You kind of have to look at food storage, and emergency preparedness supplies the same way you do as insurance. The advantage of food storage over insurance is a least you can eat it.
Be that as it may, those costs really start to add up. Food storage, and emergency preparedness does not have to be expensive. If you plan wisely, there are quite a few things you can do that are cheap, and in some cases even free.
Below you will find 10 simple tips to help you start prepping for free. The most important thing you can do is to take ACTION!
1. Take a Video inventory of your home.
If you were to lose your home or items in your home for any reason, this type of inventory (in addition to a written one) will make the process of making an insurance claim much simpler.
Make sure that you also keep a written inventory of any large ticket items (TVs, Pianos, etc) including brand, age etc. Keep a copy of the inventory somewhere else (a relative’s or friend’s home).
2. Create (and practice) a family evacuation plan.
Would you know what to do if told you had 30 minutes to evacuate? 10 minutes? Moments? You can read our family plan here.
3. Create (and practice) a family emergency plan
Sometimes you have warning of impending danger. Other times, such as with an earthquake, you don’t.
Do you (and your children) know what to do in the immediate aftermath of such a situation? Where will you meet?
How will you communicate? Do you know where everyone is at different times of the day?
Where are each of your children and your spouse at 1 pm? 10 am? etc. Do you know what your children’s schools plan to do in the event of an emergency?
4. Store water in juice and soda bottles.
If you drink juice and soda, rinse them out when you are done with them and store water in them! Make sure they are the plastic (non refrigerated type) juice bottles, not the milk jug-like ones.
If you don’ drink juice and soda, ask a neighbor or fried to save theirs for you (and offer to share your water if the need arose!).
I suggest storing a cool, dark place without any bleach or additives if you have a filter and plan to rotate regularly (every 6 months or so). If not, add a drop of bleach to each bottle.
5. Make a written list of all important phone numbers.
If you couldn’t access your cell phone to get the phone numbers, would you be able to reach your spouse? Parents? Doctor? Kid’s school? Etc?
6. Print 10+ recipes that you can make with 100% shelf stable items.
I know I have a lot of my recipes stored online. If I couldn’t access my computer, I’d still want to be able to cook! (-: Pick a few recipes that you can make with items you regularly keep on hand and print them out. To see items 7-10 please see the full article at: YourOwnHomeStore.com
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