Self-Sufficient Shopping, Try It

For many of us shopping is fun, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming – like when your shopping with emergency preparedness in mind.

Preparedness is a process and like all processes it takes time. The important thing is to start.

Here’s a short “Starter List” to get you going. Consider adding these items to your weekly shopping trip. When you get home from shopping, date consumables with a permanent marker and store in a closet or cabinet designated for Preparedness. All perishables should be rotated annually.

Starter List:

  • Bottled Water
  • A few extra cans of non-perishable food items
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Hygiene items
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Work gloves

This is a partial list of things we should all have on hand in the event of a disaster. For a more complete list check the Emergency Preparedness spinner rack at the Montecito Clubhouse Lifestyles Desk.

The Internet is also a great resource. Google is your friend. Search: "Disaster Preparedness," "Emergency Preparedness," and "Earthquake Preparedness" for starters.

Preparation and self-sufficiency are the keys to disaster survival. Let’s get shopping for the items we need.

Submitted by Kris Downey, IAC Member