Every year I update our Disaster Emergency Kit. Just in case.
When Falafel was 1 and The Bee was about 7, we were stranded for about a week without power in our remotely located home. No heat, no lights, no generator. Luckily we had a propane stove top to heat up water and food. But 40 degrees indoors in the dark with only a fireplace (that you literally had to stand IN to get warmed by) with a toddler and young child was not fun. The first few minutes we felt very Little House on the Prairie. When you live it for more than an hour, though, it really wasn’t as romantic as it seemed in our brains. We lasted for 4 days before we sought out a place with a generator.
From that day on, I have made emergency kits. Just in case.
You never know. Our winters in the PNW may not have feet of snow (we did that year), but the wind and heavy rains and low temps are enough to knock the power out for extended periods of time. We also live in an area surrounded by a couple of volcanoes and one that also has known earthquakes.
We prepare as best we can.
When we moved into this home, we received a welcome-to-the-neighborhood bunch of coupons, and amongst them was one for a free emergency kit from the local hospital! Um, YES please.
It is so cool.
Even though it is fairly small, they packed a ton of really useful things into it!
There are even packets of drinkable water!
Here are a couple of sites that have great PDF lists of potential supplies, along with other really great information so you can make your own.
For the clothing and blankets, I use those vacuum sealable bags (ie: Space Bags). They work really well and don’t take up a huge amount of space.
When the weather turns, being safe and warm is always on my mind.
Do you have an emergency kit (s)??