Do you remember the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? The first little pig built his house out of straw. The wolf came and blew the house away. The second piggy built a house of sticks but it suffered the same fate. Only the house of bricks was strong enough to stand up to the wolf’s amazing breath.

Ella and I live full-time in an RV trailer. One of the things that we are aware of is that when the high winds come we are less secure than folks who live in traditional homes. Our trailer isn’t made out of straw or sticks but we are just as susceptible to the high winds.

When the wind starts howling at our door, we often needed to seek other shelter. I believe in being prepared. It must be the Boy Scout in me. To that end we keep a “to go bag” packed and stored in our vehicle.

The bag has several changes of clothing, a week’s worth of the medications that we take, first aid kit, flashlight, etc. You get the idea. There is also a case of drinking water.

Well today I also ordered some survival food packs. They have freeze dried meals. You just add boiling water. It’s one of those things that you hope you never ever need. But better to be prepared than in prepared.

Here is what the Federal Emergency Management Administration recommends for your personal survival kit.

  • Water one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

© 2019 by Thomas E. Williams



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