This is my gentle reminder to be prepared to survive disasters. Now, this could be two feet of snow in your yard that doesn’t melt for two months, like a reader, Kathy, told me about where she lives. She said they hadn’t had snow like that in 20 years. What’s really scary is the thought of no garbage pickup or mail delivery for those two months.
Luckily, Kathy was prepared with food and water, except for the cat she has who wouldn’t drink the powdered milk! I loved that comment! It’s a good reminder to store extra pet food for our dogs, cats, etc. I’m not sure what the farmers would do for outside animals. I now have a dog again, a female, a black Shih Tzu, so I grabbed one extra bag of food when I went to the store the other day. Remember, we also need to store water for our pets, just a quick tip to think about.
Now, two months with that much snow means the roads were probably not driveable or they would have had garbage pickup and mail delivery. Is that a major disaster? Well, if you don’t have direct deposit for your monthly paychecks, retirement checks, or whatever, you may not be able to pay your bills. If you pay your bills online, if available, it wouldn’t be as major a disaster.
Of course, if there is no mail delivery you may want to set up paperless statements. I prefer paperless statements on everything because they are never in the mailbox. If the power is down, that’s okay, I have direct deposit and my payments are ACH (automatic clearing house) which means my bills will automatically be paid whether or not I have the Internet.
UNLESS we have a grid down we could get things done, with a grid down then payments will not exist. Paychecks will not exist, at least, until power is back up and running. Banks will be closed and your money unavailable. If you haven’t read the book called, “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel, you need to ASAP. Lights Out
If you haven’t purchased the paperback copy of my book, you may want to in order to be prepared for the unexpected: Prepare Your Family for Survival If you already have it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for buying it.
Please stock up on a few cans of food every week. Then a few more cans of food the next week. Eventually, you will have enough food for seven days. Hopefully, you can expand it to 30 days of food. Just make sure it’s something you will enjoy eating.
Take the family shopping to your local grocery store and look for items you can use a can opener to open and consume with very little fuel. Yes, it will be processed food and you may never eat it if you are against eating processed food.
Take a step back and think about it this way, you can donate the food to your local food bank at the end of the year if you do not eat it. BUT you can sleep at night knowing you can fill your belly when an unforeseen disaster hits your city with that food.
Please store at least one gallon of water per person per day. I prefer four gallons of water per person per day, but that’s how I roll. Don’t forget to store water for your pet as well. Pets require one ounce of water per pound per day. My Shih Tzu, Bailey, weighs ten pounds so I need to store 10 ounces of water for her each day. Water will save your life, literally.
First Aid Supplies
Store your basic first aid supplies at the very minimum. If the stores are closed you may not have fever-reducing medicine at your home if you use it. Yes, I love essential oils, but I need aspirin for my arthritis, it’s the only thing that works for me. Another gentle reminder to check your cabinets for your favorite ones. Please rotate all the OTC medications you may need. Here’s my first aid list to get you started: First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms
My Doctor Suggests Structured Silver
I highly recommend storing the product My Doctor Suggests Structured Silver Solution. I use it whenever I am exposed to sick people. I still wish churches had those hand sanitizer deals hooked to the walls. Oh my, the handshaking and germs, just thinking out loud. Sorry, I use hand wipes on the grocery carts, I’m not proud, if the stores don’t supply them, I bring my own. Wow, I’m starting to sound like a germaphobic, okay, I own it.
I recommend this one: This structured silver will not turn your skin blue or gray, I use it all the time and have for years. My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution
These may not be considered a first aid kit item, but I highly recommend this cough drop: My Doctor Suggests Throat Lozenges
Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full because, as you may know, the tanks’ pumps don’t work without electricity. Now, if you live out in the country where an older gas station still exists and works with a hand crank you are lucky! I used to say keep it 1/2 full, I’ve changed it to 3/4 full. Life is crazy sometimes.
Check On Neighbors
Please check on your neighbors if you have a power outage. If you have older people living near you, see if they need help, I’m sure they would love a hug or two, I promise. Before you have a disaster, whether small or big, deliver a case or two of water to an elderly couple on your street. Trust me, if they were your parents you would love to have someone deliver some water in case of emergency. 10 Things You Can Do For The Elderly by Linda
WaterBricks for Gifts
Also, consider giving WaterBricks for Christmas or birthdays to your family members. You can sleep at night knowing your loved ones have water when needed. Please help the elderly fill some containers, they may need that kind of help too. I use Water Preserver in my WaterBricks, I put a 1/2 teaspoon each 3.5-gallon container. Water Preserver lasts 5 years compared to bleach for only six months. I do not want to rotate my water every six months. WaterBricks are awesome because they are stackable and easy to haul if need be. They come with a handle which makes it easy to balance the load with one on each hand. Waterbricks
Flashlights are critical, so be sure to know where they are and have some extra batteries available. I gifted a solar flashlight to one of my granddaughters who went off to college. She is serving a mission right now for her church, proud grandma here, she took it with her! I love it!
If you have flashlights that require batteries be sure and store some and rotate as needed. I prefer solar flashlights like this one: Goal Zero Flashlight If you watch for the road shows at Costco, Goal Zero has a few displays a couple of times a year and you can buy their products at a discounted price.
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected and heeding my gentle reminder tips, I thank you and your neighborhood thanks you! Please keep on prepping, we will be ready and we can sleep at night. May God bless this world. Linda