“If we stay ready, we do not have to get ready.” – Unknown
Hurricane Harvey is only the most recent disaster that has hit home for so many people, directly or indirectly. And, hurricane Irma is gaining fast at a level 5.
It saddens me to know that people have, are, and could possibly go without the basic necessities such as water, food, and toiletries.
Disasters happen all of the time and, each time should encourage us to do our part to ensure that if something were to happen, we’d be ready.
I am a big proponent of having faith, but, I am also a proponent of being wise and using our good sense and getting ready and staying ready at all times.
Honestly, as I was thinking about writing this, I realized that September is National Preparedness Month and a great opportunity to share how you and your family can get prepared and ready.
- Stock up on bottled water and gallon size waters – The key is to not ever allow the stash to get below 3 cases and, if you’re at how, resist the urge to grab one (because it’s easy) and instead use the water from the fridge.
- Ensure you have canned foods – I understand many people despise these items but, they have a long shelf life and will supply necessary nutrition.
- Have a supply of personal hygiene items fully stocked – These items are always available in bulk and should be secured for emergency use only. This will include toilet tissue, deodorant, soap, etc.
- Have other items available – This includes batteries, flashlights, lanterns, and any camp gear (backpacks, blankets, sleeping beds, etc.)
- Have an emergency bagged packed and stowed away – Each bag should include under garments, and a change of clothes to include a light jacket.
- Create a Communication Plan for your family – This should include an area to meet at in your neighborhood, near your neighborhood, and in your city.
- Have an emergency kit in your home and vehicle – This could include a small medical kit or something larger like Ready America 70385 Deluxe Emergency Kit 4 Person Backpack (affiliate link).
- Visit Ready.gov – To get more detailed information on protecting you and yours.
- Download the FEMA app – This app will be very useful should something major happen in your area. FEMA will provide immediate updates that will impact you directly.
- Sign up for monthly preparedness text messages – New information is provided to keep you and your family’s safety top of mind.
- Save – When you have an urge to purchase something, stop yourself, make a withdrawal in that amount and save some cash somewhere in/around your home.
- Bonus – Keep at least a 1/2 gallon of gasoline in your vehicle at all times
Please consider getting prepared and staying prepared because, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
Move Forward In RIGHTeousness XO♥