Saturday, October 27, 2012

Disaster Preparedness: How to make a disaster kit

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This is the picture on the home page of The Weather Channel

In light of the more urgent news that Central New York may be severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy next week, I have been researching a little how to be prepared. I thought I would share what I am reading with all of you.

First, you should begin preparing now for the emergency and have enough on hand to survive for at least 72 hours after the storm hits. What you have in your disaster kit should be able to be portable in case you need to evacuate unexpectedly. Your disaster kit should have food, water and enough supplies to get you through that 72 hour period.

A Basic Disaster Kit contains some or all of the following items:

*Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
*Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
*Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
*Flashlight and extra batteries
*First aid kit
*Whistle to signal for help
*Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
*Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
*Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
*Manual can opener for food
*Local maps
*Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Of the food in your kit - it should consist of what your family will eat, will not make you thirsty. Foods like cereals, salt-free crackers and canned foods with liquids are good choices. Make sure you pack a manual can opener in your kit too.

One other point to make - You will need to protect the water sources already in your home from contamination if you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines or if local officials advise you of a problem. To close the incoming water source, locate the incoming valve and turn it to the closed position. Be sure you and your family members know how to perform this important procedure.

The kit should be held in a plastic tote and every family member should know where it is located.

I will update any info I can as I can for everyone. Stay safe!

You can get more information on how to prepare for a disaster at ready.gov.

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Tops Weekly Coupon Matchup 10/28-11/3

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 Tops is continuing this week with its 50th Anniversary Free For All. You can read more details about the program here. Tops has Click-to-Card coupons available to download on your Tops shopper card. 

Here are the weekly coupon matchups for 10/28-11/3, including a special 4-day Halloween sale.

4-Day Sale Specials:

Coca-Cola 2L - $1.00

Frito-Lay Variety Packs - 2/$10

Hershey's Snack Size and Mars Fun Size Bars - 2/$5
Use: $1/2 Mars Halloween Bags printable
Use: $1/1 Mars Seasonal Products from Jan All You 2012 (exp. 12/18/12)
Use: $1.50/3 M&M or Hershey's Fun Size Candy from 10/7 RP (exp. 10/31/12)
Final Price: as low as $1.50 ea.

Tops Apple Juice - 2/$3

Bakery Fresh Dozen Donuts - $4.99

The Heavyweight Sandwich - $5.99

Hillshire Farm Cocktail Links - 2/$6
Use: $0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Cocktail Links from 10/14 RP
Final Price: $1.90 ea.

10 For $10 Sale (*You do NOT have to buy 10 of the same item or all 10 to get the sale price)

Campbell's SpaghettiOs - $1.00
Use: $0.50/5 SpaghettiOs printable
Use: $0.50/5 SpaghettiOs printable
Final Price: 5 for $4

Progresso Classics Soups - $1.00
Use: $1/4 Progresso Soup from 10/7 GM
Use: $1/4 Progresso Soup from 9/9 SS
Final Price: 4 for $3

Red Pack Tomatoes - $1.00
Use: $1/3 Red Pack Tomatoes printable
Final Price: 3 for $2.00

Gatorade or Propel Water - $1.00
Tops Cream Soup - $1.00
Tops Frozen Chopped Spinach or Cooked Squash - $1.00
Tops Specialty Sliced Potatoes - $1.00
Tops Canned Fruit - $1.00
Nabisco Go-Paks - $1.00
Tops Big Roll Paper Towels - $1.00
Tops French Onion Dip - $1.00
Tops Soft Spread - $1.00

General Mills Cereal - Buy 4, Get $4 Instantly

Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch
Use: $0.60/1 Cocoa Puffs printable
Use: $0.50/1 Cocoa Puffs printable or here
Stack with: $0.50/1 Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch SavingStar coupon
Also there is a $0.50/1 Cocoa Puffs or Brownie Crunch Tops Click-To Card coupon available

Use: $0.75 Multi-Grain Cheerios printable here or here
Use: $0.60/1 Honey Nut Cheerios printable
Use: $0.50/1 Honey Nut Cheerios printable
Use: $1/3 General Mills Cereal from 10/7 GM
Use: $0.50/1 Cheerios from 9/23 SS
Use: $1/2 General Mills Cereals printable


Produce Specials:
Chiquita Bananas - $0.39/lb.
Iceberg Lettuce - $0.98/lb.
Greenhouse Grown Sliced Tomatoes - $1.99/lb.
Sweet Onions - $0.99/lb.
Russet Roasting Potatoes, 3 lb bag - $1.00
Baby Bold Onions, 2 lb bag - $1.00
Fresh Bagged Cooking Carrots - $1.00

