I always wondered what the pioneers used to do when there were no toilet paper, tissues, milk, eggs, and what we use daily. Also, what did people do during the great depression? So many questions have been popping up with the coronavirus traveling around the world. So many people are panicking and worried about what is going to happen.

Make sure to minimize everything you are using. Especially paper products. Make sure to limit how many you use each day. (Do the math) How many paper towels individually do you have? and how many rolls do you have? Then see how many you can use each day. Once you run out to make sure to stock up about 5-10 days before you run out. By doing the math you will know what day you will need to go back to the store and research accordingly.

This article will include tons of recipes to help you get by, as well as alternative ideas. Get creative by buying in bulk online from many different distributors. Or call your local stores to see what the best time would be to come in and shop and when approximately they will get something in. Note that an abundance of calls come in daily wanting to know when a product will be in so it is best to come in early in the morning to find it or to talk to the third shift manager or team members.

Just about everyone is panicking but take a deep breath and take a good look at your self and ask are you physically ok? How are you feeling? Are you sick? If you are healthy, then fantastic! Then you can continue being healthy by taking the necessary steps. If you are sick with whatever, then quarantine your self for 14 days, just to keep yourself and others safe, and sanitize thoroughly and wash your clothes every day.

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS NO TOILET PAPER

There are several things you can do once there is no more toilet paper. It’s crazy how everything is disappearing in stores and you are left with almost nothing. Once toilet paper is completely out trying these ideas.

  1. Kleenex- Remember to throw in the trash
  2. Baby wipes- Remember to throw in the trash
  3. Paper Towels- Remember to throw in the trash

 

After all Paper Products are Completely Gone What do you do Next?

This is where you have to get really creative, but it works! 

  1. Buy a Badet- See picture above, it hooks to the toilet to spray yourself you can get it heated or just use the cold water. 
  2. Use a shampoo or a plastic bottle to squeeze- Fill it up with warm water and spray your self.
  3. Buy a Douche Kit- Fill it up with warm water and spray your self. 

NO MORE LAUNDRY OR FABRIC SOFTENER?

The stores near me are literally almost completely out of everything. I luckily bought a ton of items to make homemade laundry detergent for an upcoming article I was doing. You have to think outside the box and do what you have to in order to get by. If you have to go to multiple stores to gather your items then do that. If you play it right you can make a year supply of detergents. 

DRY LAUNDRY DETERGENT RECIPE

(Links go to Wellness mamas website)

You will need the following: 1 Box of Washing Soda (Make your own if none is available), 1 Box of Borax, 1 Box of Baking Soda, 2 bars of Nappa Soap. (Other bars of soap to make and use) If you want you can add 1-5oz  box of Oxi Clean. (Add essential oils to make it smell good)

Instructions:

Take the bars of soap and grate them or put them in a blender and blend them make sure to add some washing soda so nothing sticks together. Make sure the soap is grated very finely. It looks like minced garlic for example.

Next in a double-lined trash bag (Put two trash bags inside of one another) Add in all the boxes and the soap and mix up really good.

Once everything is mixed together put in a large glass dish or something to store it in.

Use a 1/4 C per regular load  (I LOVE THIS RECIPE AND USE IT EVERY DAY)

LAUNDRY DETERGENT TABLETS

Take the recipe above use a cup of all the dry ingredients and half the Nappa soap add a little water mix everything together and put in an ice cube tray or something with cool shapes.

You can put these right in the washer with the clothes. Store these in a nice glass jar. I ended up not having any so I put them in a plastic bag.

LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT

  1. Grate one bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into a 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

The recipe came from www.wellnessmama.com

FABRIC SOFTENER

(I love using this recipe, but make sure you shake it up before each use because of separation)

INGREDIENTS: 

5 cups hot water, 3 cups vinegar, 1 cup hair conditioner

DIRECTIONS:

Mix hot water and conditioner together in medium bowl. (The hot water helps smooth any clumps from the conditioner). Mix in vinegar and pour in the container of choice.  (I use a recycled orange juice plastic container). Use the same amount as you would a store-bought softener and add to the regular softener spot in your washer or during the rinse cycle. Note: I used a cheap conditioner from the dollar store. The higher quality conditioners don’t make a difference.

