I’m posting a short blurb today so I can pass along the link to a website I found very helpful. Everyone, no matter where they live, should have a minimum of 72 hours worth of food and water to provide for their family in case of emergency, whether staying home or leaving quickly. I live in earthquake country. The BIG one is always mentioned as WHEN not IF. My daughter, Lindsey, and her family live in forest fire country. They will likely have a very short window of time to get out if they are given mandatory evacuation orders. My other daughter, Corrie, lives in snow country and could potentially be without electricity for several days if a severe front moved through that caused power lines to go down. I know firsthand what can happen when ice covers trees and power lines. It can take local governments days or even weeks to get the power back on for everyone. Just think back to the devastation after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Every area of the country has potential natural disasters, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc.
I currently have food and water in my home to last for at least a week, maybe two, if we are careful, plus flashlights, extra batteries, and such. However, I don’t yet have bags packed with food, clothing, important papers, and other needed items if we are required to leave quickly. I know this is important, but thinking about putting together backpacks or suitcases with enough supplies and actually doing it are two different things! Plus, the task can seem overwhelming! If I had to leave home quickly I’d want to “grab and go” and not have to stop and think about what to bring. I was glad to stumble upon a series of posts that break this task down week by week over a period of six months. That is totally doable!
If you are interested (and I hope you are), here is a link to the page with all of the weeks that you can click on and begin preparing your own family’s survival kit. (Survival Kit Ideas week-by-week) I’m not talking about tin hat wearing, digging a bomb shelter, or living in a cave in the woods type of survival. I’m talking about common sense preparedness. I want to have safe water to drink, safe and nourishing food to eat, prescription and nonprescription medication, and access to important phone numbers and insurance policy information JUST IN CASE! I can keep a backpack in my car trunk, in the coat closet, or under my bed. In the terrifying event that I am awakened at 3:00 am by the fire alarm going off and my house filling up with smoke, just knowing I can grab a backpack and get everyone quickly to safety without having to think about gathering important documents is a comforting thought.
Do you feel prepared in the event of an emergency or power outage?