SIP: I HATE SNOW!
We got snow coming. According to Rico's last update, it will start this evening and end tomorrow evening.His snow accumulation guesses are as follows:
West of Loudoun & Frederick counties: 12-18"
Loudoun & frederick counties: 8-12"
Fairfax, Montgomery, Howard & Baltimore counties: 6-10"
PG & AA counties: 4-8"
Charles & Calvert & Fredericksburg area & inside beltways: 1-4"
St. Marys down to the northern neck of Va : 0-1"
According to the hype of the local newscasters we should probably expect about 18 feet with a mixture of fire from the bowels in the pits of HELL!
We are prepared and don't really expect to have to do much. I need to go out and buy the essential food item we keep on top of our fridge but that's about it.
Around October I always buy a few containers of ice melt. I get the containers and not the bags because it's easier to store the container. The bag gets all floppy and some of them aren't resealable so yeah...the containers work best in my opinion. I buy them in October so I always have some. If I actually waited until there was a storm prediction...I'd be stuck like Chuck.
SIP: Why is Chuck always stuck? Does he not have critical thinking skills?
We get the pet kind cuz we kinda don't want out dogs to lick poison off their feet and die.
We have shovels, of course. One of those really nice ergonomic ones for the real snow shoveler and an adequate one for the person who just really goes out and moves snow around inch by inch cuz they don't want to be out there in the first place.
Each of our vehicles have a snow brush/ice scraper tool, although seriously...everyone knows I AM NOT going out in that mess. You'll pass by our house and my truck will be right out front with the windshield wipers pulled out.
I'm not going out in that.
We have two flashlights in each main room of our home and we keep our battery stockpile pretty solid. I'm kinda weird about batteries. My parents were the type that tried to get you to believe that if you put the batteries in the freezer they'd work again once the batteries ran out in your battery operated toy/radio/etc. Even though I now know it's cuz they were happy to have some time where the noise producing object didn't work...I still keep lots of batteries on hand cuz I said (in my Hushpuppy voice making muscles) WHEN I GROW UP IMMA ALWAYS HAVE NEW BATTERIES!
Because of this...I buy the super huge container of either Duracel or Equalizer batteries in each size we use.
SIP: Isn't it crazy how your childhood issues can creep up into anything? Just NUTS!
We have a phone that "don't take no juice" and a battery operated radio. We also have a generator and several cans of gas at the ready.
We have candles and I already have our food and water for the week so we're good. I'll probably cook everything today and have it in the fridge in case the power goes out and we're using the microwave on the generator to reheat.
Once again, I'm out of the one essential food item so yeah...I'll head out and get more of that.
While I'm out, I'll fill up my truck with gas cuz you never know what will happen and people go gas crazy swiftly.
I will probably go down to the basement and get all of our extra blankets and comforters and put them in the guest bedroom in case the power is out at bedtime and we can put extra blankets on our bed.
All in all we're pretty good in the emergency preparedness department so we never need to do much to be comfortable in a storm. KNOCK ON WOOD. The biggest thing that happened for us in a storm before was this: Pepco...Montgomery County, MD...Derecho Storm...HOT.AS.HELL!
If you're in the DMV...are you ready? Do you have much to do in order to GET ready? Do you panic shop? What's your ESSENTIAL item you have to have in the house? LOL!
Are the rest of you pretty prepared for an emergency in your area? Do yall panic shop? Yall got batteries?