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Easy Things to Do to Prepare for an Emergency

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 26, 2011 @ 1:18 am In Health and Safety,Home Management,Homekeeping | 17 Comments

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September is National Preparedness Month. You might have noticed that I’ve shared a few things about how to be better prepared for an emergency over the past few weeks. There have been plenty of stateside events, big and small, over the last month, to make us think twice about how to handle an emergency.

While I haven’t done everything that I could or should do, I’ve made some baby steps.

I loved Lauren’s suggestions about packing emergency, or evacuation bags [5], for everyone in the family. I found $2 backpacks at Target’s back to school clearance, so I snatched up six to pack each of my kids a bag of things they might need if we need to leave home in an emergency.

I also started my stockpile of bottled water. I am too overwhelmed by the idea of buying 24 gallons at one time. Heavens! So, each time I go to a store, I’m adding a couple jugs to the cart. That extra $2 doesn’t make a big dent in the budget, but I’m working toward having a backup water supply in case we are without it.

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And I’ve got a list of things to tackle in the coming weeks like:

  • completing our emergency bags
  • backing up our computers on external hard drives and storing one in the safe
  • building our stockpile of water, batteries, candles, and light sticks
  • reviewing with my kids our emergency plans
  • stocking up on more easy-to-eat dry goods, like crackers, dried fruit, sunbutter, etc.

Be Prepared

In case you missed any past posts on emergency preparedness, it’s never to late to catch up — or get prepared.

Get Your Kitchen Prepared

The Eat Well Spend Less series [9] also looked at Emergency Preparedness this month. I love these ideas for what to stock in my emergency boxes as well as what to cook if the need should arise.

Check out these great posts on how to be ready for the unexpected when it comes to food and provisions:

Making the Most of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer [10]

Five Ways with Lentils [11] :: Simple Bites

Five Ways with Pasta [12] :: Food Your Way

Five Ways with Beans [13] :: Good Life Eats

Whole Grains 101 [14] :: Food For My Family

Creating and Using a Long Term and Short Term Food Storage [15] :: Tammy’s Recipes

5 Basic Steps to Emergency Preparedness [16] :: Kitchen Stewardship

Create an Emergency Fund in your Pantry [17] :: Kingdom First Mom

What’s ONE easy thing you can do this week?

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[5] packing emergency, or evacuation bags: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/creating-emergency-bags-for-your-children.html

[6] An Easy Way to Secure Furniture for Safety: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/an-easy-way-to-secure-furniture-for-safety.html

[7] How Prepared Are You?: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/how-prepared-are-you.html

[8] Be Prepared for Emergencies: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/03/be-prepared-for-emergencies.html

[9] Eat Well Spend Less series: http://lifeasmom.com/category/eat-well-spend-less

[10] Making the Most of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/making-the-most-of-your-pantry-fridge-freezer-eat-well-spend-less.html

[11] Five Ways with Lentils: http://bit.ly/o8rC9C

[12] Five Ways with Pasta: http://food.yourway.net/eat-well-spend-less-five-ways-with-pasta/

[13] Five Ways with Beans: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/09/eat-well-spend-less-5-ways-with-beans-favorite-bean-recipes.html

[14] Whole Grains 101: http://foodformyfamily.com/the-kitchen-sink/eat-well-spend-less-whole-grain-101

[15] Creating and Using a Long Term and Short Term Food Storage: http://www.tammysrecipes.com/node/4682

[16] 5 Basic Steps to Emergency Preparedness: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/09/20/eat-well-spend-less-5-basic-steps-to-emergency-preparedness/

[17] Create an Emergency Fund in your Pantry: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2011/09/eat-well-and-spend-less-with-an-emergency-fund-in-your-pantry.html

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