I have been working the last while to update our emergency kit. We live in an earthquake zone, in a rural area that loses its power with some regularity, in a part of the country that deals with fire emergencies every summer. It just makes sense to be prepared. So we have a big garbage bin filled with emergency radios and cell phone chargers, a ceramic water filter, camping equipment, first aid supplies and a crossword puzzle book to keep us occupied.
And in the workshop we have the bulk of our food storage. I'm aiming for a 3 month supply, but we're not quite there yet.
I know some people think I'm a little crazy (which doesn't matter, because I'd rather be prepared and not need to be, than not prepared and wishing I was). But today - well, today my emergency preparations came through for me when I most needed them.
Did we have an earthquake? No.
Did we have a power outage? Well, no . . .
Was there a flood? Er, not really . . .
What exactly, then was the state of the emergency?
A bad day. A really bad day. A long and tiring and really bad day.
And how did the emergency kit help with that, you might ask? It wasn't the first aid kit that I desperately needed and was so grateful for, or the sleeping bag, or the wind-up radio.
No, it was the chocolate covered almonds I had squirreled away. Boy oh boy, when I remembered they were there and went to fetch them and they were right where I had put them, my day instantly improved by a factor of about a million.
So don't let anyone ever tell you emergency preparations are a waste of time. They saved my day.
And, yes, I will replace the ones I ate, which by bed time will probably be the entire bag.