Are you prepared for an emergency?

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,

During our evening meal tonight, our phones received notifications that we were under a tornado warning. These were the kinds of warnings that make your phone go off really loud even if it is on silent.

We could see the wind and rain picking up. My husband noticed a swirling motion going through the tops of the trees. We have had many storms come through here over the years, and this was a loud storm and violent storm.

Our power flickered, and then it went off. We finished eating, and we put our dishes in the sink to soak. The storm passed, and the rain stopped. Our 16 year old took the car to check on the status of our dirt road. We live pretty far off of the main road, and we are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance.

He came back with pictures of three or four really large pine trees that had fallen across our road and another road. No one was hurt. No houses were near where the trees fell. In the picture above, the road we drive on is under all of those trees.

Neighbors starting showing up. These trees belonged to another neighbor, but we all worked together to get both roads cleared off. We had men show up with chain saws. Someone went home and brought a back hoe.

The road is clear now, and we are back in our snug little house. We do not have power, but I think there are a lot of people without power. I have enough battery power on my laptop to write this, and I have a battery back up on my modem for my internet.

Last month, we had a watch in place for a hurricane. I bought batteries, bottled water, extra hand sanitizer, and candles. All of this is quite handy tonight. I have on my running headlamp to do this writing.

Tomorrow we can assess where we are. We do know that a big tree limb is sitting on one of our electric lines. I will be calling them about that. Right now, I can’t get a call into them, and they have an automated system that tells us they are working to restore power.

We are grateful that no one was hurt. We are grateful that we had lot of people come out and help us with the trees. It is amazing to see how people pull together in adversity.

Tomorrow, I might be looking for a coffee place to a good cup of coffee, power to charge my laptop and phone, and free Wi-Fi. For now, I am just happy I could put this article together.

If you do not have some emergency preparedness items, you should make sure you have some of the basics covered. I am glad I did some prepping last month.

You can see more pictures that I uploaded to my Facebook page. If you have not LIKED my author page, go ahead and do that while you are there. I do a Live Facebook video each morning during the week. Not sure if that will happen on Tuesday, but I will see what I can do in the morning.

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from one dresser drawer.

Your Home Blessing for today is to dust and vacuum.

My menu plan for Tuesday is chicken or take out if we don’t have power. Worst case scenario is that my freezers thaw, and we have to start grilling the meat that is in the freezer. Tomorrow might be interesting.

Have a blessed day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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