September is preparedness month. It’s the time of year as the seasons change to prepare for the future. Preparing for the future should not be overwhelming. We’ve included 12 primary areas of preparedness. Use your specific situation to decide what you need. Make a plan for how you will gather these items and get started. As you and your family become better prepared for the storms of life, you will be on your way to turning this September into Preptember!™
- Water – 1 gallon per person per day minimum – 3 gallons is recommended. Items to consider for storage: storage barrels & tanks, bottles/pouches/cans; purifiers/distillers/filters.
- Food – 2,000 calories per person per day recommended. Items to consider for storage: fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, legumes, meats, drinks; food can be dehydrated, freeze-dried, or canned.
- Shelter – An item to provide protection from the elements. Items to consider obtaining: tents, sleeping bags, hats, coats, rain gear.
- Warmth – Safe reliable things to burn and equipment to use them. Things to consider obtaining: stoves, heaters, fireplaces, propane, wood, kerosene, paraffin.
- Light – A good light source gives you power to overcome the darkness. Items to consider acquiring: candles, flashlights, oil lamps, glow sticks, lanterns, headlamps, solar lights.
- Power – Power back-up is now inexpensive, lightweight, portable & easy to use. Items to consider: solar & fueled generators, solar collectors & chargers, batteries, hand-cranked chargers.
- Sanitation – Unsanitary conditions in the aftermath of a disaster can be more hazardous than the actual disaster. Items to consider acquiring: waste disposal, toilet facilities, hand & body wash, clothing washer, dental supplies.
- First Aid – Be prepared to provide first care while waiting for first responders. Obtain First aid kits and don’t forget prescription medicines.
- Communications – Always keep your cell phones charged and use texting to communicate. With cell towers down you will need alternative ways to contact loved ones. Items to consider: Whistles, air horns, emergency band radio, walkie talkies.
- Cooking – Alternative ways to cook will be necessities in an electrical power down situation. Every time you cook outside, you’re practicing preparedness. Items to consider: Outdoor cooker and fuel, solar ovens, hand powered opener, hand mills for grinding grains, food dryers and caning pots/pans/utensils.
- Tools – With no electricity and no handyman to call, it will pay-off to have a few hand tools, and to know how to use them. Be sure to know how to turn off the city water and gas if you have them. Tools to consider: building, repairing, clearing, cutting, mechanical.
- Planning – Start planning today, before a disaster occurs. Then the time for preparation will be over. Do you have: food storage plan, evacuation & gathering plan, insurance coverage, list of out of area contacts, a 72 hour kit, food for 2 weeks?
Billie Nicholson, Editor