YIKES…

Winter 2014 Winter 2014   Predicted to be Catastrophic

If you have never actively prepared for the approach of winter, you may want to start doing so this year.  The National Weather Service models are predicting a 99% chance that this coming winter will start sooner and be harsher than any we have seen, possibly in this century.  Weather science experts are saying the amount of snow we can expect could be many times what we normally get, in most areas.  The northeast and midwest states will probably be the hardest hit, but the expected harsh winter weather could affect the entire continental United States.

This type of severe weather goes far beyond mere inconvenience, it is life threatening.  A greater amount of snow than normal could shut down major cities and cause lengthy power outages.  The combination of no heat and probable food shortages is a recipe for disaster.  The time to prepare for this is now, as the weather could turn as soon as the beginning of October.

What should you do?  How can you protect your family from the hazards that this winter will present?  Prepare for it now!  Better you should start stocking up for the upcoming emergency now than try to run out and buy what you need when the snow is knee deep and everyone else is also trying to do the same thing.  Prices will be inflated, shelves may be empty, people could panic and you could be hurt or worse if you are caught out in those conditions. 

What should you start stocking up on? Some of these things I am sure you probably know, but others you may not think of.  Start with the basics.

Heat – if you lose power and your heat does not work without it, the first thing you will need is an alternative source of heat.  Mr Heater portable propane powered heater was my choice.  Whichever heater you decide on, make sure that it is approved for indoor use, and even then you may want to slightly crack a window.  Make sure to buy a lot of propane tanks, so you do not run out.  Never NEVER use outdoor BBQ grills, kerosene heaters, or any other type of heater that is for outdoor use only.  You can be overcome by fumes from them.
Heavy Clothing – the best would be snowsuits such as what you wear for skiing or winter hiking, but you can also use thermal underwear, wool socks and insulated boots and parka.  Don’t forget the hat and gloves.  You may also want to invest in some hand warmers.

Food – when a food shortage hits, and it will when the delivery trucks cannot get to the stores, the first thing to go is the staples.  Milk, bread, eggs and such will be gone almost immediately.   To avoid this situation, buy good quality powdered milk and store it in a cool dry place.  I don’t trust the cardboard containers they come in so I store mine in two liter soda bottles with tightly screwed on caps.  Kept moisture free, powdered milk stays good for 2 to 10 years, so don’t be afraid to buy a lot.  Loaves of bread should also be on your list.  Bread can be frozen with no major damage to it, and if you lose power, you can always keep it outside where it will stay frozen.  Eggs can also be frozen, not in their shell, but first crack and beat them and then pour them into ice cube trays.  When they are frozen, pop them out and put them in freezer bags.  Can goods, pasta, rice, beans are all things that you can stock up on that will last a long time.  How much food to store will be determined by how many people in your household.  Don’t forget to also buy the means to cook your food.  A small propane stove is best, but you can use an outdoor grill if you want to cook outside, but beware, the smell of cooking food may bring unwanted guests for dinner!

Radio – a portable radio that runs on batteries is essential to keep up on what is going on outside your home.  Battery operated or solar chargers for your cellphone, tablet or laptop is also a good idea.  Being able to communicate with others during a weather emergency is important

Light – stocking up on candles, flashlights and batteries is a good idea, but if you have a lengthy power outage, oil lamps are a much better and cheaper choice.  They give off more light and burn a very long time on very little oil.  You can buy oil lamps(about $10) a Walmart along with lamp oil ($6) and extra wicks.($2)

It may seem a bit overwhelming, but the better you prepare, the safer and happier you will feel.  But remember, it is much better not to tell anyone about the preparations you have made for the coming winter, or  you may find desperate people showing up on your doorstep when their food runs out and their houses have no heat.

 

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School Bus Driver Sacrifices Her Life to Save 10-Year-Old Student

The scene of the school bus accident in Akron, Ohio
Akron Beacon Journal, Ed Suba Jr/AP

09/17/2014 AT 11:45 AM EDT

An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

“She sacrificed her own life to save the life of this 10-year-old girl,” said Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards.

The bus driver has been identified as 51-year-old Laura Zborowski of Akron.

Edwards said the bus pulled up beside Middlebury Academy in Akron and Zborowski asked the students to perform routine evacuation drills. The students, about 40 children ranging from kindergartners to eighth-graders, first exited the bus at the front and lined up single file on the sidewalk as instructed. They then got back on the bus and exited the rear emergency exit, Edwards said.

The 10-year-old girl, the last to exit, was climbing out the back of the bus when the vehicle started rolling backward, Edwards said. Zborowski threw the girl onto the tree lawn and then the bus rolled over Zborowski.

“I don’t think she had time to react,” Edwards said.

The bus came to a stop after rolling into a tree, Edwards said.

Middlebury Academy and the Akron school district sent grief counselors to the charter school.

“Our focus is making sure kids feel safe and [supported ]and to get whatever resources we can into the school immediately,” school executive director Joe Palmer said.

Edwards said the Ohio State Highway Patrol will examine the mechanics of the bus to determine what caused it to roll backward. National Express spokeswoman Molly Hart said the Warrenville, Illinois, company is working with local authorities and conducting its own investigation.

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Don’t wait for tomorrow to come to enjoy the many, most beautiful things that make your heart smile big. Go for a walk in the woods, share a moment or two with a friend, but above and beyond all else remember that these are the moments that will carry you through to the end.

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“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”- Katherine Hepburn
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