I’m glad to say we’re safe and sound following the major ice storm that just ripped through the Midwest this past week. It’s been a stressful time and that’s why I haven’t popped much up onto the blog in a few days.
We were some of the lucky few that have had power all the way through this event. The night of the storm, our power went out for a few minutes while transformers and power lines blew all around us. We laid awake in bed thinking that was the last we’d see of the power for a few days but luckily it came back on a short time later. People living just around the corner though are a different story and down in Madisonville, KY it looks like a warzone.
This event has proven once again that people need to take steps to prepare themselves for the worst. It seems like as much as this message is pounded into people’s brains, a majority of them choose to ignore it or believe an event like this will never happen to them. The lines of people trying to cue up after the storm and get gas for generators, cars and heaters is just proof that people choose to deal with the event after it happens and panic in the process.
I got to thinking that we’re not as prepared as we should be. We have large cache of food staples stored in the basement and probably have enough to last us a month or maybe more if we rationed it well. I have several large 5 or 6 gallon jugs for water but don’t have them filled up at the moment. While I don’t let my pet’s food supply completely dwindle down before buying more, I probably couldn’t provide for them for an extended period of time if we were stuck somewhere.
I got to thinking about generators too because we don’t have a generator. But then I remembered about our motorhome. It has a propane stove, oven and fridge and it has a gas powered generator. That made me feel better since we basically have a rolling disaster kit should another problem strike.
I know I want to take even more steps to make sure I can provide for myself and my family should luxuries like electricity disappear for a few days or even weeks. What steps have you taken for yourself and your family? Please share with us by posting a comment below.
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