STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) – Mayonnaise, parmesan cheese 20 ounces total.
Tip: Watch for great sales in the next few weeks on these items. You can certainly substitute other items for the ones I suggest. You may not think shelf-stable parmesan cheese is for you everyday, but if all you had to eat in a disaster was a can of green beans, your kids may appreciate a sprinkle on top. The suggested amount is a starting place. Don’t go overboard! Consider what you use most often and stock more of that item. Or simplify and keep one in the fridge and one on the pantry shelf. Even though we will gather BBQ sauce, ketchup and mustard next week, there may be a great Memorial Day sale for these items this week. So don’t be afraid to stock up.
Shelf Life: Varies. Check the label.
STEP 2: DRINKING WATER (per person; always keep in stock) – 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: Around Memorial Day, you can usually find a great price on bottled water. 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 person) – Nothing this week
OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
FOOD PREP 1 – Plastic utensils
Tip: Having a small supply of plastic utensils can be useful during disasters when you may not have running water to wash dishes. They are also useful for those summer parties.
PREPAREDNESS GOAL – Photograph Home Contents
Tip: There is no excuse for not taking pictures of items in your home and the outside of your home. These days the ease of cell phone cameras, makes this a no brainer. Documenting your home contents will help if you ever need to show an insurance company what you own.
EQUIPMENT GOAL – Dutch Oven Supplies
Tip: If you are planning on cooking with a dutch oven during an emergency, this is a great time of year to gather your supplies because you will find them on sale.
WEEKLY INVENTORY – Beans, Meat & Soup
How: This week check your supply of these items. Are you stocking enough?
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