Post # 1
My Darling Husband is a dedicated prepper. He loves to plan and prepare for contingencies. No water for a month? No problem. No electricity? We’re covered. I was curious how much preparation (if any!) you ladies have done in your own lives for the probable or expected worst case scenarios?
- Important papers box: contains all the important stuff we NEED like birth certificates, warranties, insurance papers, medical files, etc. It’s in one box we can grab if we need to.
- Boogie bag: We each have a bag with food and water for 3 days, a change of clothes, first aid items, and useful things like flashlights and field knives.
- A portable generator: for electricity
- A solar powered generator: for small items and batteries
- Camping stuff: All our camping gear is organized, checked, and placed together so that if we have to evacuate quickly, we have shelter wherever we go.
What are we prepping for? Earthquakes, fire, flood, loss of electricity, loss of gas, loss of water, and zombies (j/k).
Post # 3
@MightySapphire: We have started stocking up on tons of ramen noodles haha. My husband is convinced there will be a zombie outbreak. We are also going to get some large water coolers on our next paycheck and we have first aid and bags in our cars just in case. You guys are really good though!
Post # 4
My husband is now fixated on Hurricane Irene. And we live all the way up in MAINE! lol He came home today and told me I needed to grocery shop by Friday to beat the crowds and batten down all the hatches. Honestly, I can’t see it being an issue up here but I’ll lay in a few extra groceries this weekend just to calm him down:)
Post # 5
Yeah, I’m a planner but I’m not that good. I try to keep my important papers in one place and have extra food stuffs but a to-go bag I do not have. In the winter, I try to make sure I have snow boots and blankets in my car if I get stuck.
Post # 6
My mom has always had us ready for stuff since we had to evacuate after the 75 tornado and she couldn’t find me with my grandparents. Every year right after new years my mom sends us a new evac book (they sell them at target) and her, dad, sil, and myself get onto a conference call and write up a evac plan. The book contains phone numbers, where we all go, med listings, important info. It is a really comprehensive book that keeps everything organized. It is great for us, if anything happens, I would know where to find my mom, and where my brother would go or a place we all can meet.
We also have evac pack, generator, solar cell chargers, and prepaid satellite phones.
Water and purification systems are a must.
We keep all important papers in a totable fire proof lock box.
And just two days ago I ordered a MRE food system for our cabin. I heard about in on Mark Levins show and tried the sample – it was really good! Since it tasted like real food, was inexpensive, cooks itself, and lasts for 25 years I thought it would be a great addition. It also commes in its own storage container so it will take up little space.
Since the flood started two months ago and is still flooded, we have had everything ready to leave on a moments notice, but it did remind us to get more prepared. Hopefully we never have to use it, but better safe than sorry later.
Post # 7
@MightySapphire: we live in Tornado Alley and NEED to be that prepared but we aren’t. I am too laid back on some things and that is almost embarrassing to say. We were in a tornado warning and a no travel ban and Fiance was stacking up cases of water, food, dog food, underwear, and a mattress in our bathroom. I couldn’t help but laugh when they lifted the warning an hour later and he had to “unpack” haha.
Post # 8
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: When I was growing up we used to hide in the downstairs bathroom. But we never brought anything with us, we were just hiding. The tornadoes used to form directly overhead, so if they ever did land, we would have been screwed! I don’t know that you could prepare you HOUSE much for a tornado, you would just need an evac plan and a safe place to go like a shelter in your backyard or something.
Post # 9
My prep for worst case? Insurance. It’s whole purpose is to cover you if the unlikely strikes you personally.
In all honesty though, my whole life I’ve never really prepped for stuff like this and don’t feel a need to. Important documents are in one place but that is about it. When I lived up north, we’d keep a blanket, hat, and gloves in the car trunk in the winter.
I’m just one that doesn’t feel the need to plan and stockpile and store things for a highly improbable event.
Post # 10
@Mrs.KMM: I thought Darling Husband was going a little overboard with the generator. Then we were left without power for a day and not able to leave the house (power pole down in out front yard!). It’s amazing what you rely on. He had put a bunch of water bottles in the freezer to fill all the empty space. So when the power went out he put half of them in the fridge to keep the temperature down. No a/c was a drag, as well as no internet, computer, tv, or cable. But we were able to cook just fine and since all of DDs toys are battery powered, she didn’t seem to mind. But now I’m a believer in prepping for the improbable.