Originally posted on June 18, 2010
When most people think of emergency preparedness, they think of food storage, water storage, batteries, flashlights, maybe even a radio. But there is so much more. Not to overwhelm you, but there are also 72 hour kits (families need a separate one for every person!), clothes, blankets, planned escape routes, predetermined meeting places, code words, emergency out of state contact, plan "b" (or maybe even "c"), back up fuel, alternative cooking methods, alternative heating methods, back up generators, medicines (including daily prescriptions), toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrush, hair brush, sanitary pads, etc... There are so many "little things" that we use day to day that we just don't think about but are necessary for long term. There are larger items, like a cook stove or generator that may not be feasible to store in your situation, but maybe someone you know has one you can use with them in an emergency or maybe they'll store it for you in exchange to use it with you.
This weeks goal is to record every day for two or three days, all the items you use or ingest from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. The list may shock you. Make sure you are including these items in your storage kits. Gals, remember mother nature. You don't want to be caught without a plan!
Use last week's tip and just buy an extra something here and there when on sale, and put it away. It's an easy way to get prepared.