Trailer Park Unschoolers

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We just got word that there is a chance of some serious twisters heading our way. Just yesterday there was a tornado that took several lives, including children in Oklahoma. We’re not far from the border of Oklahoma ourselves. Now it looks like the storms are headed our way.

This news never would have arrived, but Oz is listening to the news at work. He’s supposed to call and get us mobilized if there are any tornadoes in our area. Trailers aren’t much better than a cardboard box in a tornado, so we’re planning to head to anywhere more secure than here. We’ve got to find out where the local sgorm shelters are. Oz may not even be able to come with us. If he’s at work it won’t be safe for him to leave, and it’s all supposed to go down soon.

Because of all this we’re having a slightly scary lesson. Corde is packing up some diapers. Beekee is collecting water bottles. Our shoeless hoard is pulling up their most comfortable, sturdy shoes and warm clothes, just in case. We’re pulling together a couple blankets and the like. It’s all going to be stuffed into Oz’s ACU backpack from his military days. Anything that still doesn’t fit can go in a second, smaller backpack.

While I don’t think we’ll have much to worry about. Tornadoes generally hit in open fields, not in town. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. If we have to walk to a storm shelter because Oz can’t get home, I want to be able to grab our bags, strap on Luca, and go. I don’t want to have to waste any time. Thankfully there are plenty of places we can go without spending too much time in the open. If Oz can get home, the stuff is going to be thrown in the car and will stay there in case there’s any need to leave. The less time wasted, the better. Besides, it never hurts to have an emergency survival kit on hand.

After this is all over I think I’m going to do some research on emergency survival kits. Given we live in tornado alley, it can’t hurt. Hurricanes generally don’t make it this far north, but flooding sometimes happens, as do brush fires. It’s not paranoid to be prepared. In a worst-case-scenario setting, we’ll be glad. Hopefully we’ll never have need.

The goal is to make a personalized kit for everyone in the family. It’ll probably be mostly the same stuff, but it can’t hurt to have extra and some of it, like water, is consumable, so it helps to know each person will have their own.

I know it sounds paranoid, I really do. At the same time, I really want to be prepared because you never know what could happen. Heaven forbid we end up at war on our own home soil, but if it happen a lot of families would probably be displaced. Storms happen all the time, fires, flooding. Even in the case of a regular old fire, we’d have everything we need in a single grab. It would be a huge relief to know we don’t have to worry if something did happen.

When I lived back in Mass, I developed this habit of having a well stocked pantry in case of hurricane or blizzard. I was already prepared, so I didn’t have to contend with the crazy hoards liading up on milk, bread, and eggs. At best I’d go help clear out the canned goods, which were always comically untouched in a snow storm.  You would think canned goods would be sought after in case the power goes out, but instead the bread, milk, and eggs disappear. However, I try to always have enough canned goods to feed us for a week in case of emergency. That really came in handy when we got snowed in for three days. We had power and could still cook, but the electricity had threatened to go out on us a couple times.

Anyhow, we have a few things to finish up to be ready to head out. I should get going. I’ll post again once we’re in the clear, hopefully announcing we were worried over nothing.


Author: Fox

With four kids, who has time for much? We spend a lot of time together, which translates to a lot of knitting time for me when we hang out. We've been trying to get back to our unschooling roots. We watch a lot of videos, play a lot of games, and pay attention to the things we notice in our everyday life. It's been quite the big adventure!

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