Thrifty Emergency Preparedness

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Discount Debbie



I grew up in earthquake country. I can still visualize being a child sitting in front of the television, watching the news with my family after a huge earthquake. The big question that we heard asked, and that we asked ourselves all the time, was “Is this the ‘Big One?” It was terrifying. Although it was never “the big one,” often those quakes brought about enough destruction that, for those most affected, the question was irrelevant.

When I got married and moved out of state, I was thrilled to be free from earthquake-anxiety. BUT, now I have other concerns: hurricanes and tornadoes! Suffice it to say that the grass really does seem greener, even when it comes to natural disasters! 😉

Whatever nature tends to send to the region in which you live, you likely need some kind of emergency supplies.

Here are just a few of the basics:

According to, we need to plan for 3 days. I suggest planning for longer than that. Recent disasters have revealed that government help may not arrive for much longer than that.

1. Water. How much? One gallon per person per day. Be sure that you store your water in hard plastic and to make sure that you use or pour out your water and replace it every few months. If you’re going to go through the effort to prepare, make sure it’s good stuff!

2. Food. I’m all about not using canned food or any foods with preservatives, etc. However, as I have recently been making sure that we have some sort of food in case of emergency, I bought a bunch of cans of Spaghetti-Os, canned chili, canned beans and protein bars. I’m still looking for and getting deals as I am preparing. As a matter of fact, I’m getting a great deal on a couple of boxes of protein bars online. They should be on their way soon. (**Make sure you have a manual can opener if you are buying cans!)

3. Flashlight, Radio and batteries. I’m still working on this part. We have batteries. But, they aren’t the size we need for our radio. I’m also looking at getting a hand cranked radio. Some emergency radios can also charge cell phones. Otherwise, aim to get a cell phone charger; a solar charger would be ideal.

4. First aid kit.

5. Moist towelettes or wipes and garbage bags for sanitation. If you’re already a thrifty mama diva, then you’re watching for those deals on wipes anyway. Stock up if you can get them for $0.02 or less!

6. Tools, like a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

7. Local maps. I never use maps because I always get my directions online. What happens if I can’t get online. Oh, I can’t bear the thought! Anyway, I haven’t put a check mark by this box yet. But, it’s on my list!

8. Other. If you have babies, make sure you have extra diapers, wipes and whatever supplies your baby needs. Also, if anyone in the family takes prescription medication, make sure you have extra prescriptions.

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