Monday, April 5, 2010

Rock n' Roll

Warning: If you are expecting a post about music, you are going to be disappointed. Sorry. I have more important things to tell you about and they don't involve Elvis or the Beatles. (Although I love Elvis .... and the Beatles.)

Yesterday afternoon as we sat in our family room enjoying Easter Sunday, the room started to rattle. My eyes darted to each of my kids -- and their wide-eyed stares looked right back at me. Then the room started to roll. "Quake" I said in a half whisper. We all sat frozen on the sofa waiting to see what was going to happen next. It usually lasts a few seconds.... but this time, the rolling got stronger. The pots and pans hanging on a rack over my kitchen island started to sway and clang like they were doing a festive dance, only it wasn't festive, it was scary. "We should run outside!" Eden yelled. "No! Stay here and get under the arches in the entryways" I yelled back. We all ran for cover while the dogs watched and wondered what to do with themselves.

This is what I thought about while I was standing under the arch:

72 hour kits -- check
water -- check
blankets -- check
food - check
generator - check
portable toilet - check
dog food -- almost out
tent -- too small
toilet paper - not enough

Although I felt like I was standing on a suspended rope bridge, I was calm because I knew I had the things I would need in case the quake got worse. We were lucky this time -- it didn't. The quake ended and we resumed our places on the sofa with hearts that were pounding and hands that were still shaking. Then Claire said "Mom, I think we need to spend some time updating our 72 hour kits. The cloths in mine are at least 4 years old. They don't fit me anymore. And.... we need to put them in our bedrooms so that we can get to them in case this happens at night when it's dark." Claire was right. We need to take another inventory of our supplies and add to what we already have. So that's what we are doing today -- updating our emergency kits. And, while it's on my mind, we are going to Costco to buy a bigger tent and dry pack some dog food so it will last a few years instead of a few months.

I'm so thankful for a living prophet who admonishes us often to be prepared -- physically, financially, and spiritually. Following this counsel has given me peace when my neighborhood has been surrounded by the smoke of wildfires, when Matt was out of work for 6 months, and when my house rattles and the floor rolls.

In case you don't have a 72 hour kit for each member of your family, go here. Gather what you have and then purchase the remainder bit by bit until you have your kits completed. You will sleep easier at night knowing that you will be ready in case disaster strikes.


Eve said...

I am cracking up at the "tent - too small" comment. You're one leg up on our "no tent at all" status. :)

I owe you money still! I'm hoping we will all be healthy and at church Sunday so I can pay you.

Nanette said...

Having a 72 hour kit does bring major peace in the faceof a crisis. Good call on the dry packing dog food-I need to do that as well.

Jenni said...

felt that quake all the way in goodyear, az!

too funny - posted right after it happened, thought i was going a lil bit crazy and kinda felt sick to my stomach!

glad to hear you are okay and that comment about the tent and toilet pape...too funny!