May

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
  • Flashlight
  • 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.

15 thoughts on “May

  1. Be careful little buttercup 😊

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  2. Oh my golly goodness! You live somewhere where there’s a chance of a real tornado? A real life tornado like in the Wizard of Oz? SCARY! Have you ever had a really bad one? And that list sounds like you are waiting for a nuclear holocaust! Do you have an underground bunker to hide in?

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    1. I wish I had an underground bunker! Those cost over 10K bucks though, so nope..I have an inner hallway. Close the bathroom and bedroom doors and I am nice and cozy in an enclosed hallway. Enough space for the b low up mattress, the dogs and cats, the emergency supplies and there is an electrical outlet for if the electricicals manage to stay on. We’ve had four tornados since we moved to Oklahoma come close but missed us. it was actually worse in Texas. We had a tornado hit the yard and knock a tree onto the house and s shed was picked up and gently placed, upside down, in a neighbors yard. I actually watch the sky until it turns green then head for the hallway.

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  3. I hear you sister! I always get a “bug-out” bag together about now, just in case. I reeeaaally hate this time of year. Stay safe Suze!

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  4. Excellent list, especially this time of year. Hope the severe stuff fizzles out before it gets to your area.

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  5. Hurricanes down here. Same emergency list. Fortunately we get a few days notice.

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  6. No tornadoes or hurricanes or snow where I live. Just earthquakes, mudslides, and wildfires.

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    1. ahhhh California..I lived in Sunland-Tujunga for several years, then north hollywood, with a quick six months in Yreka….I remember the mudslides!

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    1. dear god..if there is such a thing! What absolute crap!

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      1. I just had to share my outrage…I was so shocked.

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  7. Dang, Suze! That’s a great list! Living in Texas, I should have one put together but always got lucky and never needed it (so far)!

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  8. OH MY GOD, SUZE!!!! You’re my long-lost Soul Sister!!! ME TOOOOOO! Every first of May and all through the month I’m singing that song!!! Pity my poor man and friends as I know all the words!!! I just love it and absolutely died laughing when I saw this. And….wow. I sure hope the season is gentle with Y’all this year. Your emergency list is wonderful. We really need to replenish ours. Geez. Sending hugs and Thank You for gifting my first belly laugh of the day! Cheers!!! 🤗💖☀️

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