Last week I began a list of Disaster Prep tips that are quick little things we can do, but can have a huge impact in case of disaster. Thorough, comprehensive disaster preparedness can take significant amounts of time, but these tips will save you a ton of grief when the time comes. If you missed the first installment, you may either check last week’s column or visit my blog in a couple of weeks.
Tip #13 Make a list of all prescription medications, including dosages. Keep the list in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.
Tip #14 Take digital photos of every room in your house. Make a video if you have the capability and spend five minutes in every room. This will facilitate any after the fact insurance claims.
Tip # 15 Write down your insurance policy numbers and your agent’s phone number. Also place them in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.
Tip #16 Add $1.00 per week ($5.00 if you can afford it) to your emergency cash fund. Remember ATMS and credit card systems will be useless if the power grid goes down.
Tip #17 Make digital copies of your important documents and store them on a flash drive.
Tip #18 Make a backup copy of the data on your hard drive and store at a friend’s house or a safe deposit box.
Tip #19 Locate a source of water outside your home such as a lake, pond or stream
Tip #20 Learn to cook a pot of rice.
Tip #21 Download free prepping, survival and homesteading e-books from Amazon as they become available. Check the Backdoor Survival facebook page for almost daily announcements of books that are currently available–often for just a day or two.
Tip #22 Call (800-480-2520) or email FEMA (email@example.com) to order a free copy of their excellent book “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”.
Tip #23 Practice starting a fire using dryer lint or a cotton ball tinged with petroleum jelly using a flint and steel.
Tip #24 Sow some seeds, fruits and veggies, that is.
There you go. Two dozen, five-minute ideas that will get you started on your disaster preparedness plan. None of these ideas will break your bank, nor do they require a high skill level in the art of disaster preparedness. Good luck. As always send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns are available on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”