Are you busy? Do you find it hard to get everything on your list checked off each day? I know I do. “One more hour and I’d have finished that”… How many times have you said this? If there is barely enough time to get TODAY’s stuff done, how can we expect to prepare for tomorrow? I’ll tell you how. A little at a time. That’s how. 10 min here, an hour there. It is about priorities and planning. If it takes an hour to go grocery shopping, an hour and fifteen minutes could include adding food to your preparedness stash. Filling a gas can for the lawn mower? Fill 2 more for the Zombie Apocalypse (don’t forget some preservative). Here is a list of short projects that can make a huge difference.
10 Minute Prepping
1. Food Rotation
Check the dates on your stored foods. Mark them with a sharpie if you haven’t already. Place them in date order and use the oldest ones first. FIFO-First In First Out!
Fill some water bottles, jugs, glass jars, etc… You can buy 5 gallon water bottles from your local water supplier or just thoroughly wash your used containers.
3. Fire Tinder
Dip cotton balls in petroleum jelly, fill toilet paper rolls with dryer lint, place cotton balls and travel hand sanitizer in a ziplock bag, dip matches in wax to waterproof them. There are tons of ways to do this. Pick a couple and put them in your kits.
4. Important Documents
This may take more than 10 min total but get started and set aside 10 min a week until you get it done! This is take directly from my upcoming book
These are the documents that you will need copies or duplicates of. These should be in an Aloksak or waterproof pouch. This should be in your Go Bag and a second set somewhere out of your home. Keep this with friend, family member, safe deposit box or at a vacation home. Keep this package in a locked box or other secure storage. These will be of infinite importance should they be needed after the situation has subsided.
Check off items here as they are added to the kit:
Some Cash and Coins
Insurance Policies (home, medical, vehicle, etc)
Real Estate Titles or Loan Documents
Social Security Cards
School Records for Children
Medical and Immunization Records for Children
Credit Cards and Acct Info
Tax Returns (2yrs)
Animal Records and Vaccinations
Each member of your family should have a Family Info Pack. This is a small waterproof pouch with a family photo, a head shot of each family member, a copy of that family members Birth Certificate, a copy of that members Social Security Card, a copy of any photo ID that member may have, a list of names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers of all family members, and the name, address, and phone number of your out of area contact. All of this data should also be on an SD card in the kit.
5. Organize Go-Bags
Go through your Go-Bags and organizes them. Check the dates on food, check the first aid kit, and check the batteries in all your gadgets. Organize the gear so that items are easy to find, even in the dark.
6. $10 of Food
Next time you go shopping, buy $10 worth of food just to store. Pick things you will actually eat. Use them regularly and replace them on your next shopping trip. This will quickly increase the amount of food you have for emergencies and keep it rotated at the same time!
7. Flashlight Batteries
Not just your flashlights, but all your gadgets. Do this every couple months. Pick up a cheap battery tester and/or change to rechargeables. This way you will always have the most runtime at the beginning of a crisis. It sucks to be stuck in a power outage and have your flashlight go out 10 minutes in.
8. First Aid Fix-up
Go through your first aid kits and check for damaged goods, check expiration dates, quantities, tape for heat damage, leaking items. Replace what you need and put a piece of tape on the zipper or lid with the date of last inspection.
9. Practice Evac
Go through an actual evacuation. Delegate responsibilities. Time it. If you have Go-Bags ready and a list of steps to take, you should be able to get out in about 10 min. Give it a try. See where you lost the most time and work diligently on those tasks. Do this every couple of months. In the months between, discuss the plan with your family. Talk about problem areas and try to fix them before disaster strikes.
10. Go-Bag List
Make a list of all the contents of your go bag. Mark down the expiration dates of perishable items. Now laminate it and attach it to your bag.
I hope you can find time to try these out for yourselves. I know my family still needs to work on these as well. You are not alone in this! Spend a little time each day to ensure your future.
Skills Don’t Break And Knowledge Weighs Nothing!