On Friday night, a wicked storm with winds up to 80mph whipped through the Columbus, OH area where I live. Trees were unrooted like weeds and lawn furniture was tossed around like leaves in the powerful gusts.
We were fortunate to only lose power for a short time, but many others are — and will — be without power until as late at July 9th.
I’m left feeling somewhat guilty about being spared the inconvenience and discomfort of losing power. And I’m realizing how swiftly electric-powered comforts like air conditioning and home-brewed coffee could be swept away.
The past two years have been peppered with my experiences in living with less. But even after paring down substantially in an effort to become more self-sufficient, I realize how utterly dependent I am.
I tend to keep my pantry rather sparse to avoid the possibility of food waste. After the storm on Friday, I decided to stock more non-perishables in my pantry to ensure my kids have some food in the event our refrigerator isn’t powered.
It goes against my minimalist tendencies to stock things I don’t need, but I have to admit that putting those boxes of crackers, bags of oats, dried fruit, sunflower seeds and other non perishable food items in my pantry felt good. It felt safe. Responsible even.
I’m also evaluating what I would need to put together in order to quickly evacuate if we ever needed to get the heck out of dodge in a hurry. After the reality check of the storm Friday night, I’ve decided we’re not prepared.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be putting together the items we would need to keep safe in the event of an emergency, or grab and go if we ever needed to leave our home quickly. Ideally, I would like to have the items in one place so they would be easy to find and fast to grab.
Do you have a plan for an emergency situation? What are your best tips?