We're so glad you're taking the first steps to become prepared for the challenges life brings. The more prepared we all are the less effect natural disasters, man-made events, and accidents have on our families and communities.
This article gives you step by step instructions on how to start your preparedness efforts.
If you're like most people you have emergency preparedness on the mind because of some life-altering news event, your church told you to take action, or you know someone who has scared you into action. Life can go sideways in a hurry. We better have a plan and the resources to survive the event.
All emergency prep gear costs money. Set aside a bit every month. Be disciplined and don't be tempted to rob your water, food, cash storage.
Life Experience: No Income for 10 Months
We know a family who lost their business in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their business was destroyed. They laid off workers, cut back everywhere they could, and sought another job. Because of the economic environment of the industry they were in, finding good work was a challenge. They went 10 months without a paycheck...but they survived just fine. How?
They had set aside emergency cash for 6 months, had 1year of food storage, had purchased a home where their monthly payment was lower than many people pay for rent.
They were ready for an emergency and survived the event.
While it seems daunting initially, getting ready for emergencies can be straight forward. So how do you start?
Look at your household. What threats are out there that could change life? Here are some items we can think of:
When an emergency happens, what aspects of life are vulnerable? Make a list of these vulnerabilities and prioritize them either by likelyhood or significance. Here is a list (likelyhood) we've come up with that might affect most households:
Now, take these vulnerabilies and make a plan to protect yourself and your household from the impact of an emergency. We recommend acquiring gear, resources, and supplies over time to last 1 year for your entire household.
Set goals to acquire items monthly or quarterly. We like the monthly appoach so you are always conscious of your progress.
Most of the gear, resources, and supplies require money. Set aside a monthly budget to use to secure the resources. Make purchases regularly and protect the items you acquire for a true emergency. Be sure to set your budget so you're living within your means - don't break the bank to acquire the supplies you need. We don't want to create an emergency trying to prevent one.
Priortize your gear and supplies based on this list.
Survival Priorities Explained
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Ask yourself how long you'd survive with the gear and supplies you have on hand if an emergency happened tomorrow. What if you lost your job (no income), got injured, a major pandemic occurred, a massive terrorist attack happened, your home was destroyed by a storm, or zombies began to take over - how long could you and your household last? Would you have enough food for a month? How about water - do you have a week on hand? How about cash - do you have enough to pay bills for a month?
We believe we should have enough emergency supplies and gear on hand to survive for 1 year.
If we're really prepared we can survive indefinitely but for beginners, 1 year is a great goal.
Here are the recommended steps/goals to getting prepared:
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This list will get you prepared for the most common emergencies including job loss, illness, shelter at home situations, and more. From here you can continue to add gear and kits as needed so everyone in your household is safe and protected.
It's time to get started. Set aside a budget and take the first steps. You'll be surprised at how quickly you can achieve preparedness if it is a top priority.
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