We have had a bit of snow. There is snow on the pavements and roads (the track outside my house is Very Slippy Indeed) but the main roads are clear. It is winter and only to be expected. This did not stop The Boys’ schools from chucking them out at 12.30 today however, with their end of term Carol Services cancelled.
Sainsbury’s was so unbelievably busy this morning, that I asked a checkout girl if I had made some terrible mistake and it was actually Christmas tomorrow? She replied that people were stocking up because of the snow.
I wonder how many people have prepared for bad weather by having an Emergency Pack in the house? A freezer full of ready meals is of no use to you if the power has gone off. And if it does go off, you stand more chance of saving the contents of your freezer if you don’t open it.
I would suggest the following:-
Candles – plenty of
Torch + spare batteries. Better still, a wind-up one
Camping stove – preferably 2
Spare gas bottles for the above
Thermos flask – preferably 2
Extra blankets or sleeping bags inc. one for the car
Hot water bottles
First Aid Kit inc painkillers, cough mixture, lavender oil
A Radio + extra batteries or pref. a wind-up one
A board game or playing cards
The New National Song Book (only joking. Although…)
Tinned food – soup, baked beans, corned beef, tomatoes, potatoes, tuna, rice pudding, pasta sauce, sweetcorn, meatballs, fruit
Dried food – pasta, stock cubes, milk, sugar, instant Ovaltine or Hot chocolate, tea bags, coffee, raisins (you ought to have most of these in your storecupboard anyway)
Milk, cheese, eggs and butter can be kept outside in a lidded container if your fridge is off. Same for fresh veg.
Keep some De-Icer in the house. If it’s in the car it’s no use for getting the car open. Ditto the scraper.
Know where your shovel is. Shovelling snow will keep you warm!
If you have an open fire, get some extra coal, logs and firelighters.
Top up your mobile with a bit extra if you know bad weather is coming
Also, and this is very important, if you have elderly neighbours make sure they are ok and keep checking on them if necessary. Make sure they have your telephone numbers.
Stop whining unless you genuinely have something to whine about. It’s the being cheerful wot keeps us going.