The best kind of emergency preparedness is well planned, and done ahead of time. It will give you a peace of mind and will help you maintain your psychological fitness during and after a disaster.
Having read up on the topic, there was an interesting study. It concluded, that in a survival situation only 10% of the people fall into the leader category.
Unsurprisingly, they have the highest chance of survival. An other 80% are standing around, not knowing what to do, waiting for a figure of authority to instruct them. The remaining 10% panics, goes of the deep end, and is a potential danger to themselves and others.
Again, it is becoming a leader that gives you the highest chance of survival. Now you may be asking,
“How do I become a leader, then?”
The first step is being prepared, and knowing what to do. Just by being certain about a few key things in an emergency situation will place you in a leadership position. It will raise your chances of survival above those of the other 90 percent.(Further, being a leader involves not becoming overly emotional and hysterical. Focusing on what’s available and CAN be done seems to be the key.)
OK, so how do I become prepared?
Start small. Build your stock one day at a time. Don’t try to buy everything all at once – that can lead to overwhelm. You can ensure your preparedness just by doing some simple, easy things. Make it a habit to buy one extra of the items you know you’ll need.
Buying canned vegetables? Add an extra can. Buying milk? Grab some condensed milk too. Buying cereals? Pick up an extra bag.
Simple actions, factored over a period of time will let you create a stockpile without stress.
It’s easy to avoid spending too much at once on items on your disaster preparedness checklist. Buying just 10 percent more of each key item will have you stocked up like this in no time, without breaking the bank.(image courtesy of mrsjanuary.com/)
Know that, during the time of a crisis, or when a crisis is imminent, the cost of food will go up. It has for us here in Japan, where groceries were already expensive to begin with. That is one more reason to start building your stockpile today. Starting early will actually save you money.
On a tight budget? That’s even more reason to spread the expenses over time. These are my four favorite strategies.
- Just add one or two extra items each time you go shopping.
- Start with the cheaper items, such as pasta.
- Watch out for sunday coupons in the papers.
- Search for coupons online. Google knows everything. Mommy bloggers are a particularly awesome source, and a good read too!
Some of the coupons may match up with sales at your local grocery store.
Not sure what to buy first? Do you want to know what to put on your survival preparedness checklist? I’ll give you suggestions in the next posts to help you create your own disaster preparedness plan.