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Friday, March 29, 2013

Fridays with Annie - Updating our Severe Weather Kit

My co-workers will attest to the face that I am a severe weather freak. As soon as I hear the rain start beating on our office roof, I run to the windows to make sure there aren't any tornadoes to be seen! Yes, seriously paranoid. Since becoming a mom, I've had to really make sure that I keep my emotions under control when we do get thunderstorms because I don't want to freak my boys out. They know our action plan, where our "safety spot" is, and they know we have a severe weather kit ready to go.

If you've been hanging around our facebook page for a while now, you might remember last year when we talked a lot about having a severe weather kit. You all shared awesome tips and help me put mine together! Since I'm quite sure we saw a whole 3 drops of rain last year, we didn't have to use the kit at all. With last week being the official start of spring, I thought it was time to drag the box upstairs and refresh the contents. My boys thought this was just about the most exciting thing ever! Easily amused.... :)

The contents of the box is pretty basic. I have a change of clothes for each child, diapers for Emmett, wipes, a wetbag, flash lights, batteries, a basic first aid kit, hand sanitizer, dog food, snacks, toilet paper, tissues, books and small entertainment things, and a party horn (because we didn't have a whistle!) In our safety spot in our basement, we have a weather radio, blankets, bottled water and several gallons of water, and a battery operated lantern. It's also right next to our dry goods pantry.

The first thing I did was update the clothing sizes. Then I replaced all the snacks with fresh ones, checked the expiration dates on all the of first aid kit items, and made sure all the flashlights were still fully functional. I had each of my 2 oldest boys pick out new books to keep in the kit, and I let them toot the party horn, a lot. Wow, now I remember why I don't like New Years Eve.

One of the biggest debates that took place on the facebook wall last year was weather or not to have cloth diapers or disposable diapers in your severe weather kit. After doing some research, I decided to keep cloth in our kit. I have about a dozen cotton flats and several diaper covers. I also have a small container of detergent. I chose flats for several reasons. First off, they're one-size. Pair them with a one-size diaper cover and I don't have to worry about sizing up diapers in the kit as Emmett grows. Flats are super easy to wash, and specifically hand wash. If push came to shove, I could easily hand wash the flats and covers and they would air dry very quickly. Finally, flats are dirt cheap! I don't want to have to keep a full set of more fancy cloth diapers in a separate box in case of emergency, that could be expensive!

Do you have a severe weather kit? What's in it? If you chose cloth diapers for your kit, what kind are you using?


Sarah said...

Hmm, since we live in Kansas, this might just be a good idea for us too. :)

Great idea with the flats! I don't have any yet, but that is a good idea. And like you when I hear rain, I think about tornadoes. Oh boy! Since having children I think I am even more alert to them.

L Starbuck said...

No, we don't and we should. Thanks for this post! And I totally agree with the flats and covers. I have plenty of flats and a few covers to spare that I can put in our tub.

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