Labor Day signals the end of summer and boy is it true in Western Washington. Trees have been turning their gold, oranges and reds since mid August and oh so beautiful but oh I’m not ready for summer to be over! I’m sure that has some meaning for the winter to come. It means the kids and grandkids back to school and fall sports and of course football. It means Rver’s are thinking about their trips heading south whether a snowbird or living full time in your RV, we all want to be out of the winter weather.
Reader TIP: September is Disaster Preparedness Month and this guest article was shared by Kathryn, a reader who spent 30+ years as a Disaster Specialist for the Red Cross. It is a great article and thanks Kathryn for sharing all this good information
“I was sitting here thinking about all the horrid storms and thought perhaps my 38+ years of being a Disaster Specialist for the Red Cross might be able to help those who are in the line of fire or who could become in the line of fire, or in this case not fire, but tornado’s and the horrible storms.
Please make sure that you have the following: 1. Water is the most major of all of our needs. Place at least 10 gallons in the trunk of your car, fill the tub to the brim and keep it full as it seeps into the drain. (Remember the liquid in all canned foods will also help with thirst.) 2. If you have a small “camping” propane stove – – get it out where you can grab it and make sure you have extra bottles of propane for it. (If you must evacuate quickly put it in the trunk of your car) 3. Dehydrated food is good to have – – but only if you have enough water to fix it! 4. Canned Tuna and Salmon will give you protein. 5. Peanut Butter & Crackers are excellent, Trail Mix, Oatmeal bars, Granola Bars, Hershey Bars (Hershey chocolate is the purest of all chocolates giving immediate energy) Gator Aid replaces lost electrolytes lost during stress.
6. Blankets and Rain Gear are so important. 7. Jewelry, Money, Guns and above all: Your prescription medication, glasses or contacts any important documents that are in your home not in your safety deposit box NEED TO BE WITH YOU! 8. Be sure to have some “kitchen size” trash bags. These work for so many things – – not the least is you have a port-a-pot (don’t forget to include potty paper in the trunk of your car) 9. A Weather Radio if it is battery operated, extra batteries, there are also “crank” ones that are great to have.
10. Pet food for you animal children along with a bowl for their water. Hold them close to you, they do not know what is going on and like a child they are SCARED and need to be comforted by you. 11. If you have small children, make sure their “favorite” thing is with you- – -stuffed animal, pillow, blanket. 12. A shovel, hatchet or ax, cigarette lighters (even if you don’t smoke) Now lets discuss your First Aid Kit: Make sure to in close the following: Gauze Pads 4″x4″ (they are the best since they fold to smaller sizes) Antibiotic salve, Surgical Tape, Band aids, several old wash cloths, Quart and Gallon Zip Lock bags (these will work as surgical gloves as a “blood barrier”) Aspirin or Tylenol. Last but not least (and yes, I know it sounds silly) Sanitary Napkins, heavy ones, they are the best “pressure pack” in case of sever bleeding. I know we are all used to having our cell phones and 911 is only a second away. However, if the cell towers are down or if everyone is trying to use them at the same time 911 will not and cannot work. Therefore, it is imperative that you be able to care for your family and those around you who need help. * It is Important if you are returning to a Flooded Home to Remember God Did NOT CREATE ANY CREATURE THAT CANNOT SWIM — THIS INCLUDES SNAKES !! THEREFORE DO NOT REACH WHERE YOU CANNOT SEE — THE TOP OF A REFRIGERATOR IS AN EXAMPLE !
Not only am a Disaster Specialist, but have taught Survival Courses, Emergency Preparedness, Advanced First Aid, along with EMT and Para Medic Courses.
I hope these hints will help anyone who is in need. God’s Blessings to each and all.”
TIP: Join RVillage…it’s free and fun. A great place to connect with other RVer’s, belong to like-minded groups and schedule get togethers when in an area. You can even Sell your RV on the site, there’s a blog and a place for you to update where you are staying and see who else may be in the same park. Check it out at http://www.rvillage.com/pages. Once you have joined click on the GOLD tab to see if you’d like to become a GOLD member.
TIP: 21 Uses for Windex. This certainly has a place in your RV.
On Sale: Since I have not put out a newsletter for a month to remind you of the sale we will extend the sale of the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls through the month of September.
These make great gifts as well as being fun for your 4 p.m. cocktail get togethers. Both for only $20.00 plus shipping. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161
Great Places to Visit:
This is such a gorgeous area in our country and I thought this article was a great resource for anyone who wants to make this trip. No matter where along the route you pick it up the scenery is spectacular. http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/driving-101-unbeatable-west-coast-road-trip?
Remember to enjoy the journey and you do hold the map so make it as spectacular as possible. Until next time. Safe and Happy Travels.