Pondering over Coffee: The simplest, most basic first steps needed to be prepared for emergencies, power outages, storms and such

Whether it's a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or a man made disaster, there isn't an area to live where you shouldn't prepare to provide for yourself or your family in the case of a disaster.  

All food, water, medications and other items you might need in the event of an emergency of any type as it may take the federal government or other personnel up to 3 days to get help to you.   

"FEMA suggests every family
 or individual has emergency stores 
to last 72 hours."


I've got three cups of strong, hot, black coffee in me... but it's still too early in the morning for the rest of the world to be functioning and no businesses open, etc. so I thought I'd come and just start chatting over a morning post.  What is on my mind this morning is wicked weather, storms, power outages and flooding.

All have a higher than likely chance of visiting us this week and next.  It comes with the time of year... no big deal.  At least to us.  Because we live on high ground (flooding of the house not a particular problem) and I grew up with a Grandma and father who have a healthy dose of good common sense that I'm blessed to have genetically inherited.

We keep a stocked pantry and plan for emergencies of all different types.  

Our great grandparents and grandparents had gardens. Grew their own foods, canned and froze that food in late summer harvest time to get them through the winter and spring and into early summer when the new gardens would be ready to pick.  They had lanterns and candles for power outages and unless they lived in town, they had wells or springs for water.  When things did go wrong, as they invariably will, it wasn't a "run around screaming with your hands in the air and wait for the government to come rescue you" situation, it was a moment of collecting your thoughts, pulling on your boots and getting to work to help your own situation.

And that is my personality too.

Although it's nice of the government to step in and help during emergencies, it's not something they have to do.  Unfortunately people today are of the mindset they don't have to do anything themselves to prepare or help themselves and the second anything comes up, they are throwing a fit if some government agency isn't rushing along to hand out free money, food, water, etc.  

Do you realize the grocery stores are getting food deliveries every single day?
What happens if storms pulverize those stores, floods disrupt the road traffic, grievances and strikes stop the trucking deliveries or any other scenario comes along?

No food deliveries.  No restocking. No food in the grocery stores.
Soon, chaos, confusion, anger, hungry people... looting, fires and ugliness.

You all know how sheep people rush to the stores to wipe out all the shelves of bread, milk, beer and peanut butter when there is even the utter of a snow storm coming.  Even if you get 12-18 inches of snow as many parts of the US do, more than likely the roads and businesses are going to be closed at most, just one day as we have come pretty far since 60 years ago when things might shut down for 3 days to get up and running again.  I don't know what people think they are going to do with all that bread in the one day the power *might* be out... but whatever.

The point is... if you keep a well stocked pantry, some longer term emergency storage items, flashlights, candles, extra dog food, etc. you don't have to go running around like a chicken with their head cut off.

Now, I did not intend on some well-written, precisely thought out post about this for this morning...  as I mentioned, I'm just sipping coffee and thinking about storms as they are hitting the US pretty hard this week.  And I thought I'd just chit chat over coffee about the basic need to be a little prepared.

As a matter of fact, I'm going to go refill my cup with some fresh coffee, check emails and get ready to start my day.  What I've decided to end with this simple (very very simple)  quick 'plan' for those who have zero preparations.

1.  Get 3 days worth of food, water and medicine in your cupboards and keep that much available at all times.
2.  Only buy/store what you use and like.  Don't go buying 5 cans of beans if you don't like beans. Buy what you like.
3.  Keep in mind you might not have power so have foods that are healthy but don't require power to prepare.
4.  Candles, flashlights and fresh batteries on hand.  It gets mighty dark mighty fast if all the power around you is out.
5.  Remember the 'extras' you need for babies, the elderly and pets. Think; diapers, formula, medications and pet food.

If you do nothing more... or need a very, very basic starting point - that would be it.