Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Nicholas Household prepares for a Calamity!

Well it didn't arrive. Our much anticipated, much media hyped storm of yesterday, met with some chilly air out near Katoomba and thoughtfully took itself off to rain on those pesky New Zealanders across the pond.

The whole situation has, however, highlighted a few things that are lacking in the Nicholas household.

You see late last night, when it was pouring with rain and howling with wind, Hubby and I thought that perhaps, as storm of the century was predicted we should, you know, get a bit of a survival kit together.

Just in case.

Hubby and I, it turns out, are not survival kit sort of people.
  1. Water - well its bucketing out of the sky, so that shouldn't be a problem, staying dry might though, as we only have two tiny pairs of boots and one tiny raincoat - that's it!

  2. Food - what the Pizza place is going to be shut then?

  3. Battery-powered radio and extra batteries -we actually had this!

  4. Flashlight and extra batteries - erm, one torch emitting a thin, wavering yellow light.

  5. First aid kit - check, have first aid box, unfortunatly it doesn't automatically refill, but would be fine for burns dressings in a fire

  6. Whistle to signal for help - check, got two in a goody bag at kids birthday party last weekend

  7. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place - duct tape? oh they mean DUCK tape. No.

  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation - OH MY GOD

  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities - ah yes, the happy discovery we don't own a wrench, good thing utilites can be turned off by flicking a switch.

  10. Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) - check, am never without a can opener

  11. Local maps - check

See, in an emergency the Nicholas' are the survival experts.


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