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Unfortunately, emergencies and natural disasters happen. My area has had a very rainy Spring and Summer, the result is a lot of flooding.
It’s important to be prepared and have an escape plan that your family knows and practices. I remember in school we would have random drills where we had to exit the school bus from the back emergency door. The boys in the back of the bus were instructed to help the girls with the severe drop. Does anyone else remember having those drills?
My family is always prepared for a power outage.
My town is young at only 125 years old. There are times though that I swear the power grid is that old and not updated. Half the town can lose power at any given moment. It can be caused from a car accident from someone hitting a pole (happens all the time), transformers blowing, or from a severe storm. My small town has 2 power grids.
Want to guess which one my house is on? Yep, the one that looses power. Oh, joy! When we do lose power it’s for about 8+ hours at a time. It’s more than just an inconvenience for us when the power goes out for that large amount of time. Our stove is electric!
We have a box that is easy to grab that contains the following:
1. Candles and Matches
We are a big fan of candles in general. We have some that are put away for only when the power goes out. This way we can see around the house and most importantly in the bathroom. My bathroom has no window so it gets pitch black in there when the power is out.
2. Flashlights and batteries
We have flashlights along with candles. Some of them run on batteries so we make sure they are in our kit. We do have a few of them are solar powered. We make sure they are charged at all times.
3. Portable chargers for our cell phones
We don’t have a landline phone so we are dependent on our cell phones. We each have a portable charger and one backup we keep charged. We want to make sure our phones are charged in case we need to call 911 and to call the power company for updates on when power will be restored.
Since our stove is electric food can be trickier. We try to keep non-perishable food in the house at all times. We also have canned goods in the house at all times. We do have a small propane grill we can use to cook on which is a big help when needed. Thankfully we haven’t had to resort to that though.
When it comes to food, it’s important to think of this. It’s important even if you have a gas powered stove. Natural gas disasters happen as well. Glenn Beck has a great website that you can actually purchase an emergency food kit. You can get a 102 serving emergency food.
Have you heard of My Patriot Supply? They sell Survival Seed Vault and they have a great youtube video.