Storing Your Water

When starting on your food storage and emergency preparedness journey, I’m sure you had a lot of questions! Especially on how to best store your food, water and other supplies. Because water is such a necessity in life and in an emergency situation, let’s answer some of the most common questions we get. Can I store water in any container? Do I need additional products besides just water and some sort of container? Where should I store it? 

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A 5-STEP GUIDE TO FAMILY SELF-RELIANCE

Family self-reliance is making sure in the event of a disaster your loved ones know the "Family Plan" and how to execute properly. It is important your family's basic needs are being met and that they are safe. Knowledge through communication is the key to making sure your family is prepared during an emergency. Disasters can strike without warning, so all family members should know who to contact and where to meet depending on the emergency at hand.

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Get a Start on Your Garden, Now

I was working on my “Honey-Do” list on Saturday which included pulling out the old squash and tomato plants from the garden and tilling the ground preparing it for the winter.  My wife is the primary coordinator and director of all things pertaining to our yearly garden and I’m just the cheap labor.

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We All Have Good Intentions, Don't We?

I have worked with many hundreds of families over the last 35 years in an attempt to assist them with their food storage and preparedness needs.  Very seldom have I come across families who didn’t feel preparedness was prudent or important.  In most cases, for those who chose not to engage and start their preps, it was an issue of priorities.

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Close the Door Tight!

I love it when the family comes over to visit.  Usually on Sunday’s, my wife will make a big feast and all the kids and grandkids will come over for a great meal, visiting, games and the traditional stroll around the block in the cool of the evening.

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7 Signs You are Judging Others

“Judge not” is one of the most popular Bible verses in our society, especially among non-Christians. It seems to fit in with two of our society’s most basic assumptions—that (1) religion is private and (2) morality is relative. People love “judge not” because it seems to be a handy way of saying, “You can’t tell me I’m wrong.” Begin to make a public assessment on just about any moral issue and you’ll see this verse swiftly pulled out as a deflective weapon.

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Getting Free From Anger

I had a sad conversation with a friend the other day.  His mother had recently passed away having lived as a widow for several years.  As his family gathered to mourn her loss, his sister became very vocal as to what money and personal belongings their mother had promised the daughter.  My friend tried to assure her, being the designated executor of her estate, that in due time a fair and appropriate process would be put in place for the distribution of their mother’s assets to all four children.

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I Can’t Breathe!

I have an elderly family member who is slowly suffocating.  That was actually difficult to put down in words but it’s even harder to see her suffer.  She has a condition where her lungs are slowly filling with carbon dioxide and she’s not able to exhale hard enough to expel the carbon dioxide from her lungs.  As a result, every day she has a little less lung capacity for oxygen.  She wears oxygen nasal prongs 24/7 and still runs out of breath just walking from one room to another.

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Where Are My Keys!?

We’ve all experienced the frustration of not finding our keys, especially when we’re in a hurry to get to an appointment or make it to the airport on time.  There are indeed very few things more aggravating and frustrating than not being able to find something important or necessary to accomplish a task.

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Are You Covered?

I must admit, a few years ago when I first learned that the Affordable Care Act was to include pre-existing conditions, I thought – this really isn’t insurance.  If it’s not required that one prepare BEFORE the medical need arises, one could wait until there’s a medical problem and then have the government pay for it.  Seems like an upside-down world to me.

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Spice Up Your Life

I took a call the other day from a gentleman who was concerned about the sodium levels in the entrees of his food storage.  He had heart problems and his doctor had put him on a very restrictive diet that included low amounts of sodium.

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Stranded With No Preps

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating category 5 hurricanes in U.S. history hit the coast of Louisiana.  Its 175 mph winds and resulting flooding was the cause of over 1,200 fatalities and created $125 billion in damage.

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Don’t Get Sappy

I have many fond memories of our family cabin high in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico.  It was a fairly rustic cabin with no utilities or water and an outhouse behind the cabin.  We would have to haul water up with us when we stayed there and would use Coleman lanterns for light when it got dark.  My mom would cook on a wood burning stove and we had a Franklin wood burning stove in the main room we would fire up if it got a little chilly.

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Is Patience Really a Virtue?

