Emergency and disaster preparedness is something that can be difficult to discuss. First, it’s not very fun to talk about unknowns that may come from natural disasters or economic distress. Secondly, it can be overwhelming to think about all the things that we’re supposed to do—from creating lists of assets, to collecting water, food storage and medical supplies, to creating an emergency plan for your family. Who has time to sit down and figure all of this out?
Just remember, you don’t have to take care of everything all at once! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Augason Farms is here today to help you compile a list based on the two most important parts of disaster preparedness. Once you have a list, you can create a monthly or bi-weekly checklist and begin slowly building your stockpile. As you begin your preparations, remember this basic rule to help you prioritize: A person can go 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.
The good news is that water is one of the easiest survival items to obtain before any disaster. The bad news is that most people still don’t have enough stocked up for what you might consider a “usual” disaster. So here’s the basic recommended amount—you need to aim to have one gallon of water per person, per day (this will include cooking and cleaning). You’ll want to have enough water for each person to get through 72 hours, or three days to start. Once you have that saved up for every person, work towards having a minimum of three times the recommended amount.
The easiest and most space efficient way to store water is by stocking up on 5 gallon jugs of water. 5 gallon jugs are relatively inexpensive and are available at most big box stores and online. If you have more storage space, a 55 gallon barrel is ideal. Just remember that once it’s filled with water, you won’t be able to move it, so put it somewhere accessible.
When stocking up on food storage, stock up how much you think you’ll need, and then get more. Food storage is something that most preppers just don’t have enough of. Because of the convenience of grocery stores and markets nearby, the average family doesn’t have enough food to supply them for more than 5 days. In the event of some impending natural disaster or crisis, grocery stores are always quickly wiped out.
There are plenty of strategies you can apply when stocking up on food items, and the trick is to find the approach that works best for you and your family. One way is to begin purchasing a few extra nonperishable items that your family usually keeps on hand—i.e. spaghetti sauce, noodles, canned meat, soup, vegetables. You’ll be surprised to see how quickly your stockpile starts to grow. Another approach is to slowly stock up on more bulk sized food storage items and watch for when they go on sale. Augason Farms’ #10 Cans are on super sale for part of this month and are a great place to start!
Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to be overwhelming or a budget buster. Create a plan that will work best for your family and you will be surprised how quickly your storage comes together.
What’s the first thing you plan on grabbing for your emergency stockpile? Comment below!