Monday, 23 October 2017
I came home from work today to find that there was a burst pipe just outside the house across the road. My water was cut off this morning, after I left for work!
Luckily my neighbour (who retired early from teaching at 49!!!!) knew beforehand and filled up containers with water before it was cut off. He kindly filled my kettle so I could cook dinner and have a cuppa!
But I'm annoyed at myself for being so unprepared. I didn't have any bottled water for drinking or cooking. I didn't have any hand sanitiser or wipes. I don't have any rainwater collection systems in place (for flushing the loo) Just a few short years ago when I lived in a very rural area I was the Queen of Preparedness! Every winter I'd get snowed in at some point, the water pipes froze, the power lines came down in windy weather and the telephone wires regularly came down willy nilly. The road at the end of the lane got badly flooded a few times too.The nearest supermarket was 15 miles away so I was always prepared with supplies. Plenty of food in the cupboard, bottled water in the garage, candles, gas stove etc etc
This weekend I ran out of toilet paper (I thought I had a pack in my cupboard) 😳 Today I had no water. Both timely reminders to GET PREPARED!!
I might be living in suburbia but I could still have a power cut or have a burst pipe. First of all I need to:
1. Keep some bottles of water for emergencies in the garage (rotate regularly)
2. Keep some hand santiser gel in stock
3. Order a water butt ASAP!
4. Get my wood pile sorted in case the electricity goes out.
Then I need to look at my general preparedness for any type of SHTF scenario that might happen in the future.
Years ago I read this book, it had some good ideas to get started. Must look it out again to refresh my memory!