As each new season approaches, we SurvivalMoms prepare. In early August, give or take a week or two, we begin buying school supplies, new clothes for the kids, and goodies to pack in lunch boxes. Moms have been doing this for generations, and I have first-day-of-school photos to prove it!
If preparing for a new school year comes so naturally to us, why not extend that mindset to preparing ahead for future seasons? No matter where we live, seasons are pretty consistent. Other than an occasional anomaly, we know what to expect year after year.
The seasons are predictable.
Consider the weather you’ve been experiencing. If you were to have that same weather next year, what could you do right now to prepare? When spring approaches, maybe it would be time to look for bargains on winter clothes, heavy blankets, snow tires, and space heaters. Winter arrived this year right on schedule, and it will arrive next year like clockwork! It’s kind of silly to wait until the weather cools back down to figure out what you need.
My weather challenge isn’t harsh winters. It’s soul-roasting heat. The kind you just can’t get away from unless you hibernate in your home twenty-four hours a day. If a family is trying to save money on power bills, they may still be sweating inside their sweltering degree homes, with the kids clustered around an oscillating fan. So, it makes a lot of sense to start thinking about what my family will need when temps hit 110+, and they will.
It’s not extreme to plan for extremes.
To be on the safe side, go ahead and prepare for extremes. How will your family cope in a record-setting blizzard that keeps you stranded at home for days at a time, perhaps with no power? How can you help your home and kids stay cool in a sweltering summer with no air conditioning and rolling black-outs? We like to say that we, “Expect the best but prepare for the worst,” so when we plan ahead for coming seasons, that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Don’t let weather, even severe, extreme weather, catch you by surprise. The four seasons can be your guide to preparedness when it comes to keeping your home a safe and prepared refuge.
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