THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING!
THE APOCOLYPSE IS NIGH!
Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you well-trained in crossbow-ery?
I know this post might make me a legitimate crazy person. I know some of you may be like “whoa, that Katie has officially lost it” and voice this opinion in the most emphatic way possible. SCREAMING AT THE INTERNET! But I don’t care. It’s more important to me to be prepared.
In the great words of Wolverine…I mean, Hugh Jackman in Prisoner…hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
So even though this is not emergency preparedness month, I wanted to share how we prepare for our worst.
This is our basement bedroom. It’s just a space that is basically an extra guest bedroom and holds old furniture but to us it’s a very important spot. It’s the most well protected room in our house. Here in Georgia we are at risk for limited number of natural disasters…earthquakes are probably never gonna happen, hurricanes don’t reach this far inland but tornados are becoming more and more common…and we do hear of flooding. And I don’t mean just toilets 🙂
Whenever there is a warning on tv, we head down here and sleep in this room for the night. It’s a lot nicer now that there is a bed. Before Weston was born, we had to stay down here for a night and we all slept on the floor. #notideal But now that we have four (soon to be five) of us, we really appreciate the bed.
Will usually sleeps with us on these special occasions and we put Weston in the pack-n-play. We will have to see how that changes in the future…but there is plenty of floor space so I’m not worried.
And just this past month, I put together a more equipped emergency kit. It’s still not completely done but it’s on it’s way. The best part is that it is right outside this bedroom in our storage hall.
This area used to hold furniture but we cleared it all out and decided that it was the perfect spot for our stash. (it looks like the walls are wet but this area is just stained and discolored from sealants. No moisture problems!)
I started by grabbing one of these 5 Tier storage shelving units from Lowe’s. It is much sturdier than these kinda units normally are. Jeremy approved…which is a big deal 🙂
Then I got to shopping. I went based on the possibility that there could be a tornado (taking the upper part of our house and we would possibly need to get out from the wreckage ourselves or that we would be trapped in the back part of our basement for a few days till rescue crews could dig us out) or if there was a flood. In the case of a flood, we probably aren’t going to be underwater…but more like it would wash out surrounding roads (cutting off the ability for us to get food). So with those two things in mind, I modified some lists that I found online for our particular area.
I set up the shelves and Jeremy hauled in the water. We made sure we had drinking water and a little extra. I think I still want to get more though.
Then I broke out a big Tupperware storage bin and put in some of the things I got for the emergency kit. I included a tarp, flashlights and lanterns, a first aid kit, a hand crank radio, a emergency whistle, matches, a small saw, a Life Hammer, extra batteries, and a LifeStraw. I also put in some candles, a few Sterno cans, and a mess kit (from my Girl Scout days!).
On the rest of the shelves, I put our canned goods, some Clorox wipes, trash bags and some extra grocery bags (for in case of waste-management).
There are definitely still things I need to put in ‘the stash’….copies of important documents, some baby supplies, a little training potty, toilet paper, can opener, duct tape, work gloves, and some dust masks, cash, bleach, a deck of cards, and some extra clothes. It’s definitely a work in progress!
In general, I feel much more prepared than before. I mean…I am not quite a perfect shot with my throwing ninja stars, but I figure that if the walking dead come to our house, Jeremy can back me up 🙂