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Emergency Preparedness Checklist

What’s with All the Earthquakes?

Utah has experience a string of them recently. Fortunately, nothing major. This string of rumbles doesn’t necessarily mean that the big one is going to happen any time soon. But, it is highly likely that sometimein our lifetime—or our children’s lifetime—a major earthquake will occur.

It’s easy to procrastinate the task of getting prepared when the inevitable seems so far removed from our daily reality. But our reality can turn on a dime. It can become devastating, scary, and quite possibly life-threatening.

During last September’s National Preparedness Month, we posted a checklist of several steps that should to be taken to help prepare your family. With mother nature’s recent hints, we think now’s a good time to repost the checklist! Here you go:

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

  • Establish your family’s meeting place(s)
  • Make (and practice) a home evacuation plan
  • Make a list of nearby water sources
  • Create an emergency contact phone list
  • Write down your medications and put a couple of days’ worth in your emergency kit
  • Place copies of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in sealable bags
  • Identify and document a go-to social media platform
  • Download emergency apps (like FEMA or Life360)
  • Assign responsibility for the bug-out kit(s), including food, water and gear
  • Assign each pet a safety buddy

Today, while it’s fresh on your mind, be sure to take these important steps to help ensure your family’s safety. Being prepared can make all the difference if—or when—something major comes your way.

And, be sure to keep an eye out for this month’s Case Lot Sales. They’re the perfect way to stock up on emergency preparedness kits, long-term food storage, and emergency water.

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

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Your Emergency Supply’s Most Versatile Food: Soup

5 Ways to Love Your Soup

  1. Prepared straight from the can. There’s a long-held believe that emergency food, soup included, is bland and is only to be eaten if it’s your last hope for nourishment. You can toss out that belief because Augason Farms soups are flavorful, hearty and nourishing when prepared straight from the can.
  2. Jazzed up with more ingredients. Customize your soup to your heart’s content by adding things like freeze-dried cheese, freeze-dried chicken or beef (meat-free if you prefer), and freeze-dried vegetables—corn, peas, broccoli, onions or just about anything you have on hand.
  3. Dolloped with dumplings. This is so easy to do with Augason Farm’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix. Just combine 1 cup of prepared Morning Moo’s® Low Fat Milk Alternative with about 2 cups pancake mix and stir until it’s a soft dough. After your soup has been simmering for about 10 minutes, drop dough by the spoonful into soup and cook on medium heat, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes. Then, cover and reduce heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes. That’s it, it’s super easy!
  4. Totally reinvented. Like…turning your chili into a vegetable chili casserole. First, add Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend into chili and cook on stovetop, referring to instructions on chili can. Pour about 8 cups of prepared chili into greased baking dish. Next, create a top crust by dropping spoonful’s of dough (prepared the same as dumplings above) on top of chili and spreading evenly. Bake at 425°F for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. You may want to layer-in some cheese between the chili and crust before baking, it would be a yummy addition.
  5. Beefed up with beanballs. We’re talking about adding meatless beanballs to your soup. Just form rehydrated Augason Farms Black Bean Burger mix into 1” balls and cook in lightly-oiled skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes per side. Add beanballs to your favorite soup as is, or crumble for a soup that’s infused with flavor and texture. Let beanballs simmer in soup until heated through. They’re particularly delicious in Creamy Potato Soup, but any soup works great.

This month, check out the savings on Augason Farms soups. They’re a versatile way to stay nourished and energized during winter storms and cold temperatures!

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food and storage to our valued customers for good reason. Augason Farms has been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Stocking up on Augason Farms products is ideal not only for your emergency food and water supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

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Dehydration is a winter thing, too.

