagues, there is the “constant” of unstable weather conditions. When 22,000 customers are without electricity all at one time due to a storm, might that not impact your local grocery store OR food in the refrigerator?

So, if you can’t count on your job, but you can rest assured it may take longer to find another one, and it will probably be lower-paying – if you can’t count on the government to be there when you need them, OR with sufficient funding to tide you over – if you can’t count on the weather to be stable and predictable – who does that leave?

It leaves YOU! There are steps you can take to rest assured that whatever comes your way, you and your family will at least have food on the table. Sam Andy has been in the long-term, food storage and preparedness business for over half a century. We have helped individuals, church groups and even foreign aid workers and the military know that good, healthy, economical food products will be there when they most need them – in times of crisis, political upheaval, economic downturns, loss of a job or the breadwinner’s health, or storms brought on by Mother Nature.

The single most valuable resource or investment you can have, as we, a nation, work our way back to a more stable and secure worlds is not your 50-hour a week job – no job is secure any more – it’s not your portfolio – you can’t eat stock certificates – and realistically, it’s not the government. Security can be had only in taking personal responsibility for assuring your own future. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that you have taken one of the most important steps, in stocking up with an affordable Sam Andy long-term food storage unit for your family!

Let us help you TODAY to be more secure for tomorrow! Email me NOW and let a Preparedness Counselor help you with strategic planning and careful preparation that will stand you in good stead for the future. Email BK at Or go to and add the code BKFREE in the comments box to get a bonus item with your FREE Newsletter, Catalog and SPECIAL REPORT.

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Posted on February 22, 2009. Filed under: Be Prepared |

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