I remember growing up in Chicago we had tornado warnings in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter we had snow. Of course when you’re young you don’t mind the snow as much as you do when you’re older and driving in it.
During tornado season my mom was terrified of tornadoes and the first mention of a warning we’d end up in the basement. Now are basement wasn’t a finished basement but we had a bathroom down there and a couple of folding chairs, card table and a couple of twin size mattresses. The neighbors would come over and us kids got the mattresses while the adults got the chairs and table. Everyone would come over with emergency food of bread, milk and peanut butter. If nothing else we were going to be able to eat.
I remember the snow of 1967. We had a recorded snowfall of 23 inches with drifts as high as 6 feet in some areas. On our street everyone worked together and dug everyone out while one person took orders of bread and milk from the neighbors and used a sled to walk to the store.
Now that I’m older and live in the Southeast Alabama I don’t worry about the snow too much but we still have tornadoes and hurricanes. Oh, we don’t get the full affects that those on the Gulf Coast get but we do get affected. My first experience was Hurricane Ivan. We had no water, no electricity and trees were down making travel impossible and living difficult. It was at that time I realized we needed to think about an emergency food supply. Since we have an electric stove cooking is out but a gas grill could be used but what about emergency food storage. The garage is great for that with shelves and a freezer.
All that’s great if you’re at home when the emergency hits but what about the times you’re away from home maybe in your car or camping/hiking. What do you do then. You could put together an emergency kit and leave it in your car or go to BuyEmergencyFoods.com and get first aid kids and even kits with food. I know when I lived in Chicago I always had a flashlight, a couple of blankets and extra clothes in the car and took a couple bottles of water with me whenever I left the house but never thought about food.
Do you have an emergency kit in your home or car? What’s in it?
Photo Credit: BuyEmergencyFoods.com