How to Make a Sleep Station to Always Be Prepared

Create a “station” near where you sleep.  This could be under your bed or in a dresser drawer.  Just make sure you can access it quickly.  Put a few items there that you may need if woken up by an emergency (house fire, a natural disaster your area is prone to, break-in, etc).  Consider adding some of the following:

  • Shoes and socks
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Work Gloves
  • Old Cell phone (911 will ALWAYS work even if the phone no longer has service)
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Change of clothing (if needed) and/or jacket
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fire extinguisher

 Then report back and leave a comment here letting me know you’ve completed this week’s 10-minute preparedness project!

10 Minute Preparedness Projects!

I’ve found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self-reliant.  But as a young mom, one of the top reasons is time or rather a lack of time.

But really, I don’t think we young moms are alone…

I think that many, if not most, in our fast-paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly.  And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self-reliant.

But every one of us can find 10 minutes, right?  Every few weeks, I challenge myself to spend 10 minutes on preparedness and self-reliance and I invite you to join me!   Simple, right?

You can see all the 10 minutes preparedness projects here:

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Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.

8 thoughts on “How to Make a Sleep Station to Always Be Prepared”

  1. Having you clothes picked out and all together for the next day before you go to bed would be helpful with this. That way with the kids you’ll know the clothes will fit and be seasonal for the weather.

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  3. I love this!

    I actually already have this (years of having a husband who works out of town makes you think differently about being prepared to be self-sufficient) but love the idea of these 10 minutes projects. Simple and easy… keeps it from being overwhelming and makes you feel accomplished. 🙂 We also have a handgun safe under our bed with emergency cash and obviously a gun. along with an alarm for our security system.

    In our hall closet we keep an ‘old’ corded phone that can plug into our outlets if the power is out and still need to use a phone.


    • Kind of akin to keeping a corded phone in the closet, I always have one accessible from the floor. Due to a work injury, I woke up one morning 10 years ago and was unable to use my legs at all, much less to stand. The only phone was hung about five feet up on a wall, and it lived alone. I had to crawl to the living room and throw a shoe at the phone to knock it off the receiver so I could call for help. Took hours.

      Since then, I have always had a phone I could reach from the floor. Also good for elderly or little kids. Program grandma into the speed dial and teach the kids how to use it. Then grandma can call the appropriate people in an emergency.

  4. This is a great idea! I’ve been making something akin to this in my night stand, and I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to have one for every family member. Kids may not need an extra set of car keys, but a flashlight, jacket, and shoes are still important. I would also suggest adding a breathing mask!


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