THE ICE MAN COMETH! No, no! I mean the ice cometh, man.

At least that’s the weather hype forecast on the local stations, confirmed by my teacher friend, Nicole, aka Barometer. Early dismissal of Eureka Springs schools (about an hour and a half away) adds to the impending weather threat. So, I’m preparing, of course.

House cleaned-check-because there is a big huge difference between not wanting to vacuum and not being able to vacuum.

Extra shower-check-because you never know when you’ll get the next one.

Muffins in the oven-check-because bad weather always calls for comfort foods.

Stew meat simmering-check-because a pot of soup can be heated in the fireplace if need be.

Bathtub filled with extra water-check- because, in the country, the well won’t work if the power lines are down. If the well won’t work, no automatic flushing. Water dipped from the tub and poured into the commode works as well.

Wood laid in the basement fireplace and a wheelbarrow loaded with extra logs by the back door-check-because we have a heat pump which requires electricity. The gas fireplace upstairs will still work but not the blower.

Cell phone charged-check-

And, if you are a blog follower, you know from an earlier post that we have two emergency kits filled with most everything one could ever need for at least 72 hours all prepared and waiting. It is not likely that we’ll need those right away, but memories from the 2007 ice storm in which the power was out for several days has me thinking.

I remember having lots of food already prepared, which was a good thing. We moved the propane grill close to the back door, and I learned that this recipe can be baked on the grill in a bundt pan covered with foil and the lid of the grill closed.
I remember that lamp oil is a good thing to have on hand as the old oil lamps produce a better light than candles and flashlights. We also learned that a headlamp is indispensable for walking around, up and down stairs with your hands full, and for passing the long evenings reading.
I recall making much needed coffee in a camp percolator on the grill and pouring it in a thermal jug to keep it warm all morning. Later, I read in the newspaper about a family lucky enough to have a gas water heater who filled a thermos with hot water, and inserted hot dogs. We roasted ours over the fireplace. I even dug up some marshmallows for toasting.
We filled our camping drink dispenser with fresh water, made a big jug of tea, and picked up my mom, sister-in-law and her husband because they had less survival mechanisms at their places. Neighbors came, and we played cards by lantern light. We can always manage a good card game. But, as our son said of his experiences trying to keep his girlfriend’s pipes from freezing, “I’m tired of playing Little House on the Prairie.”

So, come if you must, ice. We are prepared. I think.
What would you recommend people do to get into survival mode?
Oh, and Baby Wipes. Lots of them. It takes quite a few to have a good sponge bath!

Survival for 2013

Survival Kit 2013
I am usually neither a naysayer nor a declarer of doom and despair, so why I have paid attention to all the instructions for surviving for 72 hours after a disaster, I do not know. Could it be the post election political climate or the gun control hype after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy? Perhaps it was the prediction of ice and snow on a 60 degree day in January. After all, such a drastic change in temperature often brings severe storms and possible tornadoes to our area. Whatever the case, I have been busily preparing for a week, now.

I keep reading suggestions about having a kit for each member of the household. It should be self contained and easy to strap on your back in case you need to travel a great distance. Common sense prevails enough to let me know that the most likely disasters Saint and I will face are ice storms and tornadoes. We have been fortunate to have only roof and tree damage from tornadic winds, and we have lived through at least two monumental ice storms with power outages extending several days. We had no kits but were blessed to have a basement with a wood burning fireplace and a “safe closet” under the stairs. Nevertheless, there might be a need to leave our little fraidy hole someday, so why not pack what we need instead of just throwing putting everything in the closet.
In considering our needs, I decided upon 4 categories:
• Food and water
• Clothing
• Shelter and safety
• Health and hygiene
We already have a couple of nice backpacks, one that converts to rollers. Many of the things I am putting in the kit were on sale, already cheap, or I had coupons for. Here is a picture of all the supplies I have gathered.

In Wednesday’s post, I will show you what’s inside our little kits. Do you have a survival kit? Please feel free to comment and tell me what’s inside it. I’m sure I have forgotten something!