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Peaceful Preparedness


I know- the alliteration could already make you gag, but “p”s are nice and Preparedness always seems so harsh, scary and dull…

but let’s face it:

The inevitable is inevitable.

The rains will come, the snow will fall, the ice will weigh heavy, the winds will blow, the sun will scorch, the ground will shake, the creek will rise.

What happens then?

I sat in church on Sunday here in sunny southern California, and a good little shaker woke us all up [ahem- figuratively- no one was sleeping. I repeat NO ONE was sleeping.  We were all listening very attentively, really. You’d get some good preachin’ at church].

It went as fast as it came and nothing was affected.

But the questions flooded my mind:

How would I get to my kids?

Did they know I’d find them and to trust their teachers?

What if the ceiling was caving in and bits of this and that was falling on our heads? How would I respond? Do I have a plan? Does my husband know it? Do my children? Do my fellow gatherers?

On and on, right?

If you have ever considered or even begun to prepare for whatever emergencies you  might potentially face, you know as well as I , that preparing for them can be overwhelming.

The lists are long, the details many, the scenarios countless, the stuff is expensive all added up, and where, really do you start?

Since THINKING doesn’t cost a thing, lets start there. We’ll get to the flashlights, food, financial disasters and firefighting later.

Neighborhood Networks

It’s a kinder gentler thought to imagine a big emergency with all of your family safely tucked in at home.

But will you all really be together?

Who knows.

Those in closest proximity will either be your greatest asset or your greatest concern.

Make a point of pursuing cooperation and brotherhood after an emergency situation has occurred.


Give everyone a flyer with a date, time and place with enough notice to avoid most scheduling conflicts.

[Many people don’t appreciate an unexpected knock on the door, and if you don’t yet know your neighbors, they may be a little leery.]

IF you can comfortably approach in person, let them know that you will be holding a meeting to prepare and plan for whatever disasters your locale may face.  Offer your phone number or email so they can contact you with question.

Mama’s neighbor greeted her when she moved into the neighborhood and explained that his family tried to keep current contact info for everyone to distribute, so that we can reach one another in emergencies or just look out for one another as a sort of “neighborhood watch”…even for situations like a vacationing neighbor who suddenly has water seeping out under the garage door…

I loved it.

Perhaps you could send a flyer to invite everyone over for rootbeer floats one summer night, or to share from a big pot of soup you heated and some fresh loaves of bread from the bakery ( not too pricey).  Once you have all had a chance to meet one another a socialize a bit, suggest haveing a gathering to discuss emergency preparation on the street, in the building or what ever your living situation is.


You likely will meet reluctant neighbors.

  • Try to let them know there is no p[, and although it’s a “downer” of a subject, it could take a lot of the fear away in an event, because there is SOME sort of plan.
  • If someone seems favorable, get a number or email address so that you can follow-up and remind them closer to the date of the meeting.
  • If you can’t seem to meet someone face-to-face, leave the flyer as planned.


For the first gathering in your neighborhood here are a few points to discuss:

  1. Identify what problems you may face: wild-fire,flood, earthquake, tornado, hurricane…
  2. Explain briefly how important preparing as a group really is…and how it can restore peace of mind and bring calm in an otherwise chaotic situation.
  3. Try to begin to take an inventory of supplies, tools etc. that people may be equipped with.
  4. Note any special skills that could be helpful and make note of them.

Try to find a list of trainings available that those interested could attend, like First Aid & CPR,

or CERT training.

If you can gather handouts for them to take home that reinforce the importance of planning and also provide tips, do so!

Finally, ask if any others would care to join in the efforts more heartily, and plan to discuss further with them.

Black Friday/ Holiday Sale!

Safety from Santa.

Peace on Earth & Peace of Mind.

Mama is preparing  READY BAGS for a customer’s family members for Christmas.

People are inviting neighbors to their home to walk through Mama’s Family Emergency Planning Workshop before the Christmas tree dries out, and the family fills the house, lighting candles and cooking latkas.

