Preparing for flooding

Flood waters from 2015

Preparing for flooding

 

Hey all,

Oklahoma has been having some really bad weather lately. We’ve been having tornadoes and flooding. So, while I have written a emergency preparedness post for winter storms before, I thought I would specifically address what to keep on hand for yourself and your animals in the event of bad weather, whether that is flooding or tornadoes.

So, when the weather is bad, and you have flooding, what should you have on hand? For starters, when our barn yard gets muddy, it’s not good for the livestock’s feet. So we buy extra bags of wood chips. Note, I said chips not shavings. Shaving will soak through quickly. The chips will help get the animals up out of the mud. You will want to have hay on hand to feed in your barn. Keep enough animal feed to last a couple of weeks.

For yourself, keep extra drinking water and food. I would recommend keeping canned foods, and things like tuna and peanut butter for protein. You can also buy MRE meals from http://www.honeyville.com That’s where we get some of our spare supplies. They have a whole bunch of different types of freeze dried supplies. The MRE’s are like this one here: https://shop.honeyville.com/hearty-mexican-rice-with-chicken.html Before you end up in a situation where you have to shelter in place, get a generator. You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s a 5 gallon bucket of black beans that we have kept on hand so we have food we can cook in the event of an emergency.

Oh, and on the topic of food for yourselves, we get five gallon buckets with screw on lids to keep extra food dry. Our family buys rice, beans and oatmeal in bulk. This is what the lid looks like:

A screw on lid for a 5 gallon bucket.

We also bought ourselves a Berkey water filter. This ensures that even if we are not able to keep other water on hand, we have clean drinking water available.

The big metal thing is our family Berkey. The buckets below hold food.

You can even buy Berkey water bottles for everyone in the family to keep in a bugout bag for the possibility that you might have to evacuate your home in a natural disaster. You can see what those look like here: https://www.berkeyfilters.com/products/sport-berkey?gclid=CjwKCAjw583nBRBwEiwA7MKvoKuBdsVhPm17sRz3Fn3WEldnozK3cCHCZQ_KDksDdGw-Oir_q3754xoCmL0QAvD_BwE

Until next time,

Homestead in Health ya’ll!

Emily

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