To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
This past week I’ve been very busy shipping out Elk Creek Company orders. Folks seem very anxious to stock-up on pre-1899 guns before the presidential inauguration. My travels around the region revealed an absolutely pitiful supply of ammunition. I visited both gun shops and a few major retailers. But all that I’ve been seeing is just a few boxes of ammo in oddball calibers. Otherwise, the shelves are bare. The new T-shirt from Prepper Tees (our newest advertiser) says it all:
Earlier this week, we had a wild drive to Coeur d’Alene at the tail end of a wind storm. But I’ll let Lily describe that…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
First and foremost this week, on behalf of Jim and the girls, I want to thank all of our dear dear SurvivalBlog Family Readers for their generous Ten Cent Challenge gifts, and touching cards and letters and notes that we received in the mail this week. Many of you had familiar names, but some were not. You are from all over this country. We love you all and thank you and are glad that this blog is blessing you and helping you with understanding of the times and equipping you with knowledge and skills to survive what is approaching. Without you all writing in and sharing your skills, SurvivalBlog wouldn’t be as well-rounded as it is. We also thank you all and want you to know that you are a blessing to us, too.
Here in our valley we’ve been having a relatively balmy winter. We’ve had rain and partly-cloudy skies this week highs in the thirties and low forties. A lot of our snow is gone giving us a distinct “spring” feeling.
Jim and I reestablished the grow lights in Miss Violet’s bathroom for an indoor greenhouse. We splurged and bought some sterile soil, so that I don’t have to worry about growing too many bugs in the bathroom like last year when I used soil straight from my garden. I have put the potting soil in the large trays. But I have not yet planted anything. The plan this year is to just start some kale, lettuce, beets, spinach, etc. in the house, get their roots well-established and then plant them in the beds out in the greenhouse. I really think that because we are appearing to have such a balmy winter, that they will do well in the greenhouse. The weeds out there are growing quite well, so…
Early Wednesday morning as we were waking up, we could hear the wind whipping up through our valley with huge gusts. It had been raining all night. I went to the kitchen and began to fill up a few containers with water. I hadn’t even turned on more than one light, when suddenly we lost power. I filled another container with water. We had an appointment in Coeur d’Alene later in the day. So I did the old sponge bath routine. We left the house about three hours later.
The sun was peaking out through the clouds but the wind was still whipping. After connecting from our local road to the state highway, we started seeing wind damage. After a few miles, we saw branches all over the road. Then we saw one tree down, and as we drove further we suddenly saw a few groups of trees down. A bit further still and there were sporadically more than two hundred trees down over the highway with a state road crew already working on getting them out of the road. One lane was cleared and they were directing traffic through area. Wowsa! It was like a tornado had rushed through there, or a Microburst.
So many trees were down, snapped, and uprooted as we looked deeper into the forest. It was obvious that a lot of damage occurred, but it was not meted-out equally. Some stretches of road looked normal, while others looked devastated. We drove through Sandpoint and didn’t see much damage there. But as we drove through downtown Coeur d’Alene there were so many trees down across streets (and houses — yikes!) that we had to take a serpentine path to zig-zag around blocks to get to our destination — which when we arrived we found it didn’t have power. Typical of Idaho, all of the motorists were super courteous going through intersections with dead traffic signals. Everyone was alternating at advancing, with courtesy and precision. The tree cutting was ad hoc and mostly just local residents who were pitching in.
So then as of the time of writing this Friday evening, our valley is still without power but are depending on our battery bank to keep our Internet connection up. With limited solar hours this time of year, we are also sparingly using our generator to keep two of our chest freezers cold. (Our third one is thankfully propane-fueled.)
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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