Here are ten more tips to help a newbie learn how basic can you get. If you’ve made it this far, you’re doing a great job of getting started! It can also help a seasoned Survival Mom stay on track!
1. Start looking for both tarps and rope.
As long as they aren’t worn out or frayed, they will be useful for making shelters, wind breaks, and even for water collection. They can provide a quick patch to a roof, a wall, or a broken window. Six tarps and a few hundred yards of rope would be a good start, and both are inexpensive.
2. Prepare for cold weather.
Even if winter weather isn’t a major issue where you live (wave if you live in Phoenix or Honolulu!), you should still have a few cold weather clothing items for each member of the family. It’s so easy to pick these up at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales, and end-of-the-season sales at department and sporting goods stores.
Warm waterproof boots, wool socks, long underwear, heavy jackets, waterproof gloves and warm caps should be a minimum. If you have kids, buy these in larger sizes when you find them at great prices.
Cold weather is one of those events that you can only be ready for and survive if you are dressed for the weather. Super hot weather — strip down to your bare skin! Unfortunately, you can’t do that when it gets really cold. With some experts believing the globe could be headed toward a new mini Ice Age, those coats and boots may come in handy sooner than you think!
And, on a less extreme note, if you’ll be driving through cold weather country, throw these items in the trunk. Just in case.
3. Make a rice and beans meal 3 or 4 times a month.
These two foods combined create a complete protein, they’re very cheap, and have long shelf lives. Find recipes that provide variety for your taste buds, and then also stock up on the additional ingredients, including spices and herbs, that you’ll need to continue making your favorites.
4. Add one method for cooking food and heating water when the power goes out.
If you already have a propane camp stove, make or buy your own solar oven or rocket stove. The BioLite stove is a great option because it requires so little fuel, is lightweight, and very portable. Having alternative ways to cook food and heat water is an important part of being prepared.
TIP: While you’re adding alternative cooking methods, remember to also store the necessary fuel.
5. Begin to acquire camping equipment even if you don’t camp.
A tent, sleeping bags, a camp stove, etc. will come in handy in case of an evacuation or if your home is damaged and unlivable.
6. Increase your own education and training.
Call the Red Cross and find out when the next First Aid/CPR class is scheduled. Sign up for the class. Do a search for free CERT classes in your area and sign up. CERT classes, in particular, can open doors to more advanced emergency response training.
7. Call your insurance agent and find out if you live on a flood plain.
If so, find out if flood insurance is affordable for you and your family. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in America.
Ditto for earthquake insurance.
8. Choose one room of the house and begin de-cluttering it.
This will open up space for storing food and other essentials and even give you a chance to earn a little money if you opt to sell your unwanted stuff in a garage sale.
Download my mini-guide, “Declutter & Organize Your Living Space.”
9. Make sure every family member is equipped to get home.
Could your spouse or child make it home if they were stranded miles away? Put together an emergency, or Get Home, kit for their vehicles.
10. Assess your level of physical fitness.
If you had to run for your life, could you? Get started with a simple physical fitness plan. Remember, when you’re vulnerable, your children are vulnerable.
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