Saturday, November 05, 2016

Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Storm Warning!

I had something else planned to write about today but after reading the warnings on prepper sites as well as in the news media of possible terrorism and/or civil unrest... I thought it best to concentrate on possibilities today.  Then I received an email from a blog reader who felt led to prepare for a possible emergency and that was the confirmation I needed.

I think most of us would, in the past, have thought such a warning to be an overreaction to what is going on in the world today.  But one thing this past year has shown us, anything is possible.  There has been civil unrest in areas where I never would have expected it to hit.

I was pondering what to title this and the thought Storm Warning came to the forefront.  It makes sense as the things I plan to do are pretty much the same as if we were under a Winter Storm Warning.  

Preparing for possibilities helps us not to fear.  God is still on the throne and we pray for His protection.  At the same time, if He tells us to do any kind of preparation then He is protecting us in that way.

I will:
  1. Make sure there is enough easy to prepare food for a week including milk, eggs, and bread.
  2. Check the drinking water supply and fill a few containers of well water for other than drinking uses.
  3. Make sure the van is full of gasoline.
  4. Keep the cell phone and iPad fully charged.
  5. Check the batteries in the flashlights, etc.
  6. Prepare some food ahead of time.
  7. VOTE!

I would suggest that if you live in a city or large town, make certain you stay in contact with loved ones and have a plan should there be any emergency situation.

The main difference between this and a winter storm is that a real snowstorm would be pretty much in one area, although the Blizzard of 78 affected a whole lot of real estate.  This kind of storm may occur elsewhere in the country but affect us directly.  Just as we saw after Katrina hit the Gulf States.  For instance, if there is an emergency anywhere then the price of gas may skyrocket and it is fairly low right now.

Should we be worried?  Certainly not, we should just be... aware.  We have seen more civil unrest than I ever thought possible in the past couple of years.

Now I'm going to share what the blog reader sent (without their name, of course, for privacy).  Lots of great ideas.  Don't forget to vote! 

From a blog reader:
1.  I am so grateful for a full pantry.  I am planning to fry up the hamburger I have in the freezer this weekend so it is ready for chili, spaghetti, sloppy joes, stroganoff etc.

2. I will cook up some of the dried beans I have in the pantry and make a big pot of rice.  These I will put in individual containers and freeze and if we don't lose power, then I am just that much ahead for a busy day.  If we do lose power, then it takes less energy to reheat those things than to cook them from their original form.

3.  I'm going to make a double batch of homemade granola.  This will also be easier to eat than oatmeal because of the potential cooking issue.

4.  I will wash all our bedding this weekend and catch up on all laundry.

5.  We have a well for our water, so I will keep up on all dishes and do some deep cleaning of the bathrooms and kitchen.

6.  We have carpet in the bedrooms so I will vacuum.

7.  I have topped off the gas tanks in both cars.

8. I have filled some buckets with water to keep in the bathroom for flushing.

All great ideas!  Let's not forget to pray for this election.  I think we all know how important the turnout will be...


lives in the woods said...

A few other ideas....remember your hot water heater has 20-40 gallons of water. If you need to use this water, be sure to turn the breaker off to your hot water heater so when power is restored you don't burn out the element.

I went to the library yesterday and checked out several of the Foxfire books. Good reading and good helpful info on how to do things the 'old fashioned' way.

Thank you your clear, reasoned reminders, Brenda. If there is no 'storm', these preparations will still not be in vain. They are helpful for every day life. Now, off to vacuum!

Debbie said...

Great post today Brenda and I agree with your prepared! We are lucky to live in a small rural farming community but we do have to drive to other towns to shop, visit the doctor, pharmacies, etc.. One of my main concerns honestly is the possibility of civil unrest with this election. Two of my sons, along with some of my hanai (adopted by love) sons are police officers and they would be in possible danger, especially the one who works for the Capitol Police Department in Washington DC. One of my sons may also be called in to help there IF things get really bad. I think I will shoot him off a message asking him to stock up on some things so that he does not have to be out and about when he is not at work.

Terra said...

Your plans are wise and we do some of these things too, especially after the large earthquake in our area in 1989. I keep 9 days of water for 4 people at all times, since water is essential for life. I will vote and I am praying that God will guide people to vote for the best candidate.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Great tips from your reader! I may cook up some meat ahead of time as well. I just restocked some canned veggies, just did grocery shopping and may need to stop by the dairy for milk.

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Mary said...

Good advice as always, Brenda. Thanks to your posts on pantry preparedness, I think we're ready. But, so thankful we have a Heavenly Father who takes such good care of us thru the storms of life.

Sherry said...

yesterday i made a large batch of marinara sauce with meat, portioned and froze. we have 144 MRE meal servings .. will go fill up some bottles of necessary H20 (non drinking). and need to run to the store for some drinking H20. laundry's done...
praying. yes, praying.

p.s. i'm reminded of a few years back when i shared with a few friends how we add to our pantry in anticipation of that "just in case" time be it job loss or emergency. one gal said, "well if there's an emergency i'll just come to sherry's house." ... i then reminded her of the Little Red Hen story.

Vee said...

Am adding a few extra to-do items to my list for tomorrow. May cooler heads prevail. There certainly is much to pray about.