4 Critical Things to Know About Dehydration in Cold Temps

  1. Respiratory Water Loss. You know it’s awfully cold when you can see your breath while speaking. What you are actually seeing is moisture escaping from your body through water vapor. It’s called respiratory water loss, and the colder it gets the more fluids we lose just from breathing.
  2. Diminished Thirst. When temperatures drop, our brains become preoccupied with keeping warm—like constricting blood flow to our extremities so blood is focused on warming our core—so many of the early signs of dehydration are ignored by our brain. In fact, our “thirst response” can be diminished by as much as 40%, which can lead us to believe we aren’t very thirsty.
  3. Increased Urine Production. If our reduced thirst response doesn’t seem crazy enough, get this: our kidneys increase urine production in the cold temperatures so we’re eliminating fluid that we can’t really afford to lose (it’s what’s referred to as cold-induced urine diuresis).
  4. Extra Clothes and Boots Make You Work Harder. This doesn’t mean you should shed your coat and boots for a once-piece and flip flops. We’re just saying that extra clothes are heavy, which means when you are active, you tend to sweat more. Okay, that’s pretty obvious, but here’s the catch: we may not realize we’re sweating because perspiration evaporates quickly in cold air. Ugh.

Here’s the moral to our wintertime story:  Drink more water than your body prompts you to. After all, our brains are busy taking care of core, life-saving body functions so let’s pick up the slack by stay well-hydrated and healthy.

This month, Stock Up and Save on Augason Farms Ultra Purified Emergency Water. With 24, 11.5-ounce cans of water per case, and a shelf life up to 50 years, this is your must-have solution for emergency water. Keep a supply in your home, vehicle, office, cabin and recreational vehicles. Aluminum cans are impervious to leaching (unlike plastic water bottles), and withstand extreme cold and hot temperatures.

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food and storage to our valued customers for good reason. Augason Farms has been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Stocking up on Augason Farms products is ideal not only for your emergency food and water supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

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Emergency Food Says You Care

Wondering what to give friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers for Christmas this year?  Here are three reasons the gift of emergency food says you care:

  1. It’s not a short-lived trend. A 30-day emergency food kit may not be a sexy gift and in fact it may garner a fairly lukewarm “thank you”. But when your loved one is stuck in their home with no power, nothing to eat, and no way to get to the grocery store because the roads are buried in snow, they’ll remember who gave them the gift of emergency food and they’ll know you cared about them well before the snow hit the fan.
  2. It’s not a gift card. It’s easy to default to gift cards when holidays get hectic but let’s be honest: gift cards are fraught with challenges. They can be interpreted as “I don’t have time to give you a well thought out gift.” A large percentage of gift cards go unused or expire. And in paralyzing ice storms, they’re only good for scraping windshields. Instead, give a two-week emergency food kit. It’s a gift that will never get lost in the bottom of a purse and sincerely says “I care about you.”
  3. It’s not a fruit cake. While fruit cake lasts a very long time (precisely how long we may never know), it will definitely not last 25 years and it will not keep your friends or neighbors well-nourished during an emergency. Wrapping up a few large cans of dehydrated soups and entrees says “I care about you and it’s best that you have your own food supply when things get rough.” 🙂

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. Augason Farms has been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

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If You’re So Inclined…

Giving back. It’s on many of our minds during the holidays. It might be because a charitable gift or donation of some kind is on our To-Do list. Or we’re hearing a flood of TV commercials and ringing bells. Whatever the case, some of us will fulfill our good intentions this year while others will promise to make it happen next year when things are a little less hectic. But let’s be honest, will the holidays ever be less hectic? Probably not.

