Preparing for Comfort

plumberSo, this happened. Rather than the quiet Thursday that we had expected, a pipe decided to interrupt our plans. Not only was it a lesson in our perspective on unexpected problems, but it also became a test of our own preparedness for such a crisis.

Preparedness? Isn’t that only for SHTF scenarios? Not so fast.

Preparing your household for emergencies can mean the difference between a family who is comfortable during trying times and one who is falling apart. Although we certainly would have preferred to have avoided such an issue, life had other things in store. So how do you deal with even a minor crisis like this when you are without water for even a day? Are you prepared for something like this? Or will a hotel stay be in order?

In reviewing your own preparedness for such an emergency, think of all of the tasks that require water: drinking, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene…the list goes on and on. By having even a small amount of water storage, you can keep your family comfy cozy during awful times, or even a minor crisis like our own.

Storing water, whether in large containers or small, will take up some space, but it’s worth it. By purchasing bottled water as well as containers designed for long-term water storage, you can be assured that you will have enough for an emergency. And that emergency, whether a plumbing crisis or the zombie apocalypse, will certainly affect your own family’s health and comfort. Preparedness may not provide an immediate comfort, but it will put your mind at ease.

So what did we learn during our adventure?

  1. Yay for water storage! It helped us to not only maintain personal hygiene but also provided us with drinking water.
  2. Attitude is everything. Having the mindset of gratitude is important for even a small crisis.
  3. Adding some disposable feminine products to your storage might be good for an emergency where water is limited.
  4. Having an emergency fund will allow you some peace of mind when having to pay for repairs such as our own plumbing problem.

And there you have it! Our plumbing is now fixed, and we had an important trial run in our own preparedness.

(In case you’re wondering, the plumbing company did a great job. They certainly would have made their namesake proud. I can recommend their work and their professionalism. And no, I’m not getting a paid endorsement; I’m just a happy customer.)

Beginning to Prepare for Emergencies

beginningtoprepareforemergenciesTonight we’re supposed to be in the path of some very nasty storms. Living in Kansas, we realize that it’s part of the territory. I have tried to prepare our family for such emergencies; these attempts could be thought of as focusing on what matters. This is definitely part of keeping a practical household, one that is ready to be self-sufficient if needed. Unfortunately, though, it is often neglected in our day when numerous governmental and societal resources exist.

Taking care of your family doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. By taking baby steps toward your ultimate goal, you can prepare for the disasters that you might face in your area. Too, by preparing long before any possible problem actually occurs, you will often save money by finding supplies on sale. Preparing, therefore, is practical and possibly frugal.

The following are some areas to consider:

  1. Water storage that will supply your family in case local water supplies are cut off. Be sure and store enough for your family.
  2. Food storage that will provide your family with enough nutrients for a certain amount of time.
  3. Alternate cooking methods in case your gas or electricity is not available.
  4. Methods for keeping you and your family warm or cool during difficult seasons.
  5. Medicine for your family’s needs, along with medical supplies for emergencies.
  6. Print library with information for survival, such as gardening, medicine, cooking, etc.
  7. Alternate methods for communication, such as Ham radio.

These are the basic areas in which to focus, but you will undoubtedly require more specific supplies based on your family’s needs. As you gather these supplies, don’t forget to learn how to use this equipment and gain other information and skills that might come in handy. By taking the time now to prepare for an emergency, you will feel more secure and will certainly be more self-sufficient.