People, tornadoes scare the shit out of me. The damage in the southeast a few weeks ago was terrifying, and the anhialation of Joplin, MO hits way too close to home. I’ve driven through that town more times than I can count on my way to and from St. Louis and Columbia, MO for school and to visit family. My heart breaks for everyone affected by the devastation.
Now, there’s a big ol’ storm watch going on for North Texas. Supposedly, it’s the perfect combination of awful weather events to create tornadoes all over this damn place. I’ve been meaning to put together an emergency pack for a while now, and if this isn’t the perfect time, I don’t know what is.
So I gathered some snacks, water, diapers, wipes, blankets, a self-powered flashlight and headlamps, a couple whistles and Kendall insisted we include binoculars. That’s all in the backpack. The first aid kit is under the blanket that lines the tub. The extra crib mattress we were using as a dog bed is in there, too, along with my Ergo (because I will strap a baby to me if need be), a hockey helmet for Kendall (the only helmet we have), and my phone charger. I also have an old cell phone that I’m charging that, in theory, I can at least call 911 from.
I don’t have a weather radio, but I’m charging my phone right now and plan to grab my fully charged iPad if I need to.
Over the top? Maybe. Freaking out a bit? Probably. But, especially after this last month, I feel like we can’t be too careful. If anything, I finally got around to putting that emergency pack together.
What about you? Do you have an emergency supply that’s easy to get to? A safe place to go? Not sure what to include? Check out this link. If you are prepared for Zombies, you’re prepared for anything. Be safe, y’all!