A Week Long Test of my Preparations for Emergencies!

THRIVE Food Storage

TruckGot an Update on my truck this morning. It will still be a couple more days as the mechanic is having trouble tracking down the right part. It was my fuel pump that died, but because our truck is an early ’97, which means some parts are ’97, some are ’96. And it being a 7.3 litter power stroke, not everyone stocks the part. Once he can get it, it is still a 6-8 hour job as he has to tear down the top half of the engine to get to it. And he still has not been able to locate a new water reservoir, but we are mainly concerned with getting it up and running right now. But at least on a positive note, this will stop the diesel leak we have had for the last two years. 🙂 So I will still be without a ride anywhere for a few more days, which will end up being a week by the time I get my truck back.

With my hubby working out of town right now this leaves me and baby girl completely stuck at home, unless we rely on others to take us anywhere, so I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to test out some of my preps as you never know when something will happen that will prevent you from being able to go to the grocery store or leave your home. You need to be prepared for these times. Because, yes, even here in East Texas we can get snowed or iced in for a few days to a week! Or who knows what else may happen that could prevent you being able to just run to the store! Remember what happened after the Boston Marathon?

THRIVE Food StorageDo you have what you need to feed and care for your family during that time? Even the Red Cross suggests having a minimum of three days worth of food, supplies, medications, etc., on hand and having a plan for different scenarios. I thought I was pretty much ok with what I have been doing, of course in the back of my mind I always knew I could do better. Even with me understanding this concept I have seen some major short-comings in my preparations so far during this test. I would like to think of myself as working toward being prepared and I try to keep at least two weeks worth of food storage here at my RV, restocking about every two weeks or so. Because of the reduced amount of space I have here at my camper I keep the majority of my preps and food storage at a separate secured location only half a mile away, but I now realize that I need to increase the amount of food I keep here to about three or more weeks, or move some more of my staples to my RV and restock every week, rather than when I get low.

I’m actually grateful this happened like it did because we never know when an emergency or an unexpected hardship will happen! The day my truck broke down I was actually on my way to run some errands, including getting some more food and preps to have at my camper to prepare for the arctic cold weather that was heading our way for the weekend, but things did not work out the way I had planned and I was not able to pick up any more food from the market or from my Home Store in storage. Sitting there the almost two hours in my truck watching it snow waiting on the tow truck driver also made me aware that I had not updated my Emergency Vehicle Kit for winter in my truck yet. So that is also something I need to do as soon as I get it back. Thankfully we had our heavy coats on, some water bottles, and some freeze-dried snacks to munch on while we waited.

I am extremely thankful for what I have prepared for already, this has been a good test for me to really understand what I need to do better and will be working on in the upcoming weeks. I also realize that this wasn’t a complete 100% test, this time. As I restock and reorganize I will also be making plans for a power and water out scenario. As you just never know! And after this partial test, I would not want to be caught in a situation where not only do I not have food, but power could be out and/or no water either.  I have propane to cook with and extra water stored, but I need to do better with keeping my propane bottles full and storing extra blankets here at the RV, just in case, as our heater is electric.

If you would like more information on making sure your family is prepared please check out my website below or contact me for more information. Our lives and the lives of our families are our responsibility, NOT someone else’s! I do not want to rely on some agency to provide my basic needs, when I should have already done so! When you really think about it, when unexpected things happen, emergencies, natural disasters, etc., it is you and your neighbors that have to take care of each other first before any other agencies ever show up. Sometimes they can not even get to you, as it was the case in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, it was days before first responders could even get thru to most people because of the damage. You are the first responder to your family and your neighbors! The better prepared we can be, the less devastation we can help prevent!

Till next time,

Rachele T.

Prepare with Food Storage and Emergency Supplies

A Very Cold Tow!

Today started out pretty good. Was a little tired. With my hunny working out of state it makes it hard to sleep for me, so mornings are a little tough to get up and moving. But me and baby girl did finally get ready to go run some errands and get ready for the cold front that is coming at us. So we bundled up and headed out. Made our way to the gym first, then over to our mechanics to check on getting a new water reservoir for our truck. It had sprung a leak last year coming over one of the 10,000+ high mountains when we were leaving Oregon last year. We had been patching it, but the patches we not sticking anymore and figured it was time to hunt down a new one.

After we left our mechanics shop we headed over to Tyler to visit our Chiropractor and do a little shopping before heading home to settle in. We got about half-way when I noticed my truck was starting to sputter and felt like I was losing power. I was pushing on the gas, but all I was getting was sputtering and slowing down. I had no warning lights, nothing to indicate something was going wrong. I made my way over to the shoulder thinking I’d let the people behind me pass, then I could turn around and head back. Didn’t happen that way! No sooner than I got pulled over my truck died! And would not restart. So I called my mechanic to let him know we would be headed back to his shop as soon as I could get a tow.

Stormy didn’t like the waiting at all. She was very restless, and hungry! As it was lunch time and we had planned on getting something from the health food store next to our chiropractor. Thankfully we had some freeze-dried snacks in the truck and water bottles, so hunger emergency avoided! lol Then it started to snow! Oh Boy! We do not get much snow here in East Texas so when it does happen its a BIG Event! (I heard some news stations were doing “Breaking News” segments to report that it was snowing, 🙂 I am thankful we had put on our heavy coats before leaving the house though, otherwise that hour long wait with it sleeting and snowing outside would have been very cold! I did go over in my head to remind myself that I need to make sure to repack my Vehicle Emergency Kit and make sure I have cold weather supplies stocked up on when I get my truck back. You don’t really think about those things until you may need them, and then you can be in a lot of trouble if you are not prepared!

TruckWe ended up waiting over an hour for a truck, they were all at other accidents when I called, then had to wait for someone to drive the 20 minutes from town to come and get me from the side of the road. But Stormy thought it was fun to get to ride up in the front of a big tow truck! She jabbered the ear off the poor tow truck driver 🙂 By the time we got back to our mechanics shop in Kilgore there were some really BIG snowflakes falling, and it was getting very cold! I tried to focus on staying warm, rather than the $200 tow bill I had to pay, ugh! But we got our truck safely unloaded and right after the tow truck driver left I went to lock the truck up and there was no key! Uh-oh! I keep a copy of my truck key on my wallet in case I lock my keys inside I usually have my purse with me, or in cases like this when I need to leave my truck with the mechanic and I just want them to have only the truck key. So I had to call the towing company back and get in touch with the driver to bring the key back. He was so apologetic. It was no biggie! 🙂 I got to see some really nice snowflakes while waiting! Once we got the truck squared away with the mechanic and locked up, he drove my daughter and I home since we didn’t have a ride.

Once home, we got something to eat and Stormy was able to finally sit down and do her schoolwork for the day. But she was so worn out from our exciting adventure by 7:30 she was begging to go to bed! Oh my! My night owl was done for the day. So here I sit, wrapping a few things up and hoping that it won’t be anything major for our truck. Seems like a good night to head off a little early! Night all!

Till next time!