Learn How to Empty Your Hot Water Tank

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

It may seem obvious, but your hot water heater contains clean water that is safe for drinking. In an emergency, this is often an overlooked research. Yet, most people don’t even know how to drain their hot water heater. You will learn how here.

To drain your hot water heater, you need a regular garden hose and a collection vessel(s). Here are the steps:

  1. Turn off the cold water supply to your house.
  2. Water Heaters are either gas or electric. If yours is electric, go to the circuit breaker panel and turn off the breaker for the water heater. If yours is gas, turn the gas valve all the way off. You have to do this because you don’t want to continue to heat an empty tank.
  3. Turn off the cold water supply going to the water heater. This is done by shutting off the valve on the cold water line going into the water heater (it’s usually above the tank).
  4. Attach the female end of the garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the tank.
  5. Put the other end of the garden hose into a collection vessel.
  6. Open the drain valve. If nothing comes out, there is vacuum pressure in the line. You can correct this by going to the bathroom or kitchen and opening the hot water side of a faucet.

After your emergency has passed, remember to turn the cold water supply back on in your house and let the hot water tank refill with cold water. After the tank has been filled, you can either turn the breaker back on (it your water heater is electric) or relight the pilot and turn the gas valve on (if your water heaters is gas).


Gourmet Seasoned Freeze Dried Meat from Wise Food Storage

Wise Food Storage freeze dried meats are uniquely-seasoned so they can be easily combined with other food ingredients to create complete meals. Each Grab-and-Go container of gourmet freeze dried meat contains individually sealed pouches that can be opened without spoiling an entire container of meat.

Instead of opening a large #10 can of meat and then trying to figure out what to do with it before it spoils, you can just open a Mylar sealed pouch of meat, enough for one meal, without the waste of opening an entire container.

Each individual pouch of freeze dry meat can be utilized for more than your emergency food storage supply. Use them as tasty, high protein supplements when camping, hunting, hiking, or even everyday as part of your regular meal preparation.

The Wise Food Storage Gourmet Freeze Dry Meat has these advantages:

Freeze Dried Food — Unlike dehydrated foods, Wise Freeze Dry Meats retain flavor, texture, color, and most importantly nutrition.

Great Taste — Our meats are uniquely seasoned to produce a variety of appealing flavors.

Lightweight and Condensed — No need to lug large #10 cans around and when opened be forced to consume large amounts of meat before it spoils. Wise Freeze Dry Meats come packaged in Mylar sealed pouches that are stored in durable grab-and-go plastic containers.

Nitrogen Flushed Mylar Pouches — Removes the majority of the oxygen in each pouch to ensure great taste and a long shelf-life.

Simple to Prepare — Just add hot water, and within minutes you can enjoy real, fresh, tasty, seasoned meats.

Easy to Transport — Grab-and-Go individual containers make it easy to get up and go when there is an emergency.

Extended Shelf Life — Up to 15 years under dry, cool storage conditions.


Organize the Canned Goods in Your Pantry

Canned Goods Organizer

One easy thing you can do in your preparations is to organize the canned goods in your pantry.

You have a couple of different choices here. You can buy a canned goods organizer like the one shown in the photo above. Or you can make one out of a soda refrigerator pack.

Canned Goods Organizer Made out of Fridge Pack

To make the organizer out of a cardboard fridge pack, just lay it flat where the opening is in the front. Next, cut a rectangular hole on the top back end of the box. You can cover the entire fridge pack with decorative paper or leave just leave it alone.

If you like, you can also make a label for the front of the box. Load the cans from the back and work them towards the front.


For God’s Sakes, Store What You Eat, And Not Just Those Noodles In a Cup

Store Canned Goods Your Family Will Eat

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to someone starting their food storage program is to simply, STORE WHAT YOU EAT!

Sounds simple, but you would be surprised that a lot of people try to just store what’s on sale, or buy a few cases of those noodles in a cup and expect their family to eat ’em up. They might, for the first meal, but what after that.

You have to store foods that your family is used to eating. You especially have to store snack foods that are family favorites. Nothing can satisfy nervous, antsy children like their very own familiar snack foods. Just remember when it comes to store-bought, pre-packaged snack foods, watch the expiration dates closely.