If you are faced with seasonal natural disaster risks or challenges what are you doing to prepare?
Please share any great websites or resources!
Look what we got in the mail yesterday from the power company!
While we have been thinking about upping our earthquake preparedness and stocking the pantry it has become wildfire season again. Intermittent power outages will be coming. Something more to think about.
What to do? Pretty much all of this applies to earthquake prep too.
I'm going to think through 7 days of meals + fluids with no power and make sure we have that on hand for us and the dog. Then there is the personal sanitation plan.
I've also realized we need to freeze ice to move to the frig during a power outage to lengthen the time our refrigerated food is edible. We also need to get thermometers for the frig and freezer so we know if the food is still safe.
Then there is the how to cook uncooked meat in the freezer. We don't want to get a grill so I think I'm going to ask friends right around me if they have one. We could cook and share the result rather than tossing it. Also, I think I will start freezing more cooked meats that could be thawed and eaten without reheating if necessary.
Power supplies for charging phones and providing light? Solar chargers and lights plus battery operated lanterns are going to be needed.
Then there is preparing to have to evacuate again if fires are too close or may cutoff evacuation routes. Another project but we had practice with this one last year.
At least we now have seismic activated latches on all the cupboard doors housing breakables. Hubby is installing seismic straps on both TVs today and I am investigating what to use to strap the computer monitor. We had the water heater strapped correctly when we moved in and we only have electricity so no natural gas fire hazard concerns.
I'm focusing on the positive and using my planning and coping skills. Almost zero risk of hurricanes or tornadoes! No blizzards or floods! No locust hoards!
Seriously - we are in a great position to be able to buy what makes sense and we have local family to evacuate to if needed. Plus we purchased earthquake insurance and have fire coverage in our homeowner's policy so if a lot of damage was to occur we would get some financial relief.