FABRIC SOFTENER

INGREDIENTS: 

6 cups vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, 15 drops essential oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Pour the vinegar into a large bowl. Add your essential oil, if using. I chose to use lavender. Add your baking soda. When fizz has settled, pour into a storage container of choice. Use up to 1 cup (depending on load size) per load. I poured mine right into the regular fabric softener location. Note: Prior to adding the baking soda, the oil sat on top of the vinegar. After pouring in the baking soda and letting it dissolve, the oil no longer sat at the top. Wallah! I had no issues with any oil spots on my clothes.

DRYER SHEETS

Use the fabric softener recipe above and dip washcloths in and hang to dry. You can use these multiple times. (This is by far my favorite one, I use this every day)

DRYER SHEETS

INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup of distilled white vinegar, 20-30 Drops of Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS: Add in scraps of cloth or washcloths dampen each one and then let it sit and dry.

what to do when there are no more ingredients left

When all else fails and there are no longer any products at the store to make your own. Go to conditioner, shampoos and body washes.  For HE washers I would dilute everything and then once a month wash your washer with distilled vinegar, or if you have the cleaning tablets made for your washer. 

DON’T HAVE ANY MORE DISH OR HAND SOAPS?

DISH WASHER DETERGENT

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 cups washing soda or baking soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt or Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 15-20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon. (The addition of the vinegar will cause a little fizzing, but not much.) Once all the ingredients are well combined, you will notice it actually will start clumping all by itself.

Put in an ice cube tray or in a silicone tray. pack down really hard. Let it dry for a good day or two before using it.

Put vinegar either in a bowl at the bottom of your dishwasher or put it in where the rinse part is. 

DISHWASHER DETERGENT

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Use 1 Tbsp per load

HAND SANITIZER SPRAY

Ingredients: Recipe from live simply

  1. 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin 
  2. 20 drops tea tree essential oil 
  3. 10 drops spruce essential oil 
  4. 6 drops lemon essential oil 
  5. 3-4 TB 190 proof vodka (alcohol) or at least 120 proof alcohol or 70% or higher isopropyl rubbing alcohol 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the glycerin and essential oils to a 2-ounce glass spray bottle. Add the alcohol until the bottle is almost full. Place the cap on the bottle and shake well to combine the ingredients.

To Use:

  1. Gently shake the bottle. Spray liberally on hands and rub together until dry.

HAND SANITIZER

INGREDIENTS:

Aloe Vera, Alcohol 99% or the least 70%

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the two ingredients together very well and then place inside a pump or spray bottle.

LIQUID HAND SOAP

INGREDIENTS: 

  • (8) 1oz bar of soap, grated (or an equivalent amount)
  • 2 tablespoons glycerine
  • 1 gallon distilled water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you’ll do is grate the soap
  2. Pour the gallon of distilled water into a large pot and place it on your stovetop to warm up. You don’t want it to be boiling hot, but it needs to be warm enough to dissolve the soap.
  3. Once the water has heated through, dump the grated soap in and stir. Keep stirring until the soap has dissolved into the water, and then mix in the glycerin.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large container and let it sit overnight.
  5. The next morning, you’ll want to whisk it up a bit, because it will have thickened quite a bit overnight. I like to use my stand mixer for this step.
  6. Finally, transfer the finished hand soap into a soap dispenser.

NO MORE CLEANING SUPPLIES LEFT?

LYSOL WIPES

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from living on dime 

1 cup of water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn)
2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)
24 rags – cut into squares. (I cut them to about 4×6 inches but whatever size you have available or whichever size you need will work. I also use old washrags that have seen better days.)

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the ingredients and pour over the rags.* Then, when you need to clean your bathroom, use them as you would the disposable Clorox wipes.

DISINFECTANT SPRAY

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from one essential community

  1. At least 70%+ isopropyl alcohol
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
  3.  Add the following essential oils30 drops tea tree essential oil15 drops lemon essential oil

    15 drops lavender essential oil

    15 drops eucalyptus essential oil

  4. Put on spray top and shake to mix well
  5. Add a label

DIRECTIONS: Follow in order mixing everything together.

