Emily Thornton

Emily Thornton

Threats of war and chemical weapons are a part of the news recently, and there has been a palatable tension in the air. Many people are scared for the future.

Emergency preparedness, though stereotypically looked at as a psychosis by some, has been shown to help people feel a little less stressed over troubles in the real world.

Emergency preparedness is something that everyone should find important. Why do you have health insurance? Why do you buy car insurance? Why do you keep your car in working order? Even simple questions like this are answered by the idea of emergency preparedness. You prepare for the day you need it.

You have health insurance in case you or your family get sick and they need some professional care. You have car insurance in case someone runs into your car and it is your only mode of transportation. You keep your car running in case you want to run to grandma’s house. This is why emergency preparedness is important — in case something happens and you need to protect your family.

Time and time again when there is the threat of a natural disaster, there is a sense of panic in the stores. Shelves are emptied and people are left without. The thought of my family being without food and shelter has always been a big support of my prepping enthusiasm.

Ready.gov and FEMA.com are just a few websites that really support the need for emergency prepping. Even those people who wonder why LDS people can and save food, there has been support for self sufficiency and preparedness in the LDS church.

The easiest place to start is now. Don’t think about how much you have to get, just think of what you can do now. Peruse the sale items and non-perishables. If you go to the grocery store once or twice a month, plan on using an extra $5 to purchase canned goods.

Once you have them at home, put them in a cool, dry place. Each time you go to the store, keep doing this. And in no time you will have a food store for your family. A good rule of thumb is, if you don’t eat the same goods now, why do you think this will change in an emergency? Get food that will be nutritious but something that your family will eat.

To supplement your food stores, start thinking about saving water. If every person in your family were to survive over a week without any amenities, you will need to get 3 gallons of water, per person, per day. This is the standard amount from every emergency preparedness site.

Some people save water by refilling their 2-liter bottles after drinking pop. Some people use milk gallons. However, I wouldn’t recommend this because it needs a little extra care to ensure there won’t be bacteria inside.

The large 50-gallon blue tubs are always a good choice. They are usually $30 a piece or less if you know someone who sells them. I recommend the water blocks ($30 for 10 on Amazon). These blocks are stackable and they hold around 12 gallons a piece. They are safe to store on concrete and carpet and come with a water proof cap and carrying handles. I have used them for years and they are very handy.

Next week there will be an article on bug out bags and why it is important to build yours now. Take a look around at your house. Some of the best preps are ones you may do instinctually. Emergency preparedness is important because of the little “in case” situations that happen in life.

Emily Thornton is currently working on her masters in communication at Idaho State University. She enjoys writing, racing after her son and playing games with her husband.