Keep Some Emergency Cash In Your Home

Keep Some Emergency Cash In Your Home

A lot of people no longer use cash in favor of debit cards. Or even credit cards. However, this is not a good idea if you are making preparations for an emergency.

You shoudl keep some emergency cash in your home, just in case you can’t access your bank account. Think that will never happen in America? Think again. All you have to do is look to what is happening in Europe right now. There are banks that have had emergencies and closed for a period of time. If that happens here, you won’t have any cash to operate.

There are other reasons too. If the power goes down, ATM machines may not be working. Computer systems definitely will not work without power. So, having some cash on hand just makes sense.

You would need to store enough cash to handle your everyday needs, for a short period of time. Things such as food, fuel and supplies can all be bought with cash. Needless to say, you will have to find a great hiding place in your home. And most importantly, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! This is something you don’t need to tell the whole world about.

One thing you can do is save all your change in a jar. Every one in a while, exchange the coins for cash and add that to your emergency stash.

This is something you will be so glad you did when an emergency comes around.


Learn How to Empty Your Hot Water Tank

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

Attach a garden hose to your hot water heater drain valve

It may seem obvious, but your hot water heater contains clean water that is safe for drinking. In an emergency, this is often an overlooked research. Yet, most people don’t even know how to drain their hot water heater. You will learn how here.

To drain your hot water heater, you need a regular garden hose and a collection vessel(s). Here are the steps:

  1. Turn off the cold water supply to your house.
  2. Water Heaters are either gas or electric. If yours is electric, go to the circuit breaker panel and turn off the breaker for the water heater. If yours is gas, turn the gas valve all the way off. You have to do this because you don’t want to continue to heat an empty tank.
  3. Turn off the cold water supply going to the water heater. This is done by shutting off the valve on the cold water line going into the water heater (it’s usually above the tank).
  4. Attach the female end of the garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the tank.
  5. Put the other end of the garden hose into a collection vessel.
  6. Open the drain valve. If nothing comes out, there is vacuum pressure in the line. You can correct this by going to the bathroom or kitchen and opening the hot water side of a faucet.

After your emergency has passed, remember to turn the cold water supply back on in your house and let the hot water tank refill with cold water. After the tank has been filled, you can either turn the breaker back on (it your water heater is electric) or relight the pilot and turn the gas valve on (if your water heaters is gas).


Organize the Canned Goods in Your Pantry

Canned Goods Organizer

One easy thing you can do in your preparations is to organize the canned goods in your pantry.

You have a couple of different choices here. You can buy a canned goods organizer like the one shown in the photo above. Or you can make one out of a soda refrigerator pack.

Canned Goods Organizer Made out of Fridge Pack

To make the organizer out of a cardboard fridge pack, just lay it flat where the opening is in the front. Next, cut a rectangular hole on the top back end of the box. You can cover the entire fridge pack with decorative paper or leave just leave it alone.

If you like, you can also make a label for the front of the box. Load the cans from the back and work them towards the front.


For God’s Sakes, Store What You Eat, And Not Just Those Noodles In a Cup

Store Canned Goods Your Family Will Eat

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to someone starting their food storage program is to simply, STORE WHAT YOU EAT!

Sounds simple, but you would be surprised that a lot of people try to just store what’s on sale, or buy a few cases of those noodles in a cup and expect their family to eat ’em up. They might, for the first meal, but what after that.

You have to store foods that your family is used to eating. You especially have to store snack foods that are family favorites. Nothing can satisfy nervous, antsy children like their very own familiar snack foods. Just remember when it comes to store-bought, pre-packaged snack foods, watch the expiration dates closely.


Remember Your Pets in Your Preparedness Planning

You pets are members of the family too. So, they must be taken into account in your preparedness planning. You need to make sure to store the following items for all your pets:

  • Dog and cat food
  • Water for pets
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leashes
  • Crates and bedding
  • Cat Litter
  • Pet medications

If you there is a high likely hood of an emergency in your area, check with your county’s Emergency Management office to find out which evacuation centers allow pets.

Also, even if your pets are used to being outside, be very careful during extreme weather. If it’s too cold for humans, it’s too cold for pets.

During emergency periods, it is wise to have your pets on a leash when you take then out to the bathroom. Disaster-related noises may cause them to want to run off. You need to remember this during a disaster. Pets can get easily scared and may want to flee.