Our first preparedness challenge of January is to choose a new preparedness plan, a preparedness budget and an emergency savings goal. These preparedness goals will help you throughout the year. Choose to live a prepared life. Be different! As you make that commitment, shopping for food storage and emergency supplies will become easier and more natural. My weekly preparedness challenges will help you along the way. Work on these preparedness challenges anytime during the month. Let’s begin the first one.
1. Choose a New Preparedness Plan
Write a simple preparedness plan statement such as: “Our family will gather emergency water, a 3-month supply of pantry food storage and a year’s supply of food storage by the end of 2021. We will put together a 72-hour kit for each member of the family. We will build up an adequate amount of emergency supplies including camping equipment, a generator and a wheat grinder by the end of 2023.“
The following ideas may help you:
- Who will buy the food storage and take food storage inventories?
- Which person can build food storage shelves?
- Who is the best person to grind the wheat and bake the bread?
- Is one of you better at researching food storage and emergency supplies?
- Who will gather 72-hour kit supplies?
Typically, one spouse is more interested in emergency preparedness than another which is fine if that person doesn’t get overwhelmed. Make this 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 rest of the shopping and our daughter puts items away.
2. Choose a Preparedness Budget
How much the budget is will depend on your family size, finances, and storage space in your home.
- Perhaps start with a $10 to $20 weekly budget for food storage and a $25 to $50 budget for emergency supplies. A larger family will want a larger budget.
- Adjust this budget throughout the year.
3. Choose an Emergency Savings Goal
It’s wise to put aside money for emergencies such as job loss, disaster or long-term illness.
- In a pamphlet entitled All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourage church members to have an emergency financial reserve.
- Write down how much you want in your emergency savings. Every family will be differetn.
- Decide if you put money aside weekly or monthly.
I hope choosing a new preparedness plan, a preparedness budget and an emergency savings goal will help your family. Have faith and begin.
The Food Storage Organizer
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