Maximize every visit to the supermarket by not only shopping for what you need today but also for what you need in the days to come. The hurricanes that have battered the Eastern and Southern Coastlines over the years are adequate testimony to the fact that disaster can strike at any time.
Whether hurricanes, tornados, terrorist attacks or failure of the power grid—or any other number of potential disasters—your life can and will be affected for days, weeks, months or perhaps even forever. It makes sense to be prepared should disaster strike you and your family. There are many people today along the East Coast relying on the unreliable government to provide everything from water—to food—to toilet paper.
The government is a fragile entity and in the event of a disaster of national proportions would be overwhelmed to the point of not even attempting to mount a relief effort. The responsibility of taking care of your family would then rest squarely on your shoulders alone.
Follow these steps to guarantee your family nourishment, hygiene and as much comfort as possible during a disaster:
- Designate a storage area such as space in the basement, attic or a spare bedroom to store your disaster supplies. Make certain the supplies are stored higher than the maximum potential flood levels that may occur inside your home. Use shelving and adjust the bottom shelf to provide enough clearance.
- Go through your pantry and make a list by category of the products you are currently buying.
- Visit the grocery and discount stores that you normally shop. Go up and down each aisle and study the products on the shelf. Make a list by category of the products you are currently buying. This isn’t the time to experiment with other brands.
- Determine how much of each product you are currently using each month and list it next to the product. Decide how many months you want to store supplies. Remember, Mormons as well as many other groups are routinely storing up to two years of supplies in case of disaster.
- Stock up on the foods, paper and hygienic supplies as well as personal care items that you use on a regular basis. Every time you visit the grocery store buy some of the storage products in addition to what you need today. Continue this practice until you stock up on each individual item until you have enough on hand to last the period of time you decided on.
- Keep a ledger that shows every time you add or remove food to your storage area. When you use up one month’s supply of a given product then purchase enough to replace it. Mark the replacement area where this month’s product is store to be used at the end of the timeframe you decided on. If you chose a three month period then you would proceed to use the second and then the third month of supplies before using the replacement product. Use the FIFO—first-in, first-out—method of inventory storage to keep the products fresh.
- Buy products at the store after examining the code dates on each product to make certain they will last well beyond the projected time they are expected to be used.
- Don’t forget to stock items that you typically don’t buy—water is a good example. If you don’t buy water normally then figure out how much you should stock to get through the timeframe you have chosen. There are undoubtedly a number of these kinds of products.
- URGENT! Do not forget over-the-counter and prescription medicines.
- Store the products in a dry, darkened room with good air circulation at a temperature between 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Make certain nothing is stored directly on the floor. The room must remain completely free of insect and rodent infestation.
Don’t count on others—enjoy security of mind by preparing your family to weather a disaster on its own.