Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? Winter Storms?

With so many natural disasters in the news lately, I felt it was important to say something about being prepared. Let’s be honest emergencies with a chronic illness are a little more intense.

Frist let’s talk med sheet. Make sure you have one along with all your medications in a bag and readily available to you. If don’t already have one you can refer to my post on Creating a Medication Sheet.

Creating a Medication Sheet

In case of emergencies, I recommend adding a contact sheet to this. List your relatives/closest friends, someone who can be reached if you are, God forbid injured. A copy of your insurance cards.

Do you have a disaster plan in place? I’m originally from Ca, so when I was growing up we had earthquake drills. Now that I live in Ohio, I have a stash of candles and tons of blankets. I also have my Mom and brother living nearby and plans of where to meet.

Many people stockpile to a point to save money. If you’ve been with me for awhile you know I recommend doing this. Now I’m going to take it a step further. Go through your pantry and see what you have. Do you have enough to live off for 3-4 days? What if the electricity was out?

Go through your pantry and see what you have. Do you have enough to live off for 3-4 days? What if the electricity was out?

What about your pets?

Things I recommend having in your home just in case. Even if it’s only a bad winter storm. Most of the things on this list you probably already have.

First aid kit

Candles

Bottled water for you and your pets.

Canned soup, vegetables, fruit.

Honey/ agave.

Cereal

Nuts

Dried Fruits ~ craisins, raisins, apricots etc.

Crackers

Coffee or Tea

Granola /Cereal bars

Beans

Seeds ~ sunflower, pumpkin, flax, etc

Nut butter and fruit spread

Pet food

 

Simple games ~ Cards. Jenga. Mancala.

A good book or three.

If for some reason you need to leave your home ~

A week’s worth of clothing.

All important personal documents ~  drivers license, social security cards, bank info, retirement, disability, etc

Leashes or harnesses for each pet in case there is nowhere safe for them to walk

Pet carrier

Disposable litter pan and litter

Pet Meds / Records

This last one may be controversial for some, however, I would feel remiss leaving it out. We live in a world where everything is televised, we have all seen the craziness and danger that happens in times of upheaval.  I will say you need a gun as well as the knowledge of how to use it. You need to be able to protect yourself and your family.