Gentle Reminder To Be Prepared To Survive Disasters

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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.

Gentle Reminder

Store Food

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.

Store Water

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

Gas Tank

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

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.

Final Word

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

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14 thoughts on “Gentle Reminder To Be Prepared To Survive Disasters

  • March 31, 2019 at 8:09 am
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    Please look over your print function and see is something has gone awry. 13 pages aren’t feasible for me.

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    • March 31, 2019 at 8:17 am
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      Hi Beth, I just printed out today’s post just fine, it has 4 pages. Are you talking about today’s post? I appreciate you letting me know when something isn’t working. Is there another post you are having trouble printing? Linda

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  • March 31, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Linda ~
    I love gentle reminders for a lot of things but preparedness not so much. Unfortunately for a lot of people, it will take a real emergency/disaster of some sort to get the idea! And then, it will be too late for gentle reminders and someone needs to YELL at them! For those of us who do prepare, no reminders needed.

    I wish Ted Koppel’s book, your book and other disaster related books were required reading!!

    My local county Emergency Management team puts on a “fair” every September. I love going to these “fairs” to see all of the new products that I cannot afford!! I also love that they give out freebies in the way of information, forms and other interesting things. The thing is, though, that I generally only see like minded people at these “fairs”. I don’t see a lot of people just starting to prep. Sad.

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    • March 31, 2019 at 9:28 am
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      Hi Leanne, it really is too bad some newbies do not go to county Emergency Management fairs in September. It’s a real shame but once they have a wake-up call, they hopefully will get it!! I love your comment YELL at them, I have the giggles! Linda

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  • March 31, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    Keep your gentle reminders coming, I love them. My daughter laughed at me for odereing two emergency toilets. I told her “some day you will thank me.” Thank you for your commitment to helping us be prepared.

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    • March 31, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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      Oh Cindy, it’s people like you who keep me going! Thank you so much! I love hearing you bought two emergency toilets!! She will thank you!! Linda

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  • March 31, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Now, Linda, whatever made you think that two feet of snow would stop mail or school buses or whatever? 🙂 Try 12 feet of snow! From the Bangor (ME) Daily News: “Northern Maine ready for spring after 12 feet of snow.” We live in northern Maine, but not that inland and that far north. Some years we have incredible amounts of snow, but not this one, we just had normal amounts of snow this year, which would no doubt seem incredible to you. The mail gets through, the school buses get through, people get to the store, etc. Ambulances are surrounded by a flotilla of pickup trucks with plows, if need be. The towns here, and the state, do an excellent job of plowing the roads. They have to! Big trucks (dump trucks) with big plows clear the roads. Of course, it’s inevitable that they plow walls across peoples’ driveways as they push the snow off the roads; it cannot be helped. Then the householders must shovel or plow the walls away in order to get out of the driveway. But – thankfully – it is not as big a problem as you think it is! You just haven’t experienced it, that’s all.

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    • March 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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      Hi Pat, oh my gosh!!! I can’t imagine 12 feet. In Salt Lake City, Utah we used to get 2-3 feet and we always got the mail, and the stores were open. They never closed the schools either! I’m thinking this reader must have lived where the city or country was not prepared to remove the snow. I remember the snow plows leaving 4 feet of snow in our driveway opening. Man, that was hard to remove. I can’t imagine 12 feet!! Linda

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  • March 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Hi, Linda, this past week I got not so gentle reminders both to be prepared and that not all “disasters” are cataclysmic events. My plumbing sprung two leaks. One I can fix easily enough, the other (the bad one, of course) is in a pipe, in the wall. That one I’ll need to call someone in to fix and I can’t afford a plumber right now. I had to have the town turn off my water, since the bad leak was flooding my house. So, now I get to see how long I can get the 150 gallons of water I store to last. 120 gallons are in four 30 gallon barrels, which are treated for long term storage, and the rest is in 1 gallon containers I get from work, after they empty them. I’m going to try to stay out of the barrels as long as I can. I can refill the gallon bottles at work, when I need to, but the barrels are too big and far too heavy when they are full, to move around.