Del Monte Fruit Naturals - $1.00
Use: $1/2 Del Monte Fruit Cups printable
Final price: 2 for $1.00

Grocery Deals:

Welch's Grape Jelly or Jam - $2.00
Use: $1/2 Welch's Jams from 9/30 RP
Final Price: 2 for $3


Dannon Activia Breakfast Blend 4pk - $2.99
Use: $0.75 Dannon Activia Breakfast Blend from 9/16 SS (exp. 10/28 SUNDAY only!)
Use: $1.00 Dannon Activia Breakfast Blend printable
Final Price: as low as $1.49


Tops Fresh Whole Chicken - $0.88/lb.


Marie Callender's Comfort Bakes or Mini Pies - $2.00
Use: $0.75/1 Marie Callender's Mini Cream Dessert Pie from 9/23 SS
Use: $0.75/1 Marie Callender's Comfort Bakes Entree, single serve from 9/23 SS
Final Price: $0.50 ea.


Morrell Smoked or Polish Sausage, 9 oz - Buy one, get one free (5 Bonus points)
Use: $0.50/1 Morrell Meat Item SavingStar Coupon
Final Price: unknown

Acme Smoked Whitefish - $9.99
Use: $2.00 Acme Center Cut Whitefish Tops Click-To-Card coupon
Final Price: $7.99

SeaPak Family Size Entrees - $7.99
Use: $0.75/1 SeaPak item from 9/30 SS
Final Price: $6.49


President Crumbled Feta Cheese - Buy one, get one free
Use: $1.00 President printable
Final price: unknown


Sabra Hummus - $3.49 (5 extra Bonus points)
Use: $1.00 Sabra item printable
Final Price: $2.49


Better Oats Instant Oatmeal - $1.00
Use: $1/3 Better Oats printable
Final Price: 3 for $2.00


Egg Beaters, 15-16 oz - $2.99
Use: $0.35/1 Egg Beaters from 9/16 SS
Use: $1/2 Egg Beaters from 9/16 SS
Final Price: as low as $2.29


International Delight Creamer - $3.00
Use: $0.55 International Delight printable
Final Price: $1.90

Freschetta Pizza - $5.00
Use: $1.50/2 Freschetta Pizza from 9/30 SS
Use: $1.50/2 Frechetta Pizza printable
Final Price: 2 for $8.50


Jamba Juice Smoothies - $2.69
Use: $1.00 Jamba Smoothies printable
Final Price: $1.69


Goya Yellow Rice mix - $1.39
Use: $1/2 Goya Yellow Rice Mix printable
Final Price: 2 for $1.78


Barilla Pasta Sauce and Barilla Plus Pasta - 2/$5
Use: $1.00 BOTH Barilla pasta and Sauce from 9/30 SS
Final Price: 2 for $4


Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna - $1.00
Use: $1/2 Bumble Bee Tuna printable
Final Price: 2 for $1.00


Wise Cheeze Doodles or Popcorn - Buy one, get one free
Use: $1/2 Wise Popcorn Printable
Final Price: unknown


Save $3 Instantly wyb 6 Participating Products:

Tombstone 12in.
 Pizza - Buy one, get one free
Use: $0.75/1 or $1.50/2 Tombstone printable
Final Price: unknown



Nestle Crunch or Butterfinger Fun Size Candy - 2/$5
Use: $1/2 Nestle Crunch printable
Use: Butterfinger candy coupon printable (unknown amount)
Final Price: 2 for $4


Juicy Juice Fun Size 8 pack - $2.00
Use: $1/1 Juicy Juice Fruitfuls 8 pk printable
Final Price: $1.00


Nestle Refrigerated Cookie Dough - $3.29
Use: $0.55/1 Nestle Birthday Sugar Cookies printable
Use: $0.75/1 Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough from 8/12 SS (exp 10/31)
Use: $0.75/1 Nestle Cookie Dough from 10/7 RP
Final Price: as low as $1.79

Monster Energy Drink 4-pack - $6.49

Solo Cups, Plates or Bowls - 2/$5

Orville Redenbacher's Microwavable Popcorn 3-pack - $2.00


Get a $5 Catalina wyb $20 in participating products or a $10 Catalina wyb $30 in participating products:
Many of these products qualify for the $15 Mail in Rebate wyb $50 of select P&G products

