Did you know that September is National Preparedness month? It seems fitting on our homestead since we are in over our heads with garden harvest, orchard harvest, canning and preserving so we can prepare to feed our family for the next year. We’ve also been busy foraging for wild edibles to eat throughout the year and busy cutting, splitting and stacking firewood to prepare to keep us warm this winter.
There are so many things that we need to be prepared for throughout the year. We always like to be prepared with food supplies, firewood, batteries, and ways to cook without power. Here are a few things we have to be prepared for living in rural Montana:
- Winter snowstorms
- Forest fires
- Power outage
- Colds/flu/sickness (Here’s our post with tips on preparing for a medical emergency at home in case you missed it!)
It is important to be prepared for natural disasters and emergencies. Do you have a plan on how to evacuate your home or where your family would meet if you were separated in a natural disaster? I work part time as a geriatric social worker in town and we give all our clients information on disaster preparedness, how to create a plan and important contact information. Here’s a quick video clip for you to watch as a reminder of how important it is to have a plan in case of emergencies:
There are a lot of resources available on how to prepare for a disaster or emergency. If you don’t have a plan, the Ready.gov website is a great resource.
National Preparedness Month $100 Amazon Card Giveaway
Since September is National Preparedness month (www.Ready.gov/Prepare), we joined with the Homestead Bloggers Network to bring you all a giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card. Our hope is that the lucky winner of this gift card will be able to use it to purchase supplies to be more prepared at home for whatever disaster or emergency comes your way.
This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. It is open to US residents who are 18 and older and void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary.