Every May my head immediately goes to the song from Camelot….”It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May”…it isn’t necessarily lusty around here…GUSTY is more like it.
In Oklahoma, it is the beginning of tornado season….and today we have black clouds quickly building up, the possibility of 80 MPH gusts of wind, 1 inch hail…not to mention…tornadoes. Yep, the sirens are being tested and everyone freaked out for a few minutes…
We are lucky here in that we have alert sirens that actually work….we can hear them unless a train is running by..and they do frequently.
No worries though as we are used to bad weather here. The news, radio, television and paper, all list the emergency numbers and lists of things to have in order to prepare for the “big one”…California may have the big one earthquake…we get the big one tornado.
I have a safe place..or as safe as I can get in this over 100 year old house place…..and I even prep each spring for the BIG ONE. I am grateful that so far my prep hasn’t done anything except waste a couple of cans of ravioli so far.
For those that somehow have managed NOT to pay attention and have no idea what an emergency list is, I will share mine.
- 3 day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) (you WILL get thirsty if you have to spend a few days under a broken house)
- All current prescription medications (oxygen tank for those who need it)
- First aid kit (make sure you have antiseptic cleansers)
- Food that won’t spoil, and a can opener
- Trash bags (for bathroom needs as well as trash)
- toilet paper, kleenix, paper towels
- Battery-powered weather radio, extra batteries
- One change of clothes and footwear per person (I have two for each)
- One blanket or sleeping bag per person
- Extra set of car keys
- Cash or credit card
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members and pets
- Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water
- Make copies of your important documents and papers
- Cell phone
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask for each family member (unless you want serious breathing issues from dirt, dust and construction waste)
- Miscellaneous tools: wrench, pliers, screw drivers, hammer
That’s the basic list. Mine has been modified for the cats and dogs that allow us to live here. Okay…go prepare.