Tag Archives: getting started

  • 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.


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  • 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!


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  • 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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  • Getting Started

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    Many people ask, “Where do I begin when it comes to Emergency Preparedness?

    We'd answer that question by saying that the first thing you should do is to get information first. Information is the most valuable tool to have in an emergency. We have a large collection of Emergency Preparedness Insight Articles that can help you to obtain this vital preparedness information.

    Get Started on your Prepping by reading Emergency Essentials Insight Articles

    Insight Article Topics:

    Take a look at some of these articles to start or refresh your prepper education. These articles will help get yourself and your family invested in emergency preparedness. There are over 90 articles to choose from within 13 different categories. Insight Categories include:


    Preparedness Checklists and Downloads

    Another great way to get started (with no cost involved) is to develop a personal or family emergency preparedness plan. Check out our Preparedness Checklist page to start creating an emergency plan or to build your emergency kit today. You can print these plans directly from our website. Here are the checklists we have to offer:


    A Few More Tips for Getting Started

    Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started with your preparedness plan after you have your Family Evacuation Plan in place:

    • Establish a modest preparedness budget. Make it a priority and work at it the best you can. Start with a few items, such as: water (both portable and permanent), an emergency kit, emergency candles, a sleeping bag, and a first-aid kit or an emergency bag.
    • Get your information from reliable sources. Don’t let anyone scare you into thinking that it has to be done all at once or that you must incur heavy debt to achieve your goals.
    • Use short-term storage as a guide for long-term needs. The items required to sustain life for three days can easily be multiplied for planning long-term storage needs.
    • Be consistent. Within a short time you will have the necessary supplies and equipment to take care of yourself, family members, and others.
    • Think investment, not expense. Take care of what you purchase and learn not to waste.

    Remember that babies, small children, the elderly, pets, and those with special medical needs require special consideration when planning for an emergency. We offer some great information to help you with these groups.

    For those of you wondering how and where to begin, we hope this post will be helpful. For others who have already started, we welcome your input to help and assist those who are just beginning. An inner confidence results as one strives to do their best to become prepared.

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