    What I’ve learned so far is to use as few dishes as possible and that if I scrape them really good and use a minimum of soap, I can reuse the wash and rinse water a few times. I’ve got it down to mostly just utensils that require washing. I borrowed a couple of stainless steel buffet pans from work, so I can easily heat the wash and rinse water on the stove. After I use the water a few of times, before it gets too grungy, I pour it into the toilet tank. I, also, used the rinse water to wash a few clothes yesterday.

    Speaking of the toilet, I know it sounds gross, but I don’t flush it unless I have a bowel movement. I put the toilet paper in a small heavy trash bag and add a bit of bleach to the bowl every so often in between. I always stock up on bleach, so I’ve got plenty to last quite a while.

    As far as cooking goes, if I’m cooking anything greasy, like meat, I cook it on the grill, so there’s no messy pans to clean up. I can cook pretty much a complete meal wrapped in foil packets and on the grill, as well, so there’s no real clean up. I just toss the foil. Things that don’t stick, like bacon and eggs, I cook in cast iron, so it just needs to be wiped out. The foil packet meals I just eat from the unwrapped foil. For other foods, I’m using paper plates.

    For washing myself, I made up a solution with water, a little bit of Dr Bonners, a bit of almond and vitamin E oils, glycerin, and essential oils. I put it in a recycled Cox’s Honey bottle, shake it up, and use just a squirt on a paper towel to wipe myself down. It works really well and, as a bonus, my skin is really soft.

    Fortunately, I work for a corporation that has, among other things, three hotels, with over 700 rooms, so I can take a shower and wash my hair in one of the rooms a couple of times a week. I just take my own stuff to an unused room and make sure I clean up the shower afterwards, so they don’t have a problem with it. They have two laundromats, so I have those available as well.

    My total use of my stored water for the last five days is less than 3 gallons! Since I drink bubbly water, which I buy by the case, I’m not using much for drinking, so that’s a big help. Of course, in an actual catastrophic event, I wouldn’t be able to order my water and probably couldn’t take showers at work, so I would definitely use more. All in all, though, I still think I’m doing rather well. *G*

    I hope all is well with you and Mark. Take care and big hugs, Mare

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    • March 31, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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      Hi Mare, oh my gosh, what an ordeal you have gone through!! You are my hero for using so little water, oh my gosh! It’s amazing what we can do when we have too! I hope you get your plumbing issues fixed very soon. Oh, I hope you get things back together soon. I’m so sorry you have had to deal with it. Big hugs!!!! Linda

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      • March 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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        Thanks, Linda. It will be a while before I can get to the plumbing. I had to repair my roof last summer and had major car problems this winter, which took up my meager savings and I still owe my mechanic about $2.500.00. So, since he was nice enough to carry me, I have to pay that before I can put away some money for plumbing repairs.

        I’m actually thinking of applying for my social security early. I’ll wait until after my birthday, in June, since every year gives you a few more dollars. I’ll only be 64 this year, so if I decide to do it, it won’t be much more than $800.00/month and I’d have to cut back my hours, so I don’t go over the allowed wages. I have to go over the figures to figure out if it would be beneficial, or not. Off the top of my head, I think it would actually help a little.

        Oh, well, life goes on and if the worst I have to deal with is some inconvenience getting water, I figure I’m not that bad off. *G*

        Take care my friend. Hugs, Mare

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        • March 31, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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          HI Mare, you will know if taking your SS early is right or not. Man, it seems like things break when we least expect it. Our freezer went out, then the water heater, then the water softener. Our house is 15 years old so things do wear out, dang!! I told Mark I just want a few years where things do not break down or die. Plumbing is such a HUGE thing and car repairs, oh man!! Hang in there girlfriend. I took my SS at 62 years old. I calculated it out and it worked for me. Hugs, Linda

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          • April 1, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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            Oh my gosh, you and Mark have had your share of problems recently, too. The main part of my house is over 100 years old and the last addition was done in 1962, so it’s not surprising when things start falling apart. I know what you mean about wishing you could have a few years where nothing breaks down or dies! Hugs, Mare

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