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Jan 17, 2011 > Good reminder to have a pantry! This snow is ridiculous- we couldn't get out to the market for anything, they probably weren't open anyway. Thanks! Debbie L. - New York
Feb 1, 2011 > Holy Cr_p! a foot of snow on my street today in Oklahoma City! Hello, Oklahoma City? Wish I would have found your website before now.
Mike – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 1, 2011 > This storm is supposed to be bigger than the 1967 blizzard WOW! The largest snow storm since 1967!!! Weather dudes saying to stay home and don’t travel. DUH!! Glad I have plenty of food and water and electric blankets… brrrr... Derek – Chicago
Feb 1, 2011 > One thing you definitely need to do is rotate your food regularly. I just looked in my pantry and noticed several items have expired. I forgot to use them first. Learned my lesson. Julie – CO
Feb 24 , 2011 > My family cans lots of fruits and vegetables from our farm. If you can grow your own or buy them cheaply at farmers markets you might want to check that out as another excellent way to store food. We have always had an emergency food supply and then some:) Thx. Mary Jo - NE
Mar 6, 2011 > I watched that program Prophets of Doom on the History Channel and now I am determined to have some water stored and ways to filter it. I am looking online today for some of those water filters you talked about. I think the water thing is really important because we only have so much of it and most of it is already polluted to some extent. Cheers! Ray – New Orleans, LA
Mar 6, 2011 > What the heck is up with all these earthquakes?? I went to the USGS website and the map of recent quakes is scary! John - CA
Mar 11, 2011 > Please pray for all people of Japan as they face tragic situations today. God please help those who are injured and suffering and those who have lost friends and relatives in the wake of the massive Tsunami. Thank you for posting this. Linda - San Diego, CA
Mar 14, 2011 > Be prepared is right. So many bad things happening in the world today. What else can we do? Lisa - NM
Mar 19, 2011 > You should add a page about fallout shelters. When I was a kid growing up in Colorado Springs we knew that lots of people had them built in their backyards for fear of nuclear attack cause we were so close to Cheyenne Mountain. Bill - CO
Mar 30, 2011 > I always stock up when things are on sale and not just food but things like shampoo and other toiletries too. When you have a dedicated pantry space you can keep tons of stuff on hand so you'll never run out of anything. Kathy - CA
April 1, 2011 > Stocking up when stuff is on sale is great plus they are saying food is gonna get alot more expensive in the next few years so you're also saving lots of money! Polly - Silver Springs, MD
April 1, 2011 > Hey do we need to be worried about this radiation from Japan? Pretty scary stuff. Doug - ND
April 1, 2011 > Editor Reply: Doug, The EPA said yesterday that: "Radiation monitors confirm that no radiation levels of concern have reached the United States". For more information click here: Environmental Protection Agency website. Thanks, Editor
April 9, 2011 > On the food stocking up thing, that is really good advice. We went to the grocery today and I can't believe how much everything is going up. Chris - WY
April 11, 2011 > Thats for sure. Definitiely going to have to start using coupons. Must be the price of fuel again. I heard last week that we may see $5 gallon soon. We're already over $4.25 a gallon here in San Francisco. Cory - CA
April 15, 2011 > Yeah this is great. Not only can't I afford to fill up my car now I cant afford the groceries. We are definitley having a garden this year to help out. Jon - CT
April 18, 2011 > How long can you freeze food and have it be safe to use? We are thinking that a freezer would be a good way to stock up. Thank you. Mary - Tacoma WA
April 19, 2011 > Editor Reply: Mary, please see this page for more information on your question: Freezing Food
April 26, 2011 > I would like to post a suggestion on your website. People should be encouraged to be prepared for emergencies as your site suggests. They should also pay particular attention to being prepared for civil unrest. In other words, from the looks of things within our country, there are many potential bad things that could happen in addition to natural disasters. Not trying to scare anyone but if you dont have some food and water and the means by which to protect yourself, how are you going to manage when civil unrest eventually happens? People fall apart in times of uncertainty. You can't rely on the government to take care of you during crisis. You need to be ready for what's coming. Robert - AZ
April 28, 2011 > May God bless those in our southern states who were victims of the massive Tornados yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. June Walsh - PA
May 10, 2011 > Our house is completely submerged from the flood and we were so stupid to have not prepared. You can bet we learned our lesson. Jessie -MS
May 19, 2011 > End of the world this weekend (ha!), earthquakes, twisters, floods, what's next?? Just trust in God! Shelly -NC
June 9, 2011 > Hey thats good advice on firearms - not to just rush out and buy a gun. Granted a gun is good personal protection but only if you can and will be able to use it effectively if the time comes. Thanks. Ed - Billings MT
June 12, 2011 > I think there is a real need for more of this kind of information. Times are changing and people need to take responsibility for themselves. Leona - TX
June 15, 2011 > Hello, I'm writing to say that you've got some great suggestions and information for the general public on your website. I am in Law Enforcement and I especially like that you tell people to be prepared in case of emergency so "that emergency response personnel can assist the most critically in-need of help first". If more people were prepared, it would really help us take care of the seriously injured first which would save a lot of lives. Thanks. Scott - AZ
July 9, 2011 > Hi! We're stocking up our canning supplies for the fall and I wanted to share this USDA publication on home canning with your visitors. You can see it at: http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_usda.html
July 10, 2011 > Editor Reply: Thanks Sherie - this is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about home canning!