Puffs Tissues, 88-220 ct - 2/$4
Use: $0.25/3 Puffs from 10/28 P&G
Use: $0.25/3 Puffs from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Use: FREE Puffs wyb Vicks product from 10/14 P&G
Final Price: 3 for $5.50 - Free

Tide Detergent, 100 oz - $11.99
Use: $0.40/1 Tide from 10/28 P&G
Use: $1.00 Tide from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Final Price: as low as $10.99

Bounce or Downy Fabric Softener Sheets or Liquid - $4.49
Use: $0.40/1 Downy or Bounce from 10/28 P&G
Use: $2/3 Downy or Bounce from 10/28 P&G
Use: $0.50/1 Bounce from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Use: $1.00 Downy from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Final Price: as low as $3.39

Charmin Bath Tissue - $7.99
Use: $0.25 Charmin from 10/28 P&G
Use: $0.25 Charmin from 10/14 P&G
Use: $0.25 Charmin from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Final Price: $7.49

Febreze Air Freshener (Air Effect or Set & Refresh) - 2/$6
Use: $1.00 Air Effects from 10/28 P&G or 9/30 P&G
Use: $1.00 Set & Refresh from 10/27 P&G or 9/30 P&G
Final Price: 2 for $4

Bounty Paper Towels, 8 rolls regular or 6 rolls Xtra soft - $7.99
Use: $0.50/1 or $1/2 Bounty Paper Towels from 10/28 P&G
Use: $0.25/1 or $1/2 Bounty from 10/14 P&G
Use: $0.25/1 or $1/2 Bounty from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: as low as $6.99

Bounty Quilted Napkins - $2.99
Use: $0.25/1 or $1/2 Bounty from 10/14 P&G
Use: $0.25/1 or $1/2 Bounty from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: $2.49 ea.

Downy Fabric Softener, 41-60 oz - $4.99
Use: $0.40/1 or $1/2 Downy from 10/28 P&G
Use: $2/3 Downy from 10/28 P&G
Use: $1.00 Downy from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: as low as $3.99

Tide Stain Release, 18 ct. - $5.99
Use: $0.40/1 Tide from 10/28 P&G
Use: $1.00 Tide from 9/30 P&G (exp 10/31)
Final Price: as low as $4.99

Dawn Dish Detergent - 2/$6
Use: $0.50/1 Dawn from 10/28 P&G
Final Price: $2.00 ea.

Cascade Dish Detergent - $4.49
Use: $0.50 Cascade from Home Made Simple coupon booklet mailed
Use: $0.50/1 Cascade Action Pacs from 10/14 P&G
Use: $1.00 Cascade Action Pacs from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: $3.49

Clairol Nice 'n Easy or Natural Instincts Hair Color - $6.99
Use: $1.00 Clairol Natural Instincts or Nice n Easy Products from 10/28 P&G
Use: $3/2 Clairol from 10/14 P&G
Use: $2/1 Clairol from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: as low as $4.99

Crest Pro-Health or Regular Toothpaste - 2/$7
Use: $0.75/1 Crfest from 10/28 P&G
Use: $0.50/1 Crest from 9/30 P&G
Final Price as low as $2.00 ea.

Scope Mouthwash - $3.99
Use: $0.75/1 Scope from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: 2.49

Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Fusion Razor or Venus Razors - 20% off
Use: $5.00 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor wyb Cartridge or Disposable Razor from 10/28 P&G
Use: $2.00 Gillette Disaposable Razor from 10/21 RP
Use: $2.00 Gillette Disaposable Item from 10/7 RP
Use: $4.00 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor from 10/7 RP
Use: $2.00 Venus Razor from 10/7 RP
Use: $3.00 Gillette Disposable Razor from 9/16 RP (exp 10/31)

Gillette Series or Satin Care Shave Gel - $1.99
Use: $1.00 Gillette Shave Prep from 10/28 P&G
Final Price: as low as $0.99

Vicks NyQuil, DayQuil or Sinex - $7.99
Use: $1.00 Vicks Product from 10/28 P&G
Use: FREE Puffs wyb Vicks product from 10/14 P&G
Use: $1.00 Vicks Product from 9/30 P&G
Use: $3/2 Vicks Product from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: as low as $6.49 ea. wyb 2 + Free Tissues

Febreze Noticeables Refills - $4.99
Use: $1.00 Febreze Noticeables Refills from 10/28 P&G
Use: FREE Febreze Warmer wyb Noticeables Refill from 9/30 P&G
Final Price: $3.99



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