A Return to Emergency Preparedness

Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 06:01 PM

With the oncoming threat of 2 converging snow storms, a return visit to emergency preparedness is mandatory. You don’t want to get caught unprepared.

I happened to notice that a friend yesterday on Facebook had mentioned making sure that he was completely prepared way ahead of time, just in case. But what he had described sounded more like he was getting ready for a really good tailgate party. In a sense, everything that you need for a good tailgate party or a good weekend of camping outdoors are some essentials needed for an emergency.

Go over your tailgate bin or camping gear. Check for essentials: hand operated can opener, salt, sugar, pepper, paper plates.

If you do have outdoor cooking equipment, a propane grill, or outdoor propane deep fryer, make sure you always have extra propane on hand. If you only have a charcoal grill or charcoal smoker and you know that a big storm is looming…go out and find some charcoal. It’s not going to go bad. If the storm never happens or you don’t loose power, you’re ahead of the game come spring time. If you have a propane turkey fryer you are doing great. If you loose power you can fill the stock pot with snow and boil it for drinking water, etc. You can steam, boil, stew and deep fry food with a turkey fryer.

One good thing about winter storms, is that if you loose power, you can still keep food fresh by placing it outdoors. You can still leave food in the fridge and freezer, just don’t keep opening and closing doors.

Make sure you have candles.

Flashlights need batteries. Make sure you have updated appropriate sized batteries.

A battery operated radio is a plus.

Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car or more importantly, your 4 X 4 if you have one.

Keep your snow shovel handy. If you have salt & sand, keep that handy as well.

Make sure your cell phone is charged.

Just in case, fill an old soda bottle or two full of water.

If you have animals, make sure that you have a store of food for them.

One snow storm is enough, but when 2 come together and there is a threat of an ice storm, that can easily spell disaster. Stay home if possible, stay off the roads, and be as prepared as you can. For a few more tips, revisit an old post on emergency preparedness.

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