Emergency Preparation - Are You Prepared?
Here in Florida we are now in the hurricane season. Local tv stations have broadcast their annual emergency planning programs. Counties and cities are holding hurricane meetings, fairs, workshops trying to get people to take it seriously and PLAN. I have my emergency kit - using an old small suitcase on wheels. I purchased a small metal box cooker that will burn solid fuel cubes (non toxic, non explosive, stable) and can be used to heat water or food. I have a box of Esbit sold fuel cubes. I have replaced the batteries in 2 flashlights. I have copied some important papers like ID, utility bills, insurance cards and put them in a large zip lock plastic bag. And all of that and more is in my suitcase. I have water. I have stocked up on canned goods and have a manual can opener. I have basic first aid supplies. So if I lose power - I am not in bad shape. If I have to evacuate, I have a few more things put aside to take with me quickly. I know the local shelter and I have a plan for leaving the area if necessary. (If you live near the coast and a storm is approaching, fill your car up with gas as it may not be available for days after storm. Get cash from ATM. If electricity is lost, you cannot use ATM, stores cannot accept credit cards, you WILL NEED CASH AND GAS.)
Even if you do not live on the coast, many areas of our country have been experiencing natural disasters - tornadoes, floods, earth quakes. Everyone should have some basic emergency supplies - but especially those on the coast. If you had to evacuate your home, do you know where you would go? If you only had a few minutes to leave, do you have any supplies packed that you could grab? And no, I am not Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, but I have lived through several hurricanes - luckily I have never experienced the trauma of complete destruction unlike some of my friends.
There are many sites on the internet providing detailed lists of disaster planning and supplies needed. Most people will never have to leave their homes but loss of power is usually the most common problem with weather related emergencies. Do you have flashlights, batteries, a portable radio for emergency broadcasts and news? Do you have any bottled water?
I saw this photo on the internet in my browsing this morning - I have NOT tried it yet but I think I will buy a can of shortening and get some string JUST IN CASE. Supposedly making a candle with string and can shortening will provide light for days - which would be an improvement - I have emergency candles but they don’t last that long.
So just passing along the idea and also hopefully planting a seed of thought for those who have never considered what they would do in an emergency. Stay safe!