Three-Month Supply: Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage. www.providentliving.org
Family Gear Box:
Add in several candles, light sticks, lanterns and fuel, flashlights and batteries
Family Preparation / financial preparation:
How are you doing with paying off your debts? Pick your smallest debt and make an effort to pay it off. Apply any spare dollars to this goal. When it is paid off apply it’s amount towards paying off the next debt. Continue until you have yourself debt free! You could even think of creative ways to earn more money, so you could apply it to your debt and get out of debt sooner.
Let’s Talk 3 Month Supply:
A three-month supply is intended to be meals you already use on a regular basis in your home. If you do some study into it, the plan was for it to continue life as close to normal as possible, within your home, in the case of a pandemic or other disaster that might be considered short term, such as a trucker strike.
There are many ways to plan what you will use for three months, but the easiest is to create a simple meal plan for 1 or 2 weeks. Write out the list of items you will need to create that meal plan, and times it by how many times you want to use it over the 3 months. Then get to work filling your pantry.
Be sure to label and date all items. It would also be wise to have a recipe binder or notebook with recipes for these meals. If you are the main chef in your home, and you fall ill, someone will still need to be able to make those meals. Make it as easy as possible for them.
I have seen plans where all of the shelf stable ingredients for one meal are portioned into large ziploc bags and on the shelf ready to use, or even in 5 gallon buckets with labels as to how to use. I am not hugely keen on this idea, because I like my pantry to be organized and know what I have, just by looking in it. It doesn’t really matter how you do it. Just be creative and make it what works for your family. The most important thing is that you do it.
Just a few thoughts on fire extinguishers, because I am thinking about my own today. There are many different types, and I have no idea of how to use mine or if it even works. Yikes! I need to take it to my local fire safety place – don’t even know if that means Red Cross or the Fire Station, I guess I will have to find out – and make sure it even works.
Today I am making it a plan to get that done this week. Yes of course under any normal (ish) fire, we will call immediately the fire department, but if it is something that I think a quick fire extinguisher could put out, I need to know how to use it, and make sure it works properly.
What about you? Do you have one? Do you know if it works? Do you know how to use it? A worthy goal for all of us!
Happy and Healthy Prepping