3 Easy Ways to Give…Any Time of the Year

  1. Keep a few cans of shelf-stable food in your car. Most of us have rolled up to stop lights and experienced that inner conflict over whether to help people on the corner asking for help. If we give money, will it be used in ways that are healthy and helpful? Or are they running a scam? We never really know for sure, but sometimes we get a sense that prompts us one way or another. Giving a large can of dehydrated soup or freeze dried fruit is a good way to help someone in need. Soup is easy to make and fruit can be eaten as a snack right out of the can. Both are hearty and nourishing and do not require refrigeration.
  2. Keep an ear out for friends or neighbors who might be struggling. The stress of single parenting, losing a job, or facing a financial rough patch can be extremely hard on families. Think about giving an emergency food pail that includes well-rounded breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You will help feed a family several hearty meals that may just be the difference between hope and despair. For the holiday’s there’s even a Turkey Feast pail that includes all the fixins for a very tasty and easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving spread. What’s also nice is a sealed pail of shelf-stable food can be placed on a family’s front porch anonymously.
  3. Give hungry children a hearty breakfast. It’s shocking to hear that one in six children in America face hunger on a daily basis. Utah is no different. The good news is school programs provide free breakfasts during the school year. The bad news is school is not in session year-round. So, then what? Ask your church leader or your child’s school principal if he or she knows a family who struggles to feed their children a healthy breakfast when school is out. Consider asking that they pass along a large can of maple brown sugar oatmeal and a can of powdered milk to the family. Both are shelf-stable foods that will provide up to 40 servings of hot and nutritious cereal that will start their children’s day off right.

We hope you consider giving these easy and affordable ideas a try throughout the year. Meanwhile, Macey’s and Augason Farms wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. Auguson Farms has been in the business since 1972 and guarantees their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!

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Last Winter Was Crazy!

Do you remember last January’s bomb cyclone? Or, the four nor’easters that happened in March? It was a very rough winter! This means of course, that there’s been a lot of talk—okay, debate—about the cause of our exceedingly harsh winters and the fact that blizzards in the U.S. have increased by almost 400% since the 1950s.  But, we don’t need to go there because what’s really important is that we’re prepared…no matter what.

10 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter:

  1. Tell your family where to go. You know what we mean, make a plan and communicate the plan. If Google Maps, acronyms, and emoji’s (and hand-written instructions) will help get all generations on the same page, throw them all in.
  2. Stock up on emergency food and water. Hunger is awful, thirst is worse. Prevent these miseries by getting a case or two of Augason Farms new 50-Year Ultra Purified Water and a 72-Hour Emergency Food Supply for each person in your family. BTW: October is the time for conference and case lot sales so it’s a perfect time to stock up.
  3. Winter-proof your home. The best way is to weather-strip all of your windows and doors. This keeps out cold drafts and, as a bonus, spiders.
  4. Stock-up on blankets and sleeping bags. Sleeping in the cold is just miserable and can be downright dangerous. The blankets on your bed will be great, but more is better when the furnace goes out.
  5. Have an alternate heat source. Ditto, above. Plus, of course, food storage tastes best when it’s heated. Propane, wood, and fire starter should be ready to go. Also, you’ve heard the drill about propane, but we thought it never hurts to throw out a reminder: please, make sure the room is well ventilated.
  6. Bring in your pets. If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for them. Keep your furry friends close and warm.
  7. Winterize the car. Toss in a pair of gloves and boots, a blanket, and a shovel. And if you really want a comfortable, stuck-in-your-car-for-hours experience, be sure to include plenty of water and snacks. (Not sure how to help you on the porta potty front, although…if you have a 72-hour kit in your trunk, you also have a pail with a lid…so, there you go!)
  8. Gear up for snow removal. Tighten the screws on your shovel, fuel-up the snow blower, and stock up on rock salt. You may also want to start a routine of stretching and strength exercises to help prevent back injuries (that tend to hang on forever).
  9. Download weather and emergency apps. ­There are several free apps out there, and they take just a minute to download and to fill in your location and contact information. It’s a good project for kids, they can probably do it with their eyes closed.
  10. Connect with the outside world. Have a battery, solar, or crank radio handy so you can stay up to speed on storm warnings, reports from the NOAA, and local news reports. It will also fill awkward silences after the cell phone batteries have died.

 

Friday, December 21, 2018 is the first day of winter. We suggest you get on this prep thing because you don’t want to get left out in the cold.  Just sayin’.

 

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Macey’s has teamed with Augason Farms to offer emergency food supplies and long term food storage to our valued customers for good reason. They’ve been in the business since 1972 and guarantee their products for great taste and superior quality. Maintaining a supply of Augason Farms products in your home is ideal not only for your emergency food supply but for everyday use as well. With Macey’s and Augason Farms, preparedness is simple and affordable!