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Answering Your Questions: Emergency Cooking Supplies

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In response to our 72-Hour Kit Challenge one reader asked:  “What kind of stove and cookware will you be using?”

Daja and I are keeping the cooking supplies really simple.  Both of our families are well stocked with camping supplies, both for tent camping and in trailers (glamping).  We have these items in an easily accessible area of each of our garages.

This is what I have collected over the years…

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This is a spacious two burner stove we purchased at Costco for around $150.  Each burner puts out a serious 30,000 BTU’s.  We keep a 20lb (standard BBQ) propane tank full and ready for whenever we need it.  (A handy tip...  Most U-Haul locations will top-off your propane tank and only charge you for what they fill instead of the full replacement cost of the tanks you can get at most exchange locations.)

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This is our standard Coleman two-burner folding camp stove.  This is a table-top version and uses a 16.4oz propane fuel cylinder.  (Another handy tip… you can buy an adapter at Harbor Freight to fill the 16.4oz cylinders using your 20lb tank instead of purchasing new cylinders every time.)

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This last little number is a portable gas cooker you can pick up  for less than $20.  This stove uses butane canisters and typically comes with it’s own carrying case.  I especially like using this when I’m canning.  I set it up on an outdoor table and keep the heat out of my kitchen.

(Linked to Farm Girl FridayFarm Fun Friday, Small Footprint Friday and Simply Natural Saturdays)

In response to our 72-Hour Kit Challenge one reader asked:  “What kind of stove and cookware will you be using?” Daja and I are keeping the cooking supplies really simple.  Both of our families are well stocked with camping supplies, both for tent camping and in trailers (glamping).  We have these items in an easily […]

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Answering Your Questions: Preparedness

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Q.  Andrea asked, “What I’ve always wondered is if we had a true disaster like a tornado, all my water & stores of food & flashlights & probably even the (anchored down) generator itself, would all go up in the funnel & land in the next county before we hardly knew what hit us. You’ve seen people going through the rubble after a tornado.  There’s no way gallons of water or cupboards filled with food stores could survive that.  So I’ve always wondered…. why go to the extent of all that preparedness, if it’s going to be sucked up like Dorothy of Oz anyway? You know what I mean?”

Read our interview with Kelly Crawford who survived a tornado and shares the lessons she learned.

Read our interview with Kelly Crawford who survived a tornado and shares the lessons she learned.

A. Excellent question, Andrea!  Thank you for being so bold to ask!  

I think what makes this site unique is that we are not preparing only for the end of the world, the proverbial zombie Apocalypse, but also for “life’s happenings.” Sure, we might have to face “The Big One” in our lifetime. But for sure we will have to deal with things like the Santa Ana winds knocking at our power for a week, gas and food shortages, etc.  In California at least, we have had to deal with these things in the past year.

I think preparing for the major disaster can be really daunting and freeze a lot of us in our tracks. Because we can’t do everything, we do nothing. What we’ve been striving for at The Provision Room is to begin by preparing for the small things-–for the spouse who loses a job, for a downturn in whatever market you’re working in, for power outages, wind storms and skyrocketing grocery and gas prices. And then gradually to build our storehouses and supplies for the big disaster.

How each of us plans for that will be different, of course.  Our big risk in Southern California is a major earthquake.  For some others it might be the tornado or hurricane or ice storm.

I think there are a few things that we emphasize that you don’t really see in other preparedness websites.

1) We are always encouraging our readers to prepare, but also to put their trust in the Lord.  “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.”  Psalms 127: 1  That is why you’ll see us start each week with prayer.  As Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer doesn’t prepare us for the greater work.  Prayer is the greater work.”

2) We want our readers to build community–-through their churches, neighborhoods, friends.   If we are going to survive life’s happenings, we’ve got to do it together.  If we can share knowledge and resources we are so much stronger.  Perhaps you’ve got a bumper crop of tomatoes, maybe you can share with a friend in exchange for help with the canning and processing.  Maybe you can do auto-repairs and your neighbor is a whiz at carpentry–share skills.  Not only will you save money, you’ll both come out stronger and better prepared for the future.

“More than simply soccer moms, Radical Homemakers are men and women who have chosen to make family, community, social justice and the health of the planet the governing principles of their lives.  They reject any form of labor or the expenditure of any resource that does not honor these tenets.  For about five thousand years, our culture has been hostage to a form of organization by domination that fails to honor our living systems, where “he who holds the gold makes the rules.”  By contrast, Radical Homemakers use life skills and relationships as a replacement for gold, on the premise that he or she who doesn’t need the gold can change the rules.  The greater our domestic skills, be they to plant a garden, grow tomatoes on an apartment balcony, mend a shirt, repair an appliance, provide for our own entertainment, cook and preserve a local harvest or care for our children and loved ones, the less dependent we are on the gold.” (Shannon Hayes in Radical Homemakers)

3) Our preparedness is not only for ourselves.  If we are better prepared for whatever life throws at us we can be a true light to the world and a help to others in times of need.  For example, if there is another big storm resulting in another large scale power outage in our valley, instead of rushing to the store and trying to find food and gas we can share food with our neighbors and help with the clean-up.  If a disaster takes all your storehouses, fall back to point #2 above.  Hopefully your community is also prepared.  If you’re not sure your friends are prepared, why not pass along our website to them.  Pick a do-able goal, such as the 72 Hour Food Kit, and work on it together!