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DISINFECTANT SPRAY

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from tips bulletin

  • 1 ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Vodka
  • 15 Drops Peppermint or Lemon Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS:

Pour the peppermint oil and all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake to ensure they’re combined. Spray on any surface and let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the disinfectant properties to do their work. Wipe the spray clean using a microfiber cloth.

TOILET BOWL SCRUB

INGREDIENTS: recipe from one good thing by jillie

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup baking soda
  •  1/3 cup borax
  • 1/3 cup Castile soap  
  • 25 drops essential oils  

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat the water using your stove or microwave until it’s warm. (Starting with warm water just makes for easier mixing.)
  • Add the baking soda and borax to the warm water, then stir until the powder is dissolved.
  • Let the solution sit for a few minutes to cool, then pour it into a squeeze bottle.
  • Slowly add the castile soap and essential oils to the bottle, replace the cap, and shake gently to mix.
  • Use the squeeze bottle to apply your homemade toilet cleaner to the sides of your toilet bowl. Let it sit there for 5 minutes or so, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush!

NO MORE SHAMPOO OR CONDITIONER LEFT?

SHAMPOO RECIPE

INGREDIENTS : Recipe from wellness mama

  • ¼ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
  • ¼ cup castile soap 
  • 20 drops essential oils  (such as peppermint, lavender, rosemary, or orange)

INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Combine all the ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar. Pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add ¼ cup of distilled water.
    • Shake well to mix
    • Keep in the shower for up to a month.
    • Shake before each use and use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.

Notes

  • If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream.
  • Some people find that a 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water used as a rinse helps get hair cleaner and increases shine.

CONDITIONER

INGREDIENTS:

Take one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon honey, one tablespoon lemon juice, two tablespoons of curd and one teaspoon of rose water. Mix all of them well.

DIRECTIONS:

Apply them on your shampooed hair. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off with running water.

Coconut oil not only helps your hair become smooth and soft but also helps in making your hair grow longer and thicker. The essential minerals and fatty acids in coconut oil nourish the scalp well.

WHAT TO MAKE WHEN THERE IS NO MORE DAILY FOODS AVAILIBLE

For example no more bread, bakery sugary items, healthy bakery items and so much more. 

STORES ALL OUT OF BREAD?

You can make all types of bread. It seems harder than it really is. We now have internet or special devices to help measure our liquids or dry goods. Here are some of my favorite bread recipes from the Bread Bible Book.

 

BASIC SOFT WHITE SANDWICH LOAF

I absolutely love this recipe it tastes amazing! Takes a while to make but well worth it!

INDIAN POUND CAKE 1827

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from food52

  • 2 cups fine-ground cornmeal or cornflour (the fine grind is important; do not substitute)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 small nutmeg, grated (or 2 teaspoons ground)
  • 8 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Generously butter a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan and line with a buttered parchment paper sling.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Crack all 8 eggs into a separate medium bowl and gently whisk them together. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and lighter in color, about 3 minutes.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl then, with the mixer running on low speed, add in half of the flour-nutmeg mixture. When mostly combined, stream in half the whisked eggs. Beat for 30 seconds. Keep the mixer on low and repeat with the remaining flour-nutmeg mix and eggs. Once everything has been incorporated, turn the mixer to medium speed and beat for 3 minutes. The mixture should be fluffy and light.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. It will fill it nearly to the top, but should not rise much in the oven. Just in case, set the loaf pan on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, tenting the top with foil for the last 30 minutes to preventing burning. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then use the sling to remove the cake and place on the rack to cool completely.

CORNBREAD RECIPE FROM 1796 –Amelia Simmons 

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from savoring the past

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Molasses
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 3 cups Cornmeal
  • ½ cup Wheat Flour

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place your milk in a saucepan over low heat to scald. To it, add the butter, molasses, and salt, and stir well.
  • In a separate bowl, mix three cups of cornmeal and half a cup of wheat flour. After the milk is heated, add it to the cornmeal and mix it well.

    Now you can cook it in two different ways.

