The steps you accomplish can bring a lot of peace. The Holy Spirit (and your budget) will guide the extent to which you follow these steps. Here’s a list to get you started.
1. Put important papers like birth certificates, passports and insurance policies in order. Copy them and put them in a waterproof envelope to take with you if you need to leave your home. Copies can be given to trusted relatives for safe keeping.
2. Delegate a storage shelf or shelves to store nonperishable food items. Intentionally buy a few items to store in this area each time you go to the grocery store. Concentrate on weekly sale items. Items will stack up quickly if this becomes a discipline. Rotate items as your stash becomes substantial.
3. Buy at least a gallon of water every time you shop. Store this where it can be used and rotated after an appropriate amount is stored.
4. Place a flashlight with separate fresh batteries on every floor of your home. Be sure that everyone knows where they are.
5. With family members, decide on a place to meet if your home is not accessible and people are away from home. This could be a friend or family member’s home in another area.
6. Keep cash in small bills ($20 and under) on hand. In the event that credit and debit cards can not be accepted or ATMs are closed, cash may be necessary to make purchases. Change may not be available for larger bills.
7. Keep your gas tank at least half-full at all times. It is common to see lines at gas stations now even before expected bad weather. People have learned that gas lines may form should power outages occur. It is also advisable to keep generator fuel on hand. Please note that stored fuel does have a shelf life.
8. Keep a flashlight, blanket, and water in each of your cars. It's also helpful to keep liquids in non-bursting containers for freezing weather and to keep some protein bars, a whistle (to blow if lost or in distress), some para-cord (synthetic rope readily bought at any hardware store) and an area map on hand.
9. Keep a supply of candles and matches on hand. If possible, buy waterproof matches. Some people prefer battery-powered or kerosene lanterns.
10. Create or buy a substantial first aid kit for your home and a smaller version for each car. Consider the medical supplies that your family uses on a regular basis and include basic painkillers and fever-reducers, anti-diarrhea medication, cough drops and syrup, a thermometer and ace bandages. You may want to add a bottle of water purifier tablets to each kit.
11. Stock up on items that you may need if stores close. Some handy items to keep on hand are garbage bags, bleach and other cleaning supplies, sanitary supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene items), pet care items, etc.
12. Pray! God tells us to consider the ant’s ways and be wise (Proverbs 6:6) but tells us repeatedly to fear not, for He is with us! The precious Holy Spirit leads, guides and comforts us. Praise our good Father, who cares for us.
As you go through the above process, you may want to continue to prepare for emergencies in more extensive ways. If that is the case, I recommend a Bible Study that takes you through an involved 6 week program to be thoroughly prepared. The website is www.preparednesspeace.com. God bless your process, however involved it may be.
Footnote; Our water heater burst last night. I was so grateful for that 5 gallon jug of water that we kept in our car.