Plan to Be Prepared

I keep the various worksheets, plans, and reference materials that contribute to my being Self-Reliant & Prepared in my Preparedness Notebook.  Without this repository (a simple three-ring binder), I have piles of loose papers scattered throughout my house, never to be found when they are needed, and I lose track of what I need to accomplish.

Here are the tab dividers and some of the documents I keep in each section.  Over the next few months, I will add links (click on anything green) for some of the documents that I have found useful to keep handy. There may be other sections you add to your own Preparedness Notebook.

PREPAREDNESS NOTEBOOK TABS:

Emergency Plans

Family Emergency Plan
   –includes Communications Plan, Meeting Place(s), Fire Plan, Evacuation Plan
Emergency Cards

Evacuation Checklist
Home Safety
Personal Safety
Pet Plan

Home Storage Plan

Plan Your Three-Month Food Supply
   Tools:
   Three Month Supply Excel Worksheet
   Blank Ingredients Worksheet – print out and write on
   Three-Months Supply Blank Worksheet – print out, write on, calculate your totals

Shelf Life of Basic Pantry Items

Recipes
Other Food Storage plans/approaches
Non-food Storage Plan
“Family Home Storage: A New Message” (an article from Ensign magazine)

Water Storage Plan

30+ Tips for Coping Without Running Water (an article from Backdoor Survival)

Emergency Kits Plan

72-hour kit (BOB)
Get Home Bag (Vehicle Emergency kit)
1st Aid kit
School kit
Office kit
Water for our Emergency Kits (an article from Preparedness-365)

Important Documents 

See the Important Documents Binder tab for a list of documents to keep

Resource Management

Debt Elimination Plan
Savings Plan

Skills / Tools Plan

Reference Material

“Sturdy Shoes and a Waterprooof Tent” – an article about lessons we can learn about personal preparedness from historical events; also, why it can be critically important to listen to the counsel to be prepared.

“The Safety of Beverages in Plastic Bottles” and “Plastic Bottles” – articles from reputable sources about the rampant Internet claims that extreme temperatures make bottled water dangerous.

What’s in Season?  Vegetable Guide / Fruit Guide