During the recent weather apocalypse in the Northeast, compliments of Sandy – many things became clear to us in terms of survival skills but none as important than the fact that preparedness can mean the difference between life and death.
Does that sound dramatic? Well it is. And it is also true.
Affluent and under-served communities alike struggled with bare essentials including food, shelter and heat as we subsequently got pummeled with a powerful Nor’easter that dumped 5 inches of snow on the ground. In fact, many communities continue to face significant hardships in our area.
And thus faced with the extreme elements there were a few things I was grateful for beyond the health and safety of my family, friends and neighbors – and that was batteries.
Do I feel lucky? Yes I do. And in hindsight one of the most fortuitous decisions I made involved a visit to our local megastore which took place just 4 weeks prior to Sandy. I grabbed a giant pack of D batteries for the flashlights to which my husband moaned: “That is a huge pack we will never get through them!” – still I persevered and my Energizer mega pack actually saved the 14 days we remained WITHOUT power yet still able to move around the house safely with early nightfalls arriving around 5:30pm.
And in case you are wondering, yes, I did take some pleasure during the post Sandy recovery to remind him about my incredibly well timed decision to buy the Energizer mega pack – of course!
We all learned a lot of important lessons as a result of this natural disaster – among others that we have wonderful friends and neighbors, a hard working municipal workforce (who worked around the clock to keep us safe) and that being prepared will actually make survival possible. Everyone is vulnerable to some kind of natural disaster – make a plan with your family and be ready.
Monica Vila blogs regularly on TheOnlineMom.com
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