avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
First, we're all safe. If you've been on Facebook, you already know that, but it bears repeating for those who haven't. The tornadoes completely missed Gadsden, although several nearby communities weren't so lucky. And elsewhere in the state? Well, you've seen the news reports, I'm sure. Tuscaloosa is more or less wiped off the map, as is Cullman. So many fatalities, so much destruction....we were incredibly lucky. We never even lost power.

Second, after spending several uncomfortable hours in the basement Wednesday night, all by myself except for the animals (because spouse was in lockdown at the mall), I became aware of how inadequately we have prepared in the event we were struck by a tornado or some other disaster, natural or otherwise. As in, we have made NO preparation. None whatsoever.

Okay, we have a cellar. And a few candles. And a flashlight. It's a Maglite, so it's a good flashlight. But there's only one.

Spouse tends to discount and minimize threats, while I tend to overreact. Sometimes he's right: the duct tape and plastic sheeting for the windows recommendation several years ago was a bit silly. On tornadoes, though, and considering where we live? I think he's a bit too cocksure about our chances if we suffered a direct hit. And so yesterday I started putting together our disaster kit.

Having been through a first aid and CPR course as well as a disaster-preparedness class courtesy of the US Government, I have some general idea of what we need. The detailed list I got in that class has disappeared, but FEMA also provides a list on its Ready.gov website. Yesterday I bought the first aid kit and three more flashlights: another Maglite, an Energizer crank flashlight, and another Energizer combo crank/solar powered flashlight. The crank flashlights have cords or belt clips so we can attach them to our clothing. I also bought two cases of bottled water. I ordered a combo weather/AM/FM radio and an emergency backpack kit with food, blankets, and other goodies in a convenient grab-and-go package.

Over the next few weeks, I'll get the basement organized...there's already a big plastic shelf down there. And a work table. We also have four camp chairs. I need to move the animal crates from the garage to the basement and get two more plastic bins to store extra pet food. Extra harnesses and leashes too. And more batteries. A wrench and other tools. Maps. An extra stepladder.

So many little things one doesn't realize are necessities until one needs them, which all by itself is the reason to plan ahead.
avanta7: (Audrey)
Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, endless endless rain for three straight days now. This was not how I envisioned my time off from work.

Running errands and taking care of business in the rain is miserable. Because it's not a pleasant rain, a light misty rain, refreshing to feel on one's face, oh no, that would be too easy. It's a steady sturdy rain, the kind that drips off the back of one's hat and slides, cold and gooseflesh-making, down the back of one's neck. It's the kind of rain that makes entering and leaving the house an ordeal because the leaf-clogged gutters right above the door overflow in torrents, thus creating that sliding gooseflesh-creating drip off the hat referenced above. It's the kind of rain that makes me grateful I was never chosen for any of those Seattle-area positions I kept applying for.

Ha! A good thing. Now I can finish getting dressed and ready to face the drizzle.
avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
Funeral )

Drive )

Storm )

The rain is back today, but so far without the wind. Spouse is at work; I'm enjoying a little solitude. There's laundry to be done (when isn't there laundry to be done?) and floors to sweep. Pillars of the Earth is calling my name; and I believe there's a can of Progresso New England Clam Chowder in the cupboard with my name on it.


May. 16th, 2006 10:01 pm
avanta7: (Gargoyle)
I don't think I can make it until June 1 without air conditioning.
The high today was 94F (34C).
avanta7: (SnarkyAvanta)
You know, if I'd wanted to live someplace where it rains every blinking day, I'd have taken a job in Washington state.

avanta7: (BookOwl)
I just stepped outside to put the outgoing mail where the carrier can pick it up. It's cold and wet, with a light drizzle. Bleah. So much for my planned releasing expedition today! Of course, this will please my mother and sister. I'm going shopping with them, and they roll their eyes whenever I drop books on one of our shopping expeditions.
avanta7: (PinkWall)
The day dawned bright and clear and cold. Late this morning, I tramped about my sparkly neighborhood with the camera. Come take a walk with me!

Welcome to the Quapaw Quarter! )

So, how was your day?

Oh joy

Sep. 25th, 2004 09:37 am
avanta7: (Default)
Our 30% chance of rain just turned into 100%. You should have witnessed the mad scramble to get electrical cords out of harm's way.
avanta7: (Default)
I have a headache. Stupid humidity.

It's nap time.

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