Bug Out Bags to the Rescue in an Everyday Emergency
Baby Dear woke up at a quarter to 5 this morning. My eyelids behaved like they were fused together, but I managed to lumber out of bed, pad over to his crib, and take him to the living room. I didn't fancy having all the children awake that early, so I tried to be as stealthy as possible. We sank down into my favorite chair, I popped a bottle in his mouth and turned on the morning news.
The first thing I see: a giant Similac recall. The very thing that Baby Dear was so eagerly sucking down could very well be infested with beetles.
I tried googling the lot numbers of recalled formula. All sites, including the FDA's, directed me to the Similac webpage. The Similac page wouldn't load, presumably overwhelmed by worried parents. Next, I tried calling their consumer hotline. There was a recorded message directing me to their non-functional website and then it hung up on me.
It appeared that I could possibly have several cans of the recalled formula, but I didn't panic. Thanks to our BOBs, Baby Dear did not have to go hungry or eat beetle larva. I had packed 3 days worth of Ready to Feed formula, which was not in the recall. This will give us time to sort out what's really going on.
(Yes, I'm well aware that if I was nursing Baby Dear, this would not be a problem at all. No one has recalled a breast before, unless you count defective implants! Breastfeeding is best choice from both the nutritional and preparedness standpoints. Unfortunately, that didn't work out for me this time around.)
Prepping is essential for the big emergencies, but it is also important for those that can happen every day. Score one for this prepared momma!
I was once pretty clueless when it came to "prepping". Follow my journey towards self-reliance as I explore gardening, food storage, canning, animal husbandry and other homesteading and survival-related topics.
Our Sad Harvest stats for 2012 - The Year of the Big Drought
1,645 chicken eggs & 124 duck eggs
-4 large bundles of oregano
-40 heads of garlic, some of which I dehydrated and processed into garlic powder
-1 bushel of onions
13 half-pints of blackberry jam
1 gallon of green bell peppers
4 pints of frozen blackberries
2 heritage turkeys (and after we ate them 8 pints of turkey bone broth)
Harvest 2011 (not counting what we ate fresh)
16 family-sized packages of green beans 4 gallons of green peppers 1 gallon of jalapenos 1 gallon of poblano peppers
9 pints of blackberries
Several batches of basil pesto
5 c. pumpkin puree
24 half -pints of blackberry jam 5 pints of dilled green beans 1 half-pint of dried parsley 3 pints of dried oregano leaves 8 quarts and a pint of spaghetti sauce 5 half-pints of salsa jam 5 pints of salsa