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Where we live now I don't worry so much about flooding or having to leave our home in case of emergency, but I do worry about power outages. We just got a stand alone freezer set up in our basement and I have started to fill it. I also worry about having batteries and candles ready. We have a wood burning fireplace and firewood so we don't have to worry about warmth if needed. Right now, though it is still warm enough outside even at night that we won't have to do much more than throw another blanket on the beds if we need it.
So here is my checklist for this possible emergency:
____ Check lanterns and batteries.
____ Charge all electronics and spare battery chargers.
____ Back up computer files (just in case.... and is good to do it periodically anyway)
____ Restack firewood on the porch so it is further out of the rain and possibly tarp it to keep it dry.
____ Check deck furniture and put away any outside toys, furniture, equipment.
____ Pull out and check candles, globes, and candle holders.
____ Straighten and clean the house. Pick up things off the floor, clear the steps of items. (No one wants to trip over something left on the ground at night with the power out.)
____ Check pantry for needed items and add to the grocery list.
____ Make last trip to the grocery store.
While it may seem counterintuitive to add more groceries (particularly refrigerated items) but I truly don't think we will lose electricity. If we do, it won't be for long. I do know that I will have three teens home all day long and they like to eat.
We are currently out of bread, only have a half gallon of milk, and I like to keep stocked up on eggs. All three of those will be on the list. I also will pick up a case of water. One can never have too much water.
We have only one dog and I just bought her dog food recently so she has enough for several weeks at this point. The only other thing she needs is water and to be taken out from time to time, even in a storm. The only things I need to prep for her is to make sure my rain coat or poncho is ready for rainy/windy walks. But I still like to remember pets when prepping for an emergency. Her leash is hanging by the door and her shots are up to date.
Even though this might turn out to be nothing more than rain, I do still want to be prepared. It also gives me an excuse to clean the house, straighten things up and begin to think about winter storms and supplies.
It began raining today. Not thunderstorms but just episodes of torrential downpours! The lights began to flicker so the kids and I pulled out the camping lanterns and a few candles and a flashlight. Boy do we need to replace some of our stuff. Both camping lanterns are so weak in light. Not even enough to read with. I will be replacing these both tomorrow. We also need size D batteries as well as AA and AAA.
So check out your equipment prior to the emergency. Don't just wait until you need to use them. Test them out and make sure everything is in working order. Replace them periodically. Our lanterns still work but the lightbulbs are low which means that it is probably on its last legs. Mind you, we will still use these until they completely die but I do want to get some more lanterns that will give us enough light to work by.