Hi, friends. It’s Sarah (a.k.a. Urban Girl), back to share some more things I’ve learned about preparedness.
Because I’m new to the preparedness scene, I want to be sure I’m planning ahead so my budget and efforts go as far as possible. I also want to be sure I’m focusing on the most important things first. I don’t want to get in a crisis situation and realize I ignored crucial elements of preparedness. So before I go any further with my prepping, I decided to make a list of priorities, so I can give myself specific goals to meet and see the progress I’m making.
In the process of preparing for unforeseen or emergency situations, it’s important to think about your needs and priorities, so you can plan to meet the most important needs first. Your list of priorities might be something like mine (outlined below)—but your inpidual or family needs will vary, so this is just an example to get you started. I’ve thought a little bit about this over the past couple of weeks, and I determined that my current priorities fall in this order:
- Three-day supply
- Add more regularly (monthly or quarterly)
- Emergency kits
- At home
- In the car
- Food storage 3-month supply
- Start with a two-week supply
- Add to it in two-week supply increments
- Learn how to grow and store my own food
- Light and warmth
- Communication and Power
- Specialized preparedness/survival skills and gear
- Food storage One-year supply
This month with my $30-$45 budget I took care of my short-term water storage needs (enough for a few days) and got a basic emergency kit to keep at home. My next step will be to get an emergency kit for my car—then I’ll move to my third priority and look at my food storage situation. I’m planning to add to my food storage in two-week supply increments—and as I build that supply over time, I’ll get other supplies like shelter and lighting together in the meantime.
Your priorities may change over time, so it’s important to think about how your needs change as your situation changes. Right now my main focus is on getting water, small emergency kits with a variety of supplies, and food. My suggestion to you this week is to make a list of your own priorities, and set up a way for you to slowly meet those needs. Set yourself up for success by creating recognizable milestones and taking small steps each week or month.
How about you? What is your main preparedness priority right now? Do you have a methodical approach to executing your preparedness plan? Let me know in the comments!