Nothing makes you realize how prepared you are for an emergency better than having an actual emergency. If a real emergency hit you today, would you be ready for it? Are you sure? What are your plans in the worst case scenario? Sometimes life has a way to show you whether you could make it through or not, and it doesn’t have to be a huge natural disaster to consider it an emergency either. Sometimes the daily decisions we make are enough to create your own emergency. How prepared are you to deal with something like that?
We have always ‘put away’ food and supplies ‘just in case’. The reasoning behind our preparedness was never much more than because of the region we live in. Winters can get bad out here some years and you may not be able to leave your home for a week at a time if the weather gets really dismal. That being said, we never really had a goal for much more than a weeks worth of supplies in the house to get us through a storm. Not really what I would call preparedness for an emergency. Of course, a week is longer than the suggested three day supply, so maybe we weren’t doing so bad with a weeks’ worth of planning after all.
Recently, our preparedness has really been put to the test. I’m happy to say that the supplies we did have put back have lasted much longer than the week we usually prepare for. We have never been able to put back the three months worth of emergency funding that you should have, and I have regretted that horribly of late. Once I am able, that is one of the first things I am going to be putting into play. Big advice here for you…pay attention here….that three months of emergency funding is drastically important no matter what the emergency is! If you don’t have that now….go build it! Start today!
The rest of the food and supplies we had put back lasted us not three weeks, but much longer and still going strong. I will start working on building our supplies back up again, but with what we have had to use I am still very happy with what we put up. What a blessing they have been through tough times. Just make sure you put back things you will eat and that you like. If you’ve got a bunch of food in there that you can’t stand, it really doesn’t help you much.
Being able to have those homesteading skills are also very helpful in some situations and can save you a ton of money as well. Try learning a few of them now, before any kind of emergency hits you. You will be glad you did. Basic cooking from scratch and sewing skills are a lifesaver in an emergency situation. Another tip that I found to be extremely helpful is to gather non-electrical appliances so you can use them if your electricity is out. We have these throughout our home, again more because of winter storms, but I’ve been so glad we had them throughout many situations.
Included in this list is a washboard to wash clothes with when needed. A hand mill to make flour to cook with (I’ve used mine for wheat, barley, oats etc.), a hand meat grinder which I use for many things than as well as meat. A non-electric can opener is a must, and not thought of much until the day you find out you need it. A camping coffee percolator is a godsend to be able to continue to have your morning coffee. Lighting shouldn’t be forgotten either. There are probably quite a few more things that would be extremely helpful in emergency situations, but these are the top ones that I use.
Are you completely prepared if something happens in your family? Do you already have your emergency fund put up? How long can you live comfortably without utilities? Do you have any tips that the rest of us would appreciate? I would love to hear about them. Let me know in the comments section below and have a wonderful week!