Building Your Emergency Preparations

November 1st, 2007  |  Published in Preparedness  |  2 Comments

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We hear about emergency situations and disasters more and more frequently these days, and it’s important to be prepared should something happen. Although the chances something like this would happen to us are somewhat small, it definitely happens. I never expected to see something like this in my own lifetime, but in May 2000, our family was evacuated from our home because of the Cerro Grande Fire in Northern New Mexico. Without any sense of preparation, we wouldn’t have had any idea of what to do. In other situations, you might benefit from a 72-hour kit, or simple emergency preparations. Building up your preparedness isn’t something that happens overnight; it’s a topic that needs to be revisited often. As a result, our own stock of emergency supplies should be built up over time. At his blog The Simple Dollar, Trent takes a look at how to frugally build up your emergency supplies. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Stock canned goods for food to start with. We have often been advised to build up our food storages, so stocking up on foods in cans that we would actually eat is a good way to begin. They last a long time and frequently go on sale, so we should try to buy a can or two extra instead of just what we’ll use that week.
  • Request some of these items as gifts. A good first aid kit or emergency kit for your car really does make a good gift. I can’t count how many of these little things we always run out of - personally, I wouldn’t be against getting a box of band-aids as a stocking stuffer, because we all know I get plenty of candy at Halloween.

What are your emergency essentials? What is your strategy for building them up?


  1. Beth says:

    November 1st, 2007 at 12:53 pm (#)

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, too. I always have liked stocking up on extra canned goods; it has come in handy in non-threatening “emergencies” (like, what-can-I-make-for-dinner kind of emergencies ;-) ).

    Whenever I finish with a plastic container of juice or pop, I rinse it out good and then store water in it. I’ve actually used this before when the power’s been out and the water pumps haven’t worked.

    My husband likes to make sure all our computer data is backed up in a location other than our home, in case we were to lose our home.

  2. Alex says:

    November 11th, 2007 at 5:22 pm (#)

    It really seems to drive a point home when you actually have to live through it - a lack of water from a power outage can be a big deal, especially with children in the mix.

    I also like the idea of off-site backups of data. It’s getting easier and cheaper all the time to back up your computer data, but the hardest part is just getting into the habit of it.

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