  • You can pour it into an already greased pie pan and bake it. When it’s done in this method, it’s called a common loaf. Preheat your oven to about 375 degrees and cook for about a half an hour in this way.
  • You can also make up some journey cakes or Johnny cakes. Just form up some patties, about a half an inch thick or so and three or four inches around, and then fry them in a pan. If we’re going to use these as journey cakes, take them with us in a haversack, we want to cook them dry without any oil or butter in the pan.
  • If you’re going to eat them right away, you can use butter or grease in your pan and they are really tasty.
  • Laborers and slaves would bake these cakes on their hoes right over an open fire, thus the name hoecakes. They could also be baked on a bannock board right before the fire.

BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from just a pinch

  • 3 c flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 c lard
  • 1 c buttermilk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut in the lard, until the mixture looks like meal. Stir in buttermilk. If the dough is not pliable, add just enough buttermilk to make a soft, puffy dough that is easy to roll out. Knead dough on lightly floured board about one to two minutes or 25 to 30 times. Roll out dough to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter, or use a glass of the right size. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 450-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. *** I don’t use LARD. I use either Butter Flavored Crisco or Margarine.

    The Pioneers cooked them a bit differently as there were no modern ovens on the trail… They made make-shift ovens that were sitting on coals of the campfire and more coals on top to get a hot oven effect. They also spent a lot of time baking as the ovens were small. They also sometimes made them in a skillet or a heavy pot with a lid (Dutch Oven)with coals under and about 12 – 15 on top.

OLD FASHIONED SOFT AND BUTTERY YEAST ROLLS

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from Just a pinch

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (equals 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/4 c warm water
  • 1/3 c white, granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c hot milk
  • egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 c sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing rolls)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Sprinkle yeast over very warm water in a large bowl. Stir until yeast dissolves. Leave to foam for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar, the 1/4 cup butter, and salt to hot milk and stir until sugar dissolves and butter is melted. Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees.
  3. Add milk mixture to yeast and then mix in the egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Use some of the remaining 1/2 cup flour to dust a pastry cloth.
  4. Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes. Use remaining flour for flouring pastry cloth and your hands.
  5. Place dough in a warm, buttered bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth. The dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring hands, otherwise, rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be.
  7. With a large knife, cut dough ball into four (4) pieces. Cut each piece into four (4) more pieces OR simply pinch off small chunks of dough and roll into round balls about 1 3/4 inches in diameter. As you roll into balls, pull sides down and under to shape the roll. Place bottom side down in neat rows, not quite touching, in well-buttered 13 X 9 X 2-inch pan.
  8. Cover rolls and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk; 30 – 45 minutes. When doubled in bulk, brush tops with melted butter and bake in 375 degrees F oven for 18 – 20 minutes or until nicely browned. My oven runs hot so I usually bake @ 325 so tops do not brown before rolls are done inside. Adjust your oven temp accordingly.
  9. If desired, brush (or bathe!) rolls in more melted butter when they are hot. The butter will sizzle down sides and bottom of rolls for a buttery soft crust.

POTATO CAKES

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from Homesteading.com

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and peel potatoes before grating them.
  2. Combine with salt, milk, eggs, and flour.
  3. Pour spoonfuls of the mixture into a hot pan with melted shortening.
  4. Cook the cakes until done and golden brown on both sides.

JOHNY CAKE

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Beat eggs, then add buttermilk and molasses.
  2. Mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Add butter.
  4. Bake the cake mixture in a dutch oven until done.

MOLASSES STACK CAKE

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk and shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon (for sprinkling)
  • Nutmeg (for sprinkling)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the buttermilk and shortening mixture, egg, molasses, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  3. Add a lavish sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add flour to the mixture, mix well, and then roll the dough thin.
  5. Form into circles and place on greased cookie sheets or a baking dish.
  6. Bake until golden brown.

LACEY-EDGED CORN PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat or lard

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix the white cornmeal, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Add an egg and the buttermilk to make the batter.
  3. Melt the lard or bacon fat in a hot cast-iron skillet then set aside.
  4. Wait for the shortening to smoke before pouring tablespoonfuls of batter.
  5. Give each batter a distance of 6 inches in the pan to cook evenly.

