Surprise! Our predicted “light dusting” of snow turned out to be a full-blown winter storm! We got about 8″ of snow! Wow! Definitely not the norm for us here in Northwest Georgia.
There is always a lesson to be learned from surprises like this! For example, I couldn’t believe how many posts I was seeing on Facebook from people who hadn’t filled their propane tanks yet! C’mon people, it’s December! If you plan on relying on propane for heat, don’t wait until you’re in the middle of a winter storm to try to fill your propane tank! And then, these people had the nerve to be outraged that the propane companies wouldn’t come out during the storm! Why on earth would you allow your tanks to get that low?
What should you have on hand to be prepared for a winter storm?
Have a minimum 2 weeks supply of an alternate heat source. If your electricity goes out during a winter storm, you need to be prepared to heat your home with an alternate heat source. We never let our propane tank get below 20%. That will heat our tiny home for more than a month.
An alternate cooking method is essential. This could be a wood stove, or a propane stove/grill. We have camp stoves with plenty of fuel, as well as charcoal. Do not rely on your electric stove for cooking during a winter storm! The weight of snow and ice on the power lines makes it likely that your power will go out for an unknown amount of time.
Battery powered radios are also essential for keeping up with news and weather alerts when your tv and internet go out during a winter storm.
You should have on hand a minimum supply of food to last you and your animals two weeks. Don’t be one of those people that have to run out during a winter storm because they don’t have enough hay, or dog food, or milk, or whatever other essential item, to get through the storm! Not only do you put yourself at risk, you put the first responders that come to help you at risk! Check out this article for ideas on how to plan your food storage.
Some other items to consider are paper plates and cups. You may need to conserve water if your power goes out.
Always keep a two week supply of essential medications on hand.
Don’t forget about sanitation items like toilet paper, wet wipes, cat litter, soap, bedding for your animals, etcetera…
What else can you think of that you might need to have on hand to get through a winter storm? Think about what your family uses on a daily basis. What couldn’t you get by without? Make a list and have your supplies on hand before the next winter storm hits!
When I first became interested in prepping and homesteading, I read everything I could find on the subject of food storage. There is so much information out there on this subject. I became overwhelmed before I even got started. I am not a big fan of the food storage lists you see all over the internet because every family’s needs and situation are so different. Over time, I have developed a common sense approach to food storage that makes sense for our family.
Should you prepare for World War III? That seems to be the big question of the moment for those who keep an eye on what’s going on around the world. The possibility is looking more and more likely with each passing day.
Tensions are rising all over the world. In fact, tensions in our own country are on the rise as well, mostly due to political differences. Economies are crashing. Terrorism is at an all time high, and getting worse every day. Racial hate crimes are a common occurrence in many cities. Christians are being persecuted all over the world. Violence in general has become commonplace and almost goes unnoticed. While the threat of nuclear world war may be too terrifying to even contemplate, there are many threats that are already occurring daily.
If you have never made a loaf of bread with freshly ground flour, you are truly missing out! Not only do freshly ground flours taste amazing, but they retain more of their nutrients. Also, you can store whole grains much longer than flours. Having your own grain mill gives you the advantage of using different grains or even beans to make flours, which is perfect if you have allergies or gluten intolerance. The Victorio Hand Operated Grain Mill is an affordable way to get started with grinding your own flour. We love ours, and use it regularly for grinding grains, like wheat and oats, to make delicious homemade bread. We keep it clamped to the counter in our kitchen so that it is always ready to go. It does take some effort to grind the grains by hand, but I prefer to do it this way since no electricity is required. You can also purchase an electric motor for the Victorio Grain Mill, if you want to save yourself some time by being able to multitask and do other things while the grain is grinding.
Pet health emergencies always seem to occur at the worst possible time! Usually, in the middle of the night, or over the weekend, when your only option is a very expensive trip to the emergency animal hospital. If you live in a very rural area, your only option may be to wait until the vet opens in town. Being prepared to handle your pet’s health emergencies at home could save your pet’s life, save you some money, and save your pet some needless pain and suffering! Continue reading “Pet Health Emergencies: Are You Prepared to Handle Them At Home?”