Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 6)

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Incremental Disaster Kit

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In an emergency situation you may not be able to rely on infrastructure.  Hospitals may be full or even closed.  Being able to take care of small injuries may keep them from becoming larger emergencies.

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 easily 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:

____Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
____Safety pins
____Adhesive tape
____Latex gloves
____Gauze pads
____Sterile roller bandages
Also, extra hearing aid batteries, if needed.

To Do

____Check with child’s day care center or school to find out about their disaster plans.
____Ask your local emergency management office if emergency transportation services are available in case of evacuation.

Knowing the disaster plans at your child’s school is essential.  A recent freak snow storm here in Nashville illustrated the point.  Metro schools stayed open as the roads began to freeze, and then they closed schools without notification causing some parents have no idea where their children were.

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