I've been glued to the coverage of Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna (and Ike, and the new one starting with the letter J that's forming way out in the ocean right now). Even though do not live in a hurricane zone, many of my relatives do, and so I've been thinking about disaster preparedness.
We don't have an emergecy kit ready, though I stockpile food like it's going out of style. We're more likely to be snowed in than rained out, so this may be OK for now, but I think I need to do more:
Pre-kids, my disaster-preparedness plan went something like this: Keep the car’s gas tank full, have a few gallons of water on hand, an assortment of canned goods, a non-electric can opener, and a few other supplies in a readily accessible place, some candles and a lighter and a spare bottle of scotch. Plan B: Hit the grocery store on the way home from work or as the snow starts falling, deal with it as it happens. Plan C: Use the full tank of gas to drive to my parents’ house in New Jersey.Read the rest at The 36-Hour Day, and share what you're doing to prepare. (If you don't know where to start, check out Work It, Mom!'s simple guide to creating a 72-Hour Family Emergency Kit.)
Now? Not so simple. ... [More]