Preparedness Challenge: January Week 1

Every January many people set a goal to work on emergency preparedness, but by the time March rolls around they’ve lost focus. This happens because they haven’t chosen to live a prepared life. If you make a commitment to work on gathering food storage and emergency supplies every month year-round, you will accomplish your goals. Each week I’ll suggest a preparedness challenge to help you along. Work on it anytime during the month. Your first preparedness challenge of January is to create a simple preparedness game plan and budget for preparedness items.

1. Decide on Your Preparedness Game Plan

Write a simple statement of your preparedness game plan 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 also put together a 72-hour kit for each family member by March 2021. We will build up an adequate amount of emergency supplies including camping equipment, a generator, a wheat grinder, etc. by the end of 2023.

Consider the following while making your plan:

  • Who will buy the food storage and take food storage inventories? Who will build food storage shelves? Who will grind the wheat and bake the bread?
  • Who will research and buy emergency supplies? Who will gather supplies for 72-hour kits?
  • Typically one spouse is more interested in preparedness than another, and that’s okay. Focus 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 I need. I do the rest with the help of our daughter.

2. Decide On A Preparedness Budget

  • How much 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.

3. Decide On An Emergency Savings Goal

  • It’s wise to put aside money for emergencies such as job loss 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.

This is a great start for your preparedness adventure. Have faith and just begin.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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2 thoughts

  1. Bless you for doing this year after year. We used up a lot of our food storage this past year and have been grateful to have it. I need to almost start over. Thank you.

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