OK, gang, it's the first of the month. Have you...
Test run your generator?
Rotated you gasoline stores?
Tested your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors?
Checked your household and vehicle fire extinguishers?
Given your dog his heart worm pill and flea/tick treatment?
What other monthly duties are there related to preparedness or prevention?
Tomas is fluctuating between Tropical Storm and Hurricane, but looks to maintain Hurricane status and make a beeline for Haiti late Friday. Haiti suffered a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January and has been withstanding an outbreak of cholera recently. If Tomas hits them hard, the death toll and losses could be staggering. The son of one of our readers just arrived in the Dominican Republic on a medical mission. The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. I'm not sure if he will be there through the hurricane's arrival on the island, but hope that he is prepared to be self sufficient with water, food and shelter for a while. If his dad had anything to do with his trip planning, I'm sure he will be.
The Recipe Corner
Lots of folks store white rice in their pantry. As you know, I am a proponent of Store What You Eat-Eat What You Store. White rice gets boring very quickly. We had dinner tonight at a local, family owned Mexican restaurant