I took my family to the cemetery of July 4th.  Now I know what you’re thinking – this guy has mixed up the holidays confusing Memorial Day with Independence Day.  Well, you’re kind of right.  You see, my father was born on July 4th so we have a tradition to visit his grave site on his birthday.  My dad served in the US Army and fought in Korea.  He always loved a parade, loved patriotic music and would get emotional about our freedoms and the flag.

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Beat the Heat

I came across an article from James Woods of CNN that addressed the issue of summer being hot.  I kept waiting for some real news but nope, the report was simply stating that summer is hot.  I thought, is this some new revelation to these folks at CNN?  If so, I can’t wait for the follow up story in six months stating that winter is cold.

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How to Deal with a Mice Infestation

Walt Disney chose a mouse to be the quintessential icon of his empire.  This mouse has become the most recognized and beloved vermin in the history of the world – yes, Mickey Mouse.  Why did he choose a mouse?  I guess when it comes right down to it, a mouse is actually a fairly cute, none-threatening creature.  If fact, many have made pets of them.

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“The World Owes Us a Living”

I remember as a young boy waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons on TV.  It was a magical time for kids of my age where we could be swept away into an exciting and entertaining world of animation while our parents enjoyed a relaxed morning knowing the kids would be glued to the TV for a couple of hours.

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Watch and Be Ready

It seems like seldom does a week go by when there is not some form of natural disaster affecting the lives of countless thousands of people somewhere in the world.  It’s happening so frequently nowadays that it seems we’re getting used to such events and they don’t seem to instill the same level of emotions or fear and concern, unless you’re one of those who are directly affected.

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Will Your Garden Survive a Drought?

Planting a survival garden requires you to foresee and prepare for a number of possible scenarios that could kill your plants and leave you without a source of food. One of the most dreaded of these scenarios is an extended drought. Many plants are unable to survive more than a few days without water.  In a survival scenario where no rain is falling, providing water to them can be a real struggle.

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What's Your Level of Preparedness?

I was talking with a friend the other day who was some-what boasting about all the things he’d acquired to provide for his family in the event of some potential disaster in the future.  I must admit, I was pretty impressed with the long list of things he rattled off and the amount of money he said he spent to “get ready”.

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Our Food Supply is Fragile

For as long as I can remember, the availability of food has not been an issue.  If we run out of something, sure it’s an inconvenience but knowing that item can easily be replaced by just running down to the local grocery store makes it really a non-issue.

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The Coming Food Collapse

The most obvious factor controlling our food supply is climate.  If it’s too dry, the crops won’t grow.  If it’s too cold, once again, the crops won’t grow.  There are many other conditions that will affect the quality and amount of food we can produce, but basic moisture and temperature are the two biggies.

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Are You Prepared for the Outdoors?

Every summer, our church provide​s​ a special activity for single adults ranging in age from 18 to 30.  We call it our Summer Summit and it's held in the mountains about 8,000 feet above sea level at a church owned property.  It's a 40 acre tract of land with three lakes, two of which have zip lines over the water.

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Avoiding the Threat of a Deep Freeze

It’s always exciting when Spring arrives and warmer days are right around the corner.  I love it when the days get a little longer and Day-light Savings Time is re-engaged so it’s light longer in the evening.  I also like to watch the fruit trees start to blossom and get excited about all the great apples, cherries, apricots and plums we’ll be able to harvest in the coming months.  The smell of the blossoms and the buzzing of the bees around them are wonderful to experience.

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As a Man Thinketh

A few years ago, my father-in-law organized a pack trip through some spectacular high mountain trails in the Rocky Mountains.  We took horses on this trip with a couple of pack horses to carry all our gear.  One of the horses was a young two year old gelding that was still being trained.

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1 Thessalonians 5:6 - Wake Up

1 Thessalonians is a letter from Paul, the apostle, to the people of Thessaloniki, a Greek port city on the Thermic Gulf. Paul and Silas established the first church of Thessalonica. Following the teaching of Jesus Christ put the people at odds with Caeser. The idea that Jesus was a greater king made Caeser very angry, obviously.  So he persecuted the people, which forced Silas and Paul to flee. Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians in an attempt to reconnect with the Christians in Thessalonica. Despite the persecution of Caeser, at this point, they were doing remarkably well.

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Proverbs 21:20 - The Wise Store Up Food

The Old Testament Book of Proverbs is full of ancient thinkers and prophets who collected choice phrases and stories in order to pass down their wisdom through the generations. The book of Proverbs is a guide to living well or wisely in God's universe. It is filled with short sayings and longer poems which teach moral values. Proverbs divides actions into God's idea of good and bad. The teachings form a moral compass to live by.

