We had a bit of a weather event (more on it later this week when I get some photos processed) and from that event came the idea for this week’s Ten on Tuesday Topic: 10 Ways to Prepare for a Big Storm.
- Pay attention to the news reports. Dale thinks they exaggerate and create hype but I trust my guys at ABC News. They are not alarmists but they do take storms seriously and I feel like they offer the best information in my area.
- Find your flashlights and make sure they have batteries that work. I assume you already have flashlights but if you don’t, get some.
- Gather your candles and matches. I have lots of candles but they are scattered around the house. The lanterns we use for Civil War reenacting are great during a power outage but they live in our storage trailer so they need to be brought into the house – preferably before the power goes out and we are left in the dark.
- Make sure you have food for the pets. One time I had to resort to feeding Mason tuna when we ran out of cat food during a snow storm. He didn’t mind but the price point was an issue for me.
- Secure the stuff in your yard like lawn furniture and plants. Bring in your bird feeders.
- Stock up on booze and beer. I know, it’s frivolous but a cocktail helps ease the pain of being without the Internets.
- Charge the things that need to be charged. iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and the like won’t work if they aren’t fully charged.
- Check your stock of non-perishable goods. I usually have plenty of canned vegetables, rice, soup and more but it’s good to double check so that you don’t run out of things to eat.
- Turn up your fridge and freezer. This will help it stay cold longer if the power does go out. And, if the power does go out, don’t open that fridge unless you absolutely have to get something.
- Fill your car’s gas tank. You don’t want to be out of gas and have the pumps not working because there’s no electricity at the gas station.
Being prepared can make all the difference when it comes to weathering a big storm!