Comment faire face à une situation d’urgence sur un budgetJuly 7, 2020

How to deal with emergency situations on a budget

Emergency situations arise unexpectedly. One day, we are shopping around stores, the next, we are quarantined or must evacuate. It’s important to be prepared for any scenario, without panicking.

Go bag

Before an emergency arises, equip yourself with a go-bag. A go-bag supplies the necessary things in case of rapid evacuation and allows you to survive for 72 hours while waiting for emergency relief. You can get pre-made bags, or you can gather the necessary things yourself. Add copies of your birth certificate, will, passport and insurance papers in a sealed, waterproof bag.

Provisions

Make sure you have a small amount of non-perishable food stocked up, such as canned food, in case of a prolonged quarantine. No need to empty your pockets by buying huge amounts. Each time you go grocery shopping, buy a few extra items. Don’t forget to stock up on water, aiming for two liters per day per person.

Hygiene

Whether you are quarantined or must evacuate quickly, hygiene is crucial. In a go-bag, hand sanitizer, a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste are enough to sustain you for 72 hours. In the case of a quarantine, more items are needed. If you lack the necessary resources, use baking soda. It’s a powerful cleaning agent, whether it be for your teeth, your body, your hair, your countertops, or anything else. Mix it with water to create a paste, and you have an all-purpose cleaner. Buy baking soda in bulk, and keep a good stock at home. It’s a cheap and effective solution.

Finances

It’s a good idea to have a bank emergency fund, and to keep a certain amount in cash at home, preferably change and small banknotes. Keeping money at the bank is useful in case of a quarantine, where contactless card payments are preferred. Cash is practical in evacuation situations when banks may be closed. It’s best to save in advance, but when necessary, a small online loan can help you get through these situations.

Gas

Since it is impossible to know when emergency situations might arise, don’t wait for the car to be empty before filling it with gas. Make sure the tank is always at least half full.

Pets

Don’t forget your four-legged friends in your preparation. Make a go-bag that includes their food, water, bowls, a toy, a blanket, and any other necessary items. Add their health records and a recent picture of you and your pet in a sealed, waterproof bag.

Preparation

Preparation is crucial in emergency situations, and these are only a few tips among many others. By being well prepared, you won't use up all your resources or money, and you’ll get through it successfully.

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