by Lane Jordan Burday
Last week, my normally balmy Texas weather turned into an ice and snow catastrophe. A frigid air mass from the North came rushing down into most of the United States. Only one or two states escaped the brutal cold.
My home lost power for almost 2 nights. Many on my street had pipes burst because when your power is out for that long, there is no heat so the water pipes freeze then bust. Because so much water was lost along with no electricity to keep the water supply running, millions also lost their water. My daughter and son-in-law in Houston didn’t have water for over a week. The government is beginning to access the damage and concluding the power company that oversees the Texas utilities decided against upgrading the system—to save money. That decision cost lives and caused huge problems.
We can’t control those above us who make the decisions, but we can be prepared. I was a Brownie and Girl Scout, and that’s one thing we learned: Be Prepared. So here is a list of items I believe you should get now in case you lose power due to an ice storm, hurricane or tornado.
- Have a place in your home that you and your family can run to in case of an emergency. In Texas, most of us don’t have basements, so I have a closet under the stairs for that purpose.
- Buy items to store in that safe place: wind-up radio and flashlight; Coleman lantern; candles, matches, extra batteries; battery charger for your cell phones; written list of all emergency numbers in case you can’t use your phone; copies of insurance papers, medical insurance numbers, prescription names, type of dosage, etc.; blankets; at least 2 gallons of water per person; some non-perishable food along with food for your animals.
- As soon as you see a weather newscast saying bad weather is coming, go to the store! We knew at least 5 days before that the weather would go down to 9 degrees. We keep our bread in the freezer already, but I bought a roast to cook before the cold weather came, vegetables, and extra fruit and milk. This will hopefully help you stay out of food lines.
- If you can, buy a camp stove or a gas grill so you can cook. We have a gas stovetop so we could still heat up water and cook, which was a lifesaver.
No matter what catastrophe we may find ourselves in, God is in the middle of it! Ask for His comfort and provision. Listen to praise music and just love on your family. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2
Lane Jordan Burday is a best-selling author, national speaker, artist, and certified professional coach. She has served as Associate Producer for the television program In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley and writer for First Baptist Church. Her books are on organization: 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman. You can find Lane at: www.LaneJordanMinistries.com