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Southern Shutdown & 5 Tips to Prepare Beforehand

January 30, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the end of the month approaches we make an extra push for funds for the next month, while barely (or not quite, some months) covering all of those from the present month.

The cold weather and ice has meant a reduction in that, and a stress to get the final payment and try to get things ordered for March. It’s a major stress, as is relying on unreliable people for off farm funds to squeak through. This too shall pass. It’s often said that when we think we have it bad, there’s someone who has it worse. That’s the case with this Arctic blast.

Tuesday night a hurried prayer request came – a young girl from church was rushed to the hospital and not doing well. Her blood sugar was around 950. She was in dire straits and being flown to Birmingham where there were doctors and medical staff to care for her.

Only her parents couldn’t go. The closed due to ice roads meant they had to wait until morning when things thawed a bit to drive there. In the mean time prayers were started not only in local circles but further away. A Muslim friend on Facebook asked to pray too, as well as a Jewish friend. All one God.

Yesterday morning her blood sugar was 190, much improved. I’m waiting to hear further updates, but it’s certainly a bigger problem than just finances.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile our friends in the north may laugh, it’s more than driving in cold weather that affects the south when the temperature plummets. Pipes aren’t buried like it is in the north, so pipes can freeze. Many houses aren’t built for the kind of cold that is a common visitor up north.

As evidenced in the photos here, the amount of snow isn’t much. The chickens still find it easy to find corn on the ground.

On the roadways, ice can be dangerous, especially coupled with many drivers unfamiliar with driving on it. A four block drive takes two hours in rush hour traffic.

If you add in food shortages or other problems, the governmental powers would take the blame, even though people could, and should, prepare for themselves. Some laugh, but here’s five ways to do so.

1. Stock up on heating – ordering propane, stocking up on firewood or other heating. If you have electric heat, plan *not* to have it. What would you do if it wasn’t there? This may be kerosene heaters, extra blankets or other alternatives.

2. Stock up on food. People go for bread and milk – think beyond it. Canned food, and a way to cook it. Canned ham (precooked) or other items that don’t need heating can be lifesavers in case of crisis.

3. Fuel up all vehicles. If you have to go somewhere you can’t count on fuel. Many stuck in traffic went through fuel sitting and waiting to move.

4. Just stay home if at all possible. There is little worth a life. When it gets serious there are alternatives to most urgent matters.

5. Say a prayer for first responders who have to be out there due to those not following the above. Those flying life flights, police, fire, paramedics, nurses and so many others who sometimes work longer than normal hours.

Be thankful if prepared, and get prepared if you’re not. Plan on no one helping you. It’s the kind of things we think of in our disaster timeshares.

And with a more light hearted look at weather, from Minnesota, here’s a friend visiting his home area where it’s REALLY cold.

Stay warm everyone.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2014 9:47 PM

    I’ll admit I’m guilty of mocking southerners who can’t handle winter, but my parents (who are Illinois residents) actually got stranded overnight south of Birmingham. They never realized traffic would literally stop. Thankfully they were traveling with warm clothes, food and drinks and made it home safely today.

    Very glad that the young girl is doing better. Her parents no doubt felt so helpless in those circumstances!

    • January 31, 2014 8:58 AM

      Preparation and adaptation definitely makes a difference.Glad they got home ok. From Illinois too – but dealing with things built for the south and not adapted for cold. Come on spring!

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