My last post was about being prepared for power outages, severe storms and earthquakes, etc. Living in the South, we are bombarded with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with straight-line winds along with hurricanes! We even have ice storms and snow storms some winters, so even then we are not safe from interruptions in our daily routines.
Being ready for such an event physically as well as emotionally takes preparation. In the calm of a pretty day, you have to think about what you will need when the power goes out for a length of time. When hurricanes and tornadoes knock out power, the need for normalcy becomes acute. It is then we realize how much we rely on flipping that switch for everything we do. Our cell phones, iPads, tablets, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners/heaters are all powered by electricity. Unless you are lucky enough to have a gas stove and a gas fire starter in your fireplace, you will have a hard time cooking and staying warm.
All of our communication tools need cell towers to work, and these have been known to have issues when there are storms. Wind, hail, ice and lightening can damage or destroy cell towers and power lines. Some events even take out gas lines! Oh my. So how are you going to feed your family, keep them warm or cool, keep them hydrated, calm their fears?
Now is the time to get ready. To power your cell phones, iPads, tablets and such, there are portable solar chargers on the market that allow you to use the power of the sun to charge your laptops, cell phones, tablets and more. Since the power grid may be down for days or even weeks, the ability to keep these items charged and useful is important. The internet connection may be down, but the information you have downloaded can be accessed. There are many solar chargers on the market and TreeHugger.com has an informative article on several options. Use this link for more information.
After the event, trips to the local grocery store may not be possible. Stock up your special cupboard with boxes of toilet tissue, paper towels and napkins in water proof bins. Remove the toilet tissue rolls from the outside plastic and press them flat, making the center roll as flat as possible. This way you can fit more rolls into the bin, and when you need to add one to the spindle in the bathroom, the center roll will pop back in to shape. Same with paper towels. Just make certain your bin is water proof since you might have to contend with rain and high moisture for a while.
Space Bags work well for keeping paper, clothing, blankets, pillows and such dry and clean. I use them for travel as well as in my home for linen storage. Putting down comforters, blankets and extra pillows in a Space Bag makes more room in the linen closet, keeps bugs and dirt out as well as moisture. So make a small investment in some Space Bags for emergency storage options. You will need to make the most of the storage area you choose. Now with new technology, you can use a vacuum or roll the Space Bags to eliminate the air! Use this link to find out more.
Don’t forget the pets in your family. Put away some bedding for them to use when the event happens. They will need to be warm, safe and dry too. Rotate their food supply since dry food can get rancid if kept too long so keep fresh food in the bins for them. Don’t forget cat litter. My kitties are spoiled, liking wet food for dinner and dry food during the day, so my closet is full of their stuff!
Now that I have given you a few ideas, sit and make your own personalized list of things to put into your safe place. Being ready for the possibility of a catastrophic event makes the reality of the event less horrible. Having medicines, foods, water and shelter options makes all the difference! Tents, tarps, tools, camp stoves, candles, wind-up lights and radios, solar powered options and so much more. The list is yours to make and even more important, yours to fulfill! Stay well and be safe.