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Anyone looking for food storage will recognize the familiar meals containing pasta, potatoes and rice, which are commonly found in the industry. The offerings from different companies vary in the quality, serving size, and actual recipes that comprise their foods. Long term food storage options use these ingredients because carbohydrates provide quick energy, solid calories, and they perform well in long term storage. If you are on a general diet, typically you welcome the familiar dishes most people enjoy, such as delicious creamy pastas and chunky potato or rice medleys. However, if you are diabetic, at first glance these meals...

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Contributed by Rob Hanus Thinking about purchasing food storage? Food is often one of the first things we think of when we consider disaster preparations. Though we can survive for weeks without food, it’s neither an easy nor comfortable thing to do. Without food, not only will you be distracted by hunger, but you’ll be weaker, have slower reaction times, and more apt to make bad decisions. All of which impede your chances for survival. So, even though it’s not always at the top of the priority list, it’s still a very important consideration in your preparedness plan.   When...

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Contributed by Rob Hanus   Whether you’re just beginning to write your preparedness plan, or if you’ve had one for a while, one of the best planning tools you can have is a threat analysis, also called a risk or threat assessment. Properly done, an analysis highlights the hazards and situations most likely to occur, and which are the most dangerous. Once complete, your threat assessment tells you which disasters or events you should prepare for first. For example, you may be highly concerned with nuclear detonations and pandemics and may be thinking you need to focus a large part...

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Preparedness - Getting Started Series How to Write A Plan  Contributed by Rob Hanus Once you’ve decided it’s time to become better prepared, the next step is to take action. This can be a daunting task, as there are many things to do in order to be well prepared. Unfortunately, many people stop at this point, as they become overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. An important point to keep in mind is it’s not necessary to prepare for every possible contingency. Starting with a small plan is a great way to start and is much better than...

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Contributed by Rob Hanus When asked that question, there are, generally, three basic responses: "Yes," "I think so," or, "Prepared for what?" Even among those who responded affirmatively, believing they are sufficiently prepared for disasters, many do not realize they are, most likely, not prepared enough. Recent studies by FEMA found a rather wide margin between survey respondents stating they were prepared and the actual number of people prepared when stuck by a local tornado. Starting at the beginning, let's address the simple question, "Be prepared for what?" It's an honest question, though one that isn't always easy to answer....

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