How prepared were you for the Snowmagedden that hit Timber Valley last week?
I thought I was prepared. I had a Go Bag packed in the car. I made a trek out to the car to retrieve it. First thing I see is a clever pill box meant to hold eight days of meds, EMPTY, NOW FILLED! Found the crank radio. A smart purchase, but the battery was never charged, and it takes a whole lot of cranking to get even a little power, I have since fully charged it before putting it back in the bag. Checked the clothes. Adequate. But changing blouses for T shirts. More practical. As the hours and days went on and I had read the 3 fiction books in the house I wished for a good thick novel, or a copy of a favorite book.
A deck of cards and a puzzle book will be good additions to the Go Bag.
What I did right: I had a fully charged device to recharge I phone or I pad. Considering the phone most important I was able to check in with family every day. Sometime back I was given a Coleman head lamp. Battery operated. Worn on the head. Never thought I would use it and I had tucked it away to be passed on. That thing was priceless. It has earned a permanent spot in the Go Bag. My battery operated motion detector lights worked well. My portable radios could work on batteries but they were empty. Not any more, and I have restocked my battery supply. And before you think I forgot, there is a pack of a 72 hour supply of freeze dried food for me and a bag of dog food for Rita. A case of water is also kept in the car.
Mistakes were made and lessons learned. But I will be better prepared if another power outage hits, but please, no more snow.