Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Building a Basic One Month Preparedness Pantry ... part 1

Before I get started with this post I want to thank Martha J. and Vicky S. for their generous contributions.  Your donations were literally an answer to prayer!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! 

Previous posts in this series can be found HERE.

(Photo is of some of the many boxes of food and basic supplies that were distributed to victims of Hurricane Matthew in our area.)

We’ve spent the last week recovering and helping others recover from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.  In some ways this past week has been surreal.  I’ve seen so much and learned so much and it is the experience of that ‘much’ that I want to draw on and share with you.

I hope you take this series seriously, the information I’ll be sharing and the things I’ll be suggesting you do could very well someday make a big difference in your life.  I want you to be able to take care of your family's needs in an emergency instead of having to stand in long lines for several hours just to get the basic necessities.  

Okay, the first thing you need to do to build a basic one month preparedness pantry is ….

Assess what your needs would be!  If you had to depend solely on what was in your pantry for one month, without electricity, what would you need to have?

Remember that your pantry is more than just food.   It’s the food and household supplies that keep your home running smoothly readily available when needed.

Everyone is in a different season of life so our lists are going to look different, but getting prepared starts with assessing and making a list.  Here is what ours looks like …

Medication (over the counter and prescription)
First Aid-Kit
Nourishing food
Comfort food (don’t underestimate how important this is)
Batteries
Non-electric lighting
Paper products (disposable plates, plastic wear, paper towels)
A non-electric way to cook/prepare meals
Drinking water
Household/bathing water

BOB … Bug Out Bag (in case we have to evacuate our home at a moment’s notice), also known as a 72 - hour emergency kit

Remember this is your one month preparedness pantry; it won’t work for you if it’s not tailored to your specific needs.

So, what does your ‘list’ look like?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.



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