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Utah County Woman Takes Food Storage to the Extreme

Utah County Woman Takes Food Storage to the Extreme

Posted - Jan. 20, 2004 at 4:54 p.m.



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Debbie Dujanovic ReportingA Utah County woman has taken food storage to a whole new level. And to fit it all inside her home, she's had to be very creative.

Hidden behind the curtains, hanging from above, every closest and corner in her home is neatly stuffed top to bottom with plastic soda bottles. There are enough to survive just about any disaster.

Jolene Parker, Food Storage Expert: "You think you have enough to survive at least two years personally. But I can't watch my neighbors go hungry; I might have to share with them."

She's hung nearly 350 bottles filled with water; another 1100 hold emergency food.

Jolene Parker: "I have lentils, 16 bean blend, split peas, more lentils, white beans, red beans."

She dug out an area under her stairs to create more space. Then got more creative. Under her end table are two 25 pound buckets of kernels of wheat. And in every bedroom you'll find meals ready to eat. In the closets, a false floor and a shelf held up by water bottles. That's in case a disaster traps her in a bedroom. And finally, linen closet stocks enough toilet paper for a year.

Her kids are grown; if disaster strikes it's just Jolene and her husband --maybe.

Jolene Parker started her collection 20-years ago. Neighbors have helped by donating hundreds of empty bottles.

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