Sometimes the thought of preparing for an emergency can feel overwhelming. The internet is filled with many tips and suggestions for all the things you should have on hand and ways to prepare. But what if you live in a small space? Then chances are that list of 50 things to have on hand in case of emergency won’t actually be helpful for you. So here’s a list of ways to “prep” for an emergency when you have a small space.
One of the first things you can do to prepare for an emergency in your small space is to create a buddy space. If you live in a small space your neighbors are likely in the same boat as you so teaming up can help everyone prepare without using too much of anyone’s space. Meet with your neighbors to create a list of necessary supplies to have on hand for an emergency and then divide up the list. Make sure each person (or family) has some of the basic essentials on hand but then divide up the rest of the supplies. Allow each house to have a basic first aid kit and then each household has an additional one or two items from a more comprehensive first aid kit and more.
As you prepare for an emergency in your small space you’ll also want to have food on hand. A three-day supply of non-perishable food can prove invaluable in case of an emergency. Rather than try to brainstorm all the different food it may be helpful to have, it can be prudent to have ready to eat meals on hand. This helps ensure you have nutritious meals on hand instead of random food that could not provide you with the nourishment your family needs. Having ready to eat meals in storage gives you peace of mind that in case of emergency you are prepared. OMEALS are a great option in these scenerios because our meals are ready to be heated up with any liquid, and can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 5 years.
Be aware of what type of emergencies can occur in your local area and then narrow down a list of essential supplies to have on hand. If you live somewhere with extreme winter weather, you’ll want to make sure your emergency supplies include items designed for this type of cold and icy weather. But in order to make the most of your small space you don’t necessarily want to stock these items if you don’t live somewhere with this type of climate. When deciding what items to store in your small space, be mindful of the types of emergencies you are likely to experience to be best prepared. Additionally, it can be helpful to research ahead of time what help is available locally in case of emergency that you may have access to. This way, you aren’t scrambling to find information once you’re already in a place where you need assistance.
Even if you don’t have enough space to keep months of supplies on hand in case of emergency, there are still ways you can prepare for emergencies with a small space to have peace of mind for you & your family.