Preparedness on a Budget

If you think creating your disaster preparedness kit will break the bank, consider this – many of the items for your kit may be found around your home – including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, a flashlight and batteries.

After you have built the majority of your kit from items already in your home, you can begin to build a list for the remaining items. Here are some additional tips for keeping your disaster kit budget-friendly:

  • Shop at discount and dollar stores where appropriate;
  • Trade extra supplies with friends or family; and
  • Check the newspaper or online listings for discounted products.

For more simple and budget-friendly disaster kit suggestions and easy steps you should take if disaster strikes, you can access FEMA’s free online “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module.

The “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module is part of FEMA’s “Preparedness Activities for Communities Everywhere” tools, which shows how get prepared for all types of hazards.

Do you have any more ideas on how to prepare on a budget? Feel free to post them and share them with everyone!!


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