Tag - disaster preparedness

How To Survive an Emergency Shelter: 13 Essentials to Take With You

Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t have a lot of time to gather supplies, which is why it’s a good idea to keep an old duffle or suitcase packed and […]

10 Emergency Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

In a recent blog post we wrote about hurricane predictions for 2014. Hurricane season begins June 1st so now is a good time to check your supplies or get supplies together. The Red Cross has a good list of basic supplies you need in your kit, but here are a few things you may not have thought of:

Cash – We’re all use to the convenience of debit and credit cards. However, if the power is out, ATMs and swipe […]


As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless.
A micro house is defined as having less than 1,000 square feet of living space. Some are much smaller – as small as 120 square feet! […]

Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellant

Last week we wrote about natural ways to repel insects in order to keep your food stores safe – and to keep disease-carrying critters off of you and your pets, but you can also make your own insect repellent products from natural ingredients, which saves you money, is less toxic, and in certain situations can be an important survival skill.
Essential Oils
Essential oils are oils extracted from plants by distillation or cold press. Oregano, rosemary, citrus, lavender and eucalyptus are […]

Natural Insect Control

Wise Company dehydrated entrees and snacks are sealed in Mylar pouches and shipped in durable (reusable) black plastic buckets so you never need to worry about critters finding their way into your stored food.
But if your food doesn’t enjoy such protection, you need to find ways to keep those food-loving pests away, and it’s also important to protect yourself and your family from common, problem-causing insects like fleas and mosquitos. A growing number of people want to do so […]

Rethinking the Car Emergency Kit

In the last blog post we made brief mention of how winter storms had unexpected and significant impacts in Georgia and North Carolina this year. Many of us watched as stranded commuters waited in their cars for hours, ran out of gas and either walked for miles, abandoned their vehicles or slept in drug stores, churches and home improvement centers while they waited for the roads to clear. When those affected folks woke up, it’s likely not one of […]

Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling apart. SF72 is about prompting San Franciscans to get connected before an emergency—so we can be that much better off when something happens.”
 Mother […]

How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area and what other kind of emergencies you want to prepare for. Current Red Cross guidelines advise people to store at […]

Food Storage and Preparing for Disasters – Back to Basics

It’s the start of a new year and a time when many of us make plans for the coming year and beyond. Last year brought increasing media coverage about people and families who are very serious about being prepared for emergencies, people affectionately referred to as “Preppers”.
At Wise Company, we have all kinds of customers. On one end of the spectrum, some of our customers are interested in the ability to live a quality life off the grid by […]

Storing and Using Root Vegetables

The days of fresh summer fruits and vegetables are behind us yet again and it’s time to make friends with the root vegetable. Summer produce is tasty and decadent in a way that only fragile, temperamental things can be. Root vegetables, however, are dependable. They can last us through the winter with very little nurturing and with some creativity, you can go from slogging through another squash casserole to looking forward to it.
Storing root vegetables is easy. If you’re […]