Did you know that September is National Preparedness month? You can read more about it here at http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/september-is-national-preparedness-month.
This year’s Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will be on October 18th at 10:18 a.m. I posted the details on my other blog at http://hemetsunshine.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/earthquake-drill-october-18th.
There is plenty of good advice on being prepared in the links below. The basics are to have enough water and foods available for your family to last month without needing to go to the grocery store. Keep a first aid kit and all your important papers in an easy-to-carry bag.
You can save money by stocking up on low-perishable foods like canned and dried foods when they are on sale. Then you use and replace them regularly so they are used before their best-by date.
To be prepared for cooking during an extended power outage you can use a barbecue. And/or you can try a solar cooker and rocket stove. Mine are pictured here on my other blog at https://hemetsonshine.wordpress.com. Being able to cook your frig and freezer foods when high winds knock out electricity will be a convenient money saver. I have solar cooked for years. I can say from personal experience, that we have ideal climate for solar cooking all-year.
Although we haven’t had a BIG earthquake or major flood recently, they have happened here before. Since they are a possibility, read the links and decide what amount of emergency prepping is right for your family. Keep in mind during an emergency, you are going to be safer if you can stay home until order is restored. Those who don’t prepare are going to problem people. They tend to empty out the grocery store within a couple hours. Staying home and attempting to go unnoticed is your best strategy if your home isn’t too damaged.
There is so much more you can do to be prepared and many emergency preparedness sites that will tell you what to do. Please prayerfully consider the advice and get started. The more individuals are prepared, the easy it will be to keep calm during an emergency.
Here are sites to help you get started:
- http://www.dropcoverholdon.org/beatthequake/game -Play Beat the Quake earthquake game to practice securing your home
- http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html – Be a Force of Nature: Severe Weather Preparedness Toolkit
- http://www.planitnow.org – Plan!t Now
- http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation – Weather Ready Nation
- http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Hemet&state=CA&site=SGX&textField1=33.7475&textField2=-116.971&e=0 – National Weather Service
- http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist8/tmc/index.htm – Riverside and San Bernardino Traffic Map
- http://www.meetup.com/InlandValleybacktobasics – If you believe the way to be prepared for emergencies is to learn how to live as self reliant as possible, then I highly recommend that you join this group. The founder lives in Menifee, but there are members from Hemet, San Jacinto, Idyllwild, Temecula and further. She is doing a great job organizing events for the group.
- http://electronicfieldtrip.org/canyon/teachers/act_oreoplate.htm – oreo plate tectonics