Preparedness planning helps families become more self-reliant, not only in the face of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, but for everyday happenings. It’s more important to be prepared during a crisis so that you don’t run around willy-nilly trying to accomplish things you could have prepared for.
Disasters upheave your everyday life. Many have seen this during 2020 as food was delayed getting to the grocery stores. It wasn’t just food either. There were shortages, and continue to be shortages across the board. Freezers are hard to find, canning jars are hard to find…
A lot of time you’ll have notice that something ‘might’ be coming such as an ice storm, blizzard or tornado. This is when the unprepared rush to the stores and empty the shelves. Hopefully, the prepared household will only need fresh bread and perhaps milk to get them by. Those that rushed the grocery stores probably only obtained enough stock for a few days which means they’ll be back at the store, that is IF the store is open.
There have been times when a tornado took out the only grocery store for miles around. Sometimes the power gets knocked out by high winds or ice making the grocery store unable to sell (no power = no computer terminals).
Do you have a way to work around a power outage? Are you gas tanks topped off in case you have to leave your home? Remember the long lines on the highway of people trying to escape Katrina? Many ran out of gas right there on the interstate. (Side roads were often blocked off.)
How’s your family’s supply of easy to eat (as in canned goods) food, water, shelter, medications, cash and gas?
In my grandparents day it was common practice for the entire family to work hard during the warm part of the year growing, harvesting and putting back food to last until the following growing season. They canned and dried and put back as much as they could. Cellars were packed to the rim with canning jars of apples, peach jam, beans and much more. They filled the hay loft in the barn with hay for the animals in the winter months. No one considered this ‘unusual’ behavior, in face those that didn’t do this were either ‘well to do’ or ‘strange in the head’.
A prepared person is just someone that wants to be as prepared as possible for whatever the future might hold. That might mean having food set back, a source of drinking water, warm blankets and clothes…
You don’t need to have a ton of money to start being more prepared.
Start small if you have to. When you go to the grocery store and say spaghetti sauce is on your shopping list, buy two. One to use this week and one for later. Add basics to your shopping list and buy one or more each time you go to the store. What are basics? Flour for baking. Baking soda/powder for baking, oil for cooking, salt, sugar, tea/coffee, canned meats, you get the idea.
Have you gardened? If not, get into the planning stages for next season. Buy end of year seed closeouts, shop catalogs, save seeds from produce.
Do you have any water stored? Those big jugs of laundry detergent make great water dispensers for hand washing (not for drinking water). Water can be purchased by the gallon and stored. You need a minimum of a gallon a day per person.
Think about the things you use on a daily basis. These are the things you need backups of. Remember two is one and one is none. (Things break and get used up…)
What else? How about insect repellent, first aid kit, OTC medications such as aspirin, matches, blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights, candles…
Don’t get overwhelmed. Work on getting prepared one thing at a time. It won’t be long before you have a nice little pantry and all the items you need to get you by for a couple weeks (or longer). Then when a disaster is looming you’ll be more confident and less anxious and less likely to freak out because the store is out of milk or bread.
Don’t worry about what other people think about your prepping. It’s your life and your family’s lives that you’re protecting.