Preparedness on a Budget


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You want to prepare for an emergency, but you don’t want to break the bank. Luckily, stocking your emergency kit does not have to be costly. Follow these five tips to create an affordable emergency preparedness kit to help you survive for at least three days after an emergency.

  1. Take advantage of deals. You can avoid overpaying by
    budget1thinking ahead. Preparedness items are in high demand before a storm and are more expensive. Instead, budget emergency preparedness items as an everyday expense and buy one preparedness item each time you go to the store.  Spreading out the expense and incorporating coupons will go a long way. 
  2. Don’t buy bottled water.  The price of purchasing bottled water adds up. Instead, store water in safe containers that have been disinfected.  Ready.gov recommends you store one gallon of water per person per day for three days.  One gallon per person per day is to be used for drinking and sanitation.
  3. Request preparedness items as gifts. Instead of receiving a gift you will never wear or use, ask for preparedness items that could save your life. Talk to your friends and family and see if they will help check off your emergency preparedness checklist. And if they do, make sure to return the favor by sending a preparedness birthday or holiday gift their way as well.
  4. Stay in. Trade one night out with your family for one night in. Use the money you save to fund your 72-hour emergency preparedness kit. Going to the movies can cost a family of four upwards of $75. Instead, take the money you would have spent at a restaurant or movie and apply it towards your kit supplies. One night in will supply the money for you to purchase key preparedness items.
  5. Create a Safety Profile for your family at www.smart911.com. Smart911 is a free service that allows you to provide valuable information about yourself and your family to 9-1-1 call takers and first responders in the event of an emergency call. If a disaster strikes, first responders can have vital information such as home access information, utility shut off information, bedroom location and pet information.

By combining the budgeting tips above and the checklist below, you can ensure that your emergency preparedness kit has all the items you need to be prepared on a budget.
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