Being Prepared

being prepared

You never realize how dependent you are on modern conveniences until you are without them.
I live in a forest. The scenery is beautiful, with all the trees, mostly pine, and the wildlife. It’s not unusual to find turkeys, deer and even moose wandering through the yard. The down side to living in a forest is how many times the power goes out because of tree limbs falling across the lines. Last Tuesday my area experienced a severe wind storm with gust reaching seventy miles per hour. Over 20,000 homes in my county alone lost power. Some people are still without it.

If you live in an area where power outages are frequent you need to be prepared. When we built our house a number of years ago, one of the things we added to the design was a generator. When the power goes out it runs our lights and keeps the freezers and refrigerators running. We also store water since we are on a private water district with a well that does not have a backup generator.

For many people a generator may not be an option but there are still things you can do. Know where your candles and flashlights are. Keep extra matches, batteries and light bulbs. Store extra drinking water. Purchase a small camping or backpacking stove so you can heat food. Keep extra cans of soup, stew or some type of meal that can be easily heated. Purchase some dehydrated backpacking meals that just require hot water. Keep extra blankets on hand.

Our power outage lasted five days, but with the generator we remained warm and comfortable. Many of my neighbors had to leave their homes and stay with friend or relatives who still had power or try to find a hotel. Being prepared can make the difference between an inconvenience and a disaster.

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