The people in Texas probably never saw it coming. Tragic, what has happened there. I’m sure not many were prepped for a disaster like this one. I mean, before Covid, I never knew that people actually PREPPED for emergencies. Millions do it. If you live in an area where weather is an issue, for sure, you should be prepped for that.

Remember the 2003 blackout in the Northeast and parts of Canada? The probable cause? A bug in the software system of an alarm company. Whether you believe that cause to be true or not, I was not prepared for it. For that week in August, our family was without power. It was awful. We were completely caught off-guard and had nothing stocked. Nothing prepared. You’d have thought I’d have learned. The only thing we did for the future was to purchase a $700 generator with enough amps to fire up the lamps, hair dryer, curling iron, fridge, air-conditioner, TV (because, God-forbid that we wouldn’t have TV) and the furnace. No regrets there, because we lost power after that on many occasions.

What about the recent lockdown from the Coronavirus? Did you have what you needed? It wasn’t a severe emergency, but an emergency just the same. Will more lockdowns come?


What if there was a real emergency where you are, like say for instance, no power, no cell phones, no water, would you be ready? Prepared? It does take a lot of thought, thick skin (because people will mock you), elbow grease, some extra cash, and definitely open storage to be able to prep for a real emergency. There is no peace like the peace you get from preparation. For any situation in life.

Below is a list of things you’ll need for an emergency event, should it happen in the future:

  1. Shelter
  2. Water (1 gallon a day per person and a filter)
  3. Food (that you LIKE)
  4. Heat (in Winter)
  5. Light (candles, lanterns)
  6. Batteries
  7. Solar charger
  8. Radio (hand crank)
  9. Generator (gas powered)
  10. Cast Iron Skillets (for cooking over an open fire or gas grill)
  11. Toilet Paper (did this one make you smile?)
  12. Paper Towel
  13. First Aid Kit
  14. Medications
  15. Security Items ( to protect your property or you)
  16. Gas (in your car or propane for your heating or cooking element)
  17. Chocolate (or other comfort foods)
  18. Cash ($1,000 if you have it)
  19. Stuff to do (projects or books that will keep you busy during this time)
  20. Pray and Relax

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