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Preparation

I live in a mild climate.  There are times when it does not feel that way.  I do acknowledge that I have never been snowed in or had to deal with snow removal.  I do live in earthquake country.  My point being that no matter where you live, you should be prepared for disruption, even disaster.

Where I live is prone to winter power disruption and flooding.  I don’t, won’t live in a flood zone, but I have been flooded out.  I have been unable to access my home because the roads were flooded.  I do prefer to be flooded ‘in’, but that brings it’s own set of problems.

Batteries, food, potable water, medications, first-aid supplies, warm clothing, rain gear, accommodation for pets, portable radio, gas in the car, a hard-wire phone line, working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a camp stove, lantern, and table games are some of the preparations I make.  A family contact plan is also important. 

In addition, I like to have some foods on hand that are interesting and fun, ditto table games.  It makes passing the time much easier.  Fortunately, it has been a few years since I have needed to implement my preparations. 

Regardless of where you live, preparing for the unexpected can make facing the challenges of nature easier to meet.

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