There are so many weather events that occur each year. Whether you live in the direct path of hurricanes and floods or not, there are some definite common sense emergency preparedness tips that we should all be doing now – before there is a situation like a hurricane, flood or weather emergency.
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Common Sense Emergency Preparedness
The word I choose for my life is “Possibilities”. I love waking up each day with the opportunity to see what the day holds. What are the possibilities for new connections, friendships and opportunities to make new memories with the family?
But with all the amazing possibilities that I love to think about, there is also the unpleasant reality that some things in the future may not be changes for the goods. It does us absolutely no good to worry about the future, but we are wise to plan and prepare.
Expect the best; but plan for the worst.
I don’t fear zombie invasions or government meltdowns, but I do know that life is uncertain. If I can take a few steps today to prepare for the unforeseen and unimaginable, then I can rest easy and not spend my life in a state of worry or anxiety.
Designate a storage space:
Most of us don’t live in a house with unlimited storage. Think about your housing arrangements. Do you have a closet that stays dry and is not subject to climate fluctuations? You want to find a spot where you can store a tote or container that will not overheat, flood or be in your way.
Make a checklist:
What are the things you would need if you the weather shut you away from groceries, the pharmacy or the local supermarket? Do you have the things you need to be self-sufficient for 24 hours? A week? A month? Consider your family situation.
- Do you have young children that regularly need fever reducers or might have teething pain?
- Are there females in the household that would need a supply of pads or tampons?
- Is there someone in the house that requires daily medication
- Do you have an adequate supply of Toilet paper for your family size?
- How would you stay warm? Do you have a fireplace? Matches stored in a dry location?
- Do you have water on hand to care for your needs?
- Do you have batteries for flashlights?
Think about what you will eat:
Some families think that it is unnecessary to stock up on food and water. But if an emergency scenario occurs, I would much rather be on the side of being prepared for my family’s needs than be one of the people who are dependant on outside help.
There are bulk food storage options you can purchase that will provide food rations for your family. You can purchase these at places like EarthEasy, Amazon or even Sams Club. But you can also do your own research and make your own food prep options.
If you decide to store your own dry goods like rice, oatmeal and flour, make sure you do some research so you will be able to keep them safe and out of reach of mice or bugs.
Don’t forget to stock up and store some comfort items too. I am no expert on chocolate storage, but you better believe I keep a supply of cocoa powder and oats so I can make no bake cookies duing a winter storm!
Once you start thinking about being prepared, it kind of gets a little fun to think outside the box. There are many items available that aren’t really crucial to being prepared for an overnight weather emergency but really help you feel ready for the unexpected emergencies that may never even occur.
- Solar Powered Charger: This is a great way to stay connected even if the electricity in our house goes out during an ice storm.
- Heirloom Seeds: You can buy a sealed can of heirloom seeds that would provide you with a food source if you ever needed to start from scratch.
- Lifestraw: These simple Lifestraw products will clear water of bacteria and give you a clean water source in an emergency.
Do you think it is important to be prepared? I’d love to hear what you are doing to be ready for emergencies.
Want to take your common sense prep to the next level? Here’s some tips to help you create a family go bag for emergencies.
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!