I don’t know everything. But, seeing what’s going on in Louisiana right now, please, please, please listen to what I’m going to say or . . read what I’m going to write! You never know when disaster is going to strike. Disasters come in all shapes and forms and there’s a good chance you had have all your preps in order and your disaster may come in the form of a fire, a tornado, a flash flood – we just never know.
People affected by Laura may not have water or electricity for weeks and for some, it may be months! I’m not even going to guestimate or pontificate on how to prepare for that type of disaster but the hurricane hit Wednesday night. People are begging for water and food. Do not let that happen to you!
I would suggest that every one of us keep our supplies stocked and have an arrangement with a friend two or three hours away that you have enough for them, and they have enough or you and if your supplies are destroyed or their supplies are destroyed, hopefully you can take them in, and vice versa.
Here’s my advice and if you’ve ever listened to anything I’ve said, please at least think about this.
Have at least 1 gallon of water per day per person. I consider that drinking water/brushing teeth. Keep extra water for flushing toilets, cooking, sponge baths, cleaning wounds, etc. Here in Texas, we have the solar well and we could get water from that so I haven’t been real diligent about keeping water on hand. Without a solar well in MO, I have already bought water to keep on hand. It usually rains every few days there and we’ll get some kind of system set up to catch rain for flushing toilets, sponge baths, etc.
Water is essential to life. Do not be without water!
Buy the food you like. I’ve told this before but my parents always bought Vienna sausage for their hurricane food and we never ate them. Even as kids, who will eat everything, we didn’t eat those Vienna sausage. Vince and I like sardines so we keep a good supply of sardines.
With a gas burner and plenty of fuel, or a rocket stove, solar oven, etc., you’ll be a little more flexible about what you can have on hand to cook.
There are people in Louisiana who were begging for MREs from the National Guard or FEMA within 24 hours of the hurricane making landfall.
We have generators but we only plan to use them for running a few hours to keep the food in the freezers frozen or to pump well water if needed. I have a friend in Lake Charles who had a whole house generator put in. I told her that we’d used one before and they are outrageously expensive to run long term. She figured earlier in the week that it was going to cost them $6,000+ in fuel to run everything as if the power was on. She was shocked!
There are people who do not have the funds to buy up a lot of food. I understand that and I hope they have family and friends who are helping them; but for those who can buy a few gallons of water every now and then, and whatever non-perishable type foods you know you will eventually eat, please buy that stuff, store it, rotate it and have it when you need it.
Please make sure you are familiar with your insurance policies. So many people in Louisiana are upset finding out that they have $10,000 to $15,000 deductibles. Hurricane coverage now seems to come with a 5% deductible. There’s some discussion that it could have been lowered to 2% with a huge increase in premiums. Think about it though . . I’m no fan of insurance companies but if I’m paying $5,000 per year homeowner’s insurance and I pay that for 10 years, they’ve gotten $50,000 from me. If my home, and everyone else’s home in the entire parish is extremely damaged or destroyed and they’re paying out $100,000 in damages or $200,000 or more or more for total losses, there aren’t going to be insurance companies and then there won’t be mortgages and that could result in a whole lot of problems. Here, our wind and hail deductibles have gone way up and we did opt for the higher deductible, gambling that we won’t have a claim but just know what you’re facing.
Also, people are finding out that even though there’s no electricity or water there, your homeowner’s coverage that provides for reimbursement for expenses if you have to live away from your home . . that’s only if your home is rendered uninhabitable due to damages and no water or electricity is not considered “damages”. If you aren’t sure, spend a bit of time with your agent and whatever they tell you, make sure yo can find it in your policy. The policy language is the gospel and what someone “told” you . . if it contradicts what’s in the policy, it’s the policy that’s going to control the situation.
One last word . .
I have no confirmation, but I have a feeling this year Christmas gifts may be hard to find as it gets closer towards Christmas. Please save yourself some stress and buy gifts early and buy things ahead that you plan to use for your Christmas dinners and Christmas baking.
Yesterday I ordered the last of the things I wanted to get for Addie. She’s more into jewelry (check out those pom pom earrings), Barbie clothes/accessories and those type things than she is into trinket type things I’ve gotten for her previously.
I ordered an outfit for her American Girl doll, a few Barbie things, a bracelet that was on sale at Rustic Cuff, a necklace from Etsy, a child’s shirt that says Crazy Chicken Lady (also from Etsy) and I already had a few little things that are wrapped and I can’t even remember what they are. The adults on my list will get knitted hats, mittens or socks so, my shopping is pretty much done.
I do need to make a list of things I’d like to bake/cook and make sure I have all the ingredients and if I’ll be doing the cooking in MO, I need to be sure I have the dishes/utensils we need there.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if I found my cookie molds before Christmas? Hope springs eternal.