This week we are continuing to prepare our homes for the upcoming:
- Cooler months
- New items
We covered preparing our homes for the cooler months with fall cleaning and maintenance here. Today we will continue to be prepared by talking about building a budget-friendly emergency supply kit. Maybe you already have a kit like me that has been “borrowed from”. My kit has some missing items that I keep intending on replacing but it is just one of those things that I never seem to get to. With the changing season, I figured now would be the perfect time to update our kit and also share with you on how I built our budget-friendly emergency kit.
Be Prepared- How to Build a Budget-Friendly Emergency Supply Kit
Do you have supplies for your family in the event of an emergency? Severe storms such as tornados, snow storms, and other weather emergencies can happen without notice, so it is important to be prepared.
To build a basic emergency kit, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. To help keep the cost of the emergency kit down most of the items can be found at dollar stores and many discount stores. Many items can be found on clearance at this time of year. I found a lot of supplies for our emergency kit marked down in the camping section. For the bigger ticket items, I shopped for deals online at amazon.com.
Another great place to find discounted supplies are manufacturers of pharmaceuticals. We have a local manufacturer that has an outlet store. This small store offers discounts on generic items such multi-vitamins, cold & flu, cortisone cream, allergy, pain medications, etc. Normally you can buy most generic over the counter items between .50 cents and $3.00. Look in your area for a medical supply manufacturer that may sell overruns.
What to put in your emergency kit-
Visit these site to find recommendations for items for your emergency kit.
Ready.gov Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
Red Cross Be Red Cross Ready Checklist
To be prepared in the cooler weather, we included these items in our emergency kit-
Multi-pack of work gloves, which can be doubled up, and used in cold weather. We have also included hand warmers and extra blankets including thermal blankets similar to these, in case the power were to go out and we would have no heat. We currently have a kerosene heater that can be used if the power were to go out. I am currently researching different heat alternatives.
As a final thought, you likely have many things in your home right now that would serve you well in an emergency, with a few new additions and some organization, you will have a budget-friendly emergency kit that will serve you well.
Be sure to join me next week Wednesday as we continue to dig in and prepare our homes. Also, we will be sharing a post on 10 Frugal Kitchen Items Needed in a Emergency Supply Kit on FeedingBig.com look for that post on Friday.
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