Once I saw the amount of snow yesterday I went and did my morning chores then had a quick walk around my neighbours to make sure everyone was okay.
My one set of neighbours, Ken and Liz, were properly sorted. Ken is in his 70's and there's certainly no flies on him, when the weather was good on the Saturday he'd moved all the firewood he'd need up to the house and garage, ready for the snow. I also know they'd have enough food in stock to last them any length of time needed.
On the other end of the scale I read on someones Facebook yesterday that they'd been in a shop and heard a woman complaining that the store had run out of bread, apparently she'd said to the cashier (not the other way round!) "You knew there was a storm coming, so why didn't you stock up?"
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Now I know I'm preaching to the choir a little bit here, but please lets not be idiots. It costs very little to keep a bit of food in the house. And I'm not talking enough to see out a nuclear winter, just enough to see you through a snowy week if you can't get to the shops.
It doesn't cost much and I'd say you could probably kit yourself out with some emergency rations for a few days for about £20.
I keep long life bread here, it's called flour.
We keep emergency cake, it's called flour, eggs and sugar.
A months worth of breakfast comes in the form a of big bag of oats.
None of this costs very much! Nor does it take up much storage space. A little camping stove would give you the ability to cook off grid....
I think you can see where I'm going with this!
People are too quick to play the victim. People need to take control and do something for themselves.
What I'll be doing after this snow storm is evaluating what we could have done with and making sure we have it for next time.
Then I'll be thinking how would we have done without power and trying to make things more comfortable if that was the case as well. We can heat the house without power (or most of the house) and cook on top of the stove, but what else would have helped?
Are you stocked up for a snow storm?
Who do you know who plays the idiot but won't take any notice when you try to warn them?