Are you ready?

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My parents live in the greater Houston area and were hit by Hurricane Ike almost 2 weeks ago. They didn't need to evacuate and had plenty of supplies and food to get them by. They froze extra water jugs to help keep their freezer cold until the power came back on. A great idea, as long as your power comes back on. They've now been without power for 13 days and are hopeful that it will be on soon. They invited friends and neighbors over and barbecued the rest of the meat in their freezer before it could go bad.

That made me start thinking about the huge amount of meat in my freezer. Luckily we live in a place without many natural disasters, but our neighborhood is purely electric--no natural gas. We have an electric furnace, but the clincher is the well powered by an electric pump. Without power, we have no water. But back to the freezer--I decided that the meat in my freezer would all get canned on the propane stove. I was given dozens of canning jars this spring that I technically didn't need, so I'd have the jars I needed. I'm not sure I have enough lids, however.

Knowing someone who is personally going through a natural disaster makes one think a little harder about being prepared. Do you have what you need to "hunker down" in your house for hours, days, weeks, months? Do you have the fuel you need to to heat your house, cook your food, or run a generator?

Are you ready for what could happen, where ever it is that you live?