Wednesday, April 17, 2019

So, You Think You're Prepared: Week 4, Day 3 (Final Class)

Week 4, Day 3
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Here we are at the last day of class …

What about us personally?  How did our property fair?  How did we fair?
Our only property damage was that our greenhouse sustained some damage and we had to replace the windshield in our vehicle.  We were planning to expand the greenhouse anyway so it just got moved up on the priority list. 
We did lose power but were prepared and while there were some inconveniences, we faired quite well considering what was going on around us.
We did not have any major flooding of our property.
My husband and I spent 24 consecutive days, not including Sundays, doing disaster relief, helping those who lost so much.   It was exhausting physically and mentally but the things we saw, the people we were able to help, the people we talked to and the gratitude that was expressed to us made every truck we helped load and unload, every box we lifted, every bag full of disaster items we handed out and every sore and aching muscle we had, worth it.  
What do we need to do to be better prepared for the next hurricane?  Our biggest need is to have several huge trees close to our house cut down and removed, other than that, we need to keep doing what we’re doing to be as prepared as we can be for the next time.
During this ordeal, because we were being bombarded with questions wanting to know what was going on and how others could help; I tried my best to post entries here on my blog, A Working Pantry, about our daily activities.  You can read those ‘Hurricane Florence’ entries HERE.  
I’ll be the first to agree that we can’t prepare for everything, but just because we can’t prepare for everything, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for anything.  
Throughout this class I have tried to help you identify the things you can prepare for and do something about, I hope I have been successful!
Thanks so much for being a part of this class!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

Check out this related link … Preparing for a Possible Hurricane … Again!
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  1. Thank you again Patsy for all you have and continue to do for us to help us understand how bad things can get and how important it is to be as prepared as we can be. I don't believe that we can completely prepared for what can happen because just when you think you have it figured out, mother nature steps in. Like you said we need to continue doing what we do to be as prepared as possible. I am glad you came through those hurricanes without a lot of damage. Paula

    1. Paula, that is the one thing that I wanted everyone who took or takes this class to come away with … we can't prepare for everything, but we do need to prepare for what we can. Thank you for your participation in the class!

  2. Thank you, Patsi, for all the information. Sometimes we THINK we are prepared and then when we hear about an ordeal like yours and your neighbors', we get a bit more enlightenment on the matter. Thanks for your time and efforts to sit this class. Appreciate all your efforts!

    1. Thank you Sandi, your participation has been invaluable!

  3. Thank you so much - this has been a real eye-opener.

  4. Patsy - I tried to make a small donation as a thank you - but everything is set up for US entries only and I live in Canada. I have run into this issue before in a similar situation - is there any other option?

    1. Margie, thank you for wanting to make a donation. I don't know any other way, but the fact that you wanted to means a lot to me. Thanks so much!

  5. Thank you Patsy for all the time, effort and valuable information you put into the class and we found it enlightening and a learning experience.

    I do believe we cannot fully prepare for most disasters but we can give it our best shot to be in the best possible condition to ride out the worst of it.

    Things we need to do as we purchased our homestead on 1.21 acres only in December and we are working on little bit at a time is -

    - To remove termite infested outbuildings being the grapeyard vineyard and chook pen as they would come down in a major storm. The grapeyard vineyard is now complete. Next job up is the chook pen which we will rebuild with good timber posts and wire we have salvaged too and treat the posts.
    - Cut down trees around one side of the house that previous owners planted as they also would come down and hit the house if we had a large storm.
    - Get a generator for if we had a major blackout for multiple days.
    - Have a plumber install taps to all the rainwater tanks as just about all our water runs on pumps with electricity. That way we could easily access water without electricity without climbing on the garden shed tank stand or on top of the rainwater tanks.
    - Have a bore sunk with a solar pump and battery backup for bushfires and when we have blackouts.

    Food wise, medical, garden equipment and alternative cooking without electricity wise and firewood I think we are well prepared. When we get our generator we will have to up our fuel storage though and keep a few more tanks of LPG gas for our BBQ just in case.

    It has been wonderful food for thought and we have learned a lot. Thank you Patsy.

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).


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