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I Felt Horrible - Accepting Help When You Need It

I had a humbling experience at the gym that taught me a valuable lesson.  On the second level of our city rec center/gym, there are several rooms surrounded by a track.  Two of the rooms are a cardio room with treadmills, elliptical​s​, ​e​xercycle​s​ and other similar equipment and the weight room with ​a variety of weight machines and free weights. Both of these rooms are enclosed by chain-link fences so it's easy to see people as they run the track or go to any of the other rooms on that floor.

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Understanding Julian Dates

If you're new to the food storage world, you may be a bit confused about expiration dates and Julian dates, the string of numbers you see on some MREs and  #10 cans. These numbers represent the manufacturer's Julian dates.  While initially this system can seem confusing, there's an easy way to decipher these numbers.

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I Offended Santa - How Do You Plan For the Unknown?

I'm not one for surprises and patience is unfortunately not my strong suite.  I like to know all the details and inside story right now.  It goes back to my youth; I discovered where my mom would hide the Christmas presents and when she would go to the store, I would open my presents to see what I was getting.  There were times that my brother and I not only opened the presents, but would play with the toys and then wrap them back up before my mom got home.  I look back on that now and feel really crumby about it and I'm sure I offended Santa.  Nevertheless, it's still hard for me to be patient and wait for the answers.

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The Importance of Protein in Your Food Storage

I was on one of my many health kicks a couple of years ago where I decided to try the vegetarian lifestyle.  I had read many articles about the health benefits of removing meat from one’s diet and added a few YouTube videos to the mix that seemed to confirm this style of eating.  I must admit, it was very hard to keep an open mind as I reviewed much of this info because I felt like I would be joining some type of a cult if I personally embraced the often emotionally presented beliefs of vegetarianism.

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I Called the Police!

I had a conversation with a good friend that I will never forget and I know the experience is forever seared into his brain in a very painful way.  It all started when he fell in love with a beautiful gal; let’s call her Jen (the names have been changed to protect the innocent).  She was everything he had ever hoped for.  He got up the courage and popped the question and to his delight, she said yes.  He wanted to give her the biggest diamond he could afford as a token of just how much she meant to him.  Then just eight years later, things got really ugly.

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Ideal Conditions for Food Storage

Starting your emergency food storage can be a daunting endeavor. We get it. Figuring out how much food to store can be overwhelming. Not to mention, what kinds of food do you want to store? What kinds should you store? Even more so, when you get that food home, where are you going to put it? Are there ideal conditions for food storage?

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No! Say it’s Not So!

My day started out just great - the sun was shining, the temperature's warming up and spring is right around the corner.  The fact that it's Friday (who doesn't love Fridays) and anticipating a date night with my wife, it was just the kind of day I'd like to repeat every day.  Then out of the blue, it all got ugly.  I made the fatal error of reading the news.  Most of it was the same old, same old but one article jumped right out at me and slapped me in the face; "Study: Bacon Linked To Causing Cancer."

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Would You Eat This?

My father served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War.  He had many exciting stories of serving in the military and as kids, we would love to gather in my parent’s bedroom, wrestle and play king of the hill on the bed, have my dad read to us and tell us stories of serving his country.  My father was a very patriotic man, loved parades and found it easy to shed a tear singing the national anthem.

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War-Torn Germany – How Did This Boy Survive?

A number of years ago, I had the memorable experience of listening to an order German man, Hans Bauer relate his experience of living in war-torn Germany in the early 40’s and what it was like to experience having one’s life turned completely upside down without warning.  The things he and his family experienced were never considered before the war, never taught by his family or in school and came completely unexpected.  His family was far from prepared (if it’s ever possible to be completely prepare for the horrors of war) and were thrown into survival mode with no idea how to do just that – survive.

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The Good Samaritan

The parable of The Good Samaritan can be found in Luke chapter 10 in the New Testament in the Bible. It is the story of a man on his way to Jerico. Along the way, he was set upon by robbers. He was robbed and beaten and left for dead. Several people passed the poor injured soul. A priest and a Levite passed the man and did nothing. A Samaritan came along and saw the injured man. He dressed the man's wounds, gave him water, took him to a safe place to recover, and paid for his treatment.

