For the last year or so, my husband and I have felt an increased sense of urgency to be prepared for whatever the future may throw at us. Whether a blizzard knocks out our power for a few days, or we experience a major natural or man-made disaster, we have decided that we want to be the ones who are able to help others, instead of needing help ourselves.
I know of many other folks who are feeling this exact same way. I can’t help but think that it’s not a coincidence… Perhaps God is giving all us a bit of warning. Amy, from Homestead Revival, has really inspired me this week to step up our preparedness.
After watching the earthquake drama unfold in Japan, I have been hit with the realization that it is entirely possible for something like that to happen to us in North America. Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not laying awake at night worrying, nor am I paralyzed by fear. But, I do believe we need to have a calm, confident sense of urgency in having a plan for if/when disaster strikes.
Some of the very first steps in preparedness simply involve thinking. My husband and I have started talking more about these topics and thinking through how we would stay warm, have water, or put food on the table if we were to be without electricity for an extended period of time.
We have some food storage, but not nearly enough. So, after watching the earthquake coverage, I’ve been inspired this week to really work on increasing our supplies. I picked up 50 more pounds of dry beans, 25 pounds of lentils, as well as some more canned goods this week.
Obviously, the biggest issue in stocking up on food is how to keep it dry, fresh, and bug-free. Many people use food grade, 5 gallon buckets to store grains and legumes. There are many place to purchase these buckets online, but I wanted to share a frugal tip with you today, as a part of Homestead Revival’s Preparedness Challenge #1:
Check with your local bakeries and grocery stores and ask them if you can have their empty icing buckets. Sometimes, even donut shops have them.
I am able to purchase rinsed out frosting buckets from our local Albertsons for $1 each. I’ve been able to obtain both 3 and 5 gallon sizes. I bring them home, give them a thorough washing, outfit some of them with Gamma Seal lids (those are the orange and black lids in the photos), and they are ready to go!
Another place to check would be various restaurants. Some establishments have policies stating that all buckets must be thrown away (which is dumb, if you ask me), but many places are more than happy to give their buckets away or pass them along for a small price. It never hurts to ask!
So this week, I’ve picked up two loads of buckets and have them washed and ready to fill. It’s a small step, but an important, and frugal one, towards being more prepared.
Look for more upcoming posts about preparedness and food storage. It’s time to get serious! And be sure to head over to Homestead Revival to check out the Preparedness Challenge.