Although Knoxville got lucky so far and stayed outside of the blizzard zone, getting mostly rain and some wind, this warning must not go unheard. As many are without power and flooded or snowed in by hurricane Sandy’s wrath, waiting until a catastrophe comes is not the wisest thing to do if you plan to live frugally.
Here are a few things you should always have on hand in case of an emergency.
- Have five gallons of distilled water per person stashed somewhere cool. Under a bed is a good place. Be sure to swap out the water for new jugs every so often to keep the water from going stale. Just use it up before it expires and replace each jug as you use it. If this is not possible, then your next best option is some way to filter your water.
- If anyone in your household is on medication, always be sure to stay reasonably stocked up. This also goes for simple first aid kits.
- Be sure to have extra toilet paper, personal hygene products and diapers, as these may be things you would need but forget to grab in a grocery store run in an emergency. These items may go fast also, leaving you high and dry.
- Don’t forget your pets. Keep your leashes at arms reach and always store a little extra pet food in an airtight or even watertight container. This is very important especially if your pets will not or cannot eat human food.
- Stock up on a range of canned goods. Think about keeping the ratio balanced between canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. Buy canned veggies that you can stand to eat cold such as carrots, corn and beans. With a little salt and pepper most people can tolerate these cold. Peas are another vegetable that are not too terrible cold.
- If you can afford to invest, think about buying a generator to keep your freezer and refrigerator working. You have put a lot of time, effort and money into buying in bulk, and you don’t want all that (saved) money to cost you more than you saved in the end. So, plan ahead and work towards buying a generator.
- Keep a little extra gasoline or other fuels in a safe place for emergencies. If you have a fireplace or gas stove, be sure to keep some of these fuels on hand as well. Matches protected in a waterproof container is a must for any emergency kit.
These are just some of the main things you need to think about putting on your list to stock up on. There may be any number of items that are a necessity for you. Just take some time to think things through before a storm hits, and never be caught without when that storm comes.
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