The Preparedness PlannerPosted on: February 18, 2014
One thing that is often lacking in our preps is organization. Sure, we usually have at least a rough idea of what we have on hand and what we need to fill in gaps but is that really good enough? I mean, how many times have you stopped at the store to pick up a couple cans of whatever, only to get home and find you already had eight cans scattered amongst various cupboards and cabinets?
The Preparedness Planner is an excellent tool for keeping your preps under control. There are essentially two components to the planner. First, there are lists on top of lists of things you may wish to have on hand in case of emergencies. Honestly, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such a comprehensive list of food storage, bug out bag components, and other supplies. I’d be willing to bet you’ll see at least a few things you’d not thought of before.
The second component to the Preparedness Planner consists of forms you print out and use to keep track of your goodies. These forms are the heart of the Planner. There are forms for keeping track of:
–Bug out bags
–Toiletries and cleaners
–Seeds and plants
–Animal and pet supplies
–Gear and tools
Each of these forms can be printed out separately, allowing you to only use what you need without wasting paper and ink. You can then insert these forms into a binder so everything is in one place.
As you add to your supplies or use them up, you update the Planner so you’ll always know, at a glance, what you have and what you need.
The Food Storage section even includes forms for menu planning. An excellent approach to devising a food storage plan is to create possible menus for a few weeks, then calculate what you’ll need to have on hand for each of those meals. Using the tools in this Planner, this is a piece of cake (no pun intended).
Many preppers have devised their own homemade methods for tracking supplies and food rotation. Some use spreadsheets on their computers, others use notebooks and pens. The Preparedness Planner is a great middle ground between those approaches. The forms take the guesswork out of organizational difficulties, letting you just fill in the blanks that apply to your situation.
The Preparedness Planner is a tool, nothing more and nothing less. Sort of like a hammer, for example. It might be difficult to build a house without a hammer, but merely owning one isn’t going to give you the knowledge and skills to be able to do so. What I’m getting at is, don’t look upon this Planner as being the end all, be all, when it comes to learning how to incorporate prepping into your current lifestyle. It is a great tool, and one that I recommend to both new and seasoned preppers, but you’ll still need to do the work and not just let this Planner languish on a shelf somewhere.
All told, the Preparedness Planner runs 87 pages or so. The majority of those pages are the printable forms, with a scattering of very well written instructions on how to use them as well as the aforementioned comprehensive lists of food and other supplies.
You can purchase the Preparedness Planner from here.