Have a question for us?  We try to answer one every Friday!  Ask away!  Anything goes!  You may email us at theprovisionroom@gmail.com, leave us a comment on Facebook, or drop us a comment right here on the blog.

(Linked to Wise Woman Link-UpFarm Girl Friday, Fun Farm FridayFight Back Friday! and Motivation Monday)

Q.  Andrea asked, “What I’ve always wondered is if we had a true disaster like a tornado, all my water & stores of food & flashlights & probably even the (anchored down) generator itself, would all go up in the funnel & land in the next county before we hardly knew what hit us. You’ve […]

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72-Hour Food Kits Revealed

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We’ve done it!  We planned, purchased and now have properly stored our 72-hour food kits.  Remember these only include the food we would eat in the case of a major disaster.  These kits, neatly prepared in advance, will free us up and allow us to focus on helping our families and neighbors in need instead of trying to find food.

So how did they turn out? Read More

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We’ve done it!  We planned, purchased and now have properly stored our 72-hour food kits.  Remember these only include the food we would eat in the case of a major disaster.  These kits, neatly prepared in advance, will free us up and allow us to focus on helping our families and neighbors in need instead […]

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72-Hour Kit Challenge

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Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge!

Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last year increasing our food stores through freezing extra meals, buying in bulk and putting up foods by canning.  These are all great, and perfect for the unexpected job loss, illness or food shortage, but what if you suddenly had an earthquake and your house was no longer stable, or God-forbid there was another attack on American soil but this time in your city and you had to evacuate immediately?  This is when these little kits would be absolutely priceless!  We want to be like the sons of Isachaar who were credited as men who understood the  signs of the times and knew what to do.  (1 Chronicles 12:32)  Simply, we want to be prepared for anything. Read More

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Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge! Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last […]

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist & A Reader Challenge

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Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last December when most of our area lost power for a week due to downed trees and power lines.  We had many friends with a lot of damage to their homes.  It was at this point Daja and I felt like it was time to get organized about preparing for “life’s happenings.”  Over the past 11 months we have diligently been putting away our stores for those unexpected events that are inevitable in this life.  This month in particular we thought it would be good to give you a simple checklist of items we all should have around.  The list also will help you track where these items are located so there is no panic in an emergency. Read More

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Here in Southern California we are in windy season.  The Santa Ana winds blow offshore and usually bring much warmer weather since they blow from the direction of the Mojave Dessert.  I actually really like them as I feel something sort of magical in them.  They can be extremely destructive as was the case last […]

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January Goals: Starting The Year Off Right!

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When you ask a household that is primarily male for their New Year’s Resolutions, you shouldn’t be surprised by what you get. Little did they know I’d be framing it and hanging it in the tea room.

Happy New Year Provision Room Readers! Read More

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Happy New Year Provision Room Readers!

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Making a Safe Decision

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(Written by Daja’s husband!)

My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal.

I thought I would share a little about the process of choosing and purchasing a safe for your home. Read More

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(Written by Daja’s husband!) My wife’s goal for April was to make copies of all our important documents and to store them in the safe.  (The safe I purchased for the family with LAST YEAR’S tax refund, but was still empty this year.  Yeah, that one.)  It’s a worthy goal. I thought I would share […]

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“Where Your Treasure Is…” An interview with Kelly Crawford

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When Kristina and I started actively and passionately pursuing this idea of being prepared I knew that I wanted to feature my friend Kelly Crawford.  I hesitated to ask her if I could pepper her with questions, knowing that she has so much on her plate.  She, of course, was more than gracious.  If ever someone lived the Scripture “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” it’s Kelly.  (Matthew 6:21)

The Crawford Family’s home was in the direct path of the tornado that blew through Alabama last April.

Below is the first Provision Room interview.  You might want to have a handkerchief on hand.  Kristina and I both needed one by the time we were through. Read More

Crawford Family

When Kristina and I started actively and passionately pursuing this idea of being prepared I knew that I wanted to feature my friend Kelly Crawford.  I hesitated to ask her if I could pepper her with questions, knowing that she has so much on her plate.  She, of course, was more than gracious.  If ever […]