12 ways to prepare for a storm (and a giveaway)

  If you've been watching the news in the last little bit, you'll know that there is a BIG NASTY storm headed to the East Coast of the US.   I know what you're probably thinking, "Phew, I live in the West (South, Europe, insert non-east coast location here) and I don't have to worry about that." I would venture a guess, however, that you probably know someone in the storm's path that … [Read more...]

How to be Prepared on a Disney vacation

Do you know how to be prepared, even on a Disney vacation? Is it even possible?  I think so. We recently returned from a family vacation to Southern California.  It had been almost 10 years since our family had been on a 'real' vacation. (Subjectively defined)  Sure we'd been camping and to family reunions and stuff like that but I'm talking about hotels, tickets, theme parks and that kind of … [Read more...]

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Oh what do you do when the power’s out…?

I'm not much of a singer, but I can handle a children's song every now and again.  Just be grateful that it's your imagination you are hearing instead of my voice. You might remember this song from your childhood, it goes something like this: You can listen to the tune HERE if you aren't familiar with it. "Oh what do you do in the summer time, when all the world is green. Do you fish in a … [Read more...]

Why would I ever need to evacuate?

Hmmm, I dunno... According the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis, about every 4 hours a train in the US is involved in an accident.  In the last three years, this means that there were over 6,300 incidents during that time, many of those resulted in derailment. Of those 6,300 accidents, I counted the officially reported causes, and stopped counting at 250 different … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101 – Box 12 – The Library

Box 12 - The Library  (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) There are lots of reasons for being unwilling to part with a book. I can think of many times when I read deep into the night morning because I couldn't put a book down. … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101 – Box 11 – The Travelers Workshop

Box 11 - The Travelers Workshop Container suggestion - Toolbox  (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) If you've followed the system and been working on your boxes, you might remember that you have quite a few tools already.  There … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101- Box 10 – The Food Kit

Make sure to read the rest of the series, it starts here. Please Note: I don't have a picture for this post yet but rest assured, I'll find a suitable pic soon. Considering all the evacuating that is going on in Utah and other states right now, I decided that the picture in the post wasn't the most important thing, acting on the information is. Box  #10, Portable Pantry - The Food … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101- Box 9 – The Kitchen box

The Kitchen Box Container Suggestions: Rubbermaid tote, wooden box (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) The possibilities for this box are wide open.  It can be as simple and cheap as a couple of plastic bins (remember that these … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101 – Box 8 -The Personal Wardrobe

Box # 8 - The Personal Wardrobe Container suggestions:  Duffel bag, Suitcase, Footlocker   (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) If you are like most people, there is only room in a 72-hour kit for one change of clothes.  I … [Read more...]

Evacuating your home 101 – Box 7- Family First-Aid Kit

Box # 7 - Family First- Aid Kit Container suggestions: Fishing tackle box, soft sided bag with lots of compartments, Paramedic bag (this would be for the someone who needed lots of volume or intended to care for lots of people.  Like an EMT or other first responder)   (If you jumped into this series on this post, you'll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first … [Read more...]