Busy day, illness, injury, surgery, job loss, natural or manmade disasters. Everybody has emergencies that affect our lives — currently the COVID virus. Look at the shelves in the supermarket — no toilet paper!

We should all plan for a functional 90-day supply of items that we use daily/weekly. You begin by buying a few extras each time you go to the market — build a small supply of food and household items that are part of your daily use. You gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. You rotate and use your pantry items to avoid spoilage. You can count fresh and frozen foods as part of your 90-day supply. Stock up on your favorite items when the price is right!

With a 90-day supply, you will have toilet paper, pet food, soap, water, paper plates and meals that your family will eat. Never run out of anything again!

Taking time to prepare for emergencies reduces the stress and frustration when they do occur.

Plan emergency meals that you can fall back on when life gets in the way. No-brainer meals such as spaghetti, burritos, chili, soup etc. — there are a lot of no-brainer meals already on our grocery market shelves. Why no-brainers? Anyone can make them — they’re generally fast and easy to put together — they’re easy to rotate on your shelf — mostly shelf stable for 3-6 months. These meals are quick and easy, you know you have all the ingredients to make them and your family will eat them.

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Blayd

Personally I try to keep at minimum of 2-3 weeks ahead on most food items, and buy bulk paper goods when it hits the 4 weeks left mark.

The most common problem for me is snow and ice closing the residential unpaved roads in my area, making it a few days before being able to negotiate the roads.

I dislike shopping and being a frugal Yankee prefer to purchase at the best price possible. Deep discounts on case lots and bulk items make my shopping "experience" tolerable.

It may not be my favorite meals on the dinner table during a crisis, but I won't starve and I still toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

Worst case- there is always that big bag of Rags and water to clean my fundament.

modestgenius

Have just finished reading "The Splendid and the Vile' by Erik Larson. Is about Winston Churchill and his first year in office during WWII. Was immediately struck by the difference between leadership style of Trump and Churchill. Action day one vs cries of Hoax and weeks of delay in acknowledgement of crises and subsequent inaction and enemy advancement. Belittling only the foe, Adolf Hitler, vs. anyone who did not vote for him or had the temerity to speak out and question. Telling like it is, however bad, instead of prevaricating thereby stopping the enemies advance. etc etc etc Command of language with speeches he wrote that inspired, lifted spirits and gave hope vs. absurd repetitive superlatives that a five year old would consider too immature to deign to utter. (Bet "Unseen Enemy" phrase not coined by Trump.)

Trump could do a lot worse than to pick up a book or two and learn from great leaders on how to properly manage a crisis such as we have now. Pretty sure won't happen but will just try and shift the blame i.e "It's not my fault" America, and the world deserves better.

Mike

Unlike modestgenius, Trump is far too busy doing what needs to be done than to sit around reading self help nonsense.

Those who can are hard at work doing while others spin their wheels looking for reasons to criticize that.

For better than three years now, the tireless leader of our nation has proven his metal in the face of unprecedented challenges... and this will be no exception.

Keep up the good work, Mr. President!

T Twelvetrees

Fred Flintstone's time as president is about to be tested to the max now. VP Falwell needs a screen on his nose just in case Flintstone stops to quickly. Better late than never, even if the dopes in the White House are a day late, a dollar short and a mile behind. Mickey McConnell is about as dumb as a rock. Stupid is as stupid does....I was just reading a self help book by Dr. Seuss and thought this appropriate..."Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope"

Josh

" just grab them in the biscuits "

Humpty dance , digital underground

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Mike

Good thing Josh ain't in charge, eh?

Mike

Trump is out there getting her done. We're not. We are all talk and nothing more... all of us!

Blayd

tRump's government "we're not a shipping clerk". Evidently warehouses have higher hiring standards and the Donald was rejected for that position.

It's called "expedite" not "dither around in circles".

modestgenius

Hey Mike, Am sure you are aware that just after receiving briefings Republican senator Kelly Loeffler dumped $3.1 million in stock just hours before market crashed . Senate Intel Chairman Republican Richard Burr dumped $1.5 Million in Stock(even tucker carlson says hat's a no no!) just before the market crashed and after receiving coronavirus briefings etc etc.

