Are you prepared for a disaster?
Have you assessed what you would do if a natural disaster happens in your own backyard? A tornado, a mudslide, flooding or a major snowstorm?
For months people have been watching our You Tube channel sharing one disaster after another on our homestead. It started back in August of last year with a simple bike ride home. Within minutes I was violently thrown off my bike, hitting my face full force then proceeded to flip over breaking my neck. THAT was a blink of an eye game changer.
Then this winter we had a serious epic storm blow in which left our whole county paralyzed! People were snowed in for days! Crews couldn't get out fast enough to even keep up with the major roadways more or less the secondary roads. Power was lost and roofs started caving in . All hands were on deck to save the hospital and the schools.
Simple Steps To Take Now
In lew of what we have experienced here on our homestead we first-handed discovered some valuable preps that we feel saved us during these very pressing times. So I complied a simple list that may help prepare a home and family for the worse of the worse because WE NEVER know when that blink of an eye will happen
1) Bug Out Bag
If you don't know what this is look it up. We keep a ready to grab backpack with key emergency items. This is a life saver for a grab and go event. Mudslide forces us to leave we don't have time to gather up things, we grab the pack!
2) A Packed Pantry
GET on the pantry bandwagon. This last week I shared my frugal shopping purchase of toilet paper. The lady in the store behind me in the check out lane may have been laughing, but during a crisis I wont run out of such essentials as toilet paper now will we? Stock up on everything not just food items. Think about not being able to leave your home for a while. What supplies will your family need to sustain? Often we think only food items and we miss the simple everyday things. So make a list of all the everyday provisions and start purchasing
3)The Right Equipment
Invest in you! You are your only life insurance. So get prepared with the right equipment. Mr Hilder loves his tractor. Quite the "man tool" but that piece of equipment has dug us out of a epic snow storm, diverted mud and water from the slide, and has excavated many things here on the homestead. Think about your own particular situation and what piece of equipment you might get the most use out of. Sometimes it may be something as simple as a McLoad Rake which the firefighters use when there is a fire. THINK be smart but address this area
4:)Alternative Cooking Items
In a event that takes out your electricity or even propane you still need to eat. And trust me freeze dried prepping food gets old after a while. So be practical in this department and use alternative ways to cook. I love my All Season Solar Cooker. When the sun comes out I can cook desserts, side dishes and even a whole chicken! I also like my lodge pole dutch oven (I have two) . We also keep a couple camping grates around also and if worse comes to worse I will cook on a open fire!
All Season Solar Cooker website HERE