Be Prepared: Plan Before You Prepare

After last week’s post, I began thinking about the topic for this week and I came up with: Plan before you prepare.  Before you can really start to prepare, a plan must be made.  How do you do that?  Where do you begin?  It can be overwhelming at first, but Food Storage Made Easy has come up with a few forms and tips to getting started.  Think about the dynamics of your family.  Do you have pets?  Children?  Someone with special needs?

Grampa & Gramma got this tent for the kids to play in, but it also makes a great emergency tent.

Start with a family plan checklist:

Find a meeting place: near your home and one away from your home.

Pick a place in your home as your safe room (in case of tornado or hurricane).

Plan escape routes.  Practice home drills so your children know how to evacuate.

Teach your children your home and cell phone numbers and your address.

Choose 1 out-of-state contact and 1 local contact to call in an emergency.

Create a contact list with important phone numbers.

Next, begin getting your Disaster Supplies together.  We have a first aid kit for each vehicle, 1 for the house and 1 for our grab and go bag.  I used the list provided from Food Storage Made Easy and from other searches online.  They also suggest a 72 hour kit.  They have a creative way to do by using a clean milk jug for each person.  Then they give suggestions for the food and water and other things to go inside.  It is a great idea that we are getting ready to make.

Along with the disaster supplies, you will want to have an Important Documents Binder.  We have an accordion folder that includes all of our documents, but a binder that zips and has clear zipper pencil pouches will work better.  Put items like passports and small cards in the zipper pouches so they won’t fall out.  We, also, have an emergency binder with printouts from Food Storage Made Easy and even a first aid e-book printed out in case we can’t get to our computer.  We will eventually combine these so we have just 1 binder.

Finally, create an Evacuation List.  This will contain a checklist for a car kit and for a grab and go kit.

Start this week, plan for any emergency and you will be a little closer to being prepared.  Take a baby step and maybe only do 1 at a time.  Do you have a plan or a great website you would like to share for planning?

Linking up to Raising Homemakers.

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