Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post Sandy

While we haven't directly been affected by the monster storm, Sandy, it's amazing and sad to see such devastation along the eastern seaboard and upper mid-west of the U.S.  How can one ever prepare for such an event?   Each family needs to be ready for several days if not weeks of supplies, and even then ... depending on the emergency, it may not be enough.

I see a few 'holes' in our emergency preparedness that will soon be rectified.  Things we've talked about for over a year.

Our home has been designated as the family meeting place for an emergency .. unless there is a forest fire in our path (God forbid) ... so when planning, I have to keep that in mind supply wise.

We recently installed a wood stove for heat.  Our pantry is stocked.  Extra water supply needs to be addressed.  Alternate cooking devices can tide us over for a few weeks.

Our home is wired for a generator .. which we have yet to purchase.  This would be used just to keep our freezers from thawing and a few lights running inside our home .. but only on a short term basis.  When gas runs out and is not available, we'd be using up our canned goods AND lighting our home with oil lamps and candles.

In an emergency, following the evacuation mandates given by authorities is a must.  Have cash available and a bag ready to grab that contains extra clothes, emergency food, water, etc.  Don't rely on the government to rescue you should  you disobey such orders.

What's your best advice for emergency preparedness?