Living Like Little House on the Prairie ~ Being Prepared

by Merissa on February 15, 2011

in Living Like Little House

We finally got around to starting to read Little House on the Prairie! Growing up this was my very favorite Little House book. Me and my sister would hook the little trailer up to the 4-wheeler and pull it around the land pretending that was our covered wagon. When we couldn't be outside we would head up the hill to Granny's house and create "wagons" in her basement out of couch cushions and folding tables. Granny was thrilled with that!

This weekend we've been reading through chapter 2, Crossing the Creek. If you'll recall from the book, Pa and Ma thought they would be ok while crossing the creek but then mid-way across things changed.

"There, there, Caroline, " said Pa. "We're all safe, thanks to a good tight wagon box well fastened to the running gear. I never saw a creek rise so fast in my life."

If Pa had not known what to do, or if Ma had been too frightened to drive, or if Laura and Mary had been naughty and bothered her, the they would have all been lost.

In any day and age, we will never be able to predict the future. We don't know what's going to happen with the economy or with the weather or with anything really. The only thing we can try to do is be prepared for what *might* happen.

Where I live, one thing we have to always be concerned about is the weather. In the winter we always run the risk of a white out blizzard or winds that make it so cold you can get frostbite in 10 minutes. In the spring we have to worry about flooding. In the summer we have to worry about fires and tornados. In the last 2 years we've had all those situations arise right where I'm at.

This was just last fall. We had a lightening storm that sparked 4 fires. This was 2 of them that combined into one.

2 years ago. We had 3 bad blizzards in 2 weeks. Nothing melted in between. We were lucky at the time to have already borrowed the hubby's father's skid loader to dig ourselves out. During the blizzard though we were snowed in for about 4 days.

This tends to happen alot when you live down a gravel/dirt road. This particular picture was taken after the blizzards from the picture above when things started melting. It often does this when it rains alot. Last summer it got so bad the entire road just caved in.

A circling cloud. These always seems to happen when I'm alone at home. This particular one was right above ours and the neighbors houses and it scared me to death twisting round and round.

Those are just a few natural disasters. You really never know what you need to be prepared for. Something that we are working on right now is preparing a 72 hour kit. This is a bucket we are putting together with various items that could sustain us for 72 hours. We are going to put it in a bucket in an easily accessible area so we can grab it at a moments notice should we ever have to leave the house in a hurry. Here's a list of some of the things that will be going in our bucket. There are so many different emergencies to be prepared for, this little post is just the tip of the ice berg. But I feel like at least putting together a 72 hour kit is a start and it's better than nothing!

One other thing I wanted to touch Little House on the Prairie in the passage I quoted it talks about how Ma held her nerves to be able to help Pa through the disaster. In 2 of the pictures above I was alone at home during the time. When the fire happened, the first thing I did was run to get the hubby to call the fire department. No one else had called it in yet. For the blizzards, we were prepared, even though we didn't lose power that time, we were ready to. In the flood we had last year I was alone all day while the water started rising up the steps to the house. I wasn't totally sure what to do in that situation but I knew to start pumping the water out of the crawlspace right away and make sure the animals got moved to higher ground.(and then call my Dad to see what else I needed to do:) ) And the last several times when there has been swirling clouds overhead I've prepared the animals and been ready to head to the crawlspace.(I've already been through 5 tornados plus many many tornado scares so I'm getting pretty good at handling those!) The thing is, I kept my head on straight during all those times. I knew that I needed to act when something was about to happen so I was ready for it mentally and materially. Now I'm not saying that you can mentally be able to prepare yourself for anything that might come your way but just remember when it happens not to panic. Keep level-headed.

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1 Gwen Valentino February 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

I love it! We have a rolling suitcase for our 72 hour kit! That way…IF we could not take the car for some reason…I am not hauling 3 kids and our kit…plus the little one could ride on it if he had to!


2 Bonnie Cole February 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

Very well put! I think an 72 hour bucket is great in any area. Thanks for the encouragement and the sense to tell others to do it. Lots of time we get so busy we do not think of weather much less anything else.


3 Lana February 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I know that tornado terror well as I lived in Iowa as a child. Starting Monday I will be home alone all day for really the first time in my life. I am mostly hoping for a lack of distasters during the day while hubby is at work! I am notorious for not thinking quickly in the face of a crisis.


4 Chris January 1, 2014 at 1:54 am

These pictures are amazing. I am in the Adirondacks and we get some serious snow storms here. About 10 years ago we lost power for 3 days in the middle of winter. I learned in a hurry that you just can’t be prepared enough. Ever since, I do try to be prepared with food, water, etc..

Nice reading this!


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