As we are in the middle of the second week of 2020 National Preparedness month, we should continue to talk about your preparedness kits. While yesterday’s kit was part of my deployment loadout, there are similarities between personal preparedness kit and professional deployment kits.
How timely of a topic since today is HUMP DAY!
One such item that is replicated in all of my kits is cash.
That’s right, dolla holla yo!
And quite literally, it’s specifically dollar bills y’all. All dollar bills! Look, before you start asking about the singles that are ready to mingle, think about it like this:
During the first outsets of a disaster where infrastructure is non-existent, power is not working, and cell service is out…all your precious credit cards, debit cards, and touchless pay methods will not work. Period.
So tried and true, cash talks. I deploy out with at least $200 in cash to supplement our operations.
Additionally, businesses may not have the capability to provide change so dollar bills will allow you to provide close monetary values for most products.
My esteemed colleague MaryJo Flynn is right, $2 bills would be good because it reduces your weight by 50%…aka 6 ounces. But regardless (or irregardless-eek), small bills/denominations are critical when prepping your kit.
Most definitely, don’t carry two $100 bill and expect change.
Some parts of the country still prefer cash so take that into consideration as you plan on the safety of your family and being able to provide for them during the first 72 hours of a disaster.
Now would be an excellent time to go to the bank and get your singles.
More easy tips tomorrow on your prep kit.
Reporting live and making it rain…..