The days and weeks following the holidays can be tough on the wallet, but being prepared for an emergency doesn’t have to break the bank. Because disasters come in many forms, it’s important to know how to prepare – and even better to know how to prepare on a budget.
Here are some handy tips to get you started:
- Download the free Ready Georgia app—Get geo-targeted emergency alerts on your phone and info about how to deal with specific threats before disasters strike.
- Buy in bulk—Save money by purchasing three-day supplies of food and water at a wholesale warehouse.
- Use coupons—Many items that you can put in your Ready kit such as granola bars, cereal, and beef jerky are often on sale. Check your local paper or grocery store flyer for coupons and deals.
- Recycle clothes and blankets—Instead of tossing old items aside, pack them in your Ready kit for future use.
- Visit dollar stores—Load up your Ready kit with flashlights, batteries, garbage bags, whistles, games for the kids and more.
- Get a free road map—The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) offers free road maps upon request.
- Put cash aside—During an emergency, ATM’s might not be readily available. Stash some cash in your Ready kit to ensure you’re ready.
- Purchase generic medication—Many pharmacies offer 90-day generic brand prescriptions for less than $16. Ask your doctor on your next visit and make sure to store some medicine in your Ready kit.
- Store your documents—Everyday freezer bags get the job done and keep items safe from water and the elements.
- Free hygiene products—Traveling soon? Grab free hotel soaps, toothpaste and shampoos and pack them in your Ready kit