Our first January preparedness challenge is to choose a preparedness game plan including a preparedness budget, and an emergency savings goal. Part of this game plan will be to choose to live a prepared life. If you make that commitment, shopping for food storage and emergency supplies throughout the year will be natural for you. My weekly preparedness challenges will help you along your way. Though my challenges are for each week, you can work on them anytime during the month. Let’s begin the first one.
1. Choose a Preparedness Game Plan
Write a preparedness game plan statement such as: “Our family will put together a 72-hour kits, store emergency water, gather a 3-month supply of short-term pantry food storage, and a year’s supply of long-term food storage by the end of 2022. We will buy a wheat grinder and a generator by the end of 2024.”
Discuss who will help with various aspect of your game plan:
- Who will buy the food storage and take food storage inventories?
- Where will we store food storage?
- Who will grind the wheat and bake the bread?
- Who will research food storage and emergency supplies?
- Who will plant our garden?
- Who will gather 72-hour kit supplies?
It’s not uncommon for one spouse to be more interested in emergency preparedness. Do your best to make a family game plan that focuses on the strengths of each person. In our case, my husband works full-time, and I work part-time, so he researches camping supplies and builds anything we need. I do the shopping and our daughter puts food away.
2. Choose a Preparedness Budget
How much can you budget for preparedness will depend on your family size, finances, and the storage space in your home. It will take several years to work on this.
- Perhaps start with a $10 weekly budget for food storage and a $500 monthly budget for emergency supplies. A larger family will need a larger budget. Adjust this budget throughout the year.
“Gradually build a financial reserve, and use it for emergencies only. If you save a little money regularly, you will be surprised how much accumulates over time.”All is safely gathered in: family home finances
3. Choose an Emergency Savings Goal
It’s wise to put aside money in emergency savings for job loss, natural disasters, and long-term illness.
- In the pamphlet All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourage church members to have a financial reserve.
- Decide if you will work towards a one-month goal or a longer goal. Every family will be different. Write down how much you want to save for your emergency savings.
- Decide if you will put money aside weekly or monthly, and then begin!
Choosing a preparedness game plan, a preparedness budget, and an emergency savings goal will help your family along the preparedness path. Have faith and begin!
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer
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