Is it me or does it appear as though the price on everything goes up when a natural disaster is approaching? Along with price increases, when going into home improvement or grocery stores for storm supplies, there are either only a few items remaining or nothing left on the shelves!
I have found that there are many things that we can do to prepare for a disaster before and after a storm while on a strict budget. Most things can be done by ourselves using items found right in our homes.
You can also save on buying certain preparation items by buying at the right time. I will share with you the tips that have helped me one hurricane season after another that can also help you no matter which natural disaster you are affected by.
Tips to Prepare for Natural Disasters on a Budget
There are many tasks we need to accomplish before, during and after a major disaster. In a previous article, How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster, I discuss how we can minimize the impact of a disaster using bible principles.
Sometimes, however, it has difficult to implement everything we should because we simply don’t have the money to do so. I mean, who has thousands to spend of storm impact windows and doors? Or a generator with fuel to keep us with power for weeks?
Yes, we would LOVE to ride out a storm in comfort but sometimes it’s important to focus on our survival.
I have a few time and money saving tips to share with you when preparing for a natural disaster on a budget.
Disaster Preparation Budget Tips:
- Go to an inexpensive store and buy the cheap solar lights (some places sell them for 97 cents) Put them out in the sun during the day and bring them inside when it gets dark. (You can also put them in a vase or pot to light up your table or bedrooms.)
- There are tutorials that teach you how to make your own lanterns and candles such as How to Make Your Own Homemade Candles by David Fisher at the Spruce Crafts.
- Buy or make window and door shutters before the storm season starts. You can make shutters out of plywood or purchase them when they are on sale. I find that the price on shutters to be cheaper after hurricane season.
- Before a storm such as a hurricane hits, you can cook rice and then dehydrate it. This saves on time and water. For more tips on how to do this, check out How To Dehydrate Food Without a Dehydrator by Brady Klopfer at Wonder How To-Food Hacks.
- Before a storm season occurs, check on your insurance. Know what it covers. Does it cover flooding? Fire? You don’t want to lose money paying for damages that you thought were covered by your insurance agency.
- You can use inexpensive caulking to put around your doors and windows before a lot of rain as the moisture can cause damage to your home.
- If your home is prone to flooding, you can make your own sandbags and place in front of your door.
- Install bolts at the top and bottom of your doors for added fortification.
- If you do decide that you want a generator, wait for a sale. Once again, the price sometimes lower during the slow seasons of storms. Don’t rely fully on the generator when using. Use candles, lanterns and other items that are battery operated. This will save you fuel during the storm.
- Plan to stay by a family or friends home that is more secure, especially if they have a basement. You can always split the expenses. Remember to bring your food, water, and other survival kit items (matches, batteries, medicine etc.)
The more work you do in advance, the cheaper it will be to safeguard your home and property.
You can also check out the selections below to help you be prepared for the next natural disaster!
Cheap and Easy Survival Kit
I’ve researched quite a few easy and cheap do-it-yourself survival kits, but I’ve found one that beats them all. With this survival kit, it takes you step by step on how to make it and get this, it’s cheap. Really cheap.
How cheap is really cheap? I’ll let the title of the video tell you the answer. It’s a video by kipkay called the $1 Pill Bottle Survival Kit!
No more excuses about price. This survival kit can certainly fit in your budget!
How You Can Budget Your Money (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
Before I wrap up this post of how you can prepare for a natural disaster on a budget, I wanted to share with you some budget tips. You may find that you can’t afford the necessary items because you have spent a lot of your money on unnecessary items.
I want to share with you a Money Saving Bundle by Caroline Vencil that includes 6 downloads to help you save money and that is currently on sale. (It’s crazy how you always have to spend money to save money right??) You can check it out and everything it includes including the following:
- 7 Ways to Save Money Like a hippie
- 11 Best Ways to Save Money in Summer
- Stop Paying Trash & Save More Than $1,820/Years! (yes, really!)
- The $15 Purchase That Saves $100/M On Energy Costs! (It’s Not Lowering Your Thermostat!)
- 5 Legit Ways to Save Money Living Paycheck to Paycheck
- 8 Ways to Winterize Your Whole Home on a Budget
I have found other tips to be helpful when I need track and save my money. Along with finding helpful ways to save money, which the Money Bundle will help you with, you can also keep a record of your purchases.
Many times, we just can’t seem to figure out where our paycheck went. Keeping track of your spending habits will make you accountable for future purchases.
Making a budget and sticking with it is also helpful. That way, we see where we need to adjust our spending habits in a certain area to stick to our budget.
Money can definitely be useful, but it should never come at the expense of our lives, that of our loved ones or God. As Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verse 12 brings out:
because wisdom is protection as silver is protection; but the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner. (Christian Standard Bible)
So yes, we do need money but knowledge and wisdom are what will save our lives!
Draw Close to God During Disasters (1 John 4:8)
No matter what disaster comes your way, take comfort knowing that no matter our financial situation, there are ways we can still protect ourselves and our family.
You can also feel relief knowing that God is aware of our circumstances. As 1st John chapter 4 verse 8 confidently states,
…God is love. (Christian Standard Bible)
As the God of love, he provides us with the encouragement that we need in our times of distress, including natural disasters.
Thank you for digging into these scriptural gems with me! Do you have any other tips that can help us prepare for natural disasters on a budget? Please share in the comments below!