Today I’m sharing 6 reasons to store blankets for any emergency. September is National Preparedness Month so I thought it fitting to update this article. I wrote this post a few years ago to remind all of us how important blankets and quilts are for several reasons. I’ve been trying to declutter my home big time but I’m keeping my preps, of course.
I’m not sure that task of decluttering ever ends. I really have been trying to downsize even more because of my small house. Here’s the deal, I had to look around and decide what would go to the Good Will, Salvation Army or whatever thrift store I could find. I decided of course what a preparedness chick like myself should keep.
It was very hard to let go of some things. Yet, easy at the same time to get rid of some stuff. Does that make sense? One item type I felt was important to keep was blankets. Today’s post will outline why I feel blankets are critical to have around.
My Six Reasons To Store Blankets:
The obvious reason to store blankets is for warmth. I was going through closet after closet trying to get rid of anything I had not used in 6 months or more. Well, I have family and friends come and stay so I kept all the quilts, blankets, baby quilts, and baby blankets. I always put them away in the closet freshly washed and dried. I don’t have a fireplace or wood burning stove in this current home.
My whole married life I have had a fireplace or wood burning stove. Urghh…I miss not having these important sources of heat. I have always been the prepared person in the house so you’d have to say I “caved in” when we bought this house. It went against my grain big time.
But as most of us know usually when you buy a house it sometimes does not have everything we want. One good thing about where I live is our winters are not really brutal like back east or up north. But we can layer all of my blankets or quilts and be warm, even with a power outage.
2. Blankets Make Great Tents
One thing my grandkids love doing, at least the younger ones, is building tents with blankets spread all over our dining room table. This would be great if we did have a power outage because they could play and stay warm under my large table. This is why I must store blankets, lots of blankets.
3. Window Coverings
If the weather gets worse than I expect I could cover my windows with the heavy blankets or quilts to keep the cold out of the house. I do have shutters which help insulate, but the blankets could give me one more layer of protection. There really are many reasons why we should store blankets.
4. Wool Blankets
Please go to thrift stores and check for wool blankets. They are great for layering, and so many other things. Real all wool blankets are extremely expensive. They are great for keeping people alive in a brutal cold storm. They have been used for centuries. You can make a cape with them and they usually stay warm even when wet. Of course, if you are in a snowstorm I am not sure what would work long term to keep you warm. We go back to layering…layering every blanket or clothing item.
5. Emergency Blankets For Hypothermia & Shock
We have all taken classes where we have been taught to keep someone warm if they are hurt so they will not go into shock. Hypothermia is a huge reason to keep certain types of emergency blankets that will keep someone warm around, 100 degrees.
6. Cover Your Plants In A Frost
I must add this one because last year was a brutal winter for St. George, Utah. Thousands of dollars in plants froze, big time. If I had a winter garden I could cover my raised gardens with a blanket to help against frost on some plants. I have been known to put blankets on my favorite plants outside. I go outside and shake the occasional snow off the palm trees and other plants that will not survive the cold.
I hope this inspires everyone to look for used blankets at garage sales or thrift stores. Oh, remember do not get rid of the blankets you have stored right now. If you have any more ideas on why we should store blankets I will add them to my list. Blessings to you all. Please stay warm this winter and store blankets.
Penny: Good to have variety in case of allergy to a particular fabric. Great for moving larger, awkward or bulky items or incapacitated people or critters. Great to cover pet crate for calming in high stress scenario. Great for lots of unexpected guests. Can be used as table cloths over 2 sawhorse & old door for large gatherings. Great for family history if made by family members or from old tshirts.
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