Sunday, January 4, 2009

Where Do I Start?

Originally posted on The ReadyStore Blog


The 4 Step Paper Process

One of the questions I hear a lot is “Where do I start?” Think about starting your emergency preparedness and food storage on paper before you start buying things you don’t need or already have. There is a 4 step way to get prepared.

  1. Know where you are. What do you have and what do you need? Maybe you set up your emergency preparedness supplies when you were single and now you are married with 2 kids. Your needs change as your circumstances change.
  2. Decide what your priorities are. Do you want to be done and prepared as quickly as possible or do you want to prepare as you can afford it? Do you have a pet, an infant, or special medical needs? Your individual needs and priorities will shape your preparedness program.
  3. Establish a budget. Work food storage and emergency preparedness into your monthly budget. Set aside a specific amount of money each month for freeze-dried food, sanitation supplies, battery-operated lantern, or water containers. By establishing a budget, you create a path to making your preparedness a reality.
  4. Keep a record. Some of us may think emergency preparedness is important, but when our products arrive, we put the boxes in the basement and forget about it. You need to keep track of what you have and what you receive so that you can know where you are still lacking.

By taking a few minutes to do this 4 step paper system, you can rest assured that you are getting what you need to prepare yourself and your family members and making every dollar count for what you truly need.


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