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An Ounce of Prevention

I spent several hours in a hospital with my daughter the other day.  She had fractured her ankle in two places in a freak accident.  She initially thought it was just a bad sprain but after insisting she get it looked at, she let me take her to an InstaCare facility where they x-rayed her ankle and found out the severity of the injury.  It was determined she needed surgery where several screws would be placed in two of her ankle bones to assure the healing process would proceed correctly.

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DIY Water Filter

Access to clean drinking water is vital to survival. During a crisis, freshwater stores may be limited. Charcoal water filters have been used since the Ancient Egyptians. They work by absorption, negatively charged ion in contaminants are attracted to the positive ions in the charcoal. The contaminants are then trapped in the charcoal thereby cleaning the water.

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Why is BPA Dangerous in Water Storage?

You've probably seen "BPA Free" on many of the plastic bottles at your local grocery store. You might be wondering what is BPA and does it matter if the products you buy are BPA free or not. The research is divided on how harmful BPA is, but researchers do agree that BPA does leach into food and water stored in containers made with BPA.

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DIY 72-Hour Kit

The first three days after a disaster are the most important. Emergency officials might not be able to reach you for the first few days. A 72-hour kit should contain your go-to emergency supplies.  At a minimum, your 72-hour kit should have enough food and water for at least three days, more if space and budget allow. Take a backpack and fill it with bottles of water, granola bars, trail mix, etc. The food should be high in calories, no low calory diet bars here. Items should be lightweight. Canned goods are great, but carrying a heavy bag be trying after a while. Heavy bags will be difficult for children to carry as well.

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Do You Have Enough Oil for Your Lamp?

The parable of the ten virgins can be found in Matthew chapter 25 in the New Testament of the Bible. It is the story of ten young girls on there way to meet the bridegroom. Unsure of when he would come, they must wait throughout the dark night. Five of the wise ladies prepared in advance by gathering oil for their lamp so that they would last all night long. The other five girls didn't think to prepare in advance. When the bridegroom finally arrived the five prepared women were able to join the party without any problems. The five foolish unprepared women begged the others to share, but there wasn't enough for everyone. So they were forced to rush to the shops to try and buy oil for their lamps. Due to the big party, all the shops were sold out and they were unable to purchase any oil to light their lamps. They arrived late to the party and were denied entrance.

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DIY First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first-aid kit can be a real lifesaver. An organized kit is the key to fast and effective treatment. Your first-aid kit shouldn't just be some bandages thrown into a bag. It will be a pain to find what you need during a real emergency. A good first-aid kit should be separated into categories so you can quickly and efficiently find what you are looking for. Minutes matter in a life and death situation.

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Water Storage--How Much Do You Need?

The human body is 65 percent water. Water is essential to life as we know it. Water carries nutrients and hormone through the body, regulates body temperature, lubricates our eyes, and cushions joints. After 1 to 2 day without water, the brain literally starts to shrink. Researchers found that the same task will take a dehydrated person twice as long to complete as a hydrated person. After 3 to 5 days without water, organs and brain functions will shut down.

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

I had a really motivational and inspiring experience at the gym recently.  Yes, this is one of my New Year’s goals (kind of the same ones I set every year) – to get in better shape and lose weight.  Now I know there are those who know me will stop me right here and say, “Wait, did you say you were at the gym?  I never would have guessed!”  The truth hurts but I’m not giving up on my dream of someday, someone saying to me, “Dude, do you like live at the gym?  You look awesome!”  I can dream, can’t I?

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DIY Can Food Storage Rotation

A good rotating food storage system is one of the best ways to save time, money, and possibly help you in an emergency situation. Think about how much waste happens when your storage room is disorganized. Food gets pushed to the back of shelving, sometimes expiring before you get to it again. You don't know what food you have or where you put it.  There are so many benefits to having your food storage organized. Even better, building a system is not difficult at all.

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DIY Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater harvesting has been used since Ancient Rome. Water one of the most valuable resources we have. It is estimated that the average person wastes about 30 gallons of water each day. A rainwater collection system could reduce your household water use by a third simply by collecting rain from the roof. A rain collection system could supply your home with an extra 4500 gallons of water in the Utah Desert, and even more in wetter climates.

