It’s Not Paranoia

For the past few days, my mind has been preoccupied with worry for the people in the northeast.  I have family and friends spread across the region so it has been pretty hard to concentrate.  I worry about lost power, enough clean water, food, and heat.  Are they prepared?

I found this list for a basic emergency preparedness kit and quickly realized I am missing some key items.  First and foremost, we do not have enough water stored in our home to support us all for 3 days. We always have a case of water bottles somewhere between full and empty.  Not enough for 5 people and a pupperoni. I already feel enough shame about the lack of preparedness of my household so I won’t go into detail on what we are lacking. I am inspired to bring us closer to being prepared. 

Why am I so worried about being prepared?  I don’t live in a region that can’t get a real hurricane (just the after effects), but we have gotten some pretty severe thunderstorms (no power), blizzards (no power, nowhere to go), and tornados (no power, fallen trees, shelter damage), and my house backs up to a river notorious for flooding.  There are countless scenarios in which we would need an emergency preparedness kit. 

Thinking about this lends me to want to know how to do more without the modern conveniences (despite my last post, haha) of our time. I have been dying to try canning and other traditional methods of preserving foods so I can survive if I am suddenly without power or locked down. I also think it would be amazingly helpful if I could identify edible plants in nature. I can’t even identify poison ivy!

I’m just generally uncomfortable with the level of unpreparedness in my house. How prepared are you? What would you take off or add to this list?

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