In local news I keep seeing people throwing the word “preparedness” around. I didn’t think that was even a word. And if it is, how does it differ from “preparation”? Maybe “preparation” is what you do and “preparedness” is a state of being?
No matter. I’m rocking the prepwhateverness for this hurricane!
Because I live in a small house that I believe to be secure, located outside a dangerzone, the worst that can happen to me is losing power and getting stuck here for a while. With that in mind, this is the (admittedly somewhat frivolous) list of the kinds of things that I’ve actually been thinking about as “necessities” for such an occasion.
Clearly, I’m set.
On a more serious note, lest you worry about my situation (or sanity) – I did actually take some actual precautions for emergency. We have a few gallons of water, a water filter thingie if we need more. Non-perishable food. A cooler to take things out of the fridge that we might need or want so that we can keep it closed if the power goes out. Flashlights, garbage bags, clothesline. We are filling the tub for extra water and flushing. A place to go if we have to evacuate and a jeep to evacuate in. Plenty of dog and cat food and a plan of how we’d evacuate them too.
I’m very, very lucky to have the means to be this prepared and live somewhere relatively safe (as much as I can be living right next to the ocean).
I wish the best for everyone on the East Coast dealing with this right now. I know there are a lot of areas that will need help cleaning up from damages and flooding and people who will need their communities to step up. Let’s all prepare and be there for that too.