30 Days to Better Preparedness. Day 28. Fuel and other necessary items.
We are nearly at the end of our thirty days. When I started this series I felt it was a good time. Now we are drawing to a close I am amazed how much more I think now is the time to prepare than I did a month ago.
I have taken my own advice seriously. Today we both went to town, in separate vehicles and did the stock up of all time. I am blessed I can do this. Tomorrow I will still be putting stuff away as after getting home there were animals to do and garden to water and I just ran out of day and go.
Today I want to cover fuel and also a few things that just didn't necessarily get covered in any of our pantry posts. Yet they are important things.
I also want to say if you live in a cold climate please have alternative ways to heat your home. There are big issues with natural gas across the UK and EU as well as big price increases. But wherever we are if there are freezing conditions we need good alternatives.
We eventually invested in a generator a few years ago. Your flashlights, lanterns, generators etc are no good to you without fuel. A crisis is not the time to go out looking for fuel. Fuel is one of the first things to be gone. Long queues form. You do not want to be in this situation. It is so important to sort this out now.
There are too many variations to cover so I will say you need safe and proper fuel storage. The right kind of containers. The ability to get the fuel INTO the appliance or vehicle. Consider can you lift the container? Do you have suitable funnels or hoses? Think of everything you need. Having a practice run soon lets you know any flaws in the plan!
We store diesel. We have two large tanks. Our generators all run on diesel. I have heard now about some generators that will take different fuels which I think would be fantastic.
We store Petrol. This is stored in large jerry cans. We write the date it was purchased on the can and we rotate that through so it doesn't get old.
Jerry cans and fuel storage become just as hard to get as actual fuel in a criss.
We store about one years worth of wood for the fire. We have a big old shed with an annex and the wood is stacked in there. I have fire lighters, matches, lighters and all year I collect pinecones as kindling.
When I need to use the tube drier I save the lint and when there is an empty toilet paper roll I combine the two for a ready fire lighter supply.
Please consider alternative ways to heat the home in an emergency and store the fuel. We saw places that are not meant to be freezing freeze. We saw this in Texas. So dangerous as people are just not prepared for what they are not used to and people froze to death. Think about this like your life depends on it.
Now I want to throw in items that you don't know how much you need them until you don't have them!
From warm socks to birthday candles, glues, gorilla tape, nail files, stick tape, tweezers, tiny screws for glasses, hot water bottle, globes... so many things that are incredibly useful at the right time.
Lets put our heads together on this one. All suggestions are welcome! xxx