1. Stock up.
October is a tricky month. Common sense says to stock up on milk and lunch meat, but if we lose power…we have no snow banks yet to keep our food cold. We did put a ham in the crock pot and I’m going to bake cookies this afternoon. Ya know, the necessities of life. And, of course, we have water.
2. Batteries and books.
This is the time to make sure we have our flashlights, enough batteries, and enough books! I’ll probably make one or two purchases of books I’ve been eyeing. What if for some crazy reason, we lose power for a few days? (shudder)
3. Take care of bloggy stuff.
I scheduled a post for part of a blog tour I’m participating in. I also let my friends know if I disappear, they’ll know why.
4. Pour wifi in a few extra gallon jugs.
Brendan Gannon tweeted this yesterday and I cracked up. But honestly, I wish this were something I could do.
This is one of the most important tasks. I’ve learned in past ice storms that I can deal with a lot with loss of power for an extended time period. We have a camping stove, so we eat. I have lights so I read at night. I can survive without the internet. But I’ve learned that the two things that hit me the hardest is the lack of light once the sun goes down. It really gets me down. That and I really appreciate the ability to shower every day! When I’m on my fifth day without one… (shudder)
Of course, I’m really hoping we’re out of reach. That Sandy will be nothing but a windy rainstorm and lines won’t be knocked down. The kids will be back in school tomorrow and life will go back to normal.
But as I’ve learned lately, disruption and trials in life is a good thing. Even though it hurts, we can use the disruption to evaluate our life. And I’ve been thinking about a lot from blogging strategies, to my family, to my writing, to my friends.
Have you been rethinking anything in life? Any survival tips?
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who are experiencing the brunt of Storm Sandy!