Disaster Kit on A Budget

Jul 29, 2021

Today we go over the #1 way to get disaster supplies on a budget. Oftentimes, people are hesitant to get started on preparing for disasters for many reasons. Believe me when I say that I have heard them all. I have heard people say that they have not prepared because they have an irrational fear that if they prepare than they are welcoming the event. Others have said they would and know they should, but they don’t know where to start. Which of course is where HT2 can help. We get that people are confused and often don’t know where to start. Which is why we are creating an on-line course on Home/Family Disaster Preparedness Planning. We are officially launching the series in September in line with National Preparedness month. So, if you fall into the category of not knowing what to do or simply want some expert guidance, then keep your calendar open, so that you can participate in our on-line series. Now, onto further discussion on why people don’t prepare. It often comes down to two fundamental reasons: (1) time and (2) money. I get it. I hate to waste time and money. Which is why this #1 tip is so good! Because it is built into your daily life. You are only adding minimal time and money to gather your disaster supplies while watching your bottom line. Which is why our #1 recommendation for getting your supplies on a budget is to……drumroll please……rlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrrllrlrlrlrlrlrlrl ………. Build your disaster supply kit(s). Firstly, the cost to purchase a kit is significant, the Red Cross sells a 4-person emergency preparedness backpack for $299.99. That kit is good for 3 days for 4 people and according to the products description it includes: a premium hand crank radio which has the following features; flashlight, cell phone charger; weather band radio with a lithium-ion battery; solar panel; ear jack and SOS alarm. The kit includes four sets of food bars, emergency water packets, four collapsible water containers, handwarmers, emergency blankets, rain ponchos, whistles, duct tape and personal hygiene kits along with ample first aid supplies in a zippered pouch. All enclosed in a backpack for mobility. Let’s think about this for a moment……One it is not customized to your family’s specific needs and two it is very basic. Giving you only 3 days of food and water. The best purpose for this kit is to store it in your trunk in the event that you must evacuate. You could build a much better kit that would provide you with the life essentials of food and water for weeks or more. Which is what we should be planning for, as a major event will leave us with limited resources due to impact upon our infrastructure. So, begin by assessing what you want in your kit and then seeing what you already have in your home. Duct tape, yep! Personal hygiene, yep! First aid supplies, yep! Now I won’t use myself as an example, because I have everything that is detailed out in the Red Cross kit and beyond. How did I do it, I started with what we had in our home. We got some backpacks from Goodwill and began customizing our kits for our 3-person, 2-dog, 2- bearded dragon family. When we first started, I would add things we needed by going the big warehouse food store and picking up at least one food item for our kits every time I went. I would get peanut butter, canned fish, canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned soup, rice, pasta, canned fruit, etc. Overtime, we built some significant kits to store in our cars and in the house. We use our basement as our storage for our 2–3-week kit and rotate the food on the shelves as we need to replenish. This way we never let the food expire and we have the food we normally eat in our disaster supply. It didn’t take much time and the monies to build the kits were spread out over time, limiting the direct hit to the pocketbook.