Whether living in your RV or just traveling for the summer months most Rver’s are in the northern states for the summer where it is some cooler, many are still being caught in the horrible heat and many fires that are burning already in the west. And those traveling to the rallies back east are being hit with high humidity as well. We pray for everyone’s safety and hope you are having an enjoyable summer. Being in the Northwest this time of year is amazing and very few days get hot. But we were in Cle Elum/Roslyn, WA over the weekend and there is a burn ban east of the Cascade mountains.
A Timely Tip: This was forwarded to me by reader Danise and is from a website called www.FlyLady.net. With fire season already under way and so much horrific weather happening in much of the U.S. this is good information and should be practiced by all including RVer’s. Thanks Danise for the great information.
Could You Evacuate in Minutes?
Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!
1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.
2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.
3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.
4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!
5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.
6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.
7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.
8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.
9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.
10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.
11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.
We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.
Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.
Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.
TIP from a reader: If you need some help with a day job or project this is a great way to get excellent help and help out Vets. http://hirepatriots.com/dayjobs. Thanks for the tip George. He states he has used them several times with good results.
Also this great tip from Danise (a real space saver): Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire.
Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire
She has many uses for it and I’m sure you can all come up with more ideas. Thanks for this too Danise. Can’t wait to try it. Looks like you can get it at Lowe’s, Home Depot, McLendons, etc.
I use it in place of bungee cords or Velcro straps in several areas as I can customize the length and am not struggling with the cords and the hooks or knobs, or the sticky Velcro. It would be great to hold tarps or awnings in place to keep them from blowing in the breeze or wrap around water hose, electric cords and I use a chunk to wrap around the outdoor running cable I sometimes use for our dog. (She can be a real pest when we are setting up, as she can’t figure out which one of us she wants to follow about. It is so much safer and easier to let her be outside, but restrained to a nearby tree or picnic table while we are moving about.)
On Sale until the end of the month. Silicone Oven Mitt https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84 only $10.00 .
TIP from a reader: I bought 2 of the oven mitts for a friend. He puts oysters on the bbq and now does not get burned when he opens them. He loves them. Thanks Marilu for the idea. I use this oven mitt to do corn on the cob all the time…so easy. Watch this short video on how it’s done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10MkdbzS54
Also still on sale: Mesh Picnic Covers…so great for picnics and outdoor meals. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=140 2 for $5.00.
Want more tips and tricks? Visit www.lifetricks.com.
Great Places to Visit: 25 Stunning National Park Vistas. Who doesn’t love to visit our national parks? So many stunning sites to see. Here is just one of those vistas.
Olympic National Park
And another website for Great Places to Visit: The Most Beautiful Spot in Every State. http://www.purewow.com/travel/most-beautiful-place-in-every-state?utm_source=zergnet&utm_medium=syndication. WOW how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country….so much to see and do.
May you have a huge “bucket list” of things to see and do on your journey and Rving be the perfect way to check off items on that list. Remember only YOU hold the map to make your journey a memorable one. Happy and safe travels.
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