Crystal called the meeting to order (after we ordered).
Our fearless leader came prepared with handouts for us all, and we shared ideas on 72-hour kits, and emergency car kits. We used the list to assess what things we need to add/update with our kits. I have emergency car kits in our vehicles, but do not have my 72 hour kits assembled.
What I mean by that, is that I do not have backpacks for each of us assembled and ready to grab in case of an emergency with everything I would need for my family for 72 hours. I know--I need to do this! Add this to the list of the million other things I'm behind on, and we've got quite a list.
So I've set a goal for myself to get my 72 hour kits ready by January 1st. (I guess you know what I'll be doing on December 31, since I'm such a procrastinator.) So much for the New Year's Eve party. Lol.
The other thing I really wanted to discuss was how to heat your house in the winter without electricity. This is something that has Brian and I really concerned. I'd love to own a big generator that would just run my whole house if the power was out, but that's not something we can afford right now. But I worry so much about keeping my babies warm in the wintertime if there was a disaster. Utah winters are cold!
Brian and I found this space heater that was 40%-off last week at Cabelas, and Santa will be bringing it to us for Christmas this year. This has eased my mind somewhat, that I could gather my family in my bedroom, close ourselves off from the rest of the house, and we'd have blankets, clothes, a bathroom, and I'd be able to adequately heat this space for us. We also stocked up on the propane while we were thinking about it, so we'd have it all done and ready to use.
Crystal, the queen of commitment (ha ha), made us go around the table and set a food storage goal for the week--one thing we were going to accomplish that week for our food storage.
Mine: Space heater (done) and fill my bucket with rice (haven't done yet)
Ann: Rice and onions
Ali: Sugar and gamma lids
Crystal: Buckets and gamma lids or space heater.I love meeting each week and discussing what we need to do for Emergency Preparedness, but it is a daunting task. The more I get done, the more I realize that I am unprepared in so many areas.
- How would you heat your house in the winter without electricity?
- What do you have in your 72 hour kits? Does each family member have a separate backpack or have you combined into 1 giant backpack so you have less to carry?
- Isn't the Pizza Factory yummy?