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LDS Emergency Preparedness: Incremental Steps to Achieve the 1-Year Goal

The call to be prepared can be one of the most overwhelming instructions given, and many people find themselves paralyzed by the seeming immensity of it. While we know we should be stockpiling food, medical supplies, and other emergency essentials, making space for it in a budget, determining what we need, and finding time to make it happen can seem like just too much. In the long run, however, being unprepared when disaster strikes is a significantly greater inconvenience than any that might accompany this preparation.

It doesn’t have to be difficult, either. By taking incremental steps towards being fully prepared, you can remove some of the stress and hardship, while still moving down the road towards a more secure future. Think of this as a handful of tips to help you draw your own blueprint, which you can then use to eventually build a complete survival kit.

One helpful strategy to stockpiling a full year of supplies is to begin by setting a more easily-achievable goal. Start by trying to build up a week’s worth of goods, then move on to a month, then three months, and so on, until you’ve reached your end goal. If you’re on a budget, this may take a few years, but so long as you keep on track, you will get there eventually.

The easiest place to start is by simply buying a little bit more of everything you already purchase at the store. If you normally buy a pound of rice each time you go shopping, start buying two pounds. Canned and dried goods are most suited to this, but things like preserves, frozen foods, and canned foods can often survive for a year or more. Every time you unpack your groceries, make sure to replace the oldest of your stockpiled goods with the new purchases. Move the previously-stored items into your cabinet or fridge. This ensures that your food will never get too old, and if disaster does strike you will have fresh supplies at your disposal.

Of course, some of the supplies you need for your emergency preparedness will be things you don’t already buy, or things you buy only infrequently. For this reason, it’s a good idea to set aside a small budget each month, to be used to slowly grow your supply. Examine your spending and see what you can trim to free up a bit of money to move towards your goal.

When building your emergency preparedness kit, it’s also a good idea to aim for breadth first, and depth second. There’s no use in having a year’s worth of batteries if you haven’t yet bought the equipment that requires them. Similarly, having three radios and a dozen flashlights won’t do you any good if you don’t have the batteries to run them. You’ll want to take advantage of bulk discounts, of course, but don’t get carried away. Having a complete survival kit that will last you one month is considerably preferable to having a year-long kit missing critical elements.

As you work towards your full emergency preparedness, it is crucial that you have a blueprint to follow. While this may evolve and shift over time, without it you can easily overlook some necessary component. Make a list of everything you’ll need in case of a disaster or other emergency, and make a chart with those items one to a row on a page. Then separate the page into columns, with each column header denoting a period of time: one week, two weeks, one month, three months, six months, and a full year. At each intersection, note how much of an item you’ll need to comfortably survive that length of time. Then work towards completing first one column, then the next, then the next, until you eventually achieve total emergency preparedness for a full year of survival.

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