August 2, 2011 > Hey have you guys seen those really expensive vacuum sealers for over $300? Are they really that much better than the cheaper ones? Thanks.
Don - Boise, ID
August 3, 2011 > Editor Reply: Hi Don! Yes, we sure have and even ones costing much more than $300! We recommend models typically costing below $160 for very efficient and reliable home use - the more expensive ones may be suitable for commercial use but we don't think are necessary for home use. Check out the FoodSaver brands and always read all consumer reviews before you buy! Thanks for visiting us!
August 23, 2011 > Thanks for the hurricane season updates on your natural disasters page. We're praying that the season is milder than what the predictions say.
Jen - SC
September 12, 2011 > Is anyone else out there as worried as me about the world economy collapsing? It appears as if Greece is going to default on their debt and other European countries will follow suit. My friends and family are definitley taking your advice to be prepared - both with food and supplies, and with CASH on hand as your guide reccomends. GET PREPARED PEOPLE!
Karen G. - CA
September 13, 2011 >This is excellent information on your site!!! I work as a Public Education Specialist for my city and use this kind of info as I go around talking about prevention and safety. Do you have printed brochures and booklets I could have to pass on to the citizens, not everyone here has internet access either because they cannot afford the technology or they have no use for it in their age. The recent tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and power outages this year have really opened peoples' eyes to not only fire prevention, but to natural disasters as well. I really could use this in printed form. Thanks for the great site! Jennifer - VA
September 14, 2011 > Editor Reply: Thank you very much Jennifer! If you write us using the "Submit Information" form on the website and list all of your intended specific uses for the guide, plus agree to distribute them free of charge, we will grant you license for reproduction beyond personal use. We apprecite your efforts in public service and education, thanks!
October 3, 2011 > I wanted to tell all your readers to be very careful with food safety. The deaths and sickness from listeria and all the other recent cases of salmonella are sure good reason to be very very careful. Wash your fruit and vegetables very well and check for food recalls at the United States Food & Drug Administration website. My Dad nearly died from salmonella in peanut butter in 2009 so be careful everyone!.
Stacy - CT
October 21, 2011 > Like your water storage info. Please include some suggestions for filters. John - Wheatland, WY
November 24, 2011 > The vacuum sealers work great for all the Thanksgiving leftovers - will last a long time in the freezer!
Sue - CA
December 6, 2011 > So what is the best way to store enough water for emergencies if you only have a small apartment? We had a water main break and can't drink the tap water!
John - WA
December 8, 2011 > Editor Reply: John, please see this page for more information on your question: Water Storage & Safety
January 3, 2012 > We got a fantastic food dehydrator for Christmas that we can't wait to use. This one came from Cabelas and it has a big glass door to see through. We had another brand with cheap trays that eventually fell apart so just a word of caution; if you are going to get one and really intend to use it, buy a good one! You'll be glad you did several years down the road.
Mike - OH
January 29, 2012 > Hey thanks for the good advice. We like your tips on personal safety and firearms because we've been debating how to prepare for what we think is going to be coming...
Barbara - NM
March 14, 2012 > Have you noticed? More and more natural disasters, climates changing, floods, earthquakes, tsunami's... its all happening. Be prepared folks as best as you can.
Steve - AZ
March 20, 2012 > Iran has now arisen as a great threat to the west. Did you know that was recorded in prophecy over 1500 years ago? Great crisis facing mankind - darker days ahead. Nostradamus knew!
Karen - SD
April 17, 2012 > Hi, I just wanted to thank you for this information. I've seen some other websites with information but its not as common sense as you have here and you are not charging for it so thank you very much.
Paul - Palm Springs - CA