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How to Store Water Properly

According to a 2012 poll of US adults, 53 percent do not have a minimum 3 day supply of non-perishable food or water. That is a scary number of unprepared families. Survival during a crisis will be very difficult without food and more importantly water. After about 3 days without water, your brain will begin to shrink and organs will start to shut down.

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What’s More Important – Calories, Meals, Servings, or Serving Size?

The quick answer is "yes" to all of them – it's important to consider calories, meals, servings, and serving size when planning your food storage.  The longer answer is, some are more important than others.  Unfortunately, there are food storage companies that will be less than forthcoming with some of this data because it may shed some negative light on the products they are selling.

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A Sense of Fear and Urgency About Preparing

I took a call from a woman this morning who felt she had put off preparing for far too long and had a foreboding feeling that if she didn’t do something right away, it may be too late.  She felt like the perfect storm of potential catastrophic events was quickly forming and it wouldn’t be long before she would need to rely on her food storage.  Indeed, these are feelings and emotions that an ever increasing number of people are experiencing and I hear these concerns from individuals across the country almost every day.

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What Is TVP?

Protein is the most expensive part of your food storage.  At the same time, it's an important addition to keep you and your family healthy. While true freeze-dried meat is the best base for your protein storage, some people use TVP to supplement their protein.

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Prepare Your Family For an Emergency

Unthinkable emergencies can happen at any time to anybody. These can already be high-stress situations. However, if you have a family with small children, it can be even more stressful. There are, however, ways to prepare now to minimize the stress later.  Here are a few ideas to help your family be better prepared for an emergency.

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What Should Your Bug-Out Bag Have?

Bug-out bag, 72-hour kit, emergency pack. Whatever you want to call it, you shouldn't ignore the importance of having one.  While you'd like to fit your whole emergency storage in it, you're limited to space and weight.  Here's a step-by-step process to help you build the perfect 72-hour kit. Items are listed in order of importance in each category.

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Combating Food Prices with Freeze-Dried Food Storage

If you're looking for a way to save money amid rising food prices, you might have to take matters in your own hands and find a food solution that fits within your budget. The sad truth of the matter is that food prices will continue to rise throughout this year. The biggest reason for this is the California drought, which has destroyed many crops and forced farmers to make hard decisions. Almonds, in particular, have taken a beating, but other California crops, like kiwis, raisins, grapes, olives, and pistachios, are expected to rise in price as well. One paleoclimatologist has called this year the driest one for California since 1580. Fruit tree damage in the Midwest and poor growing conditions elsewhere have also been blamed for rising prices.

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What Can You Do to Protect Yourself from the MERS Virus?

masked dude On May 16th, the CDC reported the first instance of the MERS virus spreading from human to human in the United States. This wasn't the first reported incident of the MERS virus in the United States, but the first that was contracted from another patient. The newest case was an Illinois man who had previous contact with the first man, an Indiana man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia for work as a healthcare worker. Officials report that the virus spread from one to the other during a forty minute business meeting that took place before the Indiana man grew ill and become hospitalized. At the time of the writing of this article, the Illinois man appears to have recovered and is resting comfortably. Although this is fantastic news, it is frightening to imagine it happening to yourself or a loved one. The MERS virus is a very serious respiratory illness that originated two years ago in the Middle East. Health officials confirm that the virus originated from camels but aren't sure how it spread to humans. So far, the virus has inflicted 600 people. Of those 600, 175 people have died. That's nearly thirty percent. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It's in the same family of viruses as the cold and the more severe SARS virus. The reason for the high number of deaths is that there isn't a known cure for the virus. All of this is scary stuff, to be sure, so what can you do to protect you and your family from this oft-deadly virus? Although, there hasn't been an outbreak in the United States just yet, the potential is out there. We simply don't know enough about MERS yet to be sure. Therefore, it's up to you to prepare. This includes taking care of yourself to keep your immunity system strong, recognizing symptoms in people so you can avoid them, and readying your family for a possible extended stay indoors by stocking the right supplies. Daily Bread is your long-term food supplier, providing high quality food storage products to people in need of emergency food storage. Our food products offer the best value on the dollar, lasting 25 years. You will have peace of mind knowing that you will be ready if an outbreak does occur. In addition, the food tastes good too. Unlike other emergency food storage providers, we have real meats and cheeses. All of our freeze-dried lunch/dinner entrees can be prepared by just adding water. For more information about how we can help you stay prepared for any disaster, please contact us today! Image: Shutterstock

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