Monday, September 21, 2015

Preparing your home for an emergency.

I don't know about you but I constantly think about all the chaos in today's world. I am always thinking about what would happen to my family if we ever faced an emergency. Would we have enough food to eat? Would we have extra clothes to wear? A roof over our head? Being prepared to the best that we can is something we all should be focused on. A few things we can do as caregivers is make sure our family will have the essential items needed if you ever face an emergency, such as a food storage, be stocked up on essential items (toilet paper, shampoo, etc), and some extra money for rent.

A food storage is something that every household should have. I have been slowly building mine and only spend about $5 a week to keep it building. It is up to you on how much money you want to spend each week to build a food storage. We are on a tight budget so $5 works for us. You would be surprised at how much $5 will get you. With a food storage, be sure to constantly rotate your food. You don't want to get caught in an emergency and have to eat expired food. This is not a fun process but it has to be done. Canned and dry goods, such as cereal, soups, and pasta, are ideal for a food storage. Be sure to have plenty of water too. Not just for drinking but for everyday needs as well. If you have a baby, don't forget to have extra formula and baby food.

Stocking up on everyday essentials is also important to being prepared for an emergency. Things you may want to include in your stockpile are toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap, dish soap, paper plates, cups, feminine products, deodorant, and razors. If you have a baby don't forget extra diapers, wipes, and baby soap. This list could be endless but it is up to you to figure your family's needs. Be sure to always use coupons to get these items super cheap so that you can get enough for your family without breaking the bank.

When an emergency happens sometimes you never think to grab some extra clothes from your dresser. Especially if you are in a hurry. A good idea is to keep a few sets of clothes for each person set aside, perhaps in a backpack or kept in your car so that you can find them easily.  

Lastly, make sure you have enough money saved to pay a few months worth of rent. I know this seems easier said than done, but it can be done. It takes planning, budgeting, and watching how much extra money you spend. If you find that you have extra money after bills and such, save it, don't spend it. I know from experience how much this helps in times when you truly need it. You will thank yourself.

Start today to getting your home and family ready for any type of emergency. Being prepared will payoff when the time comes. This subject has been brought up in today's society because it is something that we all will truly need someday. I believe in being prepared and encourage you all to do the same.

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