Our first prep challenge in January is to create a game plan including a preparedness budget, and an emergency savings goal. If you commit to living a prepared life, shopping for food storage and emergency supplies will become natural to 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. Create a Game Plan
Write a preparedness game plan statement such as: “Our family will put together 72-hour kits, store emergency water and gather a 3-month supply of pantry food storage by the end of this year. We will add some long-term food storage along the way. 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 vegetable 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 you spend for preparedness supplies each will depend on your family size, income, and the storage space in your home. It will take several years to work on this, so don’t fret.
- Perhaps start with a $10-$25 weekly budget for food storage and a $50 monthly budget for emergency supplies. Adjust this budget whenever necessary.
For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared.President Russell M. Nelson
3. Choose an Emergency Savings Goal
It’s wise to put aside money for emergencies such as 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. Even saving a few dollars is better than nothing.
- 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!
As you create a game plan, choose a budget, and start saving for emergencies, you will have a place to begin your preparedness adventure!
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer
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