Welcome to “Emergency Preparedness” 8 week series here at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Over the next 8 weeks I will be showing you how to put together an emergency survival station for your home. The station will include storage for your survival gear, a 72 hour kit for each family member and pets, supplies to get you through an emergency, a well stocked first aid kit, and an emergency binder. Each week, I will also be sharing “money saving tips” for those of you who are on a tight budget! To see the introduction to the series, visit my blog post (here). I share the 8 week schedule, so you can follow along.
YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF, “DO I NEED THIS FOR MY HOME”?
The United States has been hammered with natural disasters & storms over the last couple of years… and its getting worse. Have you been affected? Tornados, hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, mudslides, droughts, power outages, etc. have been going wild around the world. What would YOU do if you were affected by one. Do you have water stock piled in case your city water is contaminated? Do you have means to cook food if you loose power for weeks at a time? Do you even have non perishable food stored in case the grocery store shelves are empty? If you answered no to any of these, why not? Why would you put your family in that situation? You need to have a plan. Everyone needs to have a plan! My 8 week series will help you get prepared for the unexpected.
WEEK 1 – STORAGE
This week your goal is:
1. Designate a space in your home, close to the exit (garage or hall closet is best), for your station.
2. Purchase or repurpose a shelf to store everything.
3. Purchase or reuse 1 backpack for each family member/pet.
4. Collect at least 3 large storage bins for supplies, etc.
5. Attach a name tag to each backpack. (Include parents number/address & extended family members contact number).
#1 – CHOOSE A STORAGE SHELF FOR YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLY STATION.
There are many types of shelving to use. Choose what works best for you! It can be made of wood, metal, or plastic!
#2 – DESIGNATE 1 BACKPACK FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER AND PET
I was lucky to find 5 of the same color backpacks on clearance at Target! They were 50% off. You can also purchase backpacks online (here).
#3 – COLLECT AT LEAST 3 STORAGE TOTES TO KEEP YOUR SUPPLIES IN.
MONEY SAVING TIP:
You do not have to go out and purchase new shelving, backpacks or bins. If you already have them, reuse them. You can also check your local thrift store. They always have backpacks for a couple of dollars. Throw them in the washer and they are as good as new! Trust me, if you are in an emergency you will not care what color your backpack is… as long as its packed full of the essentials you need to survive! The most important thing to remember – An emergency survival station may save your life one day!
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WEEK #1 SPONSOR
Please welcome our first “Emergency Preparedness” series sponsor, Kimmoy Matthews from Tomboy Tools. These tools are made especially for women, “pink and prepared for emergencies”. Visit Kimmoy’s website (here) to see their wide array of products developed especially for women.