By Gaye Levy
A couple of months ago I presented a calendar for family preparedness. In 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time, I laid out month by month tasks and was able to breakdown the overwhelming chore of preparing for an emergency in manageable and affordable chunks. Today, I explore Month #2 in greater detail.
But first, let me step back and remind you of one of the most easily justifiable reasons why you should be prepared: unpredictable weather. Storms. tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other wonky weather patterns can disrupt you, your home and your life in a heartbeat.
Take a look at this picture taken after the October 25th storm and floods that hit Italy’s Cinque Terre and you will get my point.
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist, a political dissenter or even a dissatisfied and disillusioned citizen to know that the forces of mother nature will – at one time or another – require you to tuck in and rely on your own resources to get by. If you are lucky, you will only need to get by for a few days but alas, the aftermath of some weather systems may require you to fend for yourself for a week or longer.
And so, in this month by month preparedness series, review your existing preparations and make sure these basics are covered. And if you are just beginning to prep, breathe a sigh of relief. The tasks in any one month will not be too difficult nor too expensive and, at the end of twelve months, you and your family will be prepared.
Are you ready to get started with Month #2 preps?
MONTH 2 SUPPLIES & GEAR:
Last month we started our food storage with canned meats and prepared foods. This month we add the variety and increased nutrition that comes from canned veggies. There is only one rule of thumb here: only purchase and only store veggies that you enjoy and veggies that you will actually eat. Hate spinach? Notwithstanding that spinach greens are a powerful super food, if you or your family don’t like it, don’t store it. Storage space is too precious to waste.
In addition to veggies, we are adding some instant beverages to our food stores. Pick your poison: instant coffee, herbal or flavored teas, hot chocolate or, a personal favorite, a few bottles of wine or even some whiskey or rum. Okay, so the wine and whiskey are not technically instant but they require no special preparation so I am including them here for use at your own discretion.
Don’t forget the kiddos. Kool-Aid, tang or some of the powerhouse drink powders especially geared or the young ones are a must – just make sure that you also store away a bit of sugar, if needed when reconstituting the final product. Something else to keep in mind is that a spoonful of one of these instant drink mixes can make otherwise “off-tasting” stored water more palatable.
Continue reading here…..Prepared Month 2: First Aid, Personal Hygiene and Home Safety
- Emergency preparedness checklist for perfect storm Hurricane Sandy – Here’s what you need to get NOW (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Getting Prepared: 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Getting Prepared Month 1: Supplies, Gear and Tasks to Get You Started (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)