After two near perfect 80-degree days last weekend, North Texas settled in for a day of below-freezing temperatures. Saturday night, we went to bed at a comfortable 70 degrees and woke up Sunday to a snow and ice mixture that was actually sticking. As the kids like to say, “Go home, weather. You’re drunk.” The possibility of having an ice-in on Monday was high. If you had waited too long to take a trip to the grocery store, milk, bread and eggs would have been gone. People panic when the weather gets bad and buy up all the staples. However, if you anticipate what could happen, you will not have to scramble to get the essentials. Even if you do lose power, you will have enough fuel and food to keep you comfortable.
Sounds practical right? I didn’t worry about braving the elements or risking being stuck because I had enough non-perishables, powered milk, and a week’s supply of potable water, blankets, flashlights and fresh batteries to be relatively comfortable. I don’t know if I believe in all of the doomsday prophecies, but I do know that anything is possible because severe weather events all over the United States has proven that. If you think hard enough about it, I am sure you can come up with a few benefits of storing some food, water and other essential survival gear—and not because zombies are coming.
Two of my friends would tell you they know the benefits. In two separate ice events, two of my single women friends had opposite experiences. One was unprepared for a week of ice and snow. She was without power and water for three days. Her cell phone died after the first night; she had no flashlight, and her male neighbor on whom she depended for back-up food and support had high-tailed it out of the neighborhood before the ice hit. Fortunately, she kept bottled water in her fridge and had enough dried snack-type items in the pantry to survive. Physically, she was fine. However, mentally, she was not doing so well when I finally heard from her. I was shut in 10 miles away and could not safely help.
Then, there was my other single girlfriend. The night before a week’s worth of ice and snow shut us in, she invited over her bestie, who is also single. Fully stocked with non-perishables, a quarter side of beef in the freezer, a new propane tank for the grill and more than enough bottles of wine, my friend was just fine. In fact, during the bug-in, I traded her milk for some beef.
Which situation sounds better? If you compare girlfriend one and girlfriend two, judging by the giggles I heard through my duplex walls, girlfriend two was more comfortable than girlfriend one. If girlfriend one had been prepared, she would have felt more comfortable and secure being on her own.
Stocking up on supplies might make you feel a little “crazy cat lady,” but do not worry; here is a list of 15 really good reasons for being practical:
- Stores run out of necessities like milk, bread, bacon and wine.
- Whatever is in your fridge will spoil without adequate refrigeration.
- You do not want to wait in line for government or relief efforts’ handouts.
- Being hungry sucks.
- Feeling hopeless is depressing.
- You are not friendly with the neighbors and do not really want to be.
- You live far from a grocery store, and your car is not a four-wheel drive.
- You have children.
- You care for elderly relatives or someone with special needs.
- You care about yourself.
- Shelters are not any fun, nor are they pet friendly.
- You like to be in control.
- It is empowering to take care of yourself.
- It is actually pretty scary in the dark.
- Knowing how to use a multi-tool, start a fire, shoot a target and splint your own arm is hot.
Need more help? Start with these “prepping for dummies” posts:
- A Woman Needs a Man Like A Fish Needs a Bicycle… You Too Can Survive SHTF
- Resilience and Building the Survivor Mindset
- Survival for the Non-Survivalist
- Bugging Out with Kids
- How Much Food and Water Do You Actually Need?