Reasons why I think I am fairly well qualified for giving survival advice:
- I was a Girl Scout
- Who was raised in New England (home to blizzards, Nor’Easters, hurricanes a plenty)
- By a mom who grew up in one of the snowiest states in the country
- And a father who was in the military for longer than legally allowed
- We lived in a house with a built-in bunker in the basement.
- There is a photo of me in the Blizzard of ’78 sitting atop an 8’ pile of snow, just 2 years old, thinking I really don’t know what all the fuss is about.
When bad weather comes out way, I prepare. I get practical.
Once all the practical stuff is out of the way, I get My Most Important Kit together.
With the incoming hurricane about to eat NYC and the surrounding areas alive (according to Mayor Bloomberg, looking a bit nervous in today’s press conference as he told us that the transit system will close effective Saturday and reminding idiots not to go in the water during the hurricane), my main concern is Power Outage.
I am fine with power outages when it is just me.
I am NOT fine with power outages when I have two small annoying children in my care.
I spent this morning gathering the last few pieces, and thought I’d share the full contents with those of you who are also suburban parents who aren’t quite sure how to get through a potential power outage with the kids.
Kim’s Potential Power Outage During A Hurricane Essentials Kit
1. Water to stay hydrated, and for washing up.
2. Combined floodlight, flashlight, alarm, radio so we can stay connected with current weather news and find each other in the dark.
3. Funky fancy flashlights that glow colorfully, to make the kids excited about being in the dark.
4. Small flashlight of my own to help me hunt down a dark, quiet corner of the house while the kids are distracted with their cool new flashlights (3.) so I can play Scrabble on my iPad (5.).
6. Pop ‘ems for the kids’ breakfast. Maybe lunch. Possibly dinner, too.
7. Entenmann’s Raspberry Danish, a non-perishable food source which will give me enough energy for all the battery changing I’ll need to do with a house full of people using flashlights.
8. Bass Ale, so I can be more patient with kids who whine once they are no longer enamored with the new flashlights and realize that they are bored without Wii and Nick Jr.
9. Small Wet Vac for sucking up spills such as basement flood water or Bass Ale (8.) being consumed in a very dark house.
If you’re the type that wants multiple opinions on this sort of thing, The Red Cross has a simple yet thorough checklist you may want to peek at as well.
I do hope you found my kit helpful. If you are in the path of the storm, I wish you safety, dry basements, and very patient children.