Are You Ready? Am I Ready?

Groundhog Day snow storm

The weather forecast is calling for another major snow storm this week, and as much as I love a good snow day, there is a storm-weary feeling creeping in with the clouds. According to FEMA, this weather event is unique in that this west-to-east storm system has the potential to affect 30 states – an estimated 100 million people.

I started thinking about my own family’s readiness – how would we fare if we lost electricity and heat for a couple of days? I know we have canned goods, flashlights and batteries around here somewhere, but am I really ready?

I headed to www.ready.gov – a site I ofter refer people to for emergency preparedness information. I printed out the one-page checklist and began a scavenger hunt around the house to see if I have everything on the list.

I imagine that you and I are in the same boat – you have most of the stuff around, but it’s not organized.

I have 6 flashlights, but only 3 have batteries.

We have bottled water, but no gallon jugs as backup.

I have plenty of canned goods, hot chocolate and instant oatmeal, but they all need to be heated or have hot water to enjoy.

We have a good supply of crackers, peanut butter and jelly, but we need to build a better variety of food that we can eat without heating.

All three of us have smart phones. We’d have to plan to keep at least one always charging and stick to text (SMS) messages if the power went out.

We have kept our land line, but I’m not sure where the “old-fashioned land line phone” is.

I have a wrench and pliers to turn off utilities, but to be honest, I’m not sure I really know where to do that. We have have electricity, water, and oil heat. So, I’m off to figure that out.

I need a few more things for my basic emergency kit, and then, we’ll tackle the additional items on the list. I’m feeling more prepared already – are you?


Comments

Are You Ready? Am I Ready? — 10 Comments

  1. I’m not nearly ready. Probably will have to gut one of the #meatcats and wear it as a coat just to keep warm. I do have some beef jerky, though, that I can use for energy as I travel across town to Starbucks.

    I’m not worried.

    And I am NOT prepared.

  2. I hadn’t thought of beef jerky, but you have to like what you have on hand. No sense buying a bunch of canned goods you’ll never use. I’ll refrain from commenting on the #meatcats. :)

  3. No, we are not ready. I say we because the job should be shared but I know it will be my responsibility to go out and buy the items that DA (after taking inventory) says we lack. Do I sound bitter? Maybe, yes. I will, however, refrain from complaining about the new snowfall…it is what it is.

    Thank you for the reminder to get going before we are without electricity, heat and food.

    Lois

  4. Another important point with your smartphone is to turn off unnecesary polling/updating. When you need to conservative battery knowing how to reduce consumption is important.

  5. Thanks for the info Chris! There are definitely ways to conserve battery life, which is so important if the power is out. I hope you are surviving this epic winter.

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