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For most people, during an emergency, they find the most familiar place is the best. That’s normally their home. Nobody knows when an emergency will occur or the type of emergency that will happen. In most cases, other than a fire in the home or other disaster that makes the house unusable, if you plan ahead, your home is the perfect place to be when there’s a disaster.
Proper planning means having a stockpile of food for more than just a day or two. When there’s a disaster, you can bet all the grocery shelves will be cleared out, either by shoppers or looters. Leaving the house may be too dangerous, particularly if the disaster is large spread and first responders are overwhelmed. You should include foods that don’t require cooking, but a better option is to have an alternative cooking method, such as canned heat, a cotton ball stove, a camp stove or fireplace. If the weather is warmer, consider an outside grill, but don’t do it after a week or so, when other people run out of food. It will bring them directly to your door.
Before you start to raid the stockpile, use as many of the frozen foods and refrigerator foods as possible before they spoil. For those in snowy Northern climates, if the weather is well below freezing, you can put frozen foods outside in a garbage can and keep refrigerator foods in the refrigerator, for a while if you don’t open the door. If you have an unheated garage, it’s often cool enough to store them for longer periods.
Speaking of heat, during the winter there will be a shortage if the power goes out. The ideal solution is a fireplace or wood stove, which also can be a source of heat for cooking. You can also make solar window heaters on the cheap using cans, wood, paint, hoses and an inexpensive battery operated fan. Two metal cans with dirt in between and rubbing alcohol can also be used to heat and light the room, while also making a good cook stove.
Make sure you have an ample water supply. If you have a heads up, fill your tub, sink, pots and pans with water for cleaning and flushing. Use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Make sure your stock pile includes extra prescription drugs, a spare set of eyeglasses, loads of batteries for everything, including hearing aids.
Go through each motion of the day and ask yourself, will I have everything I need if there’s no power. The chances are your answer will be no. Find alternative ways to accomplish the same task that doesn’t require power. Washing clothes, for instance, will become a necessity after a few weeks or less. Have clothespins and clothes line available and a hook up to hang them. It’s best if you can hang them outside and even possible in the winter, but it could be dangerous and attract others. So, creating an inside drying area is important. With a little forethought, you can have the perfect area to bug in and never have the inconvenience and hazards of leaving your home.