Operational Preparedness Planning

Operational planning is an important part of any preparedness plan. Once you have laid out the basics of your plan, the general outline, we call it the strategic part of your plan, and then thought through some more of the specifics in the tactical part of your plan, it is time to focus on making your life more live-able if and when the need arises to put your plans into action.

The operational part of your plan deals with “creature comforts” that simplify your life and make the situation seem more like “normal”. Things like a can opener, toilet paper, and something to read.

These little things we normally take for granted but when disasters and emergencies strike and they are not available their lack makes the situation even more frustrating. But having them gives the situation more normalcy and helps us cope with everything else.

To help with this, because these operational things are taken for granted, I have put together a list for you of 75 “creature comfort” items. Choose the items from this list that are pertinent to your situation. Remember, the list does not have everything you could want but will get you started in the right direction.

  1. Toilet paper
  2. Floss
  3. Deodorant
  4. Toothpaste
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Feminine hygiene products
  7. Shampoo
  8. Conditioner
  9. Soap
  10. Loofah
  11. Hand soap
  12. Dish soap
  13. Wash cloth
  14. Can opener
  15. Hand sanitizer
  16. Fingernail clippers
  17. Books to read
  18. Coloring books (for you and the children)
  19. Crayons
  20. Writing Utensils (pens and pencils)
  21. Comb/hair brush
  22. A few toys for the children
  23. Games, maybe a deck of cards or something
  24. Razor (for a woman’s legs)
  25. Razor (for a man’s face)
  26. Shaving cream (for both)
  27. Tweezers
  28. Chapstick
  29. Needle and thread
  30. Slippers
  31. A wristwatch
  32. Puzzles
  33. Kleenex
  34. Indoor/Outdoor thermometer
  35. Makeup
  36. Toothpicks
  37. Face wash
  38. Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  39. Hair bands and elastics
  40. Lotion
  41. Pillows
  42. Timer (for cooking, etc.)
  43. Salt and pepper shakers
  44. CD player
  45. CD’s
  46. Fingernail polish
  47. Fingernail polish remover
  48. Nail file
  49. Laundry detergent
  50. Dryer sheets/fabric softener
  51. Scented candle
  52. Stapler
  53. Scissors
  54. Tape
  55. Bobby pins
  56. Safety pins
  57. Paper clips
  58. Notepad
  59. Journal/diary
  60. Cheese grater
  61. Chewing gum
  62. Trash bags
  63. Whisk
  64. Spatula
  65. Ladle
  66. Pair of work gloves
  67. Pair of latex gloves
  68. A few pieces of jewelry
  69. Basic sporting equipment (tennis racquet and balls, soccer ball, baseball glove, and ball)
  70. Apron
  71. Mouthwash
  72. Cutting board
  73. Petroleum jelly (Vasoline)
  74. Ziploc bags
  75. Twist Ties


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