I want to take this moment however, to remind everyone about some supplies you should always have in your home. No one is immune from mother nature and its best to be prepared for the physcial issues. The issues you will have to deal with due to your child's autism will definitely be made easier if you have the necessary day to day supplies ready.
Luckily I am married to hubby who is not only a Wise Old Sage, as CM1 likes to refer to him, but he is without a doubt, the Jewish version of Indiana Jones. We have also referred to him as Post-Apocalyptic-Dadiyio in snowicanes and hurricane Irenes past. Yeah I know, there is that kibbutz thing and preparedness in Israel to point to for rugged Jewish individualism, but being full fledged indulged Americans the closest I truly ever got to camping was sleeping in my girl scout leaders den as our camp out and hotel vacations. Roughing it is staying at my parents instead of having room service on vacation. (Yes we are spoiled and we are proud of it.)
Anyway here is some pictures of what is needed and how we functioned:
|My Jewish Indiana Jones cutting wood for the fireplace.|
|Battery operated radio. It is good to know what is gong on in the world. remember no electric means no TV, no wifi, and computer.|
|For warm weather disasters, battery operated fans.|
|Food stores including extra paper goods, dog food and if you need diapers and baby formula. Remember in an emergency drug stores will not be opened.|
|Chainsaw and gas, oil. You are going to need to get rid of all those tress that have fallen in your yard and on the wires so the electric company can get to the lines. Also its good to use to cut the wood up to use for the fireplace.|
|Huge floodlights and flashlights. You forget how really dark it is when there is absolutely no power at all. You should also have camping lights and snap-chemical lights to help light up a room.|
|Old fashioned corded phone. The one you used as a kid. The land lines still work and these phones do not need electric to work.|
|Extension chords...at least ten, very long extension chords. Use this to hook up the generator, which has to stay very from from the house because of CO2, to the fridge, microwave and backup batteries.|
|Propane for the grill.|
|Yep more paper products. Running our to paper towels is none thing. Running out of toilet paper is another.|
|Paper goods. Unless you want to continuously boil water to clean all the silverware, have paper and||plastic on hand.|
|VERY IMPORTANT WINE......it is so cold I don't need to put the white wine in the fridge to chill it.|
|And if all else fails MARGARITAS.|
I had the boys help last Sunday clean the house. I swept and mopped the floors. CM1 dusted everything he could and CM2 used clorox wipes to clean the bathrooms. Remember to use Lysol spray on the bathroom everyday. Germs are nasty and it is easy to get sick under these circumstances.
We are all sleeping in the livingroom with the fireplace to stay warm at night. Family togetherness is getting a new meaning. I am beginning to feel like I live in a one room log cabin.
By the way if anyone can think of anything we may have forgotten please let me know. Leave a comment. We tried to figure out how we could have been better prepared and besides the transfer switch we couldn't come up with anything.
Oh and tomorrow we are getting a Nor'easter. There will be some snow at night.
I am not happy.
Until next time,