Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prepping Skills - Being Prepared by Being Organized

The first stages of almost any type of crisis will be very chaotic. Chaos also breeds confusion and disorder. This is when an already bad situation will get worse. There will be numerous things that will need to be done quickly and efficiently if you are going to minimize the effects of a crisis. Time will become your enemy. Being organized will help you utilize your time more effectively.

There is a simple saying that can guide you in becoming more organized. It’s been around a long time and many people fail to realize the value of the rather simple guidelines it sets forth.

 “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

The last thing you will need to be doing in a crisis is conducting a search and recovery mission in your own home and most probably in the dark. It’s a lot simpler to designate space for needed items in advance and keep them there when not in use. You can develop the habit of going to that location to retrieve them and in a crisis your actions will become almost automatic. This will save valuable time in a crisis.

Even organized chaos is preferable to the disorder and confusion that can occur if you aren’t properly organized. It can also be applied to all areas of your prepping efforts. A properly organized BOB will be more efficient in most cases, cover a wider range of needs and perhaps be somewhat lighter in many cases. A properly organized system of food storage and rotation will help to eliminate needless waste, will save you money and be vastly more efficient. An organized plan for getting all family members together in a crisis will help to minimize the confusion. The time to get organized is before a crisis happens or be prepared for the confusion and disorder that will occur.

How do your organization skills “stack up”?

Staying above the water line!



Gorges Smythe said...

Good post!

riverwalker said...

To: Gorges Smythe

Keeping things organized is one of those necessary tasks.

It also helps to keep you from losing track of where you're at with your preps.

Thanks Gorges.


Josh said...

This made me think of something I’d heard about a while back. I think it was on a radio program and they were talking about some home that was a showcase of technology of the future, and one of the things in it was a refrigerator that could scan barcodes and worked with a wireless network in the home to keep an inventory of what groceries were in the fridge (or pantry) and allow you to print off a shopping list from your computer of what was needed. This got me thinking and I knew there were things like this available for your smartphone. I bought an app like this yesterday, but haven’t messed around with it yet. Theory is that you get home from grocery shopping with 5 cans of tuna and scan one and mark the quantity 5, then scan it again when you use it to mark that you have one less. I don’t know if it’s worth doing, but it is kind of neat that things like that are available. It also lets you set a minimum required quantity so you can keep track of what you need to get, and you can export your database to the computer to print and what not. And it’s not necessarily just for groceries; I think you can scan any barcode and it searches the internet to match it up, and you can manually enter what it is if it doesn’t find a match. I recall hearing about someone using some similar app on their phone to catalog their book collection.

riverwalker said...

To; Josh

That sounds like some technology that could be really useful. Just need to remember to keep a "hard copy" backup.lol

Thanks Josh.


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