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It’s Never Too Late To Be Prepared

July 4, 2011 by  

It’s Never Too Late To Be Prepared

How prepared are you? How long could you live away from your home? What if you were given 10 minutes to evacuate? Are you prepared to be without a grocery store and pharmacy for a few weeks? Would you have enough food and water to survive for a few days, even a few weeks, in the event it took this long to get help?

This has happened to thousands of people across the United States. Do you believe natural disasters could not happen to you or your family? Maybe it is time to ask yourself: What am I prepared for?

We have heard much about recent natural disasters, such as tornadoes, droughts, flooding, earthquakes and tsunamis. The price of oil has gone up, causing the price of gas to rise. The cost of some commodities has doubled.  Some parts of the world are experiencing terrible droughts, while other places have been hit with massive flooding, which may result in no food being grown there for many seasons. What are these people going to do?

Demand for preparedness items is also on the rise. There is no better time to prepare for a disaster than now. Don’t make the mistake of thinking events like those described above will not affect you. Now is the time to make a plan and prepare for any disasters or hard economic situations your family could face. If you don’t act now, you may regret it later.

Food Storage Brings A Sense Of Security

Creating a stable storage of food will give you a greater sense of security. There is an LDS scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants, which reads: “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). It is important to do your best to be prepared, so your family can eat healthy and nutritious food — no matter what happens.

I always think of my adult children, living in city apartments. Security and peace of mind in times of a disaster or crisis can be one of the greatest assets we have. An adequate and well-balanced food supply, including clean water, is a major part of economic security, and possibly the greatest key to survival.


People unite in hard times when they share or trade food and other supplies. When a tornado struck our community, I was amazed at how we pulled together to help one other. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had to tell our city to stop cleaning up the mess so they could assess the damage.

With proper food storage, we are better prepared to endure times of hardship without becoming dependent upon the government, church, family or others. I believe I need to prepare for my family first, and then prepare for others who may need my help.

Acquiring the skills to produce and prepare food and other items essential for life in a disaster creates the security and stability our families need. If a disaster does occur and we are forced to temporarily change our normal lifestyles, we can do so with a minimum amount of stress and panic if we have prepared.

Basic Food Storage

I recommend having a two-week to three-month supply of food on hand for an emergency. Emergency food is quick and easy to fix, usually requiring only water and cooking to prepare. Some emergency meals are ready to eat, such as MREs and canned tuna or other fish.

Start with basic food storage. These foods include items such as dehydrated fruits and vegetables; beans and other legumes; wheat and other grains; powdered milk and other dried dairy products; premade mixes; baking items such as salt, sweeteners and oil; and enough non-hybrid garden seeds to grow a garden for at least five years. It is best to store foods you know your family will eat, ensuring that no food is wasted. In other words, store what you eat and eat what you store. It is a good idea to become familiar with dried foods and the healthy and nutritious ways they can be prepared. I have written a series of cookbooks on the subject; they are available here.

Peggy Layton's Kitchen PantryYour kitchen pantry should be filled with things you use on a daily basis to prepare meals and paper products. An extended pantry can be created in another part of the house or garage, and it should contain larger quantities of food and paper products as well as personal hygiene products, first aid items and medicines. Long-term food storage items are sealed for 15 years or more; they can be stored in a basement or cool dark room away from the kitchen. Set up your pantry, extended pantry and long-term food storage as if it were your very own grocery store and pharmacy.

To figure out how many food and non-food items you need to store, keep inventory of what you use and how long it lasts, and then figure out how much a three-month, six-month and a one-year supply would be. If you use one can of coffee per month, then you know you need to stock three cans for a three-month supply, six cans for a six-month supply and 12 cans for a year’s supply. Keep track of your inventory of laundry detergent, soaps, personal hygiene products, first aid items and paper products (like toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, tissues, napkins, etc.) as well. You will want to stock up on anything that improves your quality of life and would be difficult to obtain in an emergency.

Also, remember to store enough pet food to last in a crisis. Animals are like children to most people; they need to be fed as well.

Water Is No. 1

Without clean, potable water, the dehydrated food storage products you store cannot be reconstituted. It is imperative that you make sure you have a water storage plan in place to provide at least a couple weeks of water for your family. I recommend you store a minimum of 1-2 gallons of water per day, per person. You will be glad you did.

