Welcome to the May 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Emergency Preparedness
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their plans to keep their families safe. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Getting Prepared for review purposes. All opinions and total lack of preparedness are my own.
Would you consider your family as one that knows how to be prepared for emergencies?
After reading, The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared: Surviving Emergencies Without Stress by Robin Egerton and Angela England, of The Untrained Housewife, I have decided that we are not very well prepared for an emergency. In fact, if Hurricane Sandy were to repeat itself this hurricane season, then we have a fair amount to check off our lists in order to be ready. Luckily, the appendices in this eBook have just such a set of lists for us to print and review. From setting up a cloth diaper supply to canning food to making sure you have the right shoes, Egerton and England have you covered.
Luckily, we were not hit too hard by Hurricane Sandy. However, we were not far from the destruction at the Jersey Shore and my in laws were without power for over a week in North Jersey. In light of this and other recent natural disasters, I think it may be best for us to review how to be prepared for emergencies on a number of levels. Egerton and England have written this book as an educational resource for families who want to make sure that they have the supplies and abilities to make it through a long term power outage or at the very least have a 72 hour bag.
At the most basic level, the authors urge everyone to review their home owner’s insurance, take pictures of their belongings and store that data in a safe place. Can you guess what just got added to my to do list? For the next step, it’s valuable to have a 72 hour bag ready and some sort of generator to help provide you with electricity and/or heat and air for some time after a disaster strikes.
On a higher level, the authors help you to learn canning skills, set up monthly meal plans, split wood and have various caches of clothes stored in case you can’t do laundry in the conventional sense. They really do walk you through how to be prepared for a lengthy disaster recovery time. I don’t know if we will reach that level of preparedness in the near future, but here are my six goals for the next few months in order to be prepared for emergencies.
1) Clean out the attic and basement of clutter so that we can get some shelving in place.
2) Buy a generator. Whether it be a gas or propane one, I think we’ve had enough serious storms to warrant one.
3) Learn how to can. Ever at the top of my gardening to do list. Maybe we can make it happen this year!
4) Set up a 72 hour bag for each of us.
5) Figure out our safe space in the house. Where can we meet that is away from windows and safe for us to ride out a major storm?
6) Get our chimney cleaned and secure some wood for fires.
One of my favorite ideas from the book is to do practice drills with the family. In all honesty, how nice would it be to turn your main breaker off for the weekend and see what you can accomplish at a simple, power free level? I like that Egerton and England’s book was accessible and didn’t talk above your head. For those of us who have never really done any prepping, it is a great book to read and set small goals. Plus, the appendices in the back have such great checklists and resources that it makes it all feel doable. Take a moment to check the book out and see how your family measures up to be prepared for emergencies.
What’s the most important thing that you need to do this month to be prepared for emergencies?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon May 14 with all the carnival links.)
- Be Prepared for Emergencies — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama is reviewing Angela England’s new ebook, The Untrained Housewife’s Guide to Getting Prepared. See what measures she is learning to adopt in her family.
- Prepare to Expect a Safe and Beautiful Natural Birth — What do you need to have prepared so that you can have a nice and relaxing birth at home? Lisa at The Squishable Baby shares her list in a guest post at Natural Parents Network.
- Fire Boxes for Emergency Preparedness — Jana of Jananas tells why she bought a fire box to store important documents and what is stored in the box.
- Firefighter Training Homeschool Curriculum — Kellie at Our Mindful Life helped her homeschooled kids prepare for emergencies through a Firefighter Training unit.
- 3 Secrets to a Royal Emergency — Jaye Anne at Wide Awake, Half Asleep tells the secret to living like kings during a storm-induced power outage.
- Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency? — Chrystal at Happy Mothering shares an overview of what her family has done to become more prepared for emergencies.
- What to Do in an Earthquake — Julia at A Little Bit of All of It gives instructions for staying safe in the event of an earthquake as well as tips for teaching your children to keep safe and where to find information online after an earthquake.
- Spring Cleaning & Preparing, Part 2 — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger organizes and replenishes her emergency supply every spring and is learning to add to the food stockpile by preserving year-round.
- 15 Must-Haves For The Natural Minded Family When Disaster or Emergency Strikes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares how she prepares for disaster or an emergency as a natural minded mama. Learn what 15 natural items you should consider having on hand!
- Emergency Preparedness: Cosleeping, Cheezits, Chocolate — Kristine at All the Things in the World was happy to have cosleeping in her emergency tool kit during Hurricane Sandy.
- Being Prepared For Personal Disasters — Luschka at Diary of a First Child draws on her own recent experiences and considers five things every parent should have in place to ease the burden when sudden disaster strikes.
- The Natural Emergency Kit That I Always Carry in My Diaper Bag — Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares the four green and natural items in her emergency kit that she can’t do without when she’s out and about with her little ones.
- Prepared… or not? — Is it dangerous to not prepare? Jorje of Momma Jorje shares whether her family prepares…or not.
- Pack a car safety kit: 25 must-have items for emergencies — Whether you’re out for a leisurely drive or fleeing a disaster, Lauren at Hobo Mama offers tips on stocking your car with emergency supplies that will tide you over if you’re stranded.
- Teaching My Children About Tornados — Destany at They Are All of Me writes about preparing her children for tornado season.
- Preparing our children for emergencies — Preparing for emergencies means preparing your children, and Robbie at Going Green Mama shares ways on how to empower kids when it comes to emergencies.
- Emergency Preparedness in Sub-Saharan Africa — After living in Sub-Saharan Africa for 7 years, emergency preparedness is not just a concept any more to Laura from Authentic Parenting.
- Five Ideas to Keep Babies and Toddlers Safe from Choking — Do you have a baby or toddler who likes to put everything (and I mean *everything*) in her mouth? Dionna at Code Name: Mama does, and today she’s sharing a story and some tips on how to keep your little ones safe from choking.
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