Emergency Preparation is crucial to surviving disasters – the kind that forces people out of the house to live elsewhere and those that have them locked indoors for extended periods. Fortunately, there are ways on how to prep for disaster even when on a budget.
Learning How To Prep For Disaster On A Budget
First off is crafting a plan. This way you avoid having to buy everything in one go, which can get real expensive real fast. If you map things out carefully, you’ll be able to afford all the practical tools and still have money left over for food.
There are two kinds of disaster preparedness. One is called bugging out, which calls for leaving the house and moving to safer places during a disaster. The other is bugging in, which has to do with staying inside or near your home.
Disasters are no laughing matter. However, as you’ve seen in the news, disasters often come unannounced. A plan won’t be complete without a list of stuff needed in both bug-out and bug-in situations. The requirements are pretty much the same for both – food, water and heat creation solutions.
The Internet holds websites that can provide you with lists of items needed. There are also extras that you must think about. If you’ve got kids, these can be extra formula, games and diapers. Most of these things don’t cost much when bought from thrift stores and online. Amazon and eBay are great places to visit if you want serious discounts on stuff that would otherwise cost a bundle in conventional stores.
Local grocery stores sometimes also give outrageous discounts. Remember: there’s no such thing as enough potable liquids and foodstuffs when it comes to stocking up for disasters. Seek out deals on pasta, energy bars, rice and noodles.
Disaster situations, regardless of type, always call for first aid kits and medicines. Some first aid packs come pre-made so do buy a few and while you’re at it, throw in vitamins sold in bulk during special offer days at the neighborhood health food shop and drugstores. Since most of your food will be canned goods, having plenty of multivitamins handy is a must.
For the pricier items such as camping gear and crank radios, you can’t go wrong with eBay. Make sure to do a little digging on the sellers and read the reviews on them. Save any favorite sellers you might have on your account files in case you need them in the future.
Another option would be to ask others to purchase the survival goods for you. This can be done by setting up a wish list on the Amazon site. There’s no reason to be shy here. After all, if there are items there that could make life easier during disasters, it’s not wrong to request for them. When the holidays or birthdays roll around, most of your wish list items could be inside several of the presents you unwrap. Should anybody inquire as to why you wanted such pieces, you can then explain yourself and hopefully, they’ll also understand preparation.
In prepping for disasters, planning definitely beats impulse-buying, especially when you’re working within a budget. While you might never use all of the stuff you bought, it’s better to have an abundant supply of everything than be short on something.
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