A couple of years ago, there seemed to be a streak of bad news. A husband and wife were missing for 12 days in the cold snowy portion of Southern Utah. They were finally found and seemed to be okay and only suffered from a little bit of frostbite. The father of the man that was missing was interviewed on TV and said how grateful and happy the family was that his son and daughter-in-law were safe. I can’t even imagine the anguish the family went through or the horror the lost couple endured. A wonderful, happy ending.
Then, portions of five different states were devastated by numerous destructive tornadoes. I’ve never been in a tornado, but I have cousins who used to live in tornado alley and have lived through them. One time they were at a state fair and had to take refuge in a throw- together metal building. Fortunately, the tornado missed that building, but it destroyed everything else around it.
People in the tornado lost their cars, their possessions, their houses, most likely some of their jobs and most tragically, some people even lost their lives. The hospitals were overflowing with disaster victims and the hospitals were declared disaster areas. There was a lot of hardship, frustration, anger, sadness, despair and depression. It was a good time for reflection and decision making for those people that were going through that disaster. We have had tornadoes in Utah and we are subject to hardship; just ask those in Ogden that had a continual battle with their city water lines.
The governor, of one of the states that the tornadoes ripped through, was interviewed on TV and he praised the first-responders (police, fire, ambulance, EMT, CERT, 3 Step and others) for doing such an incredible job of organizing themselves so quickly and helping everyone in their neighborhoods and communities.
My point for bringing all of this up is that when we go through whatever disaster we have to endure, will we be ready? Ask yourself, “Am I ready?” Are you ready for a car trip? Do you have a change of boots or good shoes and extra socks in your car? Do you have a backpack with first-aid supplies, toilet paper and water in the trunk? Food? A blanket or extra coat and umbrella? I do. How about your 72-hr. kit – is it ready to go?
Next. If you went to the hospital during an emergency, would they have your information about your allergies, prescription medication or other important information? Do you keep an emergency informational sheet in your wallet or on the side of your fridge? Are you a first-responder? Are you CERT certified? Could your take on the responsibility of becoming a volunteer EMT or fireman? Ask yourself what you can do – and then do it.
Last week my son came home with a loaf of survival bread that tasted really good. His friend’s mother gave him some of the bread and the recipe that a friend had given her (that is how we get our best recipes – is by a friend of a friend). I have eaten commercial survival bars and they aren’t all that tasty, but this homemade one is pretty good.
2 cups oats
2 ½ cups powdered milk
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons honey
1 package orange or lemon Jell-O ® (3oz.)
3 Tablespoons water
Combine oats, powdered milk and sugar. In a medium pan, mix water, Jell-O and honey. Bring to a boil. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. If the dough is too dry, add a small amount of water – a teaspoon at a time until you can handle it.
Shape dough into a loaf, while it is still warm, and make it about the size of a brick. You might want to use a small loaf pan to help you shape it. Place the loaf on a cookie sheet, without the pan you used to shape it, and bake at 350 degrees for 15- 20 minutes. Cool.
Wrap in aluminum foil to store. This bread will keep indefinitely and each loaf is the daily nutrients for one adult.
Make this survival bread and place a few of them in each of your 72-hour kits, a couple in a backpack in the trunk of your car and then hope that you are never forced to use them. Make sure you drink lots of water when you eat your survival bread – you will need/want to.