Women in 1942 were prepared for everything from air raids to invasions. In 2018, we face blizzards, power outages, and forest or grass fires. In September, we focus on preparing our homes and families for natural disasters.
For me, the summer of 2018 really brought home the need to be prepared for any disaster. It began in May with unprecedented flooding. The flooding was followed by raging forest fires and air almost too dangerous to breath.
We are pretty good at dealing with disasters, such as winter conditions, that require sheltering in place, but I know we need to work on our preparations for “bugging out” due to a natural disaster.
This month’s challenge is as follows:
- As protection against air raids, families in wartime Britain built Anderson Shelters in their back yards and keep them stocked with provisions. This month the challenge is to prepare to spend between three to seven days at home without any utilities. Building an Anderson Shelter in your backyard would be cool but it is not required.
- Hopefully none of us ever know the pain of losing our homes to conflict or natural disaster but it is prudent to prepare for the worst. In addition to sheltering at home, this month we will also work on a “Bug Out Bag” or emergency kit in case we ever need to evacuate.
- Tell us about it! You can brag about yourself in the comments, post a picture of your achievements on the hip roof barn facebook page, or on instagram with the hashtag #strivingforvictory
For me, even thinking about preparing for an evacuation makes me feel a little overwhelmed and panicky. Fortunately, there are many resources out there that can help:
The first place to look is your local government web site as it may provide information regarding issues unique to your area. If you are in British Columbia:
Even if you don’t reside in either province, these websites have useful lists and information that can be used by anyone.
There are also a few mini challenges this month!
September’s challenge was inspired by the ability of women on the homefront to learn new skills. This month we continue that challenge by learning a new skill that would help us in times of trouble, such as taking a first aid class or learning a new way to preserve food.
Even at the best of times , lifesaving blood products are often in short supply. In times of trouble, shortages can reach crisis levels. If you can, take time to make a donation of blood or money. It’s not a scary as you think and they give you cookies.
Nothing says fall like a jar of preserves be it jam, jelly, pickles or chutney. This month, we will preserve the bounty from our Victory gardens to get us through the winter.
This month, before winter really hits, we will re-evaluate our winter clothing and acquire any needed items while being mindful of our ration coupons.
While researching, I discovered that our electrical provider offers a kit to qualifying households that will help them reduce their consumption. It never hurts to check with your energy provider to see if they offer similar packages.
If you want to join in, please do! We would love to hear about your experiences. If you have a wartime story to tell, please leave a comment. Stories are an important way to keep the memories of our mothers and grandmothers alive. And one more request, if you enjoy or find value in any of our posts, please consider making a donation to Sheepdog Lodge to support those for whom the horrors of war are not in the past.