Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm, Be Ready:Emergencies

Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
How do you prepare your pantry for disasters or emergencies? We never know when we will have to face a natural disaster such as a storm or perhaps some other emergencies that will keep us away from the market. There are are even times when that market may  have empty shelves or be closed all together. In the past week the CDC (Centers For Disease Control & Prevention) has strongly suggested that we prepare our homes in the event of a health emergency that could possibly come to our country. It has been suggested that we prepare for a 2 week or 14 day stay inside our home if need be. 
Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
We live in a part of the country where we have a lot of tornados in the spring of the year so we have a "Ready Kit" on hand for that season, and have had to use some of the kit before so we know first hand that to be prepared is a good thing.
There are many sites that give great ideas for preparing kits, the best one I have found is Food-Ready from You can print the list and it has some great ideas for planning your kit for your family. One of the most important things is to have a plan and then take the action to put your family kit together.
Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
This Is How We Prepared The Cottage Kit
In the past week I have had several inquires about preparing the pantry for a 14 day stay in the home, without access to the food market. I am a meal planner and if you are a regular reader of this blog you know that once a week we print a complete meal plan plus recipes for the week. I just thought of the meals that we might want to have if we were not feeling well or if we had no access to a food market for a couple of weeks. These are some of the items that we bought on our shopping trip for our kit.
We Would Want An Ample Supply Of
 Blue Bell In Our Freezer (A Necessity For Texans)
Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Pantry and Freezer List
Paper Items
Toilet Tissue
Paper Towels
Wash Soap
Laundry Additives
Canned Goods
Cooking Oil
Dry Goods
Baking Mix
Dried Beans
Dry Mixes
Salt, Pepper
Whole Chickens 
Chuck Roast
Pork Roast
Ground Chuck
Extra Storage Cold Bin
Other Items
Food For Animals (Max)

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Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

It Is Important To Make Sure That Your 
Personal Items Are On Hand
Medications that you may need, personal toilet items and comfortable clothing. Games, reading material, something to do in case the internet goes down and there is no television.

Stock Your Pantry,Stay Calm, Be Ready! at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Stay Calm
One of the most important things I have learned in my years (and they are many) on this earth is to stay calm. When we have a plan and can execute that plan we can relax and know that we have done everything that we can. It really does help us stay calm when we have a plan and are prepared.

I pray that none of us will ever have to use our Panty Kits for any other reason than to just use the food for everyday use. But if we do need them they will be at the ready.
Thanks so much for stopping by the cottage and I sure hope we have inspired you to Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm and Be Ready!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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  1. That's a great list! We try to have most of that on hand but I do know I've been relying a lot on our stores and not stocking up like we probably should be. I was actually thinking of using Prime Pantry to get a good base going again.

  2. Great list - you thought of a couple of things that I had missed. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much for compiling such a great list; some of which I had not thought of. I always enjoy your blog and recipes so much. Good luck to you!

  4. Thanks for compiling this very useful shopping list. We all need to take precautions right now.

  5. Thank you for sharing this with us, Miz Helen. I appreciate the information.

  6. Great post. While I already have a pantry, it does have noticeable holes in it. For instance I do need more salt, and I'd like more bags of charcoal. Fresh veggies at this time of year can be problematic, but there are ways to help this.

  7. Miz Helen, thank you for posting this great common-sense article so needed right now. I've always believed in being prepared, and I think it goes a long way in keeping me calm. I would never want to be one of those people we're seeing too many videos of right now, in a panic and behaving aggressively toward their fellow shoppers as they grab everything in sight.

  8. This is such a timely post, Miz Helen, with such great advice and a fantastic list. It is so important to stay calm at times like these. I do like your style with the ice cream - I am making sure we have some treats available as well! Take care and stay well, my friend. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link party community.

  9. What a great list! Good information and good advice. As I have gotten older, I have gotten much more calm about these things. Pinning the post, and thanks!


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