In other parts of the world they regularly deal with illness and death due to a lack of clean drinking water. Make sure you have water storage containers made from heavy, food-grade plastic to ensure your family is getting the safest water possible. I purchased a water storage tank that holds 250 gallons of clean, potable water. This tank takes up a minimum amount of space, and the heavy plastic will not collapse or break down due to sunlight or harsh weather.

ION Water Treatment

ION is a stabilized oxygen product that is very effective in water treatment. Many studies found that ION will kill giardia, cholera and dysentery within a few minutes. It doesn’t have any of the harmful side effects associated with chlorine or Iodine. ION contains a high concentration of oxygen; high levels of oxygen kill harmful bacteria.

My husband and I take ION to Mexico and other countries when we go on vacation. We use it in all of our drinks, and we do not get sick when others in our group do.

I do not claim that ION will cure anything, however I personally would not be without it in my medicine chest or medical kit.

ION water treatment will keep my water safe for five years or longer. It will kill bad bacteria in the water. I am so impressed with my water tank and the ION to go in it that I sell them on my website. The water tanks and ION water treatment can be purchased from

Dirty Water From A Lake Or Pond

What do you do when you only have water from ponds, lakes, rainwater or irrigation, and it is not safe to drink? Boil the water, of course. Boiling will kill pathogens, sterilizing your water. If the water is dirty, strain it through a dishtowel into a bowl or cup before boiling it or adding ION. This can remove much of the dirt and debris before the water is sterilized.

Storable Gourmet Meals That You Can Serve or Store For The Future

Many times, I have been asked: “What is the quickest and easiest way to build up food reserves for three months to a year?” I’ve been testing a line of nutritious and easy gourmet meals from eFoods Global, which can be stored for a minimum of 15 years. They offer a new concept: storable foods that are delicious, nutritious, affordable, clean and convenient for daily use. It reminds me of the pre-packaged food from the grocery store, such as soup mixes, Hamburger Helper® and Rice-A-Roni®.

Features of eFoods Global include:

  • Food dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains and legumes.
  • Meals complete as they are — all you do is add water.
  • Meals can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • Meals contain no genetically modified (GMOs) foods.
  • No added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • No imports from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • No hydrogenated oils.
  • Meals are packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

The company lets you try before you buy. Simply go to, take the Food Freedom Tour and claim your free samples of eFoods to test and try before you buy. You will receive three packages of sample food, which will feed two to four people per package. Just pay for shipping.

I am very impressed with their food, especially the fact that it contains no MSG. I am very sensitive to MSG and get sick within 20 minutes if I eat foods containing this additive. I have never gotten sick eating meals from eFoods Global.

It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each meal takes only 15 to 20 minutes to cook, and the cooking instructions are on each package. The food is delicious!

I like to store them in the heavy-duty boxes they come in. However, another good way to store these meals is in 5-gallon buckets with tight-fitting lids.

The packages include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrées and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, seasoned instant potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix.

For most of us it is not too late to get prepared for an emergency. Stocking up now will save money for the future when the prices go up.

To purchase any of the seven books I have written, dehydrated food, water storage, water purification or preparedness products go to Or e-mail me at


Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • HarperJanice



    • libertytrain

      Perhaps your “all cap” style created some sort of error? I had no problems…

  • Don

    Just google and it will get you where you want to go, i think there is a phone # also, and yes there is a free sample, is that all your looking for, is for something free ???

  • virginia bryden

    I tried to sign up for a free sample. I got as far as my acct name & password. Then I went back and when I went forward it said my user name was taken and I never could get in.

  • JJM

    The free samples that I received were tasty and accepted by myself and 2 sons, 1 is a picky eater. Beef Stroganoff provided a meal for 3 adults plus leftovers!

  • April

    Thankyou Peggy for the pst and great ideas :D

    • April

      “post” that is.

  • Thinking About

    Having lived on the gulf coast I have prepared each year to have supplies for emergencies such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Some of the items you will also need is fuel,can’t boil water without fuel. We also have first aid supplies and in case of hurricane warnings prescriptions. I have a generator but fuel is needed for that also. I think getting access to alternative power supplies as in solar would be beneficial to many homes rather than relying on utility companies. You also have to have a big open heart to help those around you, to pull together and hope rescuers will soon be there to help you.

    • granny mae

      Thinking About,

      I also live in the hurricane area. I did live on the space coast but now I’m in the north of Fla. so we too always have preparations made for such a time as hurricane season and we have had to use them a few times. You are correct when you say at tose times we need to reach out to neighbors that are going through the same thing ! Always be prepared !

