Happy 2018!!! Thank God that we made it to see this year come. In 2017 we saw disasters of all kinds. Hurricanes, fires and floods just to name a few. We may not be able to control the weather but we can prepare for weather emergencies.
Countries, States and local communities have emergency evacuation plans and so should you. Being prepared for a weather emergency is very important. Having supplies as well as an emergency plan is vital for your families safety and survival. Family emergency plans are needed to cover an array of possible situations. It could range from a house fire, weather related storms, such as; hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes; or a public safety issue . Your emergency plans should be in place before tumultuous weather strikes. Sit down with your family and come up with a plan.
We all think we know exactly what we would do in the case of an emergency and that’s great. Now this information has to be discussed with the rest of your family. If your single a part of your plan may include a simple safe text to your parents or siblings. If your family is large you may need a buddy system. Where an older sibling is responsible for a young child.
First you should always pray for the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. When putting together you plan consider where the evacuation routes are, plan for shelter and communication.
Your families emergency plan doesn’t have to be as elaborate as the one for our country but none the less you all should have the conversation.
I have been listening to stories of people searching for water, food, batteries and other items to get ready for the hurricanes that are on coasts. Lines are wrapped around grocery stores and big box warehouse stores because people are in search of water and staple food items to weather the storms. The gas stations also have lines because people are gasing their cars up trying to get to a safe location.
The best case scenario is you have the money and other resources needed to evacuate. If your
local government officials have given instructions to evacuate please do so.
Don’t for to add your pets and other people outside your home you are responsible for to your emergency plans. You may have a family member in a nursing facility or a child away in college.
While the first go to place for food and water would be the grocery store I have compiled a list of stores that you may not think of to get staple items in an emergency situation.
In case of an emergency and you need to grab some staple items really quick and you want to avoid some of the crowd try your local drug stores. These stores carry basic staple items that are vital for storm weather. They carry the top staple items that people look for in an emergency. They carry cases of water, batteries, bread, eggs, canned food, other non-perishable food items and milk. While these stores don’t carry fresh fruit and veggies you can get the necessities.
Dollar Tree stores also carry staple storm items. They have water, milk, eggs, bread, batteries, flash lights and other non-perishable food items. It may not be apart of your normal life routine to eat food from a can but if you don’t have proper accommodations in storm situations for perishable food items non-perishable is the next option.
O.K. I hear you why in the world would I waste my time going to these storms if there is a run on food staple items in my area. Remember that these stores carry a very nice selection of non-perishable food items. If there is no other place that you have access to to get water these stores have bottled water and it’s usually an upscale brand. You can also find an array of food items and the options maybe organic, gluten free and diary free. They carry potato chips, cookies, energy bars, energy drinks, pasta,
Be sure to rehearse your emergency plan with your family.