Those of you getting this weekly tip that are new to preparedness, this quick start guide will help you accomplish some of the basics that every preparedness plan needs. Those of you that have been preparing for a while, you might want to forward this along to those people you know that might consider preparing at a basic level.
Think of this as Family Insurance. This Family Insurance is what you can count on in a crisis, disaster or emergency. It's there, just as any other insurance, when you need it, so you can continue to provide for your family. And best of all, there's no paperwork to fill out and no regular monthly checks to write in order to be able to use it.
This is preparedness at its most basic level. Being prepared to continue providing for your family is a good idea, as they will be looking to you for the answers in times of crisis.
Make it a goal to accomplish these 10 basic things that will put you far above others when an unexpected event happens. Come up with a solution for each of the following with the understanding that you can’t just go stay with a relative across town. For an expansion on these solutions, check out The Preparedness Capability Checklist (link below).
1. Have food to eat when stores are closed or shelves are empty. ( 2 weeks)
2. FInd a solution to cook without electricity or your stove.
3. Have bottled water for a week's worth of drinking and a solution to obtain clean water when the tap water stops flowing and the stores are closed.
4. Find a solution to keep warm/cool when the power is out.
5. Find a solution for light when there is no power.
6. Have a way to use the rest room, even when there is no water pressure.
7. Have a plan in case you need to leave your home, fire, etc.
8. Find solution to add to your security, in case someone tries to break in.
9. Make sure you have copies of important documentation that is easy to grab or stored off site, including back ups for your computer.
10. As these are only the basics, make a list of prep tasks that increases your preparedness beyond the basics that you can chip away at.
Rob Hanus is the author of the book “The Preparedness Capability Checklist” which is an easy to read book with the absolute best method for intelligent and deliberate prepping. Rob is also host of the Preparedness Podcast.
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