Frugal Advice from Patrick J. Beaird

Be Prepared for Emergencies

For those of you who are/were Scouts (Girls or Boys) I'm sure you remember the motto "Be Prepared". Living that motto when it comes to life changing emergencies from tornadoes and winter storms to pandemic flu is a must!

Take some time to think through and research the idea of emergency preparedness realistically while being careful not to panic or sluff it off as unimportant. It doesn't have to be about building a bunker; maintaining insurance is an act of preparation for a possible emergency need, be it a car crash, fire or illness.

Keep these key points in mind for frugal preparation that will help ensure your family's well-being.

  • Check out or call 1-800-BE-READY for helpful information compiled by the federal government.
  • Look for Emergency Preparedness information provided by your state by searching the web and/or visiting your local library.
  • Plan out your preparation efforts now; for instance, save milk jugs over time, wash them well and fill them at home as apposed to going out and buying dozens of bottles of water.
  • Create a list of necessities and pick them up as they go on sale.
  • Communicate details of your planning with family members, both those living with you as well as those various distances away.
  • Look for additional value for your everyday life. For instance, maintaining supplies of extra food and household items in a well organized manner can add convenience and save money. Buy extras when on sale, and rotate stocks as needed.
  • Write down the your family preparedness plans, supplies on hand, locations of supplies, key phone numbers, addresses and other contact information.
  • Make copies of plans and other information and place them in areas where they will be easily accessible in an emergency such as in your home first aid kit, and in each of your vehicles.
  • Don't forget an emergency cash fund. Just a few dollars a week set aside in your piggy bank can add up!

Your forethought will determine your comfort in the event of an emergency and may very well save your life!

I answer select questions and share experiences and tips through my articles. Feel free to write me at: or Patrick Beaird, P.O. Box 9203, Springfield, IL, 62791

Copyright 2007 Patrick Beaird