Before we get to what needs to be done to start preparing ahead of time for storm season, let's take a look at why it's so important to plan early. Recent internet searches reveal the following startling information:
So, the typical American has no money for large last minute shopping trips and not enough food currently in their home. Grocery stores are almost instantly out of food as soon as a storm is named AND they're not getting restocked for up to two weeks. This is a pretty scary scenario and it's exactly why doing a little at a time in advance over a couple of weeks is so important!
So let's get started.
Preparing in advance for the storm season is not difficult, you just need to do a little bit each time you go shopping. When I started my plan for my husband and I, we did not spend more than $20/pay period on emergency items. Depending on where you shop that $20 will get you a little more or a little less than someone else, but that doesn't matter. Sticking to a plan and doing something every single pay period is what's important.
If you stop to think about what's already in your home, and then buy things to go with them you'll save a ton of money and will have little or no food loss during the storm. Here's an example of what we purchased on week one:
I came up with this list of week 1 items by thinking about what happens first when the power goes out. Of course the answer is the stuff in your refrigerator starts to go bad. To prevent food loss I wanted to use up first the items in my fridge. I generally have in the fridge milk, eggs, butter, cheese and flour tortillas. When I take these items and combine them with the shopping list above I can make the following meals to eat quickly and easily on a grill:
And so on and so forth. The combinations are endless and vary depending on what you decided to buy and what you already have in your home. When you make your shopping list just be sure to follow these simple rules: Don't buy it if you won t eat it and buy items that are easy to make on the grill. If you won't eat it, you've wasted your hard earned money. We need to keep it easy because whatever you re cooking has to be done on the grill. Hurricane season is in the summer in Florida..., so slaving for hours by an open fire is not going to be pleasant.
When you get home from the store, put the items you purchased on their own shelf or in a hall closet. These are emergency supplies so you want to keep them separate, easy to access and easy to view, so you always know what you have.
The last thing you want to do is figure out how many of the 1 gallon jugs of water will fit in your freezer. Once you determine that, open those jugs up and pour out about an inch of the water. Then put cap back on and put those jugs in the freezer. If you've ever tried to buy ice during hurricane season you ll know why this is crucial!
Okay. Make your first shopping list, gather the items you need and next week we'll work on the next step!
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