|Just outside my door today.|
|Our backyard today.|
|Looking north this morning.|
We stock up on canned goods. Easy things like soups and stews, beans and tuna, and canned fruit. Coffee can be stored as well as tea, flour, and other staples in the freezer. I tend to group these together in a small freezer for easy access. (Extra freezer space in an extra side by side we keep.)
If you have freezers that have some extra room, wash and fill plastic milk jugs with fresh water and freeze them. If nothing happens, it costs less to keep a full freezer cold than it does an empty or half empty freezer. If you have only a power outage DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. The freezer will stay colder longer full and with an unopened door. If you have a crisis and you need fresh water you have a good fresh supply on hand. Just thaw it out if you need it. (These frozen jugs are great in the summer for use in coolers too. They don't make a mess, last a long tome. and refreeze when you are done with them.)
You may also want to draw water in your bathtub if you are anticipating a problem. You can dip a bucket of water from the tub and pour it into the toilet bowl to cause a manual flush.
|LP gas Heating Stove.|
We purchased a gas range when the electric one gave out a few years back because you can still light the burners and cook on it when the power is out as we have natural gas to the house also. Our water heater is gas so we always have had hot water during outages. There have been past years that neighbors came here for showers during outages.
|I keep two French Press coffee makers and am always glad to share.|
A supply of medications, a first aid kit, and paper goods are advisable as well as a radio, flashlights, bulbs, and batteries. Warm blankets you can easily get too and a back up of pet food, matches, candles, and lamps and lamp oil are good too.
If you have a generator know how to use it, have fuel, and you may need additional extension cords. We try to leave flashlights stored in key areas of the house for easy access.
Our home telephone goes out without electricity so it is helpful to have the ability to charge the cell phone in your automobile.
What you most need to do is to stop and think, "What do we have that we can utilize and what changes can we make by attrition to improve our readiness?" You just never know what is just around the corner.
Good luck and God Bless.