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Being Unprepared for Winter Storm Jonas

I survived Winter Storm Jonas! Long Island received more than two feet of snow on Saturday and the governor declared a state of emergency. The blizzard caused travel restrictions, 50 mph wind gusts, and a 2-hour power outage. Fortunately, despite this sign on the Long Island Expressway (photo credit unknown), we did not have to deal with any reptiles.

I must admit that I’ve never paid much attention to my family’s emergency provisions, which I consider to be in my husband’s realm of responsibility. Unfortunately he was out of town for the storm. I made my own emergency plans. If the power went off (which it did), I would use the flashlight app on my iPhone to locate my stash of Yankee candles, which would become our primary light source. This part of the plan went well, except that the mixture of scents was rather nauseating.

What I didn’t know was that the collection of flashlights by my back door were all broken and that our camping lanterns were hidden somewhere in our basement. Once the electricity was back on, I also learned that we needed a new extension cord for the snow blower. Thankfully my daughter was home, and we made jokes about our lack of survival skills. The reality was that our situation was not the least bit funny and we were lucky to have power restored quickly. In the future, I will be prepared for storms and not assume that my husband has things under control.

Today, write about a time when you were unprepared. As a result, what sort of changes did you make?

Sue Allen Clayton is a website content writer, author and speaker. She writes newsletters, website content and marketing materials for a wide range of businesses. Over her two decades as a professional writer, Sue has written several books, hundreds of newsletters and magazine articles, and thousands of blog posts.