This is a friendly reminder about what you need in your house today, not tomorrow. The last few days I have had so many awesome comments that I feel I must pass on the information. These are not new items, just practical must-haves. You can buy them at thrift stores or your local big box stores you may frequent. I want you to think about what is in your home right this very minute. I had a lot of readers tell me what happened to them during the recent horrific storms, Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. It’s heart-wrenching, literally. But, I also heard stories of people cooking meals and sharing with others. Now, that’s what is so fabulous, those that had food and water, shared with others. Talk about humbling times.
I also want to talk about being prepared with stuff in your house today. Now, we all know we need things like water, food, 72-hour kits, first aid kits, etc. Yes, we definitely need so many items that we may take for granted every day. These are some things my awesome writers reminded me about that we all need. I’ll start with the obvious and go from there. Thanks to my readers who gave me so many good suggestions to help all of us!!
In Your House Today
Gatorade, must-have for dehydrating people. Yes, we can make our own, but let’s be real, have some ready to save a life.
Kool-Aid, lemonade packets
Canned food, meats, vegetables, soups, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, pasta, freeze-dried foods, and dehydrated foods. You know the drill, all food that your family will eat. Don’t forget spices.
First Aid Kits
Thanks to Linda from Houston, Texas (they are still battling mosquitoes) Cedarcide was first invented to protect our Service Men and Women from no-see-ums in the deserts of the Middle East. It works great for mosquitoes, fleas, bugs, etc, etc. You can even put it on your pets! I spray myself when going outside, and in any standing water after it rains. You can use it inside or out. I spray it on the dog beds, on the carpet, plants, etc. It’s a great product! CEDARCIDE
Emergency washing tubs, clothesline, and clothespins. Here’s the deal, we all need clean underwear at the very least.
Emergency toilets, I got a great idea from a reader, one bucket for pee and another bucket for poo, genius idea! Why didn’t I think of that?
Toilet Paper, if you run out of toilet paper, have you thought about buying or making family cloth pieces? Family cloth by Linda
Paper Towels or two-ply diapers that are reusable like these: Reusable Paper Towels or Thin Diapers
Cloth diapers, diaper pins, and plastic pants
Depends for the elderly
Peg: Feminine hygiene products should be included under the Personal Hygiene items.
Extra underwear, men’s, women’s, teens, children’s and toddler’s
Lots of socks, every size you can get on sale or at your local thrift stores
Many shoes, I hadn’t really thought about someone stealing my shoes, but it can happen when you least expect it.
Handkerchiefs-lots of them. If we don’t have tissues or need to wipe our brow, we will need several. Bandanas by Linda
Janet, If you live up north, make sure you have things in your car in case you get stuck. I have some -20-degree boots, a blanket and a change of clothes in case I would get wet.
Paper plates, paper cups, plastic silverware
Can opener, several hand-crank ones
Baggies, garbage bags
Kitchen tools, every tool you need to cook from scratch without electricity
Sewing machines, treadle or regular
Sewing kits with scissors, thread, and needles, etc.
Outside Cooking Items
Wood, clean and cut without varnish or paint
I’m going to add items to this post from all of you, it will give us all a push to be prepared with those things we need and maybe haven’t thought about for our house today. “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli