Take the 10 minutes to make a list of what supplies need to be replaced so that when you are shopping you’ll have it handy. Put it somewhere real – in your phone if that works for you instead of on a piece of paper that you’ll leave on the table when you go out the door!
Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Pull out your emergency packs and go bags from your house, car and office (if relevant). Helping loved ones do this even though they may not live with you is always a good idea.
As a rule, I put the bottled water out so we use it up and replenish it with fresh. You don’t want it to be compromised by too long in fluctuating temperatures.
Check the expiry dates on all foodstuffs. Think of whether or not anything needs to be removed or added from your supplies.
Test your bags or suitcases that hold everything. Is this realistic in an emergency – can you lift it for more than 30 seconds?
Shopping online for lightweight camping or outdoor gear is a great way to purchase only what you need and stay on budget.
Be realistic – if you won’t get all the pieces together then consider buying a readymade pack online from a certified source. The peace of mind must be worked into your budget.
MEDICATIONS – ensure that any medications you or your favourite people need are included in your preparations. Old eyeglasses should be there as well.
Over dinner tonight discuss what your plan is for a meeting place for the household in case of evacuation. Make it less scary by practicing it every once in a while so it will already be in mind.
It’s a no brainer habit to check and update these things every time we begin or end DST. That way you won’t be caught off guard.
I have really benefited from spending this week with you. Your feedback inspires me.
Thank you for the privilege – until next year!