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  • Setting Preparedness Goals

     Setting Preparedness Goals

    “Getting Prepared” is a worthy goal in and of itself, but can be a little bit nebulous. How do you know when you’re done? Do you have a way to be sure you covered all your bases?

    There’s one easy way to be sure you get everything done that you need to do without getting burned out: Set preparedness goals. Here are four good reasons you should:

    Track  your progress

    Setting preparedness goals is a great way to see how much progress you’re making in a given time period. If you set time-specific goals, even better. Keep your goals all in one place, and sort them by preparedness category. Assign a “due date,” and as you achieve them, check off the box, knowing you’ve got one more item, concept, or skill under your belt.

    Stay focused on the most important needs first

    It’s easy to get sidetracked in your preparedness efforts—everything can seem like “the most important” based on what’s going on in the world, the things you’ve already started working on, and things your neighbors, friends, or others tell you to do. Making goals will help you focus on what will meet your needs. Let your neighbors focus on their own needs, and everyone comes out ahead.

    Pace Yourself

    Working on one or two goals at a time keeps you from running around like a crazy person, doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, while somehow still feeling like you didn’t make any progress at the end of the day (week, month, etc.).

    Consistently working on the same single goal (or two) will allow you to keep up your momentum without getting burned out and throwing in the towel.

    Enjoy the Accomplishment

    This is a biggie one—especially if you’re the type that likes to check things off your list. Setting manageable goals and checking them off your list can give you that boost of motivation to keep building on the supplies and the skills you already have.

    Get the Most Out of Your Goals

    There are a few things you can go to set yourself up for success in achieving your preparedness goals:

    1)      Figure out your preparedness needs and priorities first. This will keep your goals focused and relevant to what you want to accomplish.

    2)      Write them down. This is crucial. Have a preparedness binder? Stick this in the very front, and categorize your goals so you can easily see how your efforts are preparing you to meet your needs and face certain challenges.

    No preparedness binder? Keep your goals posted in your storage room near your supplies, or keep a document on your computer, tablet, or phone.

    3)      Make yourself accountable for your goals by sharing them with family or friends who are also interested in preparedness, survival, or homesteading (or all of the above). Friends and neighbors can provide additional ideas, help, and motivation.

    4)      Set timelines for each goal—and be realistic. If your budget won’t allow you to buy a year supply of food at once, don’t set a short-term goal to get a year’s worth of food. Make that a long-term goal, and work on a week supply or a month supply first. If, however, you’re too generous with the timeline, you may lose motivation to keep working toward your goal. So strike a balance, and don’t be a perfectionist about it.

    5)      Make the goals specific enough that you’ll know when you’ve accomplished them. If you find yourself checking off a goal and saying, “Well, except for…,” then it might be best to create two or more related goals.

    Remember to Have Fun!

    Enjoy the process of getting prepared—if you’re feeling burned out, alternate “have to” goals with “want to” goals to keep your interest and your motivation high. It might be boring to chop logs into firewood, but if you follow that with an evening of cooking delicious meals over a campfire or a backyard fire pit, you’ll remember the benefits of all your hard work—and practice a useful survival skill at the same time.


    So, what’s next on your list of survival goals?


  • Baby Steps--CERT and Neighborhood Plans

    Casual Group of People in a Row - Isolated

    Okay, ready to have your mind blown? Today’s post is a baby-steps-within-baby-steps post. Since we've been talking about CERT today, we thought it would be useful to brush up on the basics by revisiting a previous ‘baby steps’ series on the topic of preparedness networks. The articles and resources linked here are a great place to get started as you think about neighborhood networks and emergency plans.

    Step 1: Mix ‘n mingle
    The very first, most basic, and most crucial step to building a useful neighborhood network is to get to know your neighbors. Build trust, look for common interests, let them know you’re willing to help. Ultimately, you’re looking for complementary skills and resources, but none of that matters if you never speak with them.


    Step 2: Get to work
    Once you’ve built a social network, you’ll have likely identified those who would be open to participating in an emergency response network. The next step is to get it all down on paper: names and contact info; skills and equipment; lines of communication. Information overload? Organize it all in this ultra-handy neighborhood emergency plan packet. You can also take advantage of tools like Facebook groups to communicate both before and after a disaster.


    Step 3: Build your team
    With a basic plan in place, you can kick it up a notch and focus on bolstering specific elements of your neighborhood network. The ‘baby steps’ post here links to an article by a former Navy SEAL about elements of survival you may not have considered (fitness, finances, and the psychology of endurance, for example) and the importance of a strong team.

    Your own personal preparedness is vital, but enlisting the help of a supportive group of neighbors can create a pool of physical and emotional resources that might spell the difference between just surviving and thriving.

  • September is National Preparedness Month



    Since September is National Preparedness Month (known around here as Preptember™) we’re celebrating in true Emergency Essentials style. In honor of our motto, “Helping People Prepare,” we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our favorite month than to take Emergency Preparedness back to its basics.

    All month long we’ll be talking about easy ways to get into emergency preparedness, simple strategies for maintenance, and how to master the bare essentials.

    Here are some of the topics that we will be covering in our month-long series:

    • Creating an Emergency Plan and learning survival skills
    • Building or buying the perfect emergency kit for your family
    • Talking to your kids about Preparedness
    • Storing and filtering water properly
    • Storing both short-term and long-term food storage
    • Cooking with food storage

    Keep an eye out for these articles on Emergency Essential’s Preparedness Pantry Blog, or follow us on Facebook for the latest information, tips, and recipes (we’re also known to do a lil’ giveaway every now and again).

    So what steps are you going to take this Preptember™?

    If you want to create an emergency preparedness plan, but don’t know where to start, check out these great emergency preparedness resources:

    Preparedness Checklists- Downloadable and printable checklists and plans that help you organize your preparedness needs. Check out a few of our checklists:

    Preparedness Pantry BlogShort articles that talk about survival skills, food storage recipes, first aid tips, sales, gardening, and prepping in the national news. Check out these blog articles if you’re new to prepping:

    Emergency Essentials Insight Articles- Longer articles that answer some common concerns and questions about prepping like “What are the best tools to have during an emergency?” “How do I properly store water?” and “What’s the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods?”

    Here are a couple of Insight Articles that will give you an idea of the information they offer:

    LDS Living Magazine Feature Article

    • Check out the article in LDS Living Magazine this month about the basics of Emergency Preparedness featuring our product specialist, Tim Pedersen

    This Preptember™ we want to spend the whole month helping you prepare. By taking it back to the basics of emergency preparedness, we are brushing up on important principles, concepts, and tips about how to be prepared for emergencies

    So join our Preptember™ Party this September! Stop by the blog, Facebook, or our stores to say hi! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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