Here is the second part of the Harrison Daily Times article I posted yesterday. I will start going over each tip from it and gives some of my own thoughts and opinions on them along with added suggestions that I have heard in addition to this article’s. I do have to say that this article did a good job of giving folks a jumping off point to becoming prepared.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike. Be prepared! by Dave Robinson

Yesterday, I began a list of Disaster Prep tips that are quick little things we can do, but can have a huge impact in case of disaster. Thorough, comprehensive disaster preparedness can take significant amounts of time, but these tips will save you a ton of grief when the time comes.

If you missed the first installment, you may either check yesterday’s column or visit my blog in a couple of weeks.

Tip 13: Make a list of all prescription medications, including dosages. Keep the list in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.

Tip 14: Take digital photos of every room in your house. Make a video if you have the capability and spend five minutes in every room. This will facilitate any after the fact insurance claims.

Tip 15: Write down your insurance policy numbers and your agent’s phone number. Also place them in your wallet or purse and a copy in your emergency kit.

Tip 16: Add $1 per week ($5 if you can afford it) to your emergency cash fund. Remember ATMS and credit card systems will be useless if the power grid goes down.

Tip 17: Make digital copies of your important documents and store them on a flash drive.

Tip 18: Make a backup copy of the data on your hard drive and store at a friend’s house or a safe deposit box.

Tip 19: Locate a source of water outside your home such as a lake, pond or stream.

Tip 20: Learn to cook a pot of rice.

Tip 21: Download free prepping, survival and homesteading e-books from Amazon as they become available. Check the backdoor Survival facebook page for almost daily announcements of books that are currently available—often for just a day or two.

Tip 22: Call (800-480-2520) or email FEMA (fema-publications-warehouse@fema.gov) to order a free copy of their excellent book “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness.”

Tip 23: Practice starting a fire using dryer lint or a cotton ball tinged with petroleum jelly using a flint and steel.

Tip 24: Sow some seeds, fruits and veggies, that is.

There you go. Two dozen five-minute ideas that will get you started on your disaster preparedness plan. None of these ideas will break your bank, nor do they require a high skill level in the art of disaster preparedness. Good luck.

As always send your questions and comments to disasterprep.dave@gmail.com.

Previous columns are available on my blog at www.disasterprep-dave.blogspot.com.

Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”

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