My preparedness test
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 22, 2014 - 5 Comments in self-sufficiency

Last Thursday, I had a chance to test out being prepared and ready for anything, well as “anything” as possible :)

I am always preaching to my friends, especially those who are female to assume anything can happen at anytime, and you might be on your own when it happens, one of the things I promote loudly is having good, sturdy footwear in your vehicle, if you must go out driving in heels, flip-flops or anything else that has zero protection for your feet, at the very least have a pair of socks and a pair of real shoes that you can slip on in case you need to. The other thing you must have in your vehicle is a pair of good leather gloves, make sure they fit, you never know when you might need them.

For me, my test came after spending a day 3 hours away from home with 2 other friends, it was a doctor’s appt, eating and shopping day. It was quite late before we got back, loaded down with booty from our shopping trip. I had been advised that we had gotten quite a bit of rain while we were gone, I had no idea what I was about to encounter.

I had dropped off my 2 friends and was on my way home, where I live has unpaved (dirt and rock) roads, it’s mountainous so the roads twist and turn, go up and down. There are many (usually dry) low water crossings. My side of the neighborhood apparently got a LOT more rain, I had to stop 3X to move rocks and trees out of the way so I could get home. Fortunately I was wearing my sturdy boots and I had a good pair of leather gloves in the truck, I also had 2 flashlights.

I spent half an hour just in one spot, moving rocks too big to drive over or around, most of them I could pick up, some I had to roll away, and there were trees laying across the road, all while I was standing in running water and/or mud. I was quite the mess by the time I got home, but get home I did, if I had been wearing any other shoes, I would have had to turn around and go spend the night with one of my friends on higher ground. I don’t mind saying that I prayed quite a bit too.

Before crossing anything I couldn’t see through, meaning any standing or moving water, I got out of my truck and walked the spot where I would drive, I needed to see how deep the water was, and if there was anything under the water that would be a problem. I also had to made decisions as to whether to drive through clay and mud or drive over rocks, I chose rocks because I would have gotten stuck in the mud, I just made sure to move the rocks that stuck up and could do damage.

I could have used a rockbar and a shovel, but I managed with what I had, my 2 hands, leather gloves and good footwear. Worst case scenario if I had to walk because of getting stuck somewhere, I could have done so quite handily because of my good footwear and the 2 flashlights I carried. I know you must be wondering why I didn’t just call someone for help, well first of all, where I live, cell phones do not work, so even if I had one (which I don’t) it would have done me no good, and this is just one more thing to consider, HAVING a cell phone is no guarantee you would be able make a call, cell phones can lose battery power, they might not get a signal or not work for whatever reason, you can’t rely on them to get you out of a jam, you must be able to help yourself.

Upon getting home, I knew I would get sore from the exertion, I am not used to that kind of physical labor, so I applied a goodly amount of DMSO to my lower back and hips, I also took a couple of ibuprofen, the following day I was not sore or stiff.

How about you? Do you carry what you need to get through a problem out in your vehicle? If you aren’t wearing sensible shoes (heels, flip-flops…) do you have a pair of good shoes in the vehicle? Do you have a flashlight or two? Do you have a pair of leather gloves that fit you, ladies that means get your own pair, not ones that fit a man…. Do you have water, snacks, a blanket, the list could go on and on, someday you might NEED one or more of these things, don’t wish you had them, make sure you have them.



1 May-Be { 06.23.14 at 12:35 am }

I feel the same way as you about having basic things like extra shoes/socks and work gloves in the car. We never know what may happen and it doesn’t hurt to have a few basic things in your car to help you when shit goes down. I recently went from owning a Smart car to an older Yukon. I LOVE that I have enough trunk space now to keep my ER Car Kit in there all the time. I also have a bugout bag but I don’t carry that with me in my car for fear that someone will see it and break into my car.
Enjoyed reading your short story and I appreciate the advice about taking an ibprofen or 2 as soon as you get home to help prevent soreness. :)

2 WrethaOffGrid { 06.23.14 at 12:46 am }

Thanks May-Be, you are one of the smart ones…. the ibuprofen helped, but it was the DMSO that really fixed me up, it’s worth checking in to and keeping around for daily use (or as needed) and to keep in your BOB….


3 Disaster Survival Resources { 06.23.14 at 11:27 pm }

I don’t live in the same kind of area you do, so I keep different things in my car, but I have things on hand for those “just in case” situations, too. My husband and I recently started carrying fire extinguishers in our vehicles, as well. Since then, I have been stunned by the number of auto fires I have seen photos of on Facebook. Your story is a great reminder for folks to think ahead before leaving home.

4 Sam { 06.24.14 at 7:39 am }

WOW! way to go! Sounds like you handled yourself and your situation very well. Kudos, and thanks for the reminder that we need to have helpful stuff in the car. THANKS

5 Leila { 08.06.14 at 8:05 am }

I live in the north woods of Vermont – low population, cold climate, rugged and mountainous terrain. I keep hiking boots, wool socks, hat & mittens, water and food, a -40F rated sleeping bag, a bow saw, flashlight, roll of toilet paper, wet wipes, chemical handwarmers, a set of expedition-weight long underwear and a shovel in my car.

Lots of the roads here are dirt and prone to washing out, it’s easy to get stuck during mud season, most roads are heavily forested and there are many lonely roads with very little traffic. I’ve used the bow saw to move downed trees out of the way many times after a summer storm, and the cold weather gear is essential for anyone traveling during the winter months. I keep similar gear in the car for my 4-yr-old daughter too.

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