Wednesday, November 5, 2008
WINTER STORMS...ARE YOU PREPARED?
I AM NOT!! Well, not completely anyway. (Thanks to all of you professional "grocery store bandits", I do have 11 boxes of hot chocolate, toilet paper, 5 boxes of cereal, soap, deodorant and a few more goodies lol.) All kidding aside though, I really do need to get my rear in gear and get a few things stocked up...especially water!! I can remember a few years back when we had this TERRIBLE ice storm. Luckily, I still had heat, power and water, but my mom who lived only 20 minutes away didn't. "Somehow" we managed to drive to her house and bring her back to ours. It was almost TWO WEEKS before any of the surrounding areas had heat/power. Looking back on that got me to thinking. What if we had no power/heat/water for two weeks...what would we do? Would we have enough food/water and other necessities to get us through it? And then there was last year. I was heading to work at 4:00 am on the coldest morning of the year & my little red escort bit the dust. Smoke was pouring inside the car so I had to bail out. Do you know how hard it is to get help at 4:00 in the morning? Well, I got to make 2 phone calls on my cell phone...and the battery was completely zapped. The wind chill was 14 below zero. I'm in my very thin work uniform freezing my butt off. I turned around to see if the car had stopped smoking so I could get back inside and I'll be da%&^d if the car battery wasn't completely dead. Old Man Winter, You won last year...But this year I'm not going down without a fight!! So I started surfing through FEMA and The Red Cross websites, and a few others to make a list of things I would need to ride out a winter storm. Lot's of wonderful information out there. Like this site CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION They give you tips/precautions to take before, during, and after a winter storm. So with all of this information printed out and coupons in hand (OH YES, I have coupons for batteries and water and a few other things), hopefully I can get everything I need before HE comes back this year!! So...are you prepared? Do you have any tips you care to share about preparing for winter storms? Please post them if you do.
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