Disaster Preparedness – Baby Steps Week 1

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Many people are overwhelmed by the idea of prepping. That isn’t a big surprise. The thought of gathering up a year’s worth of supplies is pretty intimidating.

So I am going to do a series of Baby Steps posts to help everyone get started.

The Baby Steps will be based on the 5 month preparedness calendar written by the Center for Preparedness Education and the recommendations from FEMA.

Each Friday, I will give you a short shopping list and a few action steps to help you gradually build an emergency supply kit. I will do it along with you and show you the cost to my family for each step. I hope you’ll follow along, and feel free to share your cost for each step as well.

Week 1

Today’s list is short and sweet. This is what I want you to buy:

  • 1 jar of peanut butter (obviously, if someone in your family is allergic, you won’t get this item)
  • 1 gallon of water for each person in your family
  • 1 can of juice for each person in your family
  • 1 can of meat for each person in your family
  • A hand operated can opener
  • A black Sharpie marker


  • An extra bag (or can) of pet food if you have pets
  • An extra package of diapers if you have a baby
  • Extra jars of baby food if you have a baby

Before you go shopping, think about what you already have. If you have an extra can opener, or you already have a stockpile of juice, cross those off your list. Then put those items aside for your kit.

Action Steps

Now that you have gone shopping, you have a few more tasks to do. First, go through your pantry and mark the expiration date on each perishable item with the black Sharpie. Make sure it is easy to see when each item expires.

Organize your pantry so the things that expire first are in the front. These are things you will want to use first. You may also find that some things are past the expiration date. Throw them away to make room for newer items.

And finally, do a little research to find out what kind of disasters are common where you live. This will give you an idea of what you are preparing for and give you a clearer game plan.

Tomorrow’s post will help you find out about the potential hazards in your state.

photo credit: Jennifer Kumar via photopin cc

2 thoughts on “Disaster Preparedness – Baby Steps Week 1

  1. This is a GREAT idea Bryan. I think many beginners will find this very useful when getting started with their preps. I will also be following along to see if maybe i have missed something in my one year supply. As always, good stuff here on your blog. Nothing better on the internet to keep one thinking about prepping.
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    I would highly recommend a Swing-A-Way brand can opener. I have one in my kitchen that I have been using for better than 20yrs and still works like new. These things are bomb proof.
    Happy Prepping

    • I’m so glad you like the series so far. 🙂 I have a can opener similar to the Swing-A-Way, and you are right. They practically last forever.

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