Friday Chief Justice Roberts upset the weather gods with his healthcare decision surprise. Kidding, kidding. The timing and wrath of Zeus of the severe storm that pelted the DC Metro area at least makes me smirk about it. Check out the Capital Weather Gang's pic of the action.
As I was coming home for the evening on Friday, my date had to swerve to miss fallen limbs in the road. I might have screamed a little. I lost electricity just for one day, but others are still without it.
The Washington Post is currently hosting a contest to name the derecho storm that pounced so quickly.
My fav is in the lead:
My friend, @kgaglione, prefers Derecho Malfoy.
Severe weather like this can be almost fun, if no one gets hurt of course. I get to bust out my emergency preparedness paraphernalia!
Mormons are big into "being prepared in all things." This includes emergency preparedness. We are counseled to have a 72 hr kit and at least one year of food storage.
Here’s my stake’s website to help be prepared. (Stake is a regional unit made up of several wards or congregations.)
The idea is to store up during times of plenty, like Joseph of Egypt, to be ready when the skinny cows show up. Never mind.
Food storage helped my family when I was mid elementary school age. After several years of too much rain in Florida, my farming family was unable to repay their loans. Then, the subsequent year, our broker stole the crop he was supposed to sell on the market. It was devastating for us. Years later, I remember my parents talking about how they didn't know how they would buy milk. We ate from our year supply of canned tomatoes, pasta and peaches. I don't remember it much. I just remember being a happy kid and swimming in our cousins' pool when my Dad came home from the fields. But, we consider the ability to retain our house and not go hungry at the same as a blessing of obedience to a prophet’s counsel to store up food.
I have probably about 2 months of food storage currently in my garage, including lots of water. But I have yet to bring myself up to speed on how to actually cook with this food. I don't really know what to actually do with all that wheat, but hey I'm a work in progress.:)
My roommate's friend Anna, well she's my friend too, jokes that her food storage plan is to buy cigarettes and alcohol and she'll just barter when the time comes. (We crack up at this because Mormons don’t smoke or drink.)
I have an emergency kit in my office (the backpack below). Now I'm near Dupont Circle, but I used to be at Farragut park closer to the White House, an easy target of attacks. I figured if Jack Bauer was ever scaling my the outside of the law firm's building, I’d should be ready to throw him a line...or maybe a bit of beef jerky. Plus, I have sporty shoes in the bag. There’s no way I’m hiking home to in heels in the event of an emergency.
Then I have a 72 hour kit in my car. It’s in bucket form because you’re supposed to haul your waste to a safe spot in the bucket when sewage lines are trashed. Yuck. I just cringed a little.
Amazon has a list of bare essentials for an impending Zombie Apocalypse. You could purchase the lot and just befriend a Mormon for your food preparation. You’ll probably have to listen to their gospel message at some point if this is your plan, just sayin’. Or, store up food and then barter with Anna for your addictive substances. I hear her price is going to be pretty steep, though.
Doesn't all this sound fun?