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Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. Emergency Preparedness for the Pantry: Checklists To Get You Ready: Outplacement Layoff
    June 26, 2009 @ 11:28 am

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  2. Shirley
    June 27, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    In all articles I have read in books and on internet they do not recommend milk jugs for water storage. After a while the plastic breaks down and you lose your water.


  3. Young Wife
    June 30, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    Thanks for the tips. Tornados are our biggest worry in Dallas. Even if your house is still standing, the power may be out for awhile. And I would like to make my pantry ready in case of a lay off. This is good advice.


  4. Kim
    February 28, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    My husband and I lived thru a tornado last year and did not have any power or water for 14 days so all the things mentioned are essential. What we learned was to also have extra medications on hand, there were so many trees down that we could not get out to run to the store. you can never have enough water (for flushing toliets too) candles, flashlights or better a generator even if it’s a small one. And a chainsaw especially if you live in an area with lots of trees. Don’t forget enough food for your pets as well.


  5. Sam
    March 5, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    I’m not trying to nit pick…… I’m curious how do you “Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls for washing hair without water.” ? That’d strip all the moisture out of your hair & scalp – especially if you have long, colored or permed hair. No Impact Man used baking soda to wash his hair during his zero impact experiment ( I’ve down it thrice in a pinch/plumbing emergency and it worked – dusty but it was sufficient.
    The rubbing alcohol worries me also because of the chances of it getting in eyes.

    Now that said, rubbing alcohol does make a great water free sanitzer that dries quickly. It does dry the skin a bit but not too bad & I do keep a good stash in my emergency supplies.

    It’s always a good idea to have at least one extra of every thing you use – you never know when a storm could knock down trees/power lines and block the road to the store till crews come through. A year & half ago we couldn’t get to the store 5 blocks from our house due to downed power lines & such (after a tornado) – we were fine because I still stock up on things like my parents did on our farm.
    So keeping extras in the hall closet isn’t just for those far from a store. Took the power company over a week to get things straightened up just due to work load – they can only work so fast.

    Also- might want to have an alternate heat source in case the furnace is affected by an outage & your in a freezing region. We have a kerosene heater (and two carbon monoxide detectors just for when it ever gets used) and also, as a back up in case the heater has issues, I keep a pile of wood (cut up fallen tree branches) in the back yard so we could get our fire pit going as a last resort (we also use the wood for other things) – although we dug the pit out of the snow New Years weekend this year to make S’mores – good yummy practice :)


  6. Admin - Danelle Ice
    March 5, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    @Sam: Thanks for all the great tips! I agree it’s good practice to keep extras on hand; you just never know when a “small” emergency will come up, even if there’s not a natural disaster.

    As for the rubbing alcohol for hair washing, it’s actually for scalp washing, you could say. In a pinch you can use rubbing alcohol or astringent to keep the scalp clean when hair can’t be washed with traditional shampoo and water. Here is an article that tells how to do it:

    Keep in mind, it’s better than nothing in an emergency. You don’t want to do this every day, as it can dry out the skin. However, if your scalp is very oily from no access to water for washing, the alcohol or astringent will help eliminate the oil.

    Thanks for all the great pointers!



  7. sandi
    March 13, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    You can also go to a beauty supply store and buy a bottle of warterless shampoo, if you are worried about drying your scalp out with alcohol. just one bottle should surffice.


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