Contribution by Stevie Kirby
I have learned one thing from being in bad weather. It does not matter how much water you have saved, it is not enough. We had enough drinking water, enough to last for almost a week. We did not have water to flush the toilet with, cook with or bathe with! That was a miserable week. Thank goodness the water was restored in about five days. That is a lesson learned and now I keep a bucket on the back porch that is full of water. This water will only be used to flush the toilet so I am not too concerned if it stays on the porch for an extended period of time. I actually learned that tip while watch a survival show I saw on DIRECT.tv. It made a lot of sense to me. It is also important to keep a disaster kit in case you get stranded in the car. My husband saw how important that kit can be when he could not get home because of bad roads and had to stay at work. It was a nerve wracking few nights, but he was appreciative of the kit I made for him.