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2023 Preparedness - Wednesday Wisdom: Week 39

September 27, 2023

If you are just beginning your reliance journey here are a few things to stock up on first.

1. Shelter. All the food and water in the world will do you no good if you can’t survive the night. Purchase or pull out and restore tent(s) large enough to accommodate your family. If you don’t have or can’t afford a tent purchase two tarps that can be used to create a lean-2 attached to a fence or draped over a rope.

2. Water. Begin by filling hard-sided plastic bottles, filling empty canning jars, purchasing hard-sided disposable bottles of water, or purchasing 3-gallon water storage containers and filling them now.

3. Food: A one-week supply of food from all food groups. If your disaster were to happen tomorrow it is better to have a week’s supply of all groups than to have a year’s supply of wheat, oatmeal, or beans. We need the nutrients from all groups to remain healthy. Work up to a three-month supply.

4. Lighting. During a power outage, which can happen even with a car crash in the neighborhood, nighttime safety is so important, especially with children in your home or survivors who are now staying with you and are unfamiliar with your home. Glow sticks are a great choice as they are inexpensive, safe for children and pets, and save batteries for other uses.

5. Hygiene products. It is difficult to remain healthy if you do not have the ability to remain clean. Feminine hygiene products are a must even if you do not have women in your home who need them, remember we are also planning for survivors to shelter in our homes. This is about babies as well. If there is no water, you will need wipes in addition to soap. Don’t forget dental health. Be sure to have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Poor dental health can lead to many diseases, a fact we often ignore. Also, add shampoo and conditioner.

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