“Too many people make the mistake in thinking emergencies only happen to ‘other folks,'” writes Larry Barkdull in his book, Emergency Essentials’ Tips For Preparedness. “Beyond the subject of disaster, being prepared should be a part of your normal provident living. Don’t become overwhelmed. Start with small goals and work consistently.”
Barkdull gives the following ideas to help you get started on your preparedness plan:
- Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: a 72-hour kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag and a first aid kit or an emergency bag. Then budget enough money monthly to keep adding to your stores of emergency supplies.
- Get your information from reliable sources. Most sensible programs will coincide with other reputable sources such as books, community preparation and church or government programs. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
- That which would be required to sustain life for three days can be easily multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
- Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members and others.
- Think investment not expense. Think practically when it comes to assembling a food storage program. Buy the basics and learn to use them. Buy foods that you can rotate and eat regularly instead of storing foods that are unknowns to you that you have never eaten. Buy emergency materials that can be used for other activities such as Scouting events, camping adventures and family road trips. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste. The point is, do something and do not procrastinate.