I firmly believe that if you are prepared then most likely nothing will happen (it’s that guy Murphy and his law…). Anyway, that doesn’t mean that I’ve got a stockpile of canned goods and water filling up a closet in my basement like the families on Extreme Couponing . Instead, I keep battery powered lanterns, a “wind up” radio along with a first aid kit, water and some cereal bars in the front hall closet. When there is an imminent storm I’ll also be sure to get a little extra cash out of the ATM and have a full tank of gas should we need to head out of town in a hurry.
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Now, this isn’t nearly enough should a real emergency occur but it is more than a lot of people have so I wanted to set the bar low hoping that it might motivate some of you to get your family prepared. Another important point is that you should be sure that your family knows where these “emergency” supplies are in case you aren’t home and the power goes out one night. A babysitter won’t know but the kids will which can save certain anxiety in your house while you’re gone.
The overall point is to have the necessary things should the power go out, a tree fall on your house (heaven forbid) or you have to evacuate. I hope that the storm blows itself out by the time it gets here but in the meantime I’m going to fill up a few extra water bottles?
What is your emergency plan?