by: Carrie A. Blakley
In just about a month, it will be Autumn. We all know what this means. It means the temperatures are going to start bouncing between an Ice Monster’s paradise, and Hades’ oven, on a daily basis. It also means that now is the time to start preparing for our annual ‘next level of meteorological craziness’ – if you already haven’t started doing this. Make your check list, and get it done. Stock up on batteries, wood, kindling, lantern oil (and any necessary replacement parts), non-perishable food products, bottled water, pet supplies, OTC medical supplies and medications…etc. Y’all know the drill.
Make sure that you also have your handy duty list of emergency numbers close by your phones (land lines, people…not cells). Furthermore, make sure these numbers are written down someplace that you will not lose them. When the power goes out, you’re not going to be able to charge up your laptops, cell phones, iPads, Kindles and Tablets. If you keep numbers on those devices, transfer them onto paper before it’s too late, and you end up scrambling for the numbers in the dark. With a flash light that may, or may not, be low on battery power. Because y’all forgot to pick up those extra batteries 3 months before you needed them.
Going on to the non-perishable food supplies. Bottled water seems to be an issue with a lot of folks, so I’m going to spell it out for you. The expiration date on the bottles of water is for the bottles, not the water. Also, you will want to keep your water bottles in a cooler location, so the plastic does not reach a temperature of 90F, or higher. Some of the chemicals that are used to make plastic can start to seep into the water at higher temperatures, so just to be safe, keep the water bottles in a cool, dark location (next to the potatoes is a good place). Finally, the same rule applies for medication. Cool, dark locations (medicine cabinets, drawers, closed cabinets). Enjoy the week, and enjoy the rest of the nice weather while it lasts!