Did you know…..in history on this day of October 9……these things happened?
1941 Roosevelt approved the atomic program – look where we are today!!!
2006 North Korea allegedly tested its first nuclear device – look where we are today!!!
1900 8.3 quake in Alaska
1963 Vaiont Dam disaster, landslide creates 50 million cubic metre wave killing around 2,000 in the Piave Valley in Northern Italy
1963 Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba & Haiti, kills 6,000
1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1997 Hurricane kills 123 in Acapulco Mexico
Things happen every day in history, which makes our own individual preparedness efforts so much more important. No matter where we live, stuff happens my friends! Not a one of us are exempt from the significant possibility that something will happen to each of us, at some point in the future. Whether that is something close to home, like losing a job, or a house fire, or something further away like a natural disaster, which will affect each of us in the ripple effects, in some way or another. We see ripple affects like food shortages, for example, did you know that Puerto Rico has lost all of its coffee crops in the most recent hurricanes? We will see gas prices rise, food prices rise, just think of all the food produce we get from Florida and the islands, there will be shortages, and there will be price increases. Are you prepared for them?
Again, I ask you, drop $2 per person, into your emergency cash on hand fund. Just tuck it away for a day, when your electricity is out, your bank is down, when cash is your only option for whatever it is you need, then pull from it and use it! Your end goal for the year is to have $104 per person into a cash emergency fund. This fund isn’t used for new tires on your vehicle, or the dentist, but saved strictly for emergencies when cash is the only option! Don’t lose track of that goal!
Again…I ask you to tuck away another 2 litres of water – or 1/2 gallon – per person in your family. We have seen over this past month, in the news, just how important our own water storage can be to your family. Water is free my friends, and the containers can be next to free also. It can be as simple as filling a pop bottle or two each week, which you get the great pleasure of drinking the soda, then filling it with water to tuck away for an emergency. I have on my phone, the Alberta Emergency Alert system, and I have seen over the past six month, many many times, where there have been boil water advisories, or broken water mains, where water has been compromised in communities, and that is just in Alberta! It happens all the time, and everywhere!
For one of your preparedness goals this week, please take a good look at your fire escape preparedness and planning. It is important to have at least two ways to exit each room in your home, even if that means you purchase a ladder next to a window. There are some really slick fire escape ladders available here on Amazon.Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot Check them out. Perhaps it might be as simple as adding a window breaker – Emergency Escape Tool Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker 2 Pack – next to a window that you might have to crawl out of. Figure out what it will take to make 2 escapes from each room possible, and get to work.
Add cleaning supplies to your inventories this week. Especially cleaning supplies like latex gloves, work gloves, I have a lot of these kinds – G & F 5035L-5 Premium Cowhide Leather Palm Gloves, Heavy Duty Fabric, Large, 5-Pair Pack – they are really good quality, and cleaning cloths and rags. Rags can include old t shirts and towels, or even – some of my favorite rags, the micro fiber cloths you can get at the dollar stores! They are amazing rags. I also really love the cheap face cloths you can get at the dollar stores, and I use them for most of my cleaning. I prefer them, and they are cheap!!
I think another thing you should do twice a year, at the same time you rotate your 72 hour kits, and check your smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors, is to please check your fire extinguishers to make sure they work properly. If you have them, they should work. For example, I am guilty of this, when we first moved into our home, there was a fire extinguisher that came with the home. For many many years, it held it’s place in our back porch, yes guilty as charged, and I have no idea if it works or not. I totally need to find out, right? I personally think I am taking mine to the fire department to get them to check it out. They will probably tell me to toss it and buy another one. Guess what is on my shopping list this week?? How the heck do you check it out yourself? Check this out….
And finally, a little inventory preparedness goal for this week, check out your snack foods. Please, please, don’t every underestimate the value of snack foods – comfort foods – in your inventory. You may not think they are important, but I promise they are called comfort foods for a reason. They will offer your comfort when nothing else seems to soothe the soul. Inventory them. You will be glad you did, and figure out just what you might want to add to it.