Stockpiling—I’m taking the week off of the stockpile listings. It has been a busy week for me. Instead, I hope you’ll consider taking $1-$5 from your weekly grocery budget to use for building your stockpile.
I’ve included the links of the store match-ups below.
Co-op Advantage Stores/Three Rivers Market (link to co-op match-ups at the bottom of the weekly deal list)
Emergency Preparedness—I think I’ve mentioned on this blog that I’ve worked in healthcare for many years. I volunteered as a candy striper when I was a teen and have volunteered in nursing homes since I was a child. I started work as a community counselor in my late teens at a psychiatric hospital, and I’ve been working in healthcare settings since that time. In all of that time, I’ve never had to perform CPR or the Heimlich maneuver while at work or when volunteering. Yet, in the last 2 years I’ve performed both at my church.
This week I stopped into our local Red Cross and purchased a CPR Resuscitation Mask with a one way replacement valve. I opted for the cloth bag so that it fits more easily in my purse. The cost is between $6-$15 for these shields. Some are one time use, but I opted for the more expensive version that can be cleaned and disinfected. I’ll keep it in my purse, as I’m more likely to have that with me if and when I need to perform CPR again.
I have been meaning to buy this mask for over 6 years now!! I think that emergency preparedness can be that way for all of us. We put it off until it is either convenient for us or until we are slapped in the face with a wake up call about its necessity. What aspect of emergency preparedness have you been putting off? Water storage, updating your first aid kit, putting tools in your car, learning CPR, self defense training… Whatever part of preparedness that you’ve been delaying, I encourage you to make that a goal to accomplish in 2010. I can’t tell you how much of a weight it has lifted off of my shoulders to have this accomplished. I may never have to use the mask, but somehow knowing that I have it gives me a sense of relief.
Food Security—A huge part of food security revolves around access to food and the ability to either pay for or grow that food. You and your family members might be very secure in this area, but others in your community might not. This week I encourage you to see how you might help those in your community who struggle with food security. I’ve listed some ideas below, and I hope you’ll add to the list.
- Talk with your city government about this issue. Ask what has been done and in what areas you might help.
- Get involved with a food co-op. Many were created as a way to provide people with low cost options for food. Many are located in areas of the city where other grocery stores are not available. Knoxville’s Three Rivers Market, for instance, is located near the downtown area. They are on the bus route and offer a free one way bus pass with KAT when you make a $10 purchase (before taxes). If you are local and would like that information, visit the KAT site here. Thanks Crista for getting me this link!
- Teach your skills to others. Offer a class on food preservation, gardening, community organizing, writing a resume—whatever you have to offer others that would give them skills to help their family. I like the phrase “a hand up instead of a hand out” and the old saying about teaching a man to fish. When I teach classes, I ask students to learn, practice, and teach. Once you learn a new skill, practice it a few times and then teach it to someone else. Not only will this process hone your skills but it will also provide someone else with an opportunity for growth. Not sure where to start? Contact a local senior center, community center, the YMCA, or your church or synagogue.
- Help bring a farmers market to your area. If you do not have one nearby, talk with local gardening groups and your city government about the possibility of bringing one to your neighborhood.
- Volunteer. Deliver meals with Mobile Meals/Meals on Wheels. Offer to bring an elderly neighbor to the grocery store or to pick up his/her groceries when you go out next. Be a speaker at your teen’s economics class. Very few schools offer home ec anymore, and it is such a shame. (I would never have learned to use a sewing machine if it had not been for Mrs. Wilson!) By offering to be a speaker at an economics class, you could teach budgeting, shopping skills, and cost analysis to the young.