Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Are You Ready?

Fire at HTI Recycling in Lockport, NY

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest."   ... Proverbs 6:6-8


So we have a local town called Lockport where, a couple weeks ago, a tire recycling plant caught fire. (That link doesn't mention a few sad details. I'm sparing you.)

Anyway, I watched a woman on our morning news say, "A policeman banged on our door and said we had three minutes to evacuate because of the toxic fumes heading our way. Three minutes!"

Eegads. They couldn't return to their homes for at least 48 hours.

Immediately I (a.) Felt bad for this woman and her neighbors and (b.) recalled the sorry state of our 'bug-out box' upstairs. We'd eaten up half the supplies and I'd not replaced them nor had I included things like a change of clothes for each of us. Of course, I'd meant to (you know how that goes) but just hadn't. It's now a To Do on my list this week.

See? Who even needs an end-of-the-world scenario in Today's world? Always it pays to at least be a low-key, sensible prepper who's ready for a handful of scary scenarios. Really, you never know. 

How are your preparations going?

Here's my 'one stop shop for prepping' post. 


Saw this commonsense article online this morning about bad habits which can contribute to depression and anxiety. I'd never heard of Vitamin F, but if you've read here long, you know I swear by Vitamin D3.   :)


Spied this at Facebook yesterday:

Is that adorable or what?

Five years ago today we bought our own little yellow house. Can you believe it's been that long ago??


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Betsy said...

Love that photo. I had our house painted yellow too and everyone thought I was nuts because, white and earth tones are "in". Think yellow is a happy color and I want a happy home. We have a few things "prepped" but not all together. I think I should get a Rubbermaid tub and put everything together shouldn't I? Thanks for the reminder, sad as it is to think we have to do that.

Debra said...

That's what I do, Betsy. I have lots of Rubbermaid tubs with supplies I've gathered this past year. I've labeled one 'Bug Out' and that's the one I would grab if we had to leave in a hurry. When I'm finished updating it, I hope to have enough supplies to where we'd be comfortable for at least 3 days in a shelter. The other link I included has many great ideas about how to be prepared for anything.

And yes! Yellow is the best of the happiest colors. I so believe that. :)

Thanks for commenting! Blessings, Debra

mizsuzee said...

Debra, I've always pretty much ignored "Bug Out" bags, thinking if there was a problem, we'd probably be trapped at home.... but like the fire you mentioned, you never know when you might need to leave -- fast. I would love it if you did a post showing your bag, and detailing what's in it! I'm finding the prepping stuff so very interesting! :)