Be Prepared - Check Yourself

Since we are coming up on the anniversary of 9/11, and we also have a hurricane bearing down on the East coast of the US, you may be more aware of how quickly the status quo can change. In that light, and following up on September being "National Preparedness Month", it's a good time to check yourself.

In times of disaster, natural or otherwise, things can go bad quickly; people start to panic buy water and gas and supplies very quickly run out. We see it all the time on TV. It's also important to realize your don't have to be living in Florida to be surprised by high water, or damaging winds, or by power outages lasting several days.

At a minimum, you should probably have on hand at least 3 days worth of food and especially water, and some means of heating any food that needs to be warmed up or cooked (a small camping stove, for example). We are fortunate enough to have some basement space at our home, but any closet or pantry space can be useful for storage - but be mindful of temperature extremes when storing items in the garage, if you have one.

There are MANY sites devoted to this kind of thing, and while some can get DEEP into the weeds, many offer simple, prudent advice for those of us not familiar with the practicalities of food storage and so on. Oh, and if you have pets, do you have extra water for them?

Some links below:

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