Every year there are disasters around the world. I always felt sad for the people involved and hoped they got the help they needed. I prayed for them, and even contributed money to organizations to help them. However, nothing much changed in my life. I lived a pretty happy and blessed life free from most problems. I built up my food storage knowing that perhaps someday I would need to have it for an emergency. Maybe my husband would lose his job or a trucking strike would cause the local stores to run out of food. Soon after my husband and I were married, I was put in charge of Emergency Preparedness at my church. I learned the importance of being ready for anything to happen. I had a 72-hour kit, flashlights, emergency blankets, and a lot of food storage. Last year I learned how much I still needed to be fully prepared.
Where do you go in a disaster if you aren't at home? Where do you go if you don't have a home to go to? Where do you meet up with other family members if you're separated during the disaster? These are all questions everyone should discuss with their families. I sat at home hoping my family would all think to come to my house, if they were even alive. Cell towers were down so cell phones weren't working. Power lines were down everywhere and there was spotty landline service. Most of the roads were blocked with debris. One of the hospitals got hit. It was chaotic. Eventually, my family was reunited when they all showed up at my house to spend the night.
My plan was to go to the grocery store the next day. There were some things I was very low on and I was worried the stores would run out. I needed diapers and formula for my infant. Thankfully, we were able to have some brought in by some good friends. Also, thankfully, we had enough food because of our built up food storage. We were able to feed 9 people for a few months. Everyone should have easy to prepare food in their food storage because you don't want to be grinding wheat when you're stressed and traumatized after a disaster. Alternative methods of cooking are also needful. We have a grill and propane stove that got us through that first week. We used a lot of batteries that week and wished we had more. We also discovered that having a generator is very important. We had been saving up for one but had not bought one yet. Thankfully, even though the church was destroyed, the shed was mostly intact and they were able to salvage some generators and pass them out. We were blessed to receive a generator and then realized we needed more gas cans to keep the generator going.