Submitted November 6, 2008

Father cooked soup with a candle in the oven


My parents live on the Gulf Coast of Florida in the area of Clearwater Beach. During the 2004 hurricane season they weathered a couple of the storms, without any supplies. My mother showed me photos of my father cooking soup with a candle in the oven. I decided that that was not a good thing so I outfitted them with some supplies.

Often they get the effects of the storms such as loss of electric that can last several days. Other times they have had to evacuate. For those times when they stay but have no power I got them a camp stove that works with sterno (and the sterno of course). I got them a couple of the candle lanterns and the candles. I got them a weather radio, a hand powered flashlight, small first aid kit, a water purifier, mess kits, some MRE's and a few other miscellaneous objects.

They have since used some of the things I gave them and I feel better knowing they have them. They keep everything together in a Hurricane response box. If they need to evacuate they will have everything they need.

Denise M Schaffer

A Note from Survival Authority, Tom Sciacca of

Not a bad idea. The gift of preparendness. Sometimes no matter how much you try to get people to plan ahead to take care of themselves in an emergency situation, they just won't do it. My parents spend half the year in Florida. When my mother expressed even the slightest interest in preparedness, I gave her some basic info and told her to go on my site and gave her an amount to spend and said let me know what you want. This way, rather than sending her a bunch of stuff she'll never look at. She actually had fun learning about preparedness and what she might need. Now she is far better prepared than she was before and the expense on my part is more than worth it. Maybe a gift certificate is the way to go.

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