Plenty of famous folks are hunkering down and trying to preserve their resources and their sanity while Hurricane Sandy continues its assault. Everyone in the mid-Atlantic from Snooki to Kate Gosselin and beyond is hunkered down for the next 24 hours, praying the power holds out and the basement doesn’t flood too badly.
Ironically, there’s one very well-known family that isn’t in the direct path of Sandy, but that would fare very well if they did happen to be affected by the storm.
Who are they? None other than the Duggar family of 19 Kids & Counting fame. They live in Arkansas – far out of the north-moving track of the hurricane – but their lifestyle and organizational skills make them perfectly equipped to deal with a natural disaster.
Frown at their no-birth-control policy all you like. Roll your eyes at their almost-Amish dress code and their beliefs on evolution and overpopulation. But when a natural disaster strikes, whom would you rather stay with – a panicked cousin with a pocket flashlight or a family with a food warehouse to rival Costco’s?
Read on to find out what makes the Duggars so hurricane-ready!
They’re used to being together all day 1 of 6"There's no place like home" could easily be the Duggar family's motto. The children are all homeschooled (the older teens take online college-prep courses) and the family is always busy with group activities. If a storm kept them housebound for a couple of days, it wouldn't be that big a deal for them.
Why there's always "room for one more" at the Duggars'.
They’re well-stocked 2 of 6With so many mouths to feed, the Duggars are used to shopping in bulk. Their home features a huge pantry that holds enough nonperishable goods to last them through a hurricane and then some.
Learn more about the Duggars' grocery shopping.
They have disaster training 3 of 6Older Duggar children John-David, Jana and Jill are trained as first responders and work as volunteer firefighters. If a hurricane hit their town, they'd be among the first on the scene to help with rescue and first aid.
Michelle talks about the kids' volunteer work.
They carry cash 4 of 6Before a disaster strikes, experts advise having plenty of money handy in case power outages affect credit-card machines and ATMs. No problem for the Duggar family, who live by a debt-free philosophy and always pay with cash. They're also bargain-hunters who wait for sales and barter with Craigslist sellers for the best deals.
More about their thrifty lifestyle here.
They can entertain themselves without TV 5 of 6All the Duggar children learn to play instruments at an early age. If their power goes out, they can break into an impromptu sonata.
Why music relieves their stress.
Their faith is strong 6 of 6The Duggars put God first in their lives, and Michelle credits this with helping get them through all of life's storms - literal and otherwise.
How Michelle encourages her kids to pray in times of crisis.
[Photos: TLC, Pacific Coast News, Wikimedia]
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