Would you be interested in seeing the Trump...and all his family members.... tax returns to learn if any of them have profited from insider tips during last three years ? Thought not.

TwoToeJoe

Insider tips? A way of life for most members of congress. Ask Nancy Pelosi. Ask Dianne Feinstein. Ask John Kerry. Ask Barbara Boxer. It is only unethical when republican members of congress are accused. Hopefully those deviants such as Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr will face the same wrath and justice as all those others who have been accused. Maybe some genius should ask Joe Biden and all of his family members if they ever profited while he was in office. Thought not!

Mike

Ok, exactly how do you think anyone’s tax return would show that they had engaged in insider trading?

Neither modest nor a genius, you.

modestgenius

Shares held for years, dividends collected then suddenly sold resulting in a taxable profit. Which would appear on tax returns. Next question.

TwoToeJoe

Wow! Sounds so simple but I am no "genius". If that was even remotely possible Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi would have been forced to resign decades ago. How about trying the "Stock Act" signed into law on April 4, 2012. Congressional members of both chambers are required to publicly report on their annual financial disclosure forms all stocks that are owned, purchased or sold. Such transactions are supposed to be reported within 30 days and “in no case later than 45 days” afterwards. The Act also required that the reports be posted on the House and Senate websites. This allows the public and the media to check whether a member has been engaged in any suspicious activity in the securities markets. Dianne Feinstein has been caught with her hand in the till both before the passage of the "Stock Act" and even now with the current Wuhan flu financial crises. I would suggest instead of reading books about how fantastic Winston Churchill oratory skills were and comparing them to Donald Trump and maybe reading a book written by Peter Schweizer called "Throw Them All Out" which discusses how politicians and their friends get rich off insider stock tips, land deals, and cronyism that would send the rest of us to prison and has continued unabated even now after the passage of the "Stock Act". But don't get me wrong because I am also a Winston Churchill fan and his keen oratory skills. His quotes on socialism are some of my favorites. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery" and "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries" are so true wouldn't you agree? I agree that Donald Trump is no Winston Churchill but he is much better than any one who contributes to the Marxist Ideologue. Corruption is a way of life for most members of congress as I stated earlier. It has no political affiliation and all parties participate in it and includes both leaders Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. But I understand the Trump Delusion Syndrome and those who are so severely infected with it. It is his tax returns that they believe will finally drive the nail in the coffin to get him removed from office and possibly prevent the repeat of the "miracle" of reelection that keep giving liberals nightmares. The discussion on "Plan for life emergencies" did seem to conveniently shift from that boring subject to one that reflects the abstract concerns of those afflicted with TDS. Maybe before going to the "next question" how about answering the previous"question" of whether " some genius should ask Joe Biden and all of his family members if they ever profited while he was in office" and we could go from there.

Mike

That’s nonsense of course, but I don’t doubt their tax returns could cause a never Trumper to speculate imaginatively with unsubstantiated sensationalism.

Blayd

https://youtu.be/jmSPOSGpAYs

The above video says it all about panic buying.

modestgenius

Two toed Joe,

Excellent and thoughtful piece which got your point across with resorting to sarcasm, denigration or pomposity.. Well Done! Besides Mitch and Nancy don't forget Mitch's wife, transport secretary Elaine Cho and her nefarious dealings in promoting her family shipping business.

Will soon be November and all will have a chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box.. An aside..... Received and have filled in my census form but still find it difficult to comprehend that otherwise seemingly rational people, usually ardent devotees of the constitution, are balking about doing so.

TwoToeJoe

Politics and civil discourse is a given in our Constitutional Republic. The electorate will voice their opinion at the ballot box as they do in every election. I will leave it at that.

Branson Hunter

TT when the virus peaks around election time and the second wave of the virus is spreading, let's hope the elections are not put suspended.

TwoToeJoe

Let us hope that the results are not again blamed on the Russians Branson.

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