  • Paul Revere

    Find out what is happening to your money and prepare to stand up to it!

    The American Dream By The Provocateur Network: Find out in ½ hour, what Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and the Private Federal Reserve are doing to your money!

    • Average Joe Patriot

      It isn’t your money, it’s Bernanke’s and Geithner’s money. They make it with a ballpoint pen. Money used to be “a culturally agreed upon representation of human endeavor.” Now it’s just loans. You’ve been lent every dime you ever worked your ass off for. When the Bic Pen Bernankes and Geithners of the NWO reneg, you’re screwed, pal. Best stock up on lentils, rice, sea salt, and water. The diet gets quite boring, unless you’re starving while the big shots are scarfing down MREs in their shelters, waiting for you to die off.

  • Peggy Layton

    Janice and Virginia
    Log into, when my photo comes up go above it to a link that says Take the Freedom Tour. Click on that link and it will take you to a place that asks for the person that referred you to the site. Put in my name Peggy Layton and my email This will allow you to sign up for the free samples. You do have to pay for the shipping which is $9.95. Once you put in a password you can continue. If it says that your password is taken, it either means that someone else has chosen that password or you are already signed up from a previous time. Please write your login and password down, so you can log in another time and shop for the eFoods prepackaged meals. If you want to skip the Freedom Tour, you can go to the upper right hand side where it says sign up. If you are a previous customer click on customer log in, use your login name and password and you can shop for the food. if you want to see the products available, go to the upper right hand side and click on shop. If you are experiencing problems with the website, call me at 435-851-0777 and I will walk you thru it.

  • i41

    You forget to add the marxist/communist money man, Nazi Traitor George Soros> The niggardly muslim Onumnutt, and his democrat slubs do everything to destroy USA and make it a dictatorship and total government controlled country. If you think I’m wrong give me one program these pukes have every done write to give citizens more ability to create something useful. The stimulas only created a few government over paid jobs, gave unions smucks a car business, gave the UN more control over our lives and personal property, all signed over by Onumnutts and Billary durning Wienergate. When people live near water or our in the praires, andeven in the mountains, don’t depend on government to do anything if a problem arises, but make it worse. The flooding up in Mt, and the Dakota, happening now should teach people to not live on flood plains and get back away from rivers. Same goes all the way to the gulf. The Army Corps of Engineers showed what f–k up a government sagancy can be, instead of realeasing water last fall and winter when dams were at the peak. The paper shuffling pukes in the beltway agencies were doing nothing for months to get approval from all 13 agencies, when late spring came they opened all dams gates and over loaded the rivers, to a point, the released water over whelmed levees and spread out in to flood plains. The trained morons were to damned stupid to release on damn at a time to control the flood waters. Best preperations is get the hell out of low lands and get some elevation under you.

  • LAW2

    We just spent the 4th of July in Bismark & Mandan, ND and let me tell you….the Missouri river is high, wide, and rolling!In conversations it came up that even the native americans knew not to ever camp on ground that water could take away. Give that statement some thought! There are many homes under water and will be for months to come. Are you prepared to be displaced? I never thought about storing food and supplies away from my home until seeing what record flooding can do as we mostly deal with blizzards as far as a weather related event. Now I see things with “fresh eyes”. Part of my garden is probably on land that water could take away!

  • Traci

    at the dollar general they have 5 packs of seeds for 1 dollar..expiration date 12-2011…how long will these be good

    • granny mae


      They will be good for this year and if you place them in a container in the refridgerator they will be good next spring also. You may even get them to last till another year also but I wouldn’t depend on them completely. It is not good to depend only on seeds that we have from a couple years prior because they may not germinate and some may but the result is not good enough to depend on for your food source. I would replace them every other year to be certain .

  • Traci

    thank you!

  • RightAngle

    Ok, if I must toot my own horn. I have recieved training in warfare, combat sniper, biological/chemical warfare, disaster preparedness, riot control, self defense, survival and nuclear calamity. It is sad that the average Joe or Jane do not have a clue on the benefits of knowledge/experience in surviving A to Z. The worst casualties are the children and elderly. I do not depend of the RED CROSS or other entities. Another sad fact is the lack of fierce presence of independence that embraces self suffiency. Far too many have no idea of the chaos of survival. When a neighbor knows you are prepared they will steal and kill for your resources. Those who live seriously will be rewarded with happiness/security.


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