8 Preparedness Tips

For the normal city folk….

  • Goals – Before you go on a shopping spree, make sure you have a plan of action. How much food do you need? How much water should you have on hand? The Department of Homeland Security recommends you have a basic emergency supply kit that includes enough food and water for each of your household members for at least 72 hours. Other supplies on their list include a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and basic first-aid supplies and a can opener. Make a list and stick to it.
  • Water – People go crazy buying water don’t they? But, one mistake you can do is to forget to look at the expiration dates on the water. If you do happen to have old water, you don’t have to dump it. You can save it, add a little bleach and use it for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Bulk Supplies – Buying bulk will save you money, but don’t do what I did years ago. I bought random items that I wouldn’t normally use to cook with so I ended up giving many bags of food away. It’s always good to have basics on hand.
  • Nutrition – Nutrition is Important. Don’t stock up on a bunch of sugar. Our bodies need healthy foods.
    • Pancake Mix – Purchase the pancake mix that you only have to add water to. Most pancake mix has added vitamins to it.
    • Powdered Milk – Hey, it doesn’t taste great alone, but you can use it for cooking and if you pour it in cereal, you won’t notice a big difference because the cereal taste will help mask the flavor of the powdered milk.
    • Cereal – You can snack on it dry or add milk.
    • Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter is high in protein and other nutrients. It has a pretty long shelf life.
    • Baking Supplies – Flour, sugar, baking soda/powder, salt, pepper, seasonings. You can make your own bread, biscuits, etc.
    • Canned Meat
    • Protein Bars
    • Dried Fruit
    • Nuts
    • Canned chili, soup, etc
    • Trail Mix
    • Whole wheat crackers
  • Seeds – If you’re really motivated and want to prepare for the very worst, make sure you have seeds on hand so you can plant your own little garden. If you don’t have space for a garden, you can use pots to plant some veggies in.
  • Fresh is Best – Apples, citrus and potatoes last quite a while if you keep them cool. You can also can these items yourself if you know how.
  • Rotate Your Food – Make sure you rotate your food supply to ensure foods won’t just sit there and expire.
  • Medications – If you or a family member need medications, make sure you have extra. It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand.

Mini-Episode: When Sickness Hits Your Family, Have These Documents on Hand

For over a decade, I have had a plan in case of emergency. Being a caregiver to someone, you learn that health and wellness are very important. Everyone is in an uproar about the Coronavirus, but I wanted to share information that is important for you to have if someone in your family becomes sick during any time of year or situation.

3 Types of Documents you should have on hand:

  • Medical Information – Everyone should have a copy of their medical records
  • Legal Documents – Power of Attorney if you have adult children or others in your home (or even in college) you may need to care for in case of emergency
  • Personal Accounts & Info – I have a binder with all of our account information to important services such as bills, bank information etc. If you were to end up in the hospital or out of commission, its easier for someone to step in and make sure bills are paid, etc if all of that information is in one place

Here’s a website that lists important information on what you can put in your emergency binder. CLICK HERE.

Brian Paul: National Guardsmen, Firefighter, EMT With PTSD Battled Alcoholism and Now Helps Others Fight Addiction & Find Purpose

Brian Paul served in the Oklahoma National Guard 45th Infantry; when the Murrah Building was bombed in an act of domestic terrorism in 1995, he was deployed to the site and worked among other responders in the devastation, receiving the State Activation Medal and Humanitarian Medal. Desiring to continue serving the public, Brian became a career fire fighter and EMT. He had a great life with a beautiful wife, son, and home. The stress of shift work, poor sleep, and encountering death and trauma regularly at his busy station accumulated. This man once seen as a hero began to drink heavily. Brian’s clarity of thought diminished, and he had difficulty thinking clearly on his calls–a crucial asset for emergency workers. Failing health due to alcoholism brought Brian close to death: his liver was damaged and his bone marrow was even shutting down. At the lowest point of his life–homeless and barely alive–Brian finally accepted lifesaving help through a 90-day rehabilitation facility, where he chose life. He was successful in this recovery effort because of his faith in a Higher Power, love for his son and mother, and his adherence to a proper treatment program. He founded Veterans 4 Life USA to help reach out to struggling men and women who are serving or have served in military or first responder professions that expose them to intense trauma and long-term stress. Recently Brian fulfilled his dream of playing semi-pro football, demonstrating the full recovery from his previous state: he is in shape, full of energy, and impassioned to help as many brothers and sisters fighting their own battles as possible. Heroes In Uniform: https://www.heroesinuniform.org

Erik Allen: Top Rated MMA & Bearded Biz Entrepreneur

Join Patti Katter (Wake Up With Patti Katter) and Erik Allen (TopRated MMA & Bearded Biz Entrepreneur) as they chat about his life experiences and his businesses. He shares a heartfelt story about his childhood, having experienced a lot at a young age, having to get out of debt, but having a changed life and getting married while getting out of it! He also talks more about his podcasts and his reasons for starting them.

By the end of this episode you will learn about facing adversity, getting your life together, and helping out others.


Erik is a man of integrity, work ethic and an overcomer. Growing up with a complicated childhood and broken home, to raising himself from the age of 14. Unfortunately finding trouble along the way desperately trying to fill the gaping voids in his life. As a young man Erik found himself empty and tired of settling for less.

Now, Erik and his wife of nearly 15 years and their two children live in Northern Idaho and live a humble and blessed life. Together they are breaking the cycles handed down to them of addictions, depression, abuse, and lies. They are leaving a new legacy for their next generation built on a biblical foundation.

Along with being the sole provider for his family, Erik is an entrepreneur and avid MMA fan. Which he has created the best MMA podcast of the northwest. He believes in giving back and honoring those that have served our country. With his companies Top Rated MMA and The Bearded Biz Show he is able to do just that. By lifting others up and giving back to the community and veterans through great organizations like Hire Heroes USA.

Another one of the ways Erik is able to give back is by sharing his story and encouraging others, no matter what path they are on to find hope and purpose. Erik’s natural approach ability and heart for people make him a great speaker for different events and podcasts. He knows that sometimes having the opportunity to meet someone and hear their story and how they’ve overcome is the courage someone might need to find new strength in their own battle.


You can find Erik Allen on…

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BeardedBiz/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ErikGAllen (@ErikGAllen)
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bearded.biz/ (@Bearded.Biz)
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/erikgallen/ (@ErikGAllen)

Police Officer Wife Turns Her Passion of Helping Law Enforcement Into A Multi-Million Dollar Business

CEO and founder of Point Blank Safety Services and Blue Family Fund. Inc. Stacey Magovern went from outside salesperson to running a multi-million-dollar company overnight. The wife of a police officer Stacey’s passion for helping families of law enforcement became her business. She launched her company Point Blank Safety Services in 2012 with no way of knowing today her company would be one of the most successful traffic safety and security companies in Texas.

She then used that success to pay it forward by founding a nonprofit, Blue Family Fund that provides scholarships for First Responder dependents and financial aid to families of injured or fallen law enforcement officers. Stacey is not just the CEO and founder of these businesses but is also a published author and motivational speaker.

In this episode, Stacey will start by sharing a little bit of her childhood; where she grew up and where she’s from as well as how she met her husband. Stacey will talk about her organization; what it is about. Moreover, know how to get involved in the business and how can you find it. She will also talk about what the Blue Family Fund is.

“I took my idea and made it a reality.”
– Stacey Magovern

Follow Stacey Magovern on:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/stace101
Website: https://pointblanksafety.com/
Website: https://bluefamilyfund.org/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/staceymagovern

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