The 8 Most Common Preparedness Mistakes
Being fully prepared can be a daunting task. Our ReadyExperts have helped millions of people prepare and they have great insight into how to help you prepare. We asked a few of our ReadyExperts what were some common mistakes that people make when they begin to prepare.
Check out some of the points they talked about and contact your ReadyExpert to get help with your preparations.
What are you actually preparing for?
Disasters can strike at any time in any place. But what disasters are most likely to occur in your neighborhood? Do you have to deal with tropical storms, hurricanes, earthquakes or tornadoes? Based on what natural disasters are most common in your area may affect how you prepare by the things you store.
One of the most common preparations is for economic disasters. It doesn’t matter where you live, you will be better prepared if you have enough food storage to hold you over through rough economic times or unemployment.
Our ReadyExperts will be able to help you determine which products fit best with you needs. Since they’ve helped so many people prepare, they know items that would help you too.
Water water everywhere!
Most people think about eating, but how long could you live without water? Water storage is essential to your survival especially if you have freeze-dried food that requires water to prepare.
A lot of people realize the importance of food storage but assume that they’ll just have water in an emergency. In reality, a lot of things could happen to the water system or even local supplies to prevent you from having water. Not to mention that many people live in desert areas that are deceptively settled and people forget that water isn’t as abundant in those areas.
At the minimum, have a few gallons of water and a filter. Our experts can also help you determine how much water you’ll need for your family.
Not storing enough
Many times, people want the feeling of being prepared more than actually taking the steps to be prepared. They want the comfort of having something in their pantry in case there is a disaster. That leads to many people buying the bare minimum of food storage instead of a high-quality food that your family is accustomed to.
If you are not prepared to actually use the emergency supplies or food storage then you’re not prepared.
This goes along with my previous point. Typically, when a person goes with the bare minimum, they choose a product that offers less variety. This can have an affect on your overall health during an emergency. You want to prepare so you don’t skip a beat – prepare with the foods that you typically eat.
Foods that you never eat
Do you know how many times I’ve heard someone say, “My food storage doesn’t taste very good, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat anything!”
Why settle with food that doesn’t taste very good? If you’re going to prepare, prepare the right way! Get foods that your family already enjoys and that they are used to. That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on at The Ready Store – having food that people like to eat.
Where are you going to be?
When you think of yourself in a disaster, you typically always think of yourself at home, next to your food storage and 72-hour kits. However, are you at home for most of the day? Probably not. You need to be prepared at work, in your car.
Can you make anything with your food storage?
Food storage is great to have – if you can use it! Many times, people prepare with basic staples that are used for cooking – sugar, flour, wheat. But you’ll also need other basics to prepare these items. Don’t forget things like salt, cooking oil, baking soda, yeast, fruits, vegetables, etc.
Alternative cooking sources
Similar to the last point, if you have these basic items, how will you cook them? Imagine the power goes out. How would you cook your food? Freeze-dried food is always good for that situation but you might also need something like a solar oven.
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Contact our ReadyExperts at 1-800-773-5331 to get help creating your own emergency plan.Updated November 30, 2012