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  • Create a Family Emergency Plan in 10 Minutes or Less

    One of the first steps you need to take to get prepared is make an emergency plan. Whether you live alone or with family, friends, or roommates, it’s important to be on the same page with your household, as well as those who don’t live with you but will be anxious to locate and touch base with you in an emergency.

    A basic plan is a good place to start, and we've got a great (and free) fill-in-the-blank Emergency Plan PDF so you can have a custom family emergency plan in 10 minutes or less.

    Sample Family Emergency Plan


    You can build a more comprehensive plan from there if you’d like, but this plan covers the basics:

    1) Grab survival kits/emergency kits/bug-out bags
    2) Designated meeting point near the home
    3) Designated meeting point in the neighborhood
    4) An out-of-town relative or friend that everyone can call to check in with (it’s pretty common for local lines to be busy following a disaster—your best bet for reaching each other is to call someone with a long-distance number and leave messages for each other).
    5) Out-of town meeting place/evacuation location
    6) Evacuation plan with primary and secondary exits from each room
    7) Emergency Contact Information
    8) Evacuation assignments (who will take what based on how much time you have)

    So, whether you’re just getting started in prepping or you’ve been building food and water storage for years, be sure you’ve got an emergency plan in place—it’s one of the most fundamental (and easiest) things you can do when it comes to emergency preparedness.


  • September is Preptember™ (a.k.a. National Preparedness Month)

    Don’t you just love September? The crisp air, the football games, the iodine tablets. That’s right, folks. It’s Preptember™ once again! And what better way to celebrate National Preparedness Month than with a blog series?

    This year we’re taking it back to the basics: we’ll be talking all month about easy ways to get started in emergency preparedness, simple strategies for maintenance, and how to master the bare essentials. So, if you’re overwhelmed and feeling “stuck” when it comes to preparing for emergencies, this is the ideal month to tune in.

    Family together at the computer

    Just to tempt you (I know, you’re already tempted!), here are a few of the topics coming down the pike this month:

    • Water storage: it’s way easier than it sounds.
    • Food storage: start small. Oh, and how to make it palatable. Because food storage doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) be gross.
    • Gear: what’s crucial and what can you skip?
    • Survival: you may not be Bear Grylls, but we’ll teach you how to hold your own.
    • “Slow & Steady”: time vs. money when building your store of supplies.

    Our goal is to shake you from paralysis in the face of your daunting to-do list and show you how manageable it is to chip away at preparedness a little at a time. We all want to save ourselves time, money, and stress, so let us walk you through the most important practices and principles.

    Have a topic you really want to learn about? Let us know in the comments!


  • Getting Started on an Emergency Kit or Bug Out Bag

    If you're just getting started in preparedness, one of the first things you'll need to think about is an emergency kit (or bug out bag). Check out the article (plus a video) linked below, where Matt talks about his first efforts with an emergency kit and the importance of customizing it to your needs.

    As I dug deeper into the topic and began assembling things I needed for the BOB (as well as Bug-IN supplies for home) it all just made sense. While Armageddon may not be at hand there are other considerations. Being stranded in a blizzard, evacuating from other natural disasters, civil unrest, deciding to get out of Dodge if some pandemic is beginning are just some of life’s cheery possibilities. [Click here to read the rest of the article "Bug Out Bag Info, & Why to Have One."]

    And while you're thinking about an emergency kit, check out our emergency kit checklist, our options for pre-assembled emergency kits, and the essential gear we sell separately so it's easy for you to customize a kit or build your own from scratch.

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