The storms of last week came and left and many people were jubilant over the fact that they had provisions and wit even after things settled down and were headed towards “normal” again. The forecast is posted and the storms are to hit again this evening…oh my, good grief, good heavens even, enough with the winter storms! The weather man says anywhere from 2”-12” of accumulation for the second consecutive Tuesday in 2011, depending on where you reside. So, being the super person that you are…the thinking cap is on and you are deciding what you really need for this storm.
The honest and true answer to your wondering is: you need to be prepared! The milk, eggs and bread a can only get you so far. Like the popular saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather forecast wait a while and it will change…you’re in Oklahoma” & that is the truth; however, while you’re waiting for the weather to do a 180 go ahead and pack that “Preparedness Bag”. You know the bag you hear the weather man talk about that you will one day get to.
In order to build a Home Disaster Kit you will need the following items (this isn’t just for the cold):
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. If your kit contains canned food, be sure to include a non-electric can opener (never know when you will not have power).
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Candles & matches/lighters.
- First Aid kit. Don’t forget to include a supply of your prescribed medications, you will want them. Also, keep a list in your kit of the medications you take, the dosage and how often.
- Whistle/horn to signal for help.
- Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air.
- Moist towelettes for sanitation.
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
- Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant.
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
(More information can be found on: http://www.okmrc.org/disaster/kit.cfm )
Other items that are important beyond measure include:
- Certified birth certificates, licenses, a list of emergency contacts, copies of wills/divorce decrees/custody papers/marriage licenses/powers of attorney.
- Cash for purchases if necessary when checks/credit cards are not accessible.
- Don’t forget your pets and their needs as well, make proper provisions for them..
There are a multitude of sites specifically dedicated to helping you set up what you need for survival in the even t of any type of emergency. The above listed items are just provided to give you a big picture and overall idea of the items that will/would be of benefit to you and your family.
On the other hand, you have everything setup and you are a Mecca of information and beyond prepared for the possibility of something happening while we brave another round of serious winter weather. You’re only concern is, “I’m snowed in with the kids again and have no clue what we are going to do”. Again, a helpful list is just what the guru of Blended Family Fun has for you!
Here are some fun ways to pass the time with everyone. Hopefully some of these ideas leave everyone smiling and ready to experience more times like this…as a family!
- Play a board game. True, you don’t even know if you still own any because it has literally been years since you have devoted the time to playing but try to engage in this family past time, generations prior to you did this and lived to tell the tale!
- Move your family chore day to…today! While you’re stuck in the house make it a productive day so when you are able to go out your cleaning day can be used to play!
- Watch a movie or make it a movie marathon! There are tons of really cleaver and family-oriented movies out now. Being able to access them from your game console makes this an easy task!
- Play spa with the kids! Regardless of gender, the younger children love playing this game and really enjoy getting manicures, pedicures, play facials and mini-massages…to you it’s silly, to them it’s a reason to hang out with you & it is more fun than counting the snowflakes.
- Plan a “snowed-in” meal…make the kitchen a restaurant, the entrée whatever you have planned for braving the storm, let the kids design the placemats with white paper and scissors (fashioned into snowflakes, snowmen, igloos).
- Make snow ice cream…all that this one requires is a yum!! OR if you own a fireplace and have the supplies make S’mores or roast marshmallows! (Hot chocolate and cookie baking are always a good idea)
- Take a trip back down memory lane and build that tent in the living room that you always dreamed of…the kids absolutely love it when you can get on their level and show them there is more to you than rules, groceries and to-do list that is a mile long.
- Try arts and crafts! Make home-made paper dolls, telescopes for the scientist or binoculars for the explorer from toilet paper/paper towel rolls, snow globes from the baby food jars, macaroni necklaces, scrap quilts for the dolls, the possibilities are endless…ask a five-year old.
Finally, the last bit of “advice” for surviving the storm is to have patience and look at the situation from a perspective filled with love and gratitude because you were given this special time with your family! If you found this article interesting or informative, please feel free to suggest/share it with you friends and family! Leave a comment if you wish, dialogue is great and the more “snowed-in ideas” the more fun for everyone!