STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) – Prepared Soup 3 cans.
Tip: A few cans of prepared soup can be helpful everyday, for sudden illness or disasters. For singles and empty-nesters, the convenience of a can of soup can’t be overlooked. Consider adding a few of your family favorites to your 3-month supply.
Shelf Life: Typically 2 – 5 years, unless tomato-based. Check the label.
STEP 2: DRINKING WATER – 14 gallons water
FEMA recommends 1 gallon per day of drinking water per person. That’s about 4×24 ct. cases of bottled water per person. “You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for each person).” FEMA
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 food grade containers are for long-term storage.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely. Other containers need to be refilled every 6 months. Store off your cement floor on 2×4’s or on 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 – Toilet bowl cleaner
Tip: Whether you use a liquid or Comet-type product, buying a few extra is helpful everyday. Sometimes these items are less expensive when purchased in bulk at a warehouse store.
PREPAREDNESS GOAL – Update your 72-hour kit food
Tip: Does your kit need a checkup? Has it really been a year since you looked at the food in you kit? We keep our kits in our coat closet for quick access. You can find more ideas on my Pinterest 72-Hour Kit page or at this post about food packs.
EQUIPMENT GOAL – Portable Toilet
Tip: Trash bags could line a toilet in a disaster. Or you could purchase a portable toilet like the Go Anywhere by CleanWaste, or make one of your own with a seat and bucket.
WEEKLY INVENTORY – Freezer
How: We just discovered some hot dogs that had been in our freezer for over a year. Though freezer foods are perishible, it’s still a great idea to take an inventory every few months. I like to store my yeast in my freezer so it will last longer. Check out my Pinterest Freezer & Refrigerator page for more ideas.
Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week’s list? Please share.