Emergency preparation and checking on home safety are keys to protecting your family as much as possible from the unexpected. Not only are you better prepared to deal with natural disasters like winter storms and hurricanes, you’ll also be ready for financial emergencies or home fires. Spending a few hours preparing can save so much time if and when disaster strikes.
Home and Family
Heat and Eat Box – The Heat and Eat box of easy to prepare food items that can be used in any type of emergency. My plan is to create a box of food that I can use not only when we lose power, but also if my husband or I gets really sick with the flu. The Heat and Eat Box will also be my Plan C on a day when I desperately need to get us fed in 10 minutes or less.
Emergency Preparation for Your Car – What do you keep in your car in case of emergencies? Have you winterized your car and made sure the gas tank is full if there’s a storm coming?
Winter Kit for car: flashlight, flares or reflective triangle, distress sign, Telephone change, first aid supplies, basic tools, a fully charged cell phone, jumper cables, carpet strips, sand or kitty litter for traction, and ice scraper and brush
What Babysitters Need to Know About Your Home and Family – When I was growing up, babysitting was one of the few ways I could earn income, especially out in the boonies where I lived. Babysitting as a first job is still pretty common today. Whether you have a “built-in” babysitter like me (my 15 year old son) or a neighbor’s daughter, chances are you’ll have a minor in your home taking care of your children at some point.
What to Do if the Freezer is Left Open – Having the freezer left open is a big issue for the budget and food safety. You can lose several hundred dollars of food, plus risk exposing your family to food-born illnesses. Being prepared to handle a freezer emergency quickly and safely can minimize the risk to your family and budget.
Learn Useful Skills – There are so many things we can do around the house ourselves if we choose to try. Pick a simple task, learn about it (the public library!), decide if you want to tackle it, and go ahead. Remember, if you find that the task is beyond you, you can ask others for help, and if that doesn’t work, then turn to a professional.
How to Prepare a Personal Financial Information Inventory – One discussion, or series of discussions, I need to have with my husband is the “What If?” conversation. Have you ever considered what your life would look like if unexpected things happened?
Master Financial Information Document – A master financial information document pulls all of your family’s financial information and other important information like social security numbers together in one place
Emergency Preparedness Month: Winter Preparation for the Home – Start your winter preparation by inspecting your home inside and out. Look for loose shingles or missing ones. Visually inspect your foundation and your chimney for significant cracks. Look for any holes that need filling, small and large. You don’t want any critters making their way into your home during the winter. Don’t forget to check the chimney for signs of nests.
Real Food Storage (Book Review) – KerryAnn’s book delves into the nitty gritty of long-term food storage for emergencies. You’ll find detailed information on the types of food to store, how to calculate how much to store, and lots of recipes for using your stored food items. KerryAnn’s Real Food Storage book makes a great companion for Angela’s Getting Prepared.
Getting Prepared by Angela England of The Untrained Housewife – The fact is I was not prepared as I could have been for Hurricane Sandy, and I could have been even better prepared if I had read Angela England’s book, The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared (The Untrained Housewife’s Guides). While her book is targeted towards folks getting ready for natural disasters, it’s just as useful for frugal people concerned about financial disasters in their own lives.