Good Emergency Preparations and You’ll Be Ready for Anything
How to Budget for What You Need
In an emergency situation, you want to have a number of supplies that you can fall back on to ensure your survival, health, and safety. This requires collecting and maintaining a decent amount of those supplies even though you may never need them.
Altogether, these supplies for emergency preparedness – including food and water stockpiles, first aid supplies, and even the most basic survival kits, can add all up. So having a good budget to account for these items is vital.
Do Your Research
If you are starting from scratch, do some research on emergency preparedness? Look to websites such as The American Red Cross and CDC emergency preparedness for lists and ideas of what you need to build a survival “kit” and items to stockpile for emergencies.
You can also search your local area for survivor training and tips.
Once you have ideas of certain items you need, research those too. Some items, like food and water, are pretty foolproof. Nevertheless, other things such as shelter building supplies, weather clothing and gear, and first aid supplies, are not the same. Knowing what to look for can save you a lot of money at the same time guaranteeing that you have the best products on hand.
Make a List
Prior to going out and buying everything you need, make a detailed list of what items you need for your emergency preparedness or survival kit. Break the list up into sections based on their categories such as sustenance, shelter, first aid, clothing and more.
Also have an estimate of how much everything on that list costs. For home stockpiles, most experts advise that you have a bare minimum of three days’ worth of supplies, save for at least two weeks’ worth is preferred.
Build Up to It
Particularly if you are starting your emergency preparations, buying all of the items you need at once might not be very wise. It would more congenial to your budget if you were to get one or two items at a time, and build up to the full amount of items needed.
To know what items for emergency preparedness to purchase first, prioritize the list you made based on items that are the most essential and most practical. The top three items to prioritize are:
Having enough water stockpiled is one of the most important survival tips. Keep bottled water both in your car and your home. For your home stockpile, the best rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person per day.
* First aid:
A good emergency first aid kit and basic first aid knowledge is another item to prioritize. The American Red Cross has a detailed list of items that should be in any first aid kit. You will need to add or make changes to that list based on your family size and specific medical needs.
The most likely disaster situation involves a severe weather event where you could be stuck in your home for days or more without electricity or water. Having a decent stockpile of non-perishable foods to keep you and your family nourished is very important.
Keep a Watch Out for Bargains.
As you are building up your emergency preparations supplies, keep an eye out for good deals, coupons, and sales.
Some fundamental maintenance will help save you money and keep your survival supplies up to date. Keep your food and water stores rotating as they come near their expiration dates. That way items can be used rather than tossed out and stores kept fresh in case of emergency. Appropriate repairs of any tools and other equipment will keep them from needing to be replaced, which will also save you money.
Emergency preparedness is a responsible and potentially life-saving life skill, although being ready for anything isn’t always cheap. You can ensure the safety of your family and your budget with these tips.
Look for Tools to Help You Stay Organized
In virtually any situation, staying organized can make things much easier. Having an organized emergency preparedness plan and supplies could literally save your life should disaster ever strike.
Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your emergency preparations.
Write Out Your Plan
First of all, you want to organize your thoughts. The best way to do this is to write out your emergency plan. Not only will it help you think it through, but it will also help you crack down on details and get everyone involved on the same page.
Don’t forget to include different scenarios in your plans for emergencies. Make a plan for every situation you can think of: fires, floods, tornadoes, power outages, nearby industrial accidents, and whatever else comes to mind – including anything which is more likely to happen because of the climate in your area (such as snowstorms).
Set That Plan into Action
Once you have a plan, you can set your plan into motion by making preparations as required. For instance, acquire all of your survival equipment ready including emergency items in the house and in the car.
Lists for Everything
To keep track of what you have done, what needs to be done, and what or where everything is, never underestimate the usefulness of a detailed list for emergency preparedness.
Keep a running inventory list for your emergency food and water rations, first aid kit, and other supplies. Include expiration dates and make changes to the list as items are used, removed, or replaced.
Remember to keep a list of medical information, medications, emergency contacts, and any other useful information. Not only will lists like this help you keep everything straight in the chaotic aftermath of a major event, but it will also help emergency services should you be unable to talk.
Dedicate a Space
In your car, office, home, and wherever else you might be during a crisis, dedicate yourself to a space for your emergency supplies. Have a bag in your car or office, and designate a pantry, shelf, or other area at home for emergency water and food rations and other supplies.
Especially when storing food, make sure that all items are safely and hygienically contained in airtight bags or containers. Have extra containers on standby for any cans, boxes, or bags that are opened for use. Keep everything as neatly contained as possible so you can keep track of and locate items you need.
Label all of your supplies clearly. When an emergency occurs, you might not have the time or frame of mind to dig through a mess to look for small items. Also label items with expiration dates and “date opened” so that you can avoid waste and keep supplies fresh.
Save time, money, and trouble by maintaining all of your hard-earned organization. Keep everything as clean as possible and rotate supplies so nothing is expired when you need it most.
A little organization can go a long way, especially in an emergency situation. You can boost your preparations by following these tips and ideas for organizing your emergency plans and supplies.
Long-Term Food Storage Ideas
It is never a bad idea to have at least a small stockpile of food in the event of an emergency. Inclement weather events, power outages, and other disasters could make finding food outside of your home nearly impossible. Having something to fall back on is a smart and safe plan.
Why Should You Have Long-Term Food Storage?
Consider this very realistic scenario: What if you were caught in a long-term power outage due to a severe storm that caused flooding and major damage to roadways. In a situation like that you could be stuck in your home potentially for weeks.
Events such as this, and a long list of other possibilities, could happen to you. Having a plan to survive and thrive in any situation, including enough food and water to fall back on, will keep you and your family safe and healthy despite the drastic situation.
How Much Food Should You Store?
Every home should have a minimum of three days’ worth of food and water appropriate for their family size, but having at least two weeks’ worth is preferred. The rule of thumb for water is one gallon of water per person per day, and do not forget to count children and pets at up to a full gallon of water each as well.
The amount of food will depend on your family, but there should be enough to provide enough calories and nutrition to keep you healthy. At the very minimum, each family member should be able to have at least one full meal per day.
What Kinds of Food Should You Store?
You will want to stock food that has a minimum of a 3-6 month shelf life, and keep that stock rotated so that nothing is spoiled should an emergency occur. Look for canned goods and other non-perishable foods that your family will eat.
It will not do much good to only stock canned foods that no-one likes, because then it will be less likely that everyone will consume enough food and get the proper nutrition.
What Are Some Examples of Foods to Store?
Ready to eat canned goods that do not require cooking before consumption, granola bars, dried milk, peanut butter, nuts, and protein bars are all examples of good items to store. Crackers, bread, and similar products are good to keep as well – as long as you keep the stock rotated and keep in mind that they will not last as long as non-perishable items.
How Do You Store Food Items Long Term?
Have a shelf, closet, pantry, or cellar dedicated to your emergency food storage. Everything in your emergency food supply should be stored in airtight containers and you will want to have extra storage containers and/or zip lock bags to keep opened items in. Keep a list or clearly mark all boxes, cans, and bags with expiration dates and “opened on” dates and keep your stock rotated and free of expired items.
Keeping a stockpile of food and water for your family to fall back on in times of need is a responsible part of emergency preparedness. Should a large storm or other disaster occur in your area, you are more likely to be able to survive comfortably for longer.
These tips should help you build and maintain long-term food storage and your emergency preparedness.