Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Why We Will Be Eating Chef Boyardee for the Next Four Days, Or Weird Side Effects of Emergency Preparedness

It's time for another quarterly emergency readiness check! ! (Yes, it’s a little later than the target summer solstice date, but better than never.)

Sometimes emergency plans look so daunting that it's easier to do nothing. So, my goals are modest. I'm going to do a few small things each season to put us in better shape to handle an emergency.

The challenge for this quarter in improving the emergency kit was to FIND the emergency kit, which has been somewhere unknown since we moved. Happily, I located both Go Bags inside a cabinet in the laundry room, and we unearthed the house kits under some boxes in the garage. I was a little nervous opening the big plastic bins, since it had been at least six months or more since I checked them. I’ve found unhappy surprises in the past, like leaking water stores that caused mildew to grow on some of the other supplies.

This time, everything looked great. It even smelled great, thanks to a huge pillar candle I’d stuck in the box. It’s been lit a few times - no longer be pretty enough to display at dinner parties, but still has a good 4 or 5 inches left in each wick. The wide base makes it almost untippable, and as a bonus, our safety gloves and can opener have picked up a nifty Luxe Jasmine scent.

I checked the date on all the canned goods, and the vegetables were fine, but the ravioli has a best-by date coming up in a few weeks. I pulled those out to eat this week and we replaced them with new cans that will expire in 2010. I also added some small size diapers for Buster and swapped out the package of baby wipes. I didn’t get around to adding baby supplies to our car kits, so that stays on the to-do list.

I was pleased to find all sorts of useful things I’d forgotten I’d packed, ranging from thermal blankets to energy tablets, along with the ubiquitous jugs of water. It showed me that doing just a few small things at each resupply really does add up.

Of course, now we have to eat Chef Boyardee ravioli all week, but that’s a small price to pay to have fresh supplies. Just in case.

Call to action: Do one thing improve your emergency readiness. Buy a few cans of food (and have a can opener nearby). Store some extra water. Or get a crank-powered flashlight and radio.


Mayberry said...

I always prefer a nicely scented safety glove!

Mamacita Tina said...

I love our crank powered flashlight/radio. We have them in both cars and rooms throughout the house. The kids love to play with them too.

Damselfly said...

I'm sorry -- I misread *crack*-powered flashlight/radio!

Rose said...

Dude. You are GOOD! Maybe it's because I didn't grow up here, but I'm in complete denial about needing emergency supplies.
I shall be good and get on that. There really is no excuse.

When C was little I always made sure to have formula and water in the car. It drove me nuts to think that we could get stuck somewhere and I wouldn't be able to feed her. It was just one of the reasons I was so happy to be able to nurse Little L. Took that stress away. Poof!