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The brutal early snowstorm the East Coast of the U.S. experienced a couple of weeks ago should be a reminder to us all to be prepared in case of an emergency.
Several of my friends weathered the storm in their homes. Many were without power for a day. Others had to go and stay with friends and relatives.
Nearly four years ago, we were without power here at Our Little House for 10 days.
When one of our neighbors could get here from Kansas City, he brought with him two generators, one for the house and one for The Belle Writer’s Studio.
We were borrowing his small generator, which generated only enough power to run the television and a couple of lights at one time. By the time he got here with the two new generators, our power was back, but we have had to use both again since. Not for prolonged periods as that time, but you just never know.
One of my friends, who recently sat in her home in the suburbs shaking from the cold for three days and eventually had to throw everything in her fridge away, said, “Well, people in rural areas really should be prepared,” when I told her about our generator purchase, stocking up on food (especially when it’s close to winter), making sure we have gasoline on hand for the generators, water and plenty of wood.
The truth is, we should all be prepared. As I told her, five days after the ice storm here, when we were able to finally make it to town, the stores looked as if they had been looted.
Wal-Mart had stocked up on dozens of large pallets of propane for camp stoves in preparation for the storm. They were all gone, as was almost everything in the camping department (including camp stoves, which we thought we would buy as I was tired of cooking on the wood burning stove), bread, milk, water, eggs and just about any other staple imaginable.
A run on stores in an emergency can happen anywhere, that’s why we should not make preparations to stay warm, but to have non-perishable food items on hand as well.
We have to make sure we are prepared here and are able to sustain ourselves through another disaster. With six dogs, even if we could get to a shelter, we’re pretty sure they would not allow that many, if any pets.
The two final items we needed for our preparedness included a first aid kit, cans of food for the dogs and a plan, just in case we lose communication and Dale is in town and not able to make it home.
This website, at ready.gov will help you build and tailor a plan to fit your family’s needs.
What have you done, if anything, to prepare for a disaster?