A satisfied customer says-

“My husband – a former EMT – and I are mindful that we live in a earthquake zone, and we bought one of the Emergency Mama backpacks for us. (And I am thinking about another one for my car.) He was really impressed with the breadth of items in the pack… so much so that we bought additional backpacks for our niece and nephews who live in tornado country in Texas because emergencies happen, no matter the natural disaster you face. These will be their family Christmas gifts this year. Thanks, EM, for giving us peace of mind and a great gift idea!” – P. M. Smith

2 Person 3-day READY BAGS: $115 $75!!!

Compare to other companies at $129-$169

  • Mama hands selects QUALITY items.
  • Mama DOES NOT include junky, non-functioning or useless fillers.



Out-of-state shipping varies. Email for info.

Hands Only CPR

A nice Jive beat to learn hands- only CPR!


Emergency Mama’s Quick Questions

How prepared for a disaster are you?

Could you leave your home quickly without feeling too frazzled and that you left important things behind?

Take this quick” YES- or- NO- circle- one” survey to see how prepared you already are!

Even if you answer NO to many or most of the questions, if you start burning through the list you will find your self WAY more ready in a matter of minutes!

Check it out below or print it!




Emergency Mama’s Quick Questions

Have you created & practiced escape routes from your home?                                      Y  N

Does your household know what to do before, during & after and emergency situation?        [like an earthquake, blizzard, hurricane or tornado]                                   Y  N

Do you have heavy objects hanging over your bed that could fall during an earthquake?                                                                                                                       Y  N

Does every room in your house have access to a working flashlight?                             Y  N [candles could be a danger if there is leaking gas]

Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet after a disaster?                          Y  N

Do you know how to shut off the main water line?                                                            Y  N

Can you do this by hand or does it need a tool?                                                               Y  N

If you smell gas, do you know where and how to turn off the gas line?                            Y  N

Do you have the right tool to turn off these lines? Is it near them?                                   Y  N

Can you turn your furnace and hot water heater back on safely?                                    Y  N

Do you have functioning smoke alarms in your home?                                                    Y  N

Do you have and know how to use a fire extinguisher?                                                    Y  N

Do you have extra sets of keys outside the home?                                                          Y  N

Do you have copies of important documents safely stored?                                            Y  N

If you had to evacuate your home, do you have a meeting place?                                   Y  N

Do you have a functional radio to get emergency information?                                        Y  N



Would you have sufficient food?                                                                                       Y  N

Could you cook it without gas or electricity?                                                                     Y  N

Would you have enough water for drinking, cooking and hygiene?                                  Y  N

If YES to the above questions, how long would your supply last?

Do you have a 72 hour evacuation kit?                                                                             Y  N

Can you move this kit?                                                                                                      Y  N

Do you have an out-of-state contact designated?                                                            Y  N

Do you have a First Aid kit at home and in all cars?                                                         Y  N

Do you have work gloves and tools for minor clean up and rescue?                               Y  N

Do you have emergency cash on hand? [atms and banks could be closed]                   Y  N

Do you have a means to heat your home without gas or electricity?                               Y  N

Do you have a month’s supply or prescriptions on hand?                                                Y  N

Do you have a sanitation plan if toilets don’t work?                                                           Y  N

Do you have water, food, clothing and fuel for extended times? 3 mo. 6mo. 1 year?


Start a fire simply

Fire starting is probably not my forte—I go through a lot of newspapers trying to get the fireplace going.

I found my trick though.

Cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly!

I have learned several tricks, which I’ll share in the coming weeks, but lets look at this simple, practically free way to have a fire easily started: camping, in an emergency for warmth or cooking, or just that nice little fireplace fire.

…and do try it at home! [with parental supervision, and safe fire handling, and your ABC fire extinguisher nearby, of course]

Store your prepared cotton balls in a Ziploc baggie! You just did something that you may be rejoicing over in that next rolling blackout, hurricane, ice storm, or rainy camping trip!