I’ve heard that this winter is supposed to be a doozy here in the central/southern part of the United States. I thought I’d share some of what my family has learned about being ready for winter weather or bad weather in general. It’s important to be prepared for any type of emergency. On the other hand you don’t want to be a hoarder. So, what’s the difference?
Well, I think that one of our team members, Jerreth nailed that on the head. Here is her explanation about the difference between being prepared and being a hoarder: “There is a HUGE difference between hoarding and being prepared. Today’s politically correct like to blur that line and cause people to think that if you have extra food or extra anything you are being a selfish hoarder. A hoarder is someone who compulsively collects things and is incapable of stopping. They are driven by constantly obtaining more stuff. It comes to a point where there is never enough and you can’t walk through the home of a hoarder; there’s no room.
On the other hand, for many years, our state put out a booklet every year that was sent to every resident of the state. The booklet explained that people need to be prepared ahead of time for natural disasters and emergencies. The booklet told people what to have on hand and explained that though the government would try to help, it could be days or weeks before the government could show up. It is important that every citizen be prepared ahead of time for emergencies. The booklet also explained that when terrible weather is coming in, you do not want to be one of the last- minute shoppers fighting over a loaf of bread.”
So how do you manage to be prepared? Well, you need enough water on hand for 3-5 days if not more. Keep in mind that once a disaster strikes, you may not be able to have emergency personnel get to you right away. I personally would be most comfortable with having up to two weeks worth of water simply because I live in an area that is prone to storms that can make it impossible to get to the store for two weeks.
You also need to have enough food on hand. We like to try to follow the Mennonite tradition of keeping a year’s supply of food on hand. This makes it so that even if we don’t have a natural disaster, but maybe we have financial troubles, we still have food to eat without having to rely on government help for it. It also makes it so that we aren’t having to worry about whether the store is out by the time we manage to get into town just ahead of an ice storm.
Another thing that you will need on hand, is first aid supplies. You may not be able to get to the store for a week or more after a natural disaster, and they may be out of what you need when you do manage to go. So, that said, also get enough animal feed to last a week or two.
The last thing on my list which is still very important, is cash. In the event of a natural disaster, the banks in your area may not be open. It’s very important to have so that you are able to buy anything you need from neighbors, should they have what you need for sale.
You don’t have to go out and buy all these things at once. That would be very expensive. The best way to get all the things you need is by buying a few extra items every time you shop. That way, you build your emergency supplies