I'm saddened by the devastation on the east coast.
The stories of families without food, water, electricity, and heat are heartbreaking.
Most of us have experienced some inconvenience due to severe
weather; snow storms, extreme heat, flooding, and high winds, have caused power
outages for many of us in Michigan. For the most part, it's never been for more
than a few days. But even a few days can be miserable if you're caught off guard, especially if you have
children or are elderly.
People on the east coast are suffering. Even if they can get out to shop, they can't purchase the items they need because most businesses are without power. This includes gas stations and convenient stores.
The businesses that are open are sold out of supplies or lined up for blocks.
People are desperate and waiting for the government to deliver water and other
supplies. But in such a widespread area, the government is having difficulty
keeping up. Thousands of people are doing without the necessary tools for
survival. What’s worse is that most have no internet or cable connection and
cell phone reception is spotty. So they can’t watch the news, or keep informed
about rescue efforts.
With severe weather occurring more often, being
prepared has become more important than ever. I've come up with a list of items that every family
should have at all times in order to survive a power outage or natural disaster. Don't get caught unprepared.
1) Designate an easily accessible area of your home for emergency
2) Water-Always have enough water to supply your entire
family, including pets for at least two weeks.
3) Unprocessed sea salt
such as Real Salt, Himalayan, or Celtic. This provides necessary minerals to
help sustain energy if food supply is scarce. It can be added to water or eaten
4) Dried fruits and nuts, nut butter. Excellent
source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
5) Rice, beans, legumes, jerky.
7) Pet food if you have pets.
8) Gasoline for your car or generator.
9) Propane if you have a gas grill or stove.
Should have at least a camping stove on hand.
10) Flashlights and plenty of
11) Blankets- enough to keep the whole family
12) First aid kit with bandages, antibiotic
creams, gauze, tape, scissors, waterproof matches.
13) Transistor radio. Essential if internet and cable is out! Batteries.
In addition, if there are orders to evacuate, do it. We
tend to expect that warnings are exaggerated. Sometimes they are, but
always be prepared for the worst.