Weather emergencies

Did you feel the earth move Tuesday?  Well,  I didn’t.  I’m in Indiana, the earthquake was on the east coast.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying they felt it around here, but I’m not one of them.  I heard about it online and immediately thought of my niece and her husband in the DC area..and I’m very appreciative of the fact that she realized enough of us would be concerned about her to post on Facebook that they were both okay.  Isn’t it wonderful that we can be in instant contact with our loved ones?

I do remember feeling tremors from an earthquake many years ago…strong enough to rattle dishes in the cabinets and shake pictures on the wall.  I think earthquakes are so infrequent around here that we don’t fully comprehend what’s going on at the time.  Not that I’m complaining about that at all.

And, of course, there is hurricane Irene…I’m hoping all my friends down that way will be safe and that the hurricane just stays out at sea.  Here in Indiana, we don’t have hurricanes…just tornadoes…and those things are scary enough for me.  Right now we have a thunderstorm moving in.  I have a friend who is terribly frightened by thunderstorms.  I’ve always kind of enjoyed them…until they knock out the power…then not so much.

Winter brings its own dangerous weather conditions here in Indiana…ice, snow, bitter temps…I guess every season has its weather troubles.  So, I’m wondering, what do people do to be prepared?  Do you have an emergency kit?  Do you keep extra food and water in a safe place?  Flashlights, battery operated radio, extra batteries?  What about medicine and first aid supplies?  Or pet food and other necessary supplies for your pets?  Emergency energy supplies…generator, wood for a fireplace? 

This is something I’ve thought about but never really done anything about.  I do have extra food, water, and pet supplies.  First aid supplies, candles and matches.  Flashlights and extra batteries, a battery operated radio.  But no alternate energy source other than candles.  A couple of winters ago, the power went out and stayed out for almost 24 hours.  I stayed in my house, dressed warmly, had blankets (and cats) piled on the bed.  It got a little chilly but not unbearable.  However, I don’t know what I would have done had the power stayed out for several days like it often does in the more rural areas. 

I guess I am semi-prepared for a weather emergency, but I know I could do more.  I would really like to put together an emergency bag with the necessities to make it through a few days if I were forced to evacuate in a hurry.  Some people claim that’s negative thinking, but I don’t think it ever hurts to be prepared…you never know what may come your way.