Emergency Preparedness, Part 3.5: Heidi’s Real Life Bug-in Report

(This is an unanticipated “half” installment of our Emergency Preparedness series, which also includes Part 1: Prepare for Disaster, Part 2: Heidi’s Cupboard, Part 3: Jack Stowage’s Fully Loaded Getaway Vehicle, Part 3.5: Heidi’s Real Life Bug-In Report, and Part 4: Laura’s Wrap Up.)

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Northern California saw some severe rain and wind storms in the end of March. Since Heidi had the opportunity to “Bug In” while waiting for power to be restored, I asked her to give us a followup on how her Emergency Cupboard served her family. Here’s what she had to say:

Heidi’s Report:

Shortly after Laura posted my thoughts on Emergency Preparedness, a strong storm hit our city that left us without electricity for two days, and without drinkable water for several days after the power was restored.

I moaned and groaned, and wandered over to my Emergency Stash.

“After talking about all of this stuff, of course now I’ll actually have to use it,” I grumbled. 

Those days were long and made me wonder how our ancestors lived without all of the modern conveniences that have turned many of us into dependent wusses in order to get basics
like food and water.

I don’t mean you (especially not you, Sniper Jack!), I’m talking about myself.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we?

As you may have read, in the event of an emergency, the items that were important for my family were the food, water, and sanitation needs for my family of four.

I’ve got to say that I was thankful for the lighting we had, especially the head lamps for my kids during that time, fruit leather, granola bars, paper plates and plastic cups(!), and the huge water stash I had that was used for drinking, rinsing our fruit and veggies, and brushing our teeth. I was also glad I had extra toothbrushes on hand since I decided to throw my our slightly used toothbrushes that had been rinsed in unsafe, high-turbidity water.

One of my friends ran over to a local market and tweeted a picture of the Safeway bottled water aisle during this time…with no water in sight.  I think it’s a good reminder to not just assume we’ll be able to go out and purchase what we need at that moment in time when our daily luxuries like electricity and running water have been taken away temporarily.

It really pays to just stock up and have a little supply. You really never know when you’ll need it!

I would add that it’s important to have some items that you get to look forward to consuming in your emergency stash, just because a lot of ready-to-eat stuff isn’t the best tasting.  For me, it was the pricey marcona almonds, dried cherries, and dark chocolate I had just bought the day before for such an occasion.  It definitely helped to calm the strong urge I had to whine along with my two young kids about the disturbance.

Now that you’ve gotten this housewife’s recommendation to go buy food, water, paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, and gourmet nuts, go read the Sniper’s entry again!

Hey Laura, I think... Emergency Preparedness, Part 3.5: Heidi’s Real Life Bug-in Report

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