Being Prepared for storms and severe weather has been one of my ongoing themes since I started this blog. Living in the South, I have experienced 4 hurricanes whiles living in Central Florida (all in 2004) and more tornadoes than I care to remember, along with ice storms, snow storms and ferocious thunder storms with straight line winds and hail. Life in the South is not calm when the seasons change, during hurricane season (June 1st- Dec 1st), and any time cold air runs into warmer. moist from the Gulf.
Being prepared for these weather events along with fires and earthquakes just makes sense. However, lately there has been lots of talk about storms on the sun causing problems with our power grid and such. So that has brought to mind again the need for being ready for any major event in our area that might knock-out the power for a few days or even weeks. The tornadoes of 2011 brought close to home the sad fact that power lines, water and gas lines are all fragile when it comes to the strong influences of nature.
Naturally, I want to be as ready for the next event as anyone else. And that realization that the power grid might be in danger from the actions of the sun, made me realize even more that being prepared is a prudent idea. Among the items that I intend to add to my small stash of food items are canisters and packets of Shaklee’s Cinch Shake Mixes and canisters of Shaklee’s Instant Protein.
The Cinch Shakesare a full meal replacement, low glycemic, with 24 grams of protein when mixed
with milk or soy milk and 23 vitamins and minerals. What I like about the Cinch shakes and the Instant Protein is that they can be mixed with water just as well as milk. Since the shake mixes and Instant Protein are lactose free, they are great for everyone in the family. I often add an additional scoop of the Instant Protein to give me an extra boost on those long, busy mornings when lunch might be delayed.
Another good thing with the Cinch Shakes is they are either non-GMO soy protein or whey protein, your choice. Natural flavors, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners. Also, the canisters are sealed, dated with an expiration date and are 15 servings per canister.
Once you have finished the shakes, you can then reuse the canister for storing other items. I use them in my pantry for rice and noodles. The labels peel off easily, and then I add my own so I know which canister is holding what! If you have children, the canisters would be great for holding small toys like Lego’s, crayons, doll clothes and such.
To go along with the Cinch Shakes there are Meal-in-a-Bar meal replacement bars as well as snack bars. The Meal-in-a-Bars are again full meal replacements, easy to store and great to eat! So follow this link to learn more about the Shaklee Cinch Shakes, Cinch Meal-in-a-Bar, Instant Protein and more. Having good, nutritious foods to eat in for survival is important. Knowing that your family has good tasty options in time of stress is comforting. So plan ahead, stock-up on enough Cinch for a few days or a week or more. Rotate your supply each week, keeping the stored emergency Cinch as fresh as possible!
To go along with the Cinch Shakes, etc, I am adding another bottle Shaklee’s Basic H2 Super Organic Cleaning Concentrate to my next order. I use Basic H2 each day for washing dishes, cleaning counter tops, cleaning up after the cats and more. Since it is so concentrated, a 16 ounce or 32 ounce bottle will last for a really long time normally. However, in an emergency situation where hot water and general cleanliness might be harder to keep, the larger the bottle of Basic H2 the better. Remember to also add some of the spray bottles so you can dilute the Basic H2 for dishes, windows, general cleaning and de-greasing.
I am adding another bottle of Shaklee’s Basic G Concentrated Germicide for those extra dirty days of having to keep things clean in difficult conditions. Basic G not only is a germicide it also cleans as it gets rid of germs. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can wreak havoc on your family’s health and safety. Used as directed, Basic-G tackles over 40 of these pesky microbes, including several animal viruses. That makes it an excellent choice for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or pet area. In addition to being economical – one quart makes up to 64 gallons – it’s also EPA registered.
For ease and convenience during a disaster, both Shaklee’s Basic H2 and Basic G come in handy to use wipes. Tuck a few of these in your emergency kits along with the larger concentrate bottles. The convenient bio-degradable wipes will be easy to use on small jobs, making life a little easier.
Thinking about being without power for a few weeks as well as the possibility of not having access to grocery stores, banks or gas stations drives home the need to keep on top of what is stored at home. When the first hurricane hit in 2004, Charlie it was named, the area around me was without power for week or longer, in August! I was lucky that my power came back on in about 24 hours since I lived between 2 hospitals and power was restored to them quickly. Gas stations were without power as were the grocery stores and banks for a while. Therefore, think ahead, keep the gas tank of the car as near to full as possible, keep some cash in a household safe, and fill-up the larder with Shaklee’s great products, some nuts, water, pet food, first aid kit, solar powered flashlights, solar powered radios, (alternative power radios & lights from C Crane are great!) and anything else that comes to mind! Preparation is necessary.