I'm having a delightful time with my friend Margaret who is visiting from Pennsylvania. Long-time friends are a blessing, aren't they?
Now on to a more serious topic ...
As we have seen lately, millions of people have had to live with no electricity for extended periods of time. If you needed to remain in your home without electricity for any length of time, would you have what you need?
Here's a list of the essentials:
- cash - ATMs won't work
- 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3-7 days
- manual can opener
- nonperishable food
- prescription meds and non prescription meds
- toilet paper
- first aid kit and supplies
- a battery-powered lantern
- NOAH weather radio (available at Best Buy)
- extra batteries for cell phones
- waterproof container for important papers
- family disaster plan
- gas in your car(s)
- full propane tank for the grill
- charger for your cell phone that plugs into your car
- landline phone which does not require electricity to operate
Only have your cell phone on when you need it. Text instead of call. Both of these actions save your phone's battery.
Hopefully you won't need to use these emergency supplies, but if a crisis occurs, you'll be so glad you planned ahead!
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