2017: The Year to Be Prepared

Do you have a New Years resolution or goal? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about becoming more prepared this year. And yes, at times it does seem like a daunting project, to say the least, but if we start small we will end up prepared!

Let’s start with non-food items at the moment. Find a box or a tub around your house. Label this Emergency supplies, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you don’t have anything durable at  the moment, just find anything to collect these items inn. Does your kid have an old backpack they don’t use anymore?

Now, think about how much you can spare for the month. $25 or $50 a month?

For the month of January, let’s say you have $25 you can devote to your families preparedness. You might be thinking. “what in the world could you buy for $25 to help you become more prepared.” Well…

I went to Walmart and looked at flashlights/batteries. I found a pack of 2 flashlights with batteries for $4.47. I could buy enough flashlights and batteries for every member of my family to have in case of emergency. Put those in your tub or box. If you had any money left over put in an envelope and label emergency money, place in your tub as well to use next month.

I made a list of items I would like to purchase for this year. Personally, I am allotting myself a budget of $50 a month.

Here are a few of my items your list may be a little different.

  • Flashlights
  • batteries
  • gloves for warmth
  • hats/beanies
  • scarves
  • sweat-pants and shirts
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Band-aids
  • matches/lighters
  • medicine/essential oils
  • blankets
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • scissors
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • soaps/for washing dishes, clothes, body
  • trash bags
  • file folder or notebook for important papers
  • mess kits
  • kleenex
  • Ziploc bags
  • wash rags/towels
  • Heirloom seeds for planting
  • candles
  • vinegar
  • bleach
  • other cleaning products
  • perhaps if you have children you may want to purchase some activities for them in the event of an emergency.
  • Paper notebooks
  • Puzzle books
  • colored pencils/crayons
  • coloring books
  • A small set of scriptures
  • books

These are just some items that I would like to focus on.