Disaster Preparation Checklist

Our grains are stored and rotated in sealable buckets, labeled with each grain and the weight it holds so I can do quick inventory

This week I checked our grains inventory.  It’s been a month since we moved (time flies!) and we’ve been eating our surplus food. 

But that’s OK, because that’s a benefit of keeping such a surplus on hand.  If there is a crisis, small or large, we have plenty to keep us going for a while.

Here is this week’s inventory:

ITEM                       HAVE                     NEED

Brown rice            120 lb                     100 lb
Whole oats             10 lb                       50 lb
Org. cornmeal       40 lb                        30 lb
Raw sugar             25 lb                        25 lb
Org. popcorn           2 lb                        30 lb
Org. raisins              1 lb                       30 lb
Sea salt                  25 lb                       20 lb
Pinto beans         160 lb                         0 lb

I keep a running list of these and all our other food supplies in my planner and record these amounts with a pencil so they are easily changed.  An organized method of stocking food and supplies helps keep us prepared.

There are many other factors to consider when preparing for crisis situations.  Food is only one item.  What about drinking water, cooking, clothing, communications, pets, lighting and power, hygiene, bathing, first aid, evacuation plans, important documents and valuables, fuel, household supplies…?

I made a spreadsheet with all of the basics needed to be prepared for disasters, and converted it into a checklist with room for notes.  I can easily tell at a glance what we have and what we still need.

If you want a free copy of this Disaster Prep Checklist, click here.  Enter your name and email, and you will receive it immediately (I will keep your info confidential!). It’s just a basic list, two pages long, but depending on where you are in your preparation process it may be very helpful.

As with any large task, preparing can be daunting, and no one should expect to get it all done overnight.  Taking one step at a time in an organized steady way will get it done in a timely manner without too much stress. 

Soon I will share about our Prep Steps©, a plan to prepare in one year by doing one step every week.  If you are already prepared, it’s a methodical way of re-evaluating your needs.

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