We’re entering the season of natural disasters. Beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer is prime time. While disasters strike without warning and all throughout the year, you should still be aware of the types of disasters that are most probable in your region. Think hurricanes, flooding, thunderstorms, wildfires, winter storms, etc. and visit www.ready.gov to be in the know.
It’s always a good idea to prepare for an emergency situation. However, emergency preparedness often falls into the same category as flossing your teeth: we all know we should do it, but we never find the time (who has an extra five minutes to pull string around their teeth every night anyway?).
One reason for our inaction is the very word “emergency.” When we hear emergency, we think of devastating tornadoes, relentless floods, sky-high snow banks, or thundering earthquakes. While such disasters certainly meet the criteria for an emergency situation, those types of events aren’t the only ones we should be prepared for. You should consider the possibility of minor emergencies such as extended power outages, financial hardships, and water shortage.
Another reason we don’t run to the store right now to snag all of our emergency prep gear is because of the size of such an undertaking. If you’ve ever looked at a list of everything you should have in an emergency, it’s a bit overwhelming. Collecting all of those supplies will be expensive, time-consuming, not to mention sizeable – so you shrug and say “Why even try?”
We get it. So we’ve come up with a short, manageable list that you can get started on this month. Don’t worry about buying everything at once. Just choose one item and go from there. Remember, the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago–the second best time is today.
1. Solar Power Generator
Adding a solar-powered generator to your emergency stockpile might just be the smartest move you make. The brands like Goal Zero can power smartphones, laptops, light of life, a mini fridge, and more. A power outage doesn’t need to mean no power. Recharge your phone up to 20 times, even power a mini-fridge to store food.
2. Reliance Folda Water Carriers
These plastic containers fold up when empty, so they’re super portable and lightweight. When filled, the container holds 2.5 gallons of water. A carry handle and on/off spigot make the Reliance carriers a great item for both emergency prep and your weekend camping trip.
You probably know that collecting canned food and dry goods is important for emergency food storage; but how often do you think about how you’ll cook that food? The outdoor oven provides everything you need for outdoor or emergency cooking. You’ve got an oven on the bottom for baking and a stove on top for grilling and boiling water. It truly is an all-in-one cooker. But it has the portability to go anywhere you need it. Try dragging your kitchen oven out of the house.
Speaking of food, you can start canning your own to get a head start on food storage. Not only will this save you money (when compared to buying all your canned food from the store), but it will also guarantee that you get to have the food you want in an emergency. Make a huge batch of what you love, then can it for later. This aluminum pot and basket set are perfect for water bath canning.
If you don’t have to prepare for a big family, the Camp Oven might seem a bit hefty. For smaller, more individual cooking, the Rainier Campers Combo 2X is the kit for you. It includes a compact, two-burner camp stove plus a griddle and a grill you can swap in and out for every meal. The stove doesn’t take up very much room, so it won’t be in the way when you don’t need it. And when you do need it, you’ll be glad to have it.
Like we said before, start this month with one item. You can collect food, water, and supplies over time. Before you know it, you’ll have an emergency preparedness collection that could withstand even a zombie apocalypse–if it comes to that. Click on any of the suggestions above to start preparing today.
*Denotes products that run on propane bottles