Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows I’m a “prepper”. We’re not as “dedicated” or radical as some. We don’t have a buried bunker nor do we have some remote “bug out” location. I’ve talked about all this many times before so this is a repeat for many readers.
My wakeup call was living in an all electric house when an ice storm came through, it dropped below freezing for probably a couple of hours, along with rain, tree limbs became coated in ice, began falling, bringing the power lines down with them. It wasn’t just at our house but it was for a huge area. Our power was off for seven days and we were the lucky ones! Think about this for seven days:
- Whatever gasoline you had on hand for a generator – that was the gasoline you had for seven days.
- No heat. No way to cook food. No way to wash dishes or clothes.
- Chad had just turned 9. No TV. No Nintendo, no computer. Thankfully, the day after the ice storm, the weather got warmer and nice and even in January, he could play outside. He had a bicycle and a big dog in a fenced yard.
About the only thing that really saved us is that my parents had a fireplace and lived in a subdivision where they all got together, pooled the food out of their freezers, lit the gas grills and the charcoal grills every afternoon and everyone shared what they had. One lady even knew how to make a solar oven with a box and aluminum foil. Several people had brownie mix in their pantries so a neighbor, Karen, made brownies for the neighborhood in her homemade solar oven.
Chad and his cousin got to playing rough, Chad bonked his head, had a big goose egg pop up and a doctor who lived in the neighborhood came over and checked him out using the car headlights to see if his pupils looked ok.
After that week, I said . . never again. That was 23 years ago and since that time, I’ve tried to be prepared for whatever might come our way. A wildfire, tornado or earthquake .. not so much because I mostly prepare to hunker down at home and stay put but we do have like minded friends who know they are welcome here if the need arises and we know we’re welcome at their homes if we were to have to leave here.
This may sound cold but people often say “I know where I’m going if something happens”. NO! Everyone should be preparing on their own for whatever they feel is necessary. Everyone else can plan and buy supplies just like we do. I don’t prepare for half the town; I prepare for my family. So, even though I share some of what we do here, it doesn’t mean I have enough to share. In a real emergency, we’d be locked down pretty tight around here.
That all brings me to today. When we started talking about moving to Arkansas last spring, we began using a lot of the food we keep stored. Trying to lighten the load if we do move . . but with the virus in the news so much, we felt like we should add a few things so over the weekend, we made a list of what we might need if we end up deciding to stay home for days, weeks, or months without going out and interacting with the public.
I cringe every time someone says “It’s just the flu!” Without getting into politics and giving too much of my opinion, I don’t think we’re getting the full story. While we are not worried, we are paying attention. As I understand it, old folks are more likely to be affected and since we aren’t spring chickens, our plan is to stay home as much as possible.
So, what does one buy when thinking you might be staying home for weeks without going out for groceries?
Mostly it was just things we always keep but had used but the funny thing is . . when there’s a time we stay put, or the power is out, I always want junk food. Last night as Vince and I were talking about what we should buy as far as supplies, I asked Vince if he would eat Snickerdoodles if I made them. He said no so I didn’t make them for myself.
Today when Vince and I went out shopping, all I could think about was junk food. I’m not much on storebought cookies and snacks so . . here’s what I ended up adding to the cart:
Popcorn! We picked up one back of white and two bags of yellow popcorn. I dumped it into jars, vacuum sealed them and we’ll at least have popcorn when we need it.
One tip: I was watching a youtube video of a guy I like. He’s Canadian, with a family, living in China. He has four boys and this morning the video I was watching, he was talking about being being quarantined, inside, with four boys for 50 days. So . . always have things to keep yourself, your family, grandkids, husband, dogs, cats . . occupied! With a widespread illness, chances of losing power are hopefully slim but have checkers, board games, puzzles, and plenty of things that do not require electricity.
After a trip to town, and a very early wake up call from a little dog, I came home and took a three hour nap. It will be a late night of knitting for me.