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.
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.
____Extra flashlight batteries
____Extra battery for portable radio
____Labels for your equipment and supplies
____Make arrangements to bolt bookcases and cabinets to wall studs.
____Label equipment and attach instruction cards.