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I know it sounds crazy and I do not want to sound like an alarmist but the weather is getting crazy. I live in Nebraska so we are used to bad snow storms and tornadoes. Where ever you live, you have your own disasters to look out for…hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, etc.
Do you have a plan in place?
We are lucky in that most times when we have weather related problems coming, we usually have a warning. But, even so, there are things every one should do to prepare for any possible problems.
Naturally, food, water and shelter are the most important needs in a disaster.
When it snows here, the days before, the stores get hit hard. It is like people think they will never be able to buy groceries again.
I try to keep a months food on hand at the bare minimum. We could probably last at least three months. It wouldn’t be what we would necessarily want but it would sustain us. Think of what your family prefers to eat and keep some on hand. Certain items go on sale at different times of the year and you can stock up. I know when you are on a budget, it is hard to stock up but an extra can or two a month and it adds up.
You have to also consider the nutritional value of what you have on hand. Items like cereal bars, nuts, beer jerky are great to have as they require no cooking and usually last a long time. Naturally, you need to make sure that you keep recycling these buy using the oldest ones when you restock. I am not a big believer is the idea that you HAVE to eat it by the date on the package but I know some people are.
Do you have certain nutritional needs that mean you have to have specific foods? Some people cannot just eat whatever is available as it might cause major health problems. If you or someone in your family has special needs, make sure you plan for them. Do you have an infant that needs formula? What about a diabetic?
Of course, that brings up the question as to how you are going to cook the food you have if you have no power. Most of us are very dependent on electricity or gas for cooking and heating. Stop and think what you would do to cook your food if you have no power.
Some people have fireplaces they could use to heat up their food. Others have grills. In our situation, we really have no way to cook things so that is something we need to look into.
Eating cold canned food is not the worst thing that could happen to you but do you have a way to get those cans open if you have no electricity? It is amazing how dependent we have became on electricity. It is important to have an old hand can opener available.
. Since it is snowing like mad here today, that is our only option but if it was a tornado, we might not have that option. We might have to grab what we could and evacuate.
Think ahead and plan what you would do in such a case.
What disasters happen in your area and are you prepared?