Incremental Disaster Kit Week 1

Emergency KitI don’t know about you, but I am not made of money.  While I am very worried about the economy, international affairs, Terrorism, and Mutant Zombie Bikers, I also have a wedding coming up, a leaky roof, a water heater that is on it’s last legs, a sick dog, and TAXES.  As much as I would like to be able to, I cannot drop $5000 on a made to order 2 person kit that contains a years supply of food and essential items.  I have to prioritize my resources and make every dollar count.  I have said (as have many others) to store what you eat, and eat what you store.  That makes rotation easy.   It also makes it pretty painless to buy extra when everything is on sale. Read More …

Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 20)

Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 20)

Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 20)

We are almost done with the incremental disaster kit – by now you should see a lot of life saving food and equipment piled up in a corner of your home.  You should also be feeling more prepared as you have taken a lot of positive steps to ensure you have skills and abilities that go beyond canned food.

This week you should spend time working on your disaster kit by documenting your household goods for insurance purposes.

You should also purchase some tools and safety items for using those tools.  I know that I don’t like wearing work gloves, but they save me lots of frustration with blisters, splinters, and cuts when I wear them.

Gloves and goggles may not seem like items for your disaster kit, but injuries can be disabling or deadly in times of disaster – normal medical channels may not be available, and any injury can leave you vulnerable for life threatening infection.

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 10)

Incremental Disaster Kit

Incremental Disaster Kit

If you haven’t been following the incremental plan or are just starting I want you to realize how just getting started is a BIG DEAL.  The majority of the citizens (and occupants) of this country have less prepared than what you would have if you followed this plan to this weeks amounts.

Most people have good plans, but they never follow through.  Just the act of starting makes you special – but don’t stop keep following the incremental plan and taking little steps and you will eventually have a huge safety net.

I find that by dong this incrementally and spending a few dollars “extra” when going shopping, building a kit is rather painless and the money spent is really not noticed, but after a while the kit grows.

You can easilly build on this to where you have a large pantry and can start to save for bulk purchases of food – which will start to save you money which you can then reinvest to paying down debt, building savings, and buying larger preparedness items.  It is really a situation where a little discipline will cause you to win.

To Buy:

____Waterproof portable plastic container (with lid) for important papers
____Battery-powered radio
____Wrench(es) needed to turn off utilities

To Do:
____Take your network on a field trip to the gas meter and water meter shutoffs. Discuss when it is appropriate to turn off utilities.
____Attach a wrench next to the cutoff valve of each utility meter so it will be there when needed.
____Make photocopies of important papers and store safely.

Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 3)

Incremental Disaster Kit

Incremental Disaster Kit

When I was a young Corporal in the Marine Corps, a good friend of mine and I were walking to the chow hall, and being my mentor he casually asked me “what was the most important thing in my life.”

I will tell you, the questions stumped me for a minute, and once I began to wax eloquent on all the important things in my life – Sgt. B. grabbed me by the throat and began choking me while screaming “No, ITS AIR, PUNK!”  – Lesson learned….

You will see that as the incremental disaster kit list progresses, we will get more items for comfort and repair.  But in the beginning its about Water, Food, and shelter.

As you are working the incremental disaster kit project don’t forget that there are two sections – things to buy and things to do.  The things to do are just as important for good disaster preparedness. Read More …

Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 14)

Incremental Disaster Kit

Incremental Disaster Kit

We are getting close to the end of the incremental disaster kit posts.*  By this point you should be amassing a goof bit of gear, have some new skills, and feeling much more prepared for disaster.

Having worked in Emergency Management for more than a decade, I have been to disaster shelters.  While the government and it’s employees do try to take care of its people in disasters, it is rather impersonal and spotty.  I would much rather be able to take care of myself and my family and keep them out of the shelters if at all possible.

This disaster kit is a large piece of my plan to stay out of shelters.  My families kit has grown over the years, and I have actually built more than one.  One for my home, and the other for a place I would go to in the event I had to leave my home.

To Buy:

____1 can fruit (for each person)
____1 can meat (for each person)
____1 can vegetables (for each person)
____1 package eating utensils
____1 package paper
____Cups

To Do:
____Make sure your network and neighbors know what help you may need in an emergency and how best to assist.
____Practice using alternate methods of evacuation with your network.