We would like to say "thank you" to everyone for your guest blog post submissions so far - keep them coming! This is a post from our first "winner" of the Guest Blog Post Giveaway. Roseanne from Oklahoma will soon have her $20 gift card, but more importantly, we are grateful for her willingness to share her experiences and insights with the rest of us. Hopefully her story will motivate us to become better informed and prepared for the future. Thank you Roseanne!

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported the following:

On Saturday December 8, an Arctic airmass moved into Oklahoma from Kansas. As the cold air settled in across Oklahoma, temperatures dropped below freezing. A storm system moved across Kansas/Nebraska early Sunday morning and produced widespread freezing rain in Oklahoma, especially along the I-44 Corridor. This area received at least 1.5 inches of ice accumulations with some areas up to 3 inches from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. Many adjacent areas received a 1/2 inch of ice with a 1/4 inch farther south and north from the highest impact areas. At one point over 600,000 customers were without power.



December 10, 2007: A day I'll always remember

There was a sound like an explosion that knocked me clear across the room in one leap...amazingly, nothing was hurt. As I looked toward the window, all I could see was lights flashing, and by the time I reached the window to see what was happening, the whole city seemed to be lit up with beautiful blue haze, and then...nothing. We had an ice storm the night before, and ice was hanging from trees, making pictures perfect. It was gorgeous. By dusk, it was all the lines could take and there was one huge city-wide power outage. There were spots that were still receiving power, but not many.

Still and quiet, everything seemed to stop, except sirens. Those were just beginning. There were fires, and lines down in streets, and iced branches...not just branches, but whole trees, down on the ground. You could hear them falling for a couple days. It was an eerie sound to hear creaking branches full of ice move back and forth, and then fall. Some trees blocked roads, some fell on cars, one fell on a car on the street I was traveling on the next day, and killed the driver. Not much in the city was moving except the army of trucks from electric companies who came from far, far away.

Neighbors were helping one another when they could, clearing paths to houses and drives. I sat here in my home with my two cats, thankful that we were safe and that the tree leaning against the gutter hadn't fallen any further into the roof. Then I was thankful I had my emergency kit here. I got out my radio and cranked it to play. I used it to charge my cell phone battery, as well. Some of the radio stations were on the air and one was helping connect people who needed things. I was fortunate I had what I needed here. My stove is gas which made it easy to cook or warm things up. I had water in my kit and extra water I had stored. I was able to sleep in layers of clothes under layers of blankets, and sleep comfortably.




During the day I was out helping who I could. I had enough food stored to be able to eat good healthy meals without worrying about going to the store, where shelves were fast depleted of necessities. By being prepared, I didn't have to go to a shelter and could stay with my pets here at home. I talk about preparedness to my friends and neighbors, and help plan what we would do if something like this happens again. It's nice to know where to turn for help and ideas, and Emergency Essentials is a great place to Replace everything you need.

-Roseanne, Oklahoma
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9 comments

AW

AW

The giveaways are fun!

trekteri

trekteri

Thanks for all the great tips! My sister and I are new at this and all the info has been outstanding!

Bea

Bea

I've learned so much from the people who post on this blog. I have begun to store for emergencies and the information I get from this blog is invaluable. Keep sharing folks! If I get any info, I'll be glad to share it with you. :-)

SuzySunshine1

SuzySunshine1

I'm wondering if anyone knows if you can use sprouting seeds as part of your source for gardeing seeds. Could you plant some of the alfalfa seeds, for example, and use them as part of a crop from which the seeds are harvested as a renewable source?

joy

joy

I have been sprouting for several years. I have developed a sandwich that my family loves. We call it "treetop sandwich". Use any bread you like, wheat is probably the best choice, but we like sourdough. Spread Miracle Whip or Mayo on each slice then pile carrot slices (shaved with a peeler for easier chewing), thinly sliced, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, radish, green onions (sliced lengthwise) peppers use any or all of the above or any other vegies you like. Top with silces of avocado and a full handfull of sprouts. We like alfalfa, but any kind you prefer.
Drizzle with a vinegar and oil dressing. You cannot get your mouth over it, it is yummy! A slice of bacon or tham or turkey is good with this also, but we mostly just use all vegies. It is also good as a "wrap" in a tortilla.
Joy

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Sasquatch Books

Sasquatch Books

Greetings!

Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living has long been carried by Emergency Essencial, and now we have an ECL blog! We post information from the book weekly, and I'm sure your customers would love the content. Would your be interested in posting our blog on your links section? We would love to add you to our links as well.

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Dunappy

Dunappy

WE got prepared only because our local electric company has a really BAD rep for black outs. We started out with a home that already had a wood stove for heat and a propane stove for cooking. We then added oil lamps and a good food storage. The only thing we don't have yet is a wind or solar powered pum for the water well. Once that is in, we won't have to worry about water issues. As for now, we already stay warm, and can cook without any electric at all.

Mutti

Mutti

Just a note to let you know that Roseanne has been instrumental in my getting my emergency storage essentials ready in case we need them. She is very good about telling others how important this is!
Thank you for selecting her story to share. She is a great advocate of being prepared!

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