Emergency preparedness

Ice storm emergency preparedness picture

Over the past week, I have been so glad that my family practices preparing for survival. We live between several low water bridges in a rural part of Oklahoma. This past week, we had terrible flooding. It was so bad that we were trapped between the bridges. Some of our friends actually had their homes washed away in the flood. Thankfully, our home is built on higher ground. But, we had quite a few days where we were not able to get out to get supplies.

The flood waters have finally receded enough for us to be able to get out. They were over the road even in places where there wasn't a water source nearby aside from rain water.
The flood waters have finally receded enough for us to be able to get out. They were over the road even in places where there wasn’t a water source nearby aside from rain water.

The thing was though, we were fine supplies wise. We have a habit of always buying one item extra when we go shopping and trying to keep extra supplies on hand. This is a helpful thing to do because it won’t break the bank, but it ensures that when you need them and you either can’t get out to buy them, or maybe the loss of a job has made it so you can’t afford to, you still have what you need.

We cook by scratch, so we keep extra of all the basics. This would include things like:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • dry beans
  • dry legumes of different varieties.
  • Pasta
  • spices
  • peanut butter
  • jam or jelly
  • powdered eggs
  • rice
  • cooking oil
  • powdered milk
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Honey
  • Chocolate and other sweets are good to keep for times when things are tough, because it will help lift your spirits.
  • Dehydrated fruits or vegetables.

I’m sure I could go on and on about things that keep well and are very helpful if you find yourself facing a natural disaster or unemployment. Oh, I’d better mention that you should make sure to keep extra paper towels and toilet paper on hand. Where we live, you can have ice storms or snow storms, tornadoes, and flooding that make it so you may have up to a month that you can’t get to a store.

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