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The United States has blizzards, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and fires. All of these scenarios require emergency preparations while staying frugal. If you wait until it is too late, then you have slim chances of being frugal and may end up spending A LOT more money.
Emergency Preparation Tips
Staying organized is a fundamental element in emergency preparations. Tidy Living has storage containers and items such as racks that will help you keep organized. Being organized includes being able to find your relevant documents and having your emergency kits in one easily accessible place. I keep all my important papers in a simple briefcase. This way if something happens, then I can grab it and go.
In my briefcase, I also keep important pictures. During the time of an evacuation, you may not be thinking about something such as pictures. In the event you lose your home, you may also lose all or most of your personal items, including photos. When I was 14, we almost lost my childhood home to a forest fire. Pictures were the one thing that my mom was sad about possibly losing. Firefighters were able to protect and save our home. The fire burned all around my house. During our evacuation, I grabbed the families laundry baskets, even ones with dirty clothes. We did not have much time, and I knew if the clothes were in the basket, we must have liked them, and they fit.
Waiting for something like a natural disaster to do your shopping spells disaster, you could encounter food and water shortages before the event happens. Not only will you face long lines and crazy people, but you will also be spending more money than necessary. One great tip is to keep a small stockpile handy. You can create a nice little stockpile using coupons throughout the year. I will typically purchase canned goods such as vegetables, canned soups, and even canned meats. It is a good recommendation to keep enough canned food for a week. I also keep these items stored in a separate area from my regular food.
Other things to consider for a stockpile, is paper goods. This includes cups, paper plates, napkins, and toilet paper. Having these on hand will make your meal clean up much easier.
When you have a stockpile, make sure it is easily accessible. I use smaller totes to store everything in. This way if we do have to leave, They are light enough to carry to vehicles easily.
If you have the option, a generator is a great investment. Just make sure that you store it properly. I also keep camp stoves, charcoal, bleach, bottled water, and propane on hand. These few items will allow you to cook and clean up, as well as disinfect water if necessary.
Overall, staying prepared year round is the key to easy emergency preparations. What are your tips and tricks to staying prepared all year?
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