Basic Planning Should Be Commonplace

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Do you watch disaster movies? Do you try to obtain at least one ‘take away’ from the film? No one really wants to consider the possibility of an actual disaster happening in their area, but it IS always a possibility. You know this. When a disaster does strike you’ll realize that you either ‘wish’ you had done something to prepare OR you’re wholeheartedly thankful that you did prepare.

If you own a house you purchase homeowners insurance EVEN if the house is paid for. This covers against fire, theft, tornadoes…. You own car insurance for your car. You don’t want to have an accident, but things happen that are beyond your control. Just this past month my own car was hit while parked in a grocery store parking lot. It makes good sense to have homeowners and vehicle insurance to cover for the possibilities. It also makes good sense to have your own disaster plan (and preparedness supplies.)

First you need a plan. We talked a little bit about this last week:

Having a plan helps you figure out exactly what to prepare for and what to stock for that emergency.

Your first need (beyond shelter) is clean water. Do you have a well? Do you have a way to get the water out of the well if there is no electricity? I keep a galvanized well bucket (I got it at Lehmans) on hand. (This means I also stock rope, a pulley, and keep an old swing set around to act as a hoist.) Do you have a swimming pool, a pond, a stream or rain barrels?

You can also store water. There are some lovely heavy duty containers that stack making storing water easier. The large 5 gallon bottles of water can also put on storage racks. Just buy an extra 5 gallons next time you’re at the store. You should have at a gallon of water per day per person. Start with three days worth and work your way upwards.

I have a garage attached to my house and because I’m in an earth-shelter it stays a nice consistent temperature year round. I store water out there. You can store water in an outdoor shed BUT you’ll need to keep it from freezing as the containers could burst.

Do you have storage totes? Sure boxes work but boxes get wet causing supplies to get wet. Stock up on stackable, lidded, totes for storing your preparedness supplies.

The clear totes help you organize as you can see what’s in them (should your labeling fail due to moisture). Put dry goods in one, canned in another, paper supplies in one, candles etc in another… Your organization is up to you but putting like things together helps you find things when needed and helps keep you from getting flustered.

We talked about buying food supplies at your local grocer just this past week. Tons of food items are easy to open (pull tab) and ready to eat and long lasting. Fill a smaller tub with canned meats. (It’ll get heavy fast.)

If you can’t afford to buy all your preparedness supplies at once then stretch it out. Buy extra tuna this week and canned pasta the next. You can do this.
We plan for the birth of a child, high school graduation, birthday parties and weddings.

It’s almost second nature. Let’s make planning for our survival just as commonplace.

Things can and do happen. Let’s prepare for them.