It sometimes fascinates me to watch people literally lose their shorts when they realize they have little to no control over something. This instant gratification world we live in has taught us that we can order up just about anything, on demand. From coffee and movies to answers and recipes and most anything in between. But, then, lightening strikes and all bets are off. You realize quickly that you're simply not the boss. You have no power literally and figuratively.
If you live in areas prone to hurricanes and tornadoes you know how to prepare for a storm. You've been through them and know the essentials needed. You've been taught to supply yourself with at least 3-7 days worth of water, food and medication for your family. You know that you will need a battery operated radio, batteries, flashlights, lanterns and anything else that will sustain you until all of your faculties are restored. You spend days in preparations and in the end you understand that you are no match and are powerless over Mother Nature.
So, why aren't you preparing for the little storms? You know the ones that aren't named until after the fact ( named by you because of the inconvenience ). The ones that generally happen at the most inconvenient time, leaving you feeling helpless and lashing out at power companies as if they have some sort of control over the furry that was just left behind. Why is it that you haven't stopped to think that if your local power company is out restoring electricity and Internet that this has also happened to them? That every single worker just left their family...in.the.dark. to tend to yours. That those power companies you are calling incompetent all over social media because you've been without power for 4 hours, are waiting for trees and other debris to be removed so that they can safely take restorative action and ultimately go home to their wife, husband and children.
Why do we only prepare for the big named storms like hurricanes or take preventative measures when we live in tornado prone areas? Did Mother Nature ever say that it wouldn't produce a hellacious winter or summer storm splitting trees in half or electrifying, with one bolt of lightening, a power transformer ? Did Mother Nature ever say it will only pick one specific area to unleash it's wrath? Nope. Not even close. The fact is when a storm comes it hits multiple areas, so the good news is that you aren't sitting in the dark alone *wink*. The family 10 miles away is experiencing the same thing you are and hopefully they aren't outside cussing out a line worker instead of handing him a bottled water or taking to social media and making themselves look ridiculous because they think the power grid only revolves around them.
We know storms happen. And, we know that some of the littlest storms can have the biggest impact. If you are not prepared then that is on you. In many cases we've all been through them before. This isn't something that just started happening in 2019. The best thing that you can ever do for yourself, family and sanity is to be proactive. Most of the time we know when severe thunderstorms are coming. Our handy little weather app often tells us " Rain likely" or "Severe Thunderstorms possible today". But, in the event one of these sneaky little suckers show it's ugly head, if you were proactive you would be able to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
How can you prepare ? It's rather simple :
- If you know severe weather may come sweeping through your area, keep your cell phone charged throughout the day. Always have a car charger handy or back up cell phone battery so you can easily recharge if needed.
- Have a plan in place of things you can do to keep yourself busy and your children. Create a storm bucket and fill it with games, puzzles, coloring books and crayons, yarn if you crotchet, etc to keep you and your family busy.
- If you are one of the lucky ones and don't lose water when you lose power, and it's hot outside, set up a sprinkler and lay under it. Create games for the kids. If you do lose water you should always have extra gallon jugs of water for drinking and sanitation.
- Always keep an extra can of propane or bag of charcoal handy so that you can cook on the grill or you can simply drive to an area that has power and eat.
- Keep some lanterns, batteries or candles within reach so that you have a way of lighting your home.
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep in the cold. The more you open them the quicker the temperature will fall. If you have been without power for some time and you fear losing food, go to a store and grab a few bags of ice, fill a large cooler and put your freezer items and those products that require refrigeration in there.
- Get a generator.
- Always have a first aid kit
- Always keep a stash of cash. Your immediate surrounding store may have power but may not be able to run credit cards. You can still get some needs if you have cash.
While this is a small list, it is meant to be that because smaller storms do not always yield what is needed for bigger storms that come through. If you are in an area that often gets storms equivalent to the effects of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, then the best thing you can do to be proactive is to prepare for storms as if they were any of those. I found a great list that even areas who do not experience hurricanes can follow. It is HERE
Remember, be patient with your power company. Grab them a water if you see them in your area. Make them a cup of coffee. Their family, that they left, to attend to your power issue is probably also sitting in the dark. Respect them and show empathy for the fact that they are also tired and in most cases do not go home until power is restored, how ever long that may take.
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