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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!

National Preparedness Month

Be One Step Ahead This National Preparedness Month

September marks National Preparedness Month on our calendars. It is an initiative to create awareness against potential forms of disasters and how to prepare to tackle them. Planning for disasters prior to them occurring is essential to survival. Part of being prepared for any disaster is to have a plan in place and the most important aspect of that plan is food storage.

Let’s first address the question of why you would need food storage.  There are several scenarios in which food storage, both short term and long term are important.  The first reason is natural disasters.  Natural disasters affect more than 200 million people on average every year and their numbers seem to be steadily increasing. In case of a natural disaster, preparing with food storage will be among one of the most important things. Another reason to consider storing food for is economical impact, national crisis or even perhaps substantial food cost increase. When food is stored for long term and you are hit financially then you can significantly decrease food spending by living off food storage.

Many people understand the importance of acquiring a long term food storage supply.  Often times, it seems easy to enthusiastically start out stocking up foods, a little bit at a time.  However, it is very common for a person to feel overwhelmed because there is so much to plan for and to do.  If you feel stuck in your long term food storage planning, our helpful food storage tips are for you!

Tip # 1 – Dedicate an area in your home exclusively to emergency food storage—preferably a cool, dry and dark place. If you have a basement, that’s ideal. If not, a shed, garage or sizeable closet will do.

Tip # 2 – Determine the dimensions of your food storage area. Be realistic. Know how much room you actually have and store accordingly.

Tip # 3 – Create a layout for your long term food storage area. Designate where you’ll put shelving, water stores, boxes or bins. Then, move forward with your plan.

Tip # 4 – Begin by storing sufficient food and water for a short term emergency. Some consider 3 days to 1 week as sufficient; others say 10 days or even as much as two weeks to a month. You should decide how long your short term food and water supply should last, based on your particular geographical situation and the possible shortages you might confront.

Tip # 5 – Store a short term water supply—a gallon per person, per day. For the long term, store a method of water purification. Storing bulk water for use over the long haul is impractical for most. Available sources will usually suffice, but only if purified for safety and security.

Tip # 6 – Store a short term emergency food supply—meals and snacks that require little or no preparation. For the long term, store foods that you are accustomed to. This requires much more effort. (See the subsequent steps.)

Tip # 7 – Once your short term food storage is complete, begin expanding to your long term food storage. Store foods high in carbohydrates and protein. These are essential for proper nutrition in a stressful situation. For carbs, consider grains, pasta and rice in bulk. For protein, consider freeze dried meats and/or dehydrated and flavored meat substitutes. Store based on your personal food preferences, not someone else’s list. If you don’t like it, you’ll quickly tire of eating it.

Tip # 8 – Do not overlook the basics: fruits, vegetables, cooking oils, salt and sugar. Don’t forget the spices either. Bland food is depressing.

Tip # 9 – See that everything is in secure containers (tin cans and food grade plastic pails for bulk items) to keep vermin and moisture out. Clearly mark the food type (opening and closing just to “see what’s in there” is not an option) and “use by” date, if not already on the label.

Tip # 10 – Rotate! That is, use and replace the food to keep your stores fresh. Using the stored food helps you learn to use it without wasting it. It will also help you learn which food storage items you like best.

With more than 40 years of experience providing the best in food storage at the highest quality, Augason Farms is the place to turn for all your food storage and emergency preparedness needs. Great taste and wholesome products have been our hallmark for generations. When you choose Augason Farms, you’re not only selecting food you can count on, you’re getting delicious peace of mind.