So we have one rainstorm and there’s not a drop of bottled water left in the entire city!
A few days ago we had some bad weather — nothing like a hurricane, an earthquake or a tornado — but strong winds and lots of rain. A large chunk of the city lost power and we were all put on a boil-water advisory.
Within hours of the storm hitting, our local grocery stores were drained of their bottled water inventory. And the next morning 400 people were lined up at Cosco and promptly bought out their supply. And we couldn’t even get through on the phone to the bottled water companies — their phone lines were all busy.
And that was it. One little rainstorm and you couldn’t even buy your family a bottle of water.
It got us thinking. And preparing. You see, for folks like Janice and me (disorganized procrastinators) preparing for an unforseen emergency is a task easily left undone.
Every so often the media sends out a warning, and I plan to prepare. I think about what I ought to stock, I intend to research, I plan to purchase supplies, but then I get busy and the warning fades away.
And so when this little storm came, and I hardly had anything ready — not even bottles of water — I felt unbelievably foolish.
And I knew what I need to do. I needed to Tackle It!
So, obviously my first step was to buy up my ration of 5 large water bottles (18 Litre size) at Cosco. And I’ll order 5 or 10 more tomorrow for delivery (from a bottled water company) to my house and Janice’s house. (Now that things have settled down, I’m hoping that I can finally get through on their phone lines.)
I then logged on to the site I trust the most for emergency supplies.
A few months ago, Janice and I spent hours searching the Net for the best preparedness sites.
Now I know I have more to do, but I feel better knowing that I’ve started.
So this week Janice and I are going to keep tackling our emergency preparations. We’re going to keep working on stocking up emergency food and critical supplies. Janice and I both desperately need to clean out our basements and organize these emergency supplies… perhaps we’ll show that in a future tackle.
So how are you doing with your emergency preparations? Do you have water supplies? What else have you done to ensure you and your family are in the best situation possible if an emergency hits your city? We’d love to hear suggestions from you all?
Also, what have you learned from past experiences? Have you been in situations where you were relieved you had supplies and/or have you wished you had certain necessities?