December 13, 2010

Ready for Anything

Whether or not you live in an area that experiences severe weather, you need to be prepared for emergency outages.

A water main burst last Thursday and the water was turned off to all the houses on my street. As soon as I saw the geyser rushing in the middle of the street, I started filling pots with water, just in case. We were lucky that we only lost access to water for a few hours, a minor inconvenience.

Harsh weather has already hit parts of the country, creating hazardous conditions. If you haven’t already created an emergency kit for your home and your car, now is the time to do it. You should set aside three days’ worth of food and water for each person in your home.

In your car, it is a good idea to keep a blanket, comfortable walking shoes, a flashlight, water and non-perishable snacks in case your car is stranded. In addition, don’t let your gas tank fall below half-full. You could get stuck in traffic for an extended amount of time or you might have to run the heater to stay warm.

What would you do if you had no fresh water? Would you be ready to deal with a power outage? What if you were stuck in your car for an extended period of time? What is one thing you can do so you will be ready for an unexpected event this winter? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.

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