Tuesday, March 15

A Tsunami of Prayers & Preparation for Us All

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Source: superchefblog.com
On the morning I heard about the earthquake
& tsunami in Japan my first reaction was to kneel
in prayer. I'm sure you've been doing the same.

 Source: Reuters

And can I say how impressed I am with these gracious
individuals. In the midst of such a devastating crisis, the
Japanese people have shown grace under pressure.
In the media we see stories of cooperation . . .
no looting . . . patiently waiting their turn for aid . . . and more.

I know there is a tsunami of prayers
being sent their way!

I've also been thinking 
My guess is that we all live in an area where
SOME KIND of disaster could strike.
Personally, I live near a very large fault line.
In my area, experts talk about WHEN, not IF, 
an earthquake will occur.

One thing we do to prepare--
have a "72 hour kit" ready for each
member of our family.
We keep them in backpacks which are stored
near the front door of our home.

(Even though it's nice & cool in the basement,
in our case we may not be able to get to them there!)

- We have names on our backpacks since each has certain things
we need--like eyeglasses or prescriptions -
Once in a while, I take everything out--
update & evaluate.
I've been working on this lately.
-Organized chaos!-

When purchasing food, I recommend
MRE's (meals ready to eat).
They usually last 3-5 years from
the date they were packaged.
In the photo below,  I've shown you
how to decipher the code which shows
how old the MRE is . . . 

Please note the arrow pointing to the number 0093.
The first 0 indicates the last number of the year the
food was packaged (2010). The 3 remaining  numbers (093) 
mean it was packaged on the 93rd day of that year.

 -We also like this freeze-dried food. (Available at Walmart & Emergency Essentials.)
Usually you just add water to the bag & eat-

Here's a list of what I have in my kit:

Hygiene items:  hairbrush, lotion, deodorant, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo & conditioner, tampons, razor, t-shirt (rolled tightly), socks, toilet paper, toothbrush & toothpaste, small towel (rolled tightly).
First-aid/medication: latex gloves, scissors, rubbing alcohol, band-aids, gauze, medical tape, ace bandage, arm sling (large triangle of fabric & safety pin), OTC meds (i.e. ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea meds, etc.), PRESCRIPTIONS.
Food items: non-perishable food (preferable MRE's or long-lasting freeze dried), water, water purification tablets, salt & pepper, paper plates, tiny camping saucepan, sterno, waterproof matches, aluminum foil, fork, spoon, knife, cup.
Other good things to have: eyeglasses or reading glasses, radio, flashlight, extra batteries, duct tape, garbage bags, mylar emergency blanket, candles, notebook & pen, spiritual reading (small set of scriptures), map of your area, tiny camping saw, walkie talkie, LAMINATED COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES, DRIVER LICENSES, SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE CARDS, MEDICAL INSURANCE CARDS.

I'm sure our kits aren't perfect. 
I hope I never have to find out if they are
or not! 

The point is, have something ready that
you can grab in case of a need to evacuate.

(If you can't afford to do it all right now, just start with a day's worth of food
& add to your kits as you can)
   By the way, in 1969, my mother & I survived the category 5 Hurricane Camille--one of only 3 storms of this severity to hit the U.S. in the 20th century. I remember (as a little girl) standing in line for drinking water. The Red Cross was a great help to us.