As I was trying to wade through my stacks of newsletters and pamphlets, I ran across a booklet on emergency preparedness that our county issued months, if not years, ago. That got me to thinking. Do I have an adequate supply of those items I want to have available in case of blizzards, quarantines, or a complete breakdown in the movement of goods and services across the country?
Okay, I know that last one sounds a little kooky, but were you around a few decades ago during the truckers' strike? If so, remember how tricky it was to get a loaf of bread? See my point?
What are the ten things I want to have on hand in an emergency?
1. A stash of canned fruits, veggies, and meats, plus cereals, rice, and beans.
2. Several jars of Kroger brand Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter. No substitutes.
3. Two cases of small bottled waters and several gallon containers of purified water.
4. Five big jars of instant coffee.
5. Charcoal for the grill and a sturdy pan or camping pot so I can heat water for coffee or cook rice and beans.
6. Lots of toilet paper. This obsession is left from my childhood on the farm when my mother habitually ran out. I will not say any more on this subject.
7. A full tank of gas in the car. As soon as I first climbed up behind the wheel of our John Deere tractor, my dad began lecturing about never letting the gas gauge drop below a quarter full. When I began Driver's Education classes, Dad's lecturing continued. Even though he died in 1982, I still feel him looking over my shoulder as he checks the gas gauge to see if I'm following his advice.
8. At least two hundred books. I have been known to read my way through some very tough situations, including the time I was snowed in over a long weekend with a husband and three teen-aged boys. This is the one item I've already accumulated.
9. Ten bars of Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate. Make it twenty bars, just in case.
10. A first aid kit containing bandaids, antibacterial ointments and wipes, and a dozen airplane-sized bottles of medicinal gin. Bombay or Tanqueray highly recommended.
Have you thought about emergency preparedness? If so, what indispensible items are on your list?