Erin Foster

Erin Foster is mom to 5 kids. West Georgia is home where you can find her reading, camping, enjoying a play and on any adventure she can do with her family. Along with a B.A. degree in Emergency and Disaster Management, she has an EKG technician and nursing assistant certificate.

What can a Billy Joel concert teach us about situational awareness?

My husband (Jim) surprised me with tickets to the Billy Joel concert in North Carolina last fall. Not only was I looking forward to the concert, but this also allowed me the perfect opportunity to put my situational awareness skills to the test. Situational awareness for women is both a science and an art, and over the years I’ve had plenty of time to put it to use. We often think of situational awareness and connect it to a James …

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Get to know the LDS Preparedness Manual

Thinking about my childhood brings back memories of homemade bread and bottled fruit, lined up neatly on the countertop. My mom would go into the backyard to collect eggs and check on our chickens, named Donny, Marie, Laverne, and Shirley. We had first aid kits, water and flashlights stashed everywhere. Being raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) does give you the chance to be raised to think of preparedness — it’s taught to us from …

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Survive Summer With These Clever Bug Bite Remedies

When friends warned me about the South and bugs, I really thought they were exaggerating. Unfortunately, they weren’t. Once summer began, there were bugs everywhere. I mean everywhere! And these were not just normal California bugs like I was familiar with. Bugs of every shape, color, and size decided to make their appearance, and it wasn’t long before I was scrambling to learn the best bug bite remedies that wouldn’t have harsh side effects. At first, it was fun to …

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Smart Advice to Help You Survive the Government Shutdown — or any other surprise financial setback

As of today, the current federal government “shutdown” is the longest in history. Digging into news stories that are making headlines, ones claiming “chaos” and near-apocalyptic consequences, most Americans, by far, are managing to get through their daily routines without any issues at all. However, there are households that are affected, and should the shutdown continue, more paychecks may be missed. If you are one of those who isn’t getting a paycheck, hang in there! We have some ideas to help …

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How to Choose the Best Straw Water Filter For You

We so casually turn on our faucet and expect clean water to come out. We flush our toilets, wash our hands, use water for cooking and for watering the lawn without a thought. But if there’s anything we have learned from all the disasters that have happened in our country last year, it’s that we should not take clean water for granted. It doesn’t take a big disaster to dirty our water. A few days ago, in Atlanta, they had …

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4 Must-Have Mini Emergency Kits For Your Purse

Life is full of emergencies. Some are big, like earthquakes and hurricanes. Some are smaller and occur in our everyday lives.  Here are a few mini-kit ideas you can fit in a Ziploc bag! If your mini kit is really mini, you can use a metal Altoids tin or a metal eyeglass case like this one: Where can you get mini versions of these products? Some are on Amazon, and I’ve included those links, and many are available on a …

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37 Hygiene Items to Add to Your Survival Supplies

If you’ve ever been camping for more than 2 or 3 days, you know what it’s like to start feeling icky and grimy and in desperate need of a hot shower and clean clothes. Well, imagine yourself living through an extreme crisis like a Hurricane Harvey sized flood or a long-term power outage and facing a future with dirty clothes, grubby children, and fuzzy-feeling teeth. That’s when you’ll be eternally grateful that you stocked up on basic hygiene products like …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: The Dollar Stores

It seems that even the smallest towns have some sort of dollar store, and I can understand the appeal. If everything in the store is a dollar, then you feel free to splurge and go crazy with your shopping. After all, everything in your cart is just a dollar, right? If there is ever a store that will be close by when the sudden need for apocalyptic shopping, it will be a dollar store. Whether it is a chain or …

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25 Different Ways to Start Seeds

No matter the time of year, you can always get seeds started for the upcoming growing season or for growing indoors, and by knowing some creative ways to start seeds, you can save money. I’ve started seeds in muffin tins, milk cartons, and tiny clay pots. There’s no need to buy any type of special starting pots if money is tight or you just want to recycle whatever happens to be around the house. When should you start these seeds? …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Whole Foods

Can you imagine walking out your front door, realizing the apocalypse has happened, and the only store that is open and not overrun with zombies is Whole Foods?? Whole Foods is a snooty, over-priced grocery store, right? Who shops there besides yoga instructors and hipsters? Or, at least that’s the stereotype. Well, when an emergency or disaster occurs, the typical grocery stores will be out of food in less than 3 days. Probably sooner, but if you happen to be …

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