Saturday afternoon while I was painting our bedroom, the electricity went out. It stayed off until about 8:30 that night. We have quite a few oil lamps, both big and small, so before sunset we lit one or two for each room.
Unfortunately, Phoebe was in the middle of browning some hamburger meat for dinner for us. BUT Carl and Benjamin were on their way to town anyway so I asked them to pick up a rotisserie chicken and we’d have salad with chicken for dinner.
We had fun playing with the camera and different settings. All the while, I was thinking about what would happen if this wasn’t just a for a few hours.
You see since we live in the country and are on well water, when we have no electricity we also have no water. Which means so baths (remember the painting) and no toilets (yuck!).
Now, I do have some emergency type plans. I have water stored, but not 1 gallon per person per day for 7 days. I also have some food canned that is specifically for an emergency and we can cook it or heat it up on our camp stove. We also have extra propane cans and oil for our oil lamps. I feel pretty good about our level of preparedness.
However, if I lived where it snowed, I would be really unprepared. Or if my family had dietary concerns, my current level of preparedness probably wouldn’t do.
When Katie Baldridge of Simple Foody asked me to review her 72 hour Gluten Free Emergency Kit ebook (affiliate link alert) I said yes. While we’re not gluten free I know a lot of people are and I really think this is an area that those with serious dietary concerns need to be extra diligent about.
This short ebook was really good (I know I always say that, but if it’s not good, I don’t share). It’s only 9 pages long but it has 3 days worth of gluten free emergency meal plans, shopping lists and tips on making this work for you.
I really liked the idea of 72 hours instead of a week because for me – living in the south- to have a natural disaster that was a week long and we stayed here, just isn’t going to happen. If a hurricane comes, we’re getting out of Dodge. But I can see instances where we might need an emergency kit for a couple of days.
For the next few days, you can get a copy of 72 Hour Gluten Free Emergency Kit ebook for only $1.99. On Nov. 4th it goes to it’s regular price of $2.99.
What do you do to prepare for emergencies?