A Storm's A Brewin'
What do you call a deer in a rainstorm? A raindeer.
I'm sure that raindeer would love a nice shelter to stay in until the storm passes. Hey! What about a nice storm shelter?
Now, whether or not you allow animals in your shelter is totally up to you, but there are a few things that we recommend you keep in there in case you or your furry friends need somewhere safe to hide. First off, if you don't own a storm shelter or one isn't accessible to you, it is recommended to seek refuge in a basement or in a room placed close to the center of the house. This is so there are as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Also try to pick a room with few windows and/or doors.
Once you have planned out where you want to seek refuge incase of emergency, the next step is to stock up that space with some essential items. These items will support you in case of a power outage, freak injury, or possible starvation.
Essentials To Keep In Your Storm Shelter
- Radio- Keep a battery powered radio with you in case your phone dies or the phone lines are down.
- Battery powered walkie-talkies- These are useful when trying to communicate with someone nearby.
- Battery powered or wind up flashlight- If the power goes out, you still may need to navigate your way around. Having a flashlight that you can trust is essential.
- Batteries- While we're on the subject of battery powered objects, keeping a new package of batteries in your emergency kit might be a smart choice.
- Backup generator- While this isn't essential, it might come in handy.
- Warm clothing and blankets- Storms can be unpredictable. You never know when you might need a change of clothes or a blanket if the power fails.
- First aid kit- This one speaks for itself. Bumps and bruises shouldn't be left unmended.
- Essentials for your family- This includes any medications, diapers, or formulas that you or a family member might require.
- Food and water- Water is obviously vital for human survival and so is food. Be sure to take into consideration any food allergies while packing your emergency kit.
Now that we've covered a few emergency essentials, let's dive further into food items. Obviously fresh fruits and veggies aren't good options when stocking a storm shelter as they will perish pretty quickly. Lets go over some non-perishable food items that you can keep in your shelter.
Food Items To Keep In Your Storm Shelter
- canned fruits and veggies
- canned soups and ravioli
- canned meats
- granola bars
- beef jerky
- MREs or Meals Ready to Eat
- pet food
- baby bottles and formula (if applicable)
- pickled goods
It may also be beneficial to stock up on disposable eating utensils such as paper or plastic plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives, and spoons.
Once you have added these essentials to your storm shelter or refuge, you and your family will be all set! Don't forget about the raindeer though. I'm sure he'd appreciate a warm shelter too.