|This little guy was on our doorstep a few days after Hurricane Irma.|
We took him in a plastic bag (because I'm chicken), back to the water.
He was a very happy (but who knew they could move so fast?!)
Living in South Florida, I am no stranger to the need for emergency preparedness. We once went 21 days without electricity when 3 hurricanes, one right after another, came over our house. It was drastic, and it was awhile ago now, but believe me, everyone in my family remembers it clearly. Though we did come up with ideas to make it fun in some ways, for the most part, that long stretch of time after the storms were gone was a real drag. One of my biggest concerns was water. Did we have enough? How tight would we have to ration it? At the time, I didn't realize all three of those hurricanes were going to head our way (though I do have to say our house didn't get any damage until the last one, where we lost part of our roof, all of our new carpet, and our fence). Though I was careful with my planning then, I now realize even more, that you have to be ready for the unknown, as best you can. Recently, Hurrica Irma was headed this way, and My Patriot Supply was there every step of the way, helping large organizations find ways to bring relief to those affected by the storm, including providing water filtration systems for ongoing hurricane relief efforts. Thank you, My Patriot Supply...and thank you to the many other companies who also pulled together to help make a tumultuous time more bearable.
Once the storms are gone, and the messes are cleaned up, grocery stores are re-opened/stocked, gas pumps are filled again, and ATMs are back in use, it is easy to go back to the every day norm and forget about having to prepare for times of emergency. The facts for us though, remain: the storms are going to come, and being prepared WILL make our lives easier at a time when we will appreciate it like no other. During this last storm (Irma), I was prepared with batteries, flashlights, candles and an ample water supply (we just finished the water purchased for that time, in fact), but could have perhaps prepared better in the area of having enough non-perishable food items in the house. The stores were flat out empty prior to the storm, and closed for a few days afterwards. Some small convenience stores opened a couple of days in, only to have huge lines and a limited stock of any inventory shortly thereafter. Yes, I could have planned better.
So now I'm looking towards the future. How can I better prepare so that my family has enough to eat when the next storm arrives? My criteria, or what I hope for most is to find a solution that will allow me to have an ample supply of food for all of us, that won't have to be cooked, won't take up a lot of room in the pantry, and will last for a long time. My Patriot Supply has a good number of items to fit the bill, but their short-term food supply options are most appealing to me. They have whole meal, family meal and individual food options (protein, fruit, veggie, etc.) available. These items are easy to prepare, freeze-dried and stored in individual packages, and they won't take up a lot of storage space in the pantry. They also have a shelf life of up to 25 years! Keeping them on hand makes such good sense to me. It's definitely way better than being left with chips, crackers, fruit snacks and ravioli in a can...and no open stores to buy 'real' food (which may or may not have been what we were facing at the end of Hurricane Irma because stores were closed or very overcrowded after she passed).
I like the many options they have available, for short or long-term survival. You could take these camping, use them in situations such as I described, have them on hand for the unexpected, or even use them while on a family vacation that is way off of the grid. Reconnect with nature and experience the great outdoors, without having to run to town every so often to get food. Just pack and go...and enjoy all that nature has to offer. However you're thinking of using these food supply packages, stocking up on them just make good sense. I think My Patriot Supply has come up with solid solutions for getting and keeping my family prepared for an emergency, and I'm happy to have found them today.