SWISS APPLE CHERRY PIE

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 4 large apples
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Cherries
  • Butter, melted
  • Evaporated milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the large cooking apples by slicing them thinly.
  2. Make double-crust pie pastry.
  3. Melt butter and brush the bottom of the pastry shell with it.
  4. Lay apple slices on the pastry shell.
  5. Mix sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  6. Sprinkle some of the dry ingredients over the first layer of apples.
  7. Take fresh or canned cherries and make another layer with them.
  8. Sprinkle with the dry ingredients.
  9. Continue layering and top with the melted butter.
  10. Add top crust and brush with evaporated milk.
  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 425°F.

101 YEAR OLD PASTRY

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 1 cup shortening or lard
  • Salt
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut a cup of shortening or lard into salt and flour.
  2. Beat egg in 1 1/2 measure cup.
  3. Add in the vinegar and then fill it with cold water.
  4. Slowly pour in enough liquid to fill half of the cup of sifted flour.
  5. Reserve the rest of the liquid for your next batch.
  6. Avoid kneading the dough too much.
  7. Roll the dough to make the pastry.

SODA BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from homesteading.com

  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Take a large bowl and fill it with flour.
  3. Then, proceed to scoop in one tablespoon of milk at a time until the dough turns stiff. Set aside.
  4. Get a separate bowl where you can dissolve the baking soda in a tablespoon of milk. Afterward, pour it into the stiff dough mixture.
  5. Roll the dough out until it turns into a fine, thin layer.
  6. Cut circles using a cookie cutter and then bake them in an oven for 15 minutes until the edges turn brown.

EMERGENCY SURVIVAL BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS: Recipe from

  • 3 Cups Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 Cup of water

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix all ingredients with your hands
  • Put flour on the table to roll out the dough
  • Roll out until a quarter-inch thick.
  • Square off the dough
  • Cut biscuits 3X3
  • Poke holes into the biscuit with a fork all over
  • Preheat 375 and bake for 30 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake for another 30 minutes.
  • These will last for years if stored properly. For example, vacuum-sealed.
  • They can withstand high temperatures

WARNING: They are very hard and crunchy 

This can be used as a gravy thickener, dip in a cup of tea, mix in with eggs, etc. 

No one knows how long exactly the coronavirus will affect the world. But some things you can do to help out will be to grow some of your own food. If you are in an apartment with mo balcony, or it is dark with no windows. Don’t worry you can still grow a garden. I used pots, with trellises and grow lights. The money I didn’t use on produce at the store paid for my electric bill. If you have a well-lit apartment but no balcony you can build a table out of scrap wood. Nothing fancy just something to hold pots on.

You can also buy window boxes to put plants in for the vegetables or herbs that need shade and very little sunlight. Help out your local greenhouse by buying some local plants at a nursery such as cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, green onions, carrots, snap peas, green beans, lettuce, chives, cilantro, basil, and parsley. You don’t need to plant that many to grow a nice crop to live off of for the summer and fall. 

SURVIVAL ITEMS TO KEEP ON HAND 

  • Blankets
  • Candles
  • Wood
  • Paper to start a fire with
  • Oil Lamps
  • Coats
  • Bottled Water
  • Lighters
  • Pillows
  • Flash Lights
  • Matches
  • Rain Boots
  • Umbrella
  • Batteries
  • Non-Parishable Food

These are some items that I keep on hand in the closet and in the garage. 

It is very important to keep an emergency kit for any weather. 

Taken directly from red cross site follow this link to there website.

What Do You Need In A Survival Kit?

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
 
  1. Water:one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  2. Food: non-perishable, easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2- week supply for home)
  3. Flashlight
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio(NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  5. Extra batteries (You can find these items in the Red Cross Store)
  6. Deluxe family first aid kit
  7. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  11. Cell phone with chargers (You can find this item located in the Red Cross Store
  12. Family and emergency contact information
  13. Extra cash
  14. Emergency blanket
  15. Map(s) of the area

 

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

 

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Being prepared for any type of disaster only helps you stay alive. But we must be cautious about how much we are buying. We don’t want to hoard 50 large bundles of toilet paper, 10 loaves of bread and so on. We need to be considerate of others. Help others buy for those who cannot go out. Buy for your neighbors, friends, strangers, special needs, those with medical conditions, those in wheelchairs, etc. Remember the saying it takes a village to raise a child? Well, now it takes a village support and helps one another to stay alive. So let’s do everything we can to help each other out. 

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