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How to Choose Emergency Items

by Nikki Willhite

Now that the holidays are over, and we have some spare money, my husband and I got out our catalog of emergency preparedness supplies to choose our next items to purchase. We have quite a few supplies, but there are so many items that can make life easier in case of an emergency.

I picked out a few dehydrated foods, as well as some more dough enhancer, as we make a lot of bread. Then I started looking at the IOSAT tablets. Here is a little information on what they are:

The FDA approved IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablet works by saturating the thyroid with stable iodine so it will block the thyroid’s absorption of cancer-causing iodine released from a nuclear reactor or nuclear bomb. The IOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets includes 14 130-mg tablets.

We started talking about what would happen if a nuclear bomb hit the United States. My husband wasn't all that interested in them. His thoughts were that the affected area would be small, and other areas would soon send in the needed pills.

I thought about it, and then I asked him if he wanted to leave the house, and wait in the lines to get them. After thinking about it, he decided it might be a good idea to have a few of them. It would make it easier for us, but also make the lines shorter for other people.

It is not pleasant to think you might be in an area of nuclear fallout. However, it is also not pleasant to watch the news are realize how close we are to playing that lottery.

My husband has dealt with emergency situations for years, being first on the scene in many areas after severe weather conditions. A nuclear emergency is not in his wheelhouse, and he didn't want to think about it. No one does. No one wants to put together a 72-hour Bugout Bag and even think about leaving their home.

However, disasters are a part of life. On the average, there are 392 natural disasters each year which affect millions of people. How well you handle those disasters is often because of your preparedness.

If you can find room in your home and budget for what seems to be for many excess clothing, shoes, and can find room for emergency supplies. Raise your bed, and you can store enough food for a year.

Some people rationalize the need for emergency preparedness, thinking it will never happen to them, or that if that can't go full throttle, It isn't worth the effort.

You don't have to do it all. Just do something. Our basic needs are water, food, and warmth. Light, communication, and sanitary needs come next.  Don't fall into the "all or nothing" mentality. Just do something. Little things done on a regular basis add up to a lot of preparedness and a lot of family security.

Invest in the security of your family. You can't eat bonds, and bank accounts won't keep you warm. Keep your needs in perspective. Start small, but start. If it helps, think of yourself as a mini prepper.  That is our motto. We inch along, thinking not only of ourselves, but of family, friends, and neighbors.

You know you are doing the right thing when you realize that if everyone did it, we all would be better off.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 





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