INVENTORY: Count your breakfast items. Things such as breakfast cereal, instant oatmeal, pancake mix, pancake syrup, etc.
EMERGENCY FUND: Consider putting aside $2.00 or more per week per family member. If you have any stories how your emergency fund has helped you, email them to me. At the end of the year you will have $104 or more per person!
WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Buy or fill water as needed. Suggested amount is 14 gallons per person or 4×24 ct. cases of bottled water per person for drinking/cooking, and then water in barrels for hygiene, cleaning, toilet flushing, etc. Store in a location that does not have intense heat, and direct sunlight. Store in several places in your home in case disasters make it difficult to obtain it in one location.
FOOD STORAGE (3-month per adult): 3 cans of prepared soup – like Progresso or Healthy Choice.
NON-FOOD: Disinfectant cleaner like Pinesol. If concentrated, only one per family.
72-HOUR KIT: Baby wipes travel pack.
AUTO KIT: Baby wipes travel pack. Useful for quick cleanups.
EQUIPMENT: Portable toilet. You could buy a toilet seat for a bucket, or plan to line your house toilet with a bag. Come up with a plan.
PREPAREDNESS: Plan or plant a vegetable garden. Check out SquareFootGardeing.com or
NEWBIES: If you are new to my site, just jump right in. If you have a busy week, don’t worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. You may substitute other items. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Here is the April 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read “How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists” for other ideas.
CURRENT GIVEAWAY: Four lucky winners will receive my 12-Month Food Storage Organizer book that I’m writing. Go here for more details.