Preparedness can be a little bit overwhelming. This year we are going to help you break it down into manageable pieces. We challenge you to spend $20 dollars to purchase necessary supplies and 15 minutes working on necessary tasks each month. Do it and you will be amazed at the progress you will have made by the end of 2015.

Quite frankly, if you can spend more than $20 and 15 minutes a month you will greatly accelerate the process. To help you achieve this goal we will post on the first of every month our recommendation. You may have different preparedness priorities and we encourage you to do what is best for your individual circumstances.

Spend $20 on longer term food storage. These are items packaged for longer term storage that you can stash away in a basement or under a bed for up to 30 years. In a perfect world, these items would be regularly rotated. Here are some ideas:

Red beans, black beans, pinto beans, white rice, wheat, pasta, dried potatoes, dried onions or other long term storage items properly packaged. If you can spend $20 per person you will accumulate your storage much quicker. Remember the goal is 300 pounds of grain and 60 pounds of legumes per person per year. Dried fruits and vegetables are a wonderful addition to these basics.

You can purchase these items online or at a local emergency preparedness store. I’ve noticed that several grocery stores, including WalMart, have started carrying some longer term storage items in #10 cans.

Spend 15 minutes evaluating your water storage. Do you have at least 2 gallons per person for 2 weeks? If not, create a reasonable plan to build your water storage. You can purchase new 55 gallon water storage barrels, water bricks, or other new containers if your budget allows. However, used food-grade barrels, soda or juice bottles can be thoroughly cleaned and can easily provide safe water storage at little or no cost.

PETE Bottle Water Storage Copyright Your Family Ark LLCIn my humble opinion, it would be better to build your water storage with free containers and spend the money you would have spent on containers on acquiring your longer term food storage if you don’t have it yet. That being said, new approved water storage containers are the perfect way to go. Sometimes good enough just has to be perfect.

January’s 2015 Challenge – spend $20 on longer term food storage and 15 minutes evaluating the status of your water storage. You can do this!

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