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Ease your mind with a little preparation.
Ease your mind with a little preparation. / Studio MPM/Getty Images

After you become a mom, your head often swims with “what-ifs.” But you can ease your mind with a little preparation, says Lisa Bedford, blogger and author of Survival Mom : How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.

A few of her suggestions:

Grab and go. It can be impossible to find certain documents or records when an emergency hits. Bedford says to create and fill a grab-and-go binder, equipped with dividers such as “Household Records,” “Legal Documents,” “Medical Documents” and “Financial Records.”

Plan a safe shelter. “If your home is the eye of the storm, a ‘safe room’ is its pupil,” Bedford says. “Don’t let weather, a natural disaster or bad guys catch you by surprise. A windowless room is ideal, but if every room has a window, then consider other factors like good ventilation or access to a bathroom.”

Make your financial survival paramount. In a slumping economy, it can be hard to save, but keep in mind that every dollar counts. “When you’re at the grocery store, ready to check out, look over everything in your cart and take out five items you really don’t need,” Bedford says. “I used to think these little expenses didn’t matter, but they add up.”

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