National Preparedness $100 Amazon Giveaway
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There’s a big reason why I decided to participate in this National Preparedness $100 Amazon Giveaway by the Homestead Bloggers Network. We live in an area that gets a lot of flooding. There was a family two years ago that we passed while driving to our house. Their house was completely flooded. Water had receded enough at the time that we were able to drive by. The amount of mud was astounding! I couldn’t take it, so we turned around to go see if we could help. They were super sweet; an older couple who has lived by the stream for many many years. She took me in her house and showed me the damage. The mud was half way up the walls, so I can just imagine how fast it must have been flowing. She said the water didn’t flood from the stream, but came down the hill and filled their house. They managed to leave before it got too bad, but she said by the time that started grabbing their stuff and got to their truck that it had risen over a foot. Apparently it wasn’t the first time. I would be doing anything I could to move! But some people don’t have the resources to do so very easily.
Then last year there was a family that we knew very briefly before they moved that was swept off of a road by fast moving water coming down a hill – a road that I drive! The mom and kids were killed.
It’s so unbelievable to think that anything bad can happen. We cannot dwell on it. We have a God who is larger than any disaster. Bigger than any of our problems. He is who we look to. But he also gave us a brain to navigate in this fallen world and I think it’s just simple preparedness to know what kind of disasters are in our area and to have a family plan to stay in touch.
We have a few simple plans:
1) Fire in the house: a place for the kids to go to when they run outside
2) In event of disaster where we must leave the house: a location to meet my spouse in
3) A emergency kit in the van – not just first aid, but other supplies we may need if we need to travel or cannot get home (water, snacks, blankets, etc.)
4) An emergency kit in the basement to grab in emergency if we are not getting in the van.
We don’t live in fear. We don’t talk about it daily. We simply have thought through a few things and discussed them as a family. Occasionally we will bring these things up and discuss them again as the kids get older so they know what the plan is.
September is National Preparedness Day. I am happy to be able to bring you a $100 giveaway to help you become better prepared. There are a lot of resources to help you. Here’s a link for making plans with children: Ready.gov
Please share the giveaway with your friends and family, and let us know how your family prepares. I’m sure we can give each other some great ideas!
National Preparedness $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Giveaway Details for $100 Giveaway:
In honor of National Preparedness Month (www.Ready.gov/Prepare), the Homestead Bloggers Network is hosting a giveaway to help you become better prepared for any potential emergency situation. Not only do you need to create an emergency family plan, but you need to have some basic supplies at the ready. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to help them get everything on their family’s preparedness list!
The giveaway will end 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.