Spring Cleaning, Part 2: Getting Creative
Ideally, if a natural disaster strikes, we’re all prepared with everything we need, all our kits are up to date and all our equipment is in working condition. For tips on how to check through your kit, see our first article in this series Spring Cleaning, Part 1: Replacing Supplies. If there’s one thing we all learn pretty quickly about life, though, it’s that life is not made up of ideal scenarios. For anybody. Life is great but if everything were perfect, what would we learn?
All of that’s to say, when disaster strikes, we’re probably going to realize that it’s impossible to think of everything for every possible situation. That’s when it’s handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
- Before you panic about having run out of water, know that you can drink the water from both your toilet tank and your hot water tank. You can even get some water from ice that’s melting in your freezer. A product like our LifeStraw products will filter out any unwanted rust or bacterial particles from these water sources. You can even drink from puddles in the street!
- As far as light goes, if your batteries run out or you aren’t able to find your flashlight or candles in the dark, you can still create light if you have butter, toilet paper and a nail or some other small, pointy object! These butter candles burn at about 45 minutes per tablespoon, so the large the chunk of butter, the longer the light will last. Twist the toilet paper into a tight wick, smother it with butter and poke it into the butter chunk with the nail. Try to keep the butter cool by putting it on a plate, rather than in a glass.
- Finding a heat source can be another challenge, in the midst of an emergency such as a power outage. Knowing how to chop wood is a great skill to have. Don’t underestimate it! Paired with a convenient flint striker, you’re golden. Our disposable hand warmers are another way to warm yourself up, when the electricity goes out. And don’t forget, if you don’t know when you’ll be getting electricity back, it’s wise to choose one room to stay in and insulate it, as opposed to trying to keep your whole house warm.
Lastly, as always in an emergency situation, continue taking deep breaths — in and out — until you’ve agreed with yourself that you can and will take care of the situation.
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