The Practical Prepper and Ricocheting

I finally found it. I'm going to let you into my brain just a little, but be careful because things tend to ricochet around in there quite a bit.  I read a lot, mostly non-fiction,  and so my brain is quite the repository of random bits of knowledge.   Sometimes it's organized and other times there is no rhyme or reason to how all those bits are filed. If you've read my blog for any amount … [Read more...]

Day 3 – Earthquake Prep – Gas Shut Off

Today is a quick one.  It will either be a trip to the garage or a trip to the local hardware store. When earth moves, things in the earth that don't normally move on regular days...tend to move.  Outside under our flower beds and lawns lie the things that make our houses run.  Water lines, power lines (these might be overhead too) and Natural Gas or sometimes propane lines.  Where I live … [Read more...]

Day 2 – Earthquake prep – Shoes

If your house is anything like mine...the socks disappear in the wash and the shoes seem to multiply.  Not quite sure why that is exactly but it does turn out to be helpful for today's Earthquake prep challenge. Today we are going to corral one of those extra pairs of shoes and confine them to a particular spot.  Under the bed. Very often glass will break during an earthquake.  It's not the … [Read more...]

Day 1 – Earthquake prep – Water

On the agenda for today:  Water Water is not the most exciting topic to write about...but because water is such a vital thing to have around I chose to put it right at the top of the list.  In an earthquake we should plan on not having our usual lives for a time.  Utilities could be disrupted and water might not be flowing how we are used to it flowing. Water is a such a simple thing to … [Read more...]

Earthquake in 3 weeks, are you ready?

No no no...I'm not predicting anything.  I  pray that we NEVER have another earthquake anywhere but I know that is not realistic.  Instead I'll start praying that I can do the things that will help my family be safer when it does happen. The fact is; Many of us live in Earthquake country.  Personally I live very close to faults that are overdue for the BIG ONE.  Moving is not an option so I get … [Read more...]

EARTHQUAKE

"What the heck was that?" That was our pillow talk at 12:14 am this morning. I was fast asleep, when I awoke to a what I thought was a very large loud rumbling dump truck headed toward us. The rumbling increased, getting louder until a very loud SMACK occurred. (smack is not the right word but I can't think of anything to describe it) . I thought that the 'large dump-truck' had hit our house, but … [Read more...]

The Great Utah ShakeOut, are you ready for it?

Do you remember your very first Fire Drill?  You were probably in Kindergarten  and we had to line up next to the door with our fellow 6 year olds.  We  waited for the teacher to count everyone and headed out the door to the grassy field,  then she herded us around like you would herd cats counted us again and we waited to be told we could go back in the building? Well … [Read more...]