So often we look at prepping as a large scale ongoing project, and it is, but it doesn't mean that it has to take up a large amount of time. These are thirty preps that you can do in five minutes or less to get you on the path towards being better prepared for whatever may come.
1. Purchasing a prepping notebook or binder. Having a place to keep track of notes, emergency plans and information that you collect on prepping should be an essential part of your preparations.
2. Wash out empty juice or milk jugs with a bit of bleach, and then fill with water for an emergency. Make sure to date them so you can rotate them on an annual basis.
4. Talk to family members about where to meet during or after a disaster. A family meeting spot is one of the essential firsts to a disaster plan.
6. Introduce yourself to a neighbor you have not met. Exchange emergency telephone numbers. You never know when you or someone else might need help, and having back up right next door could make all the difference. You never know, you may make a friend with a fellow prepper as well.
9. Print out the food safety charts at foodsafety.gov. They give you a guide to how long you can store different items, as well as charts on how to thaw and cook certain foods, to help you avoid food poisoning.
15. Take digital photos of each room in your house. Take five minutes for each room and do your best to capture as much as you can. This will facilitate any after the fact insurance claims.
16. Write down your insurance policy numbers and your agent's phone number and put them in your wallet and in your emergency kit. You can also put together a list of emergency phone numbers of friends and family to contact in the event of a disaster as well.
19. Make an off site backup of data on your computer hard drive. Then make sure you give it to a friend or family member. An off site backup works, because it is "off site".
22. Download free prepping, survival and homesteading e-books from Amazon as they become available. Check the Backdoor Survival Facebook page for daily announcements of books that currently available. You can never have too many survival resources. https://www.facebook.com/thesurvivalwoman
23. Call (800-480-2520) or email FEMA to order a free copy of their book "Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness"
27. Do a five minute emergency drill. Can you get in and out of your house in five minutes? Can you grab supplies in that time to bug out? What about if you are bugging in? Plans change depending on the disaster and if you are staying or going. Try an emergency drill with all of your plans and see how far you can get in five minutes. It may not be as far as you think, and perhaps you should be able to get further. Drills will only help make you faster and better able to react when disaster strikes.
30. Sign up for a class where you can learn a useful skill that you don't know yet. Local community colleges, nature centers, and folk schools can offer all sorts of classes to learn useful skills. Everything from wild edibles to blacksmithing. You never know what skills you will need in the future.
What other five minute preps can you think of? Let us know in the comments!