STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) – Tuna or Salmon 6 cans.
Tip: Canned tuna or salmon is a great source of Omega 3 and protein. Canned fish can be used in sandwiches, salads and casseroles. Tuna is .50 cents per can and albacore tuna is $1.50 during the April case lot sales in Utah. They are always at Sam’s Club and Costco or check your grocery ad for a good price to stock up on your favorite brand. If this is a staple for your family, you may want to stock up on more.
Shelf Life: About 3 – 5 years.
STEP 2: DRINKING WATER – 14 gallons water
(FEMA) or about 4×24 ct. cases of bottled water per person
Tip: Stock up this month! It’s everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use. Small bottles are for short-term storage, so slowly go through your supply and replenish. More durable containers are for long-term storage, but need to be refilled every 6 months.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely, see Still Tasty. Store off your cement floor on 2×4’s or a shelf.
STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE (per person) – $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Add to your fund each week for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash in small bills at home.
STEP 4: LONGER-TERM SUPPLY (per adult) – Nothing this week
OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
SANITATION ITEMS – Baby wipes
Tip: Even if you don’t have a baby, these wipes are great for cleansing when you are without running water. I buy a few packs and keep with the emergency supplies. Great for camping, everyday and during disasters.
PREPAREDNESS GOAL – Plant a vegetable garden
Tip: This is by far the best preparedness thing you can do to keep food costs down. Even if you live in an apartment, you can have a tomato plant on your porch. With practice, you could become the porch expert! Check out some ideas on my Pinterest Vegetable Gardens page. And I love reading about gardening at The Prudent Homemaker.
EQUIPMENT GOAL – Solar Shower
Tip: If you were without running water, a solar shower is a great sanitation gadget. Sure you could create something of your own, but for less than ten dollars you could have something to hang in a tree and let the sun heat. We picked up ours from Walmart. May I never have to use it.
WEEKLY INVENTORY – Beverages
How: Check your beverages for breakage, spillage and replenish if needed. Items such as shelf stable juice, soda, sports drinks, powdered drink mixes, lunch box drinks, or other canned beverages can be considered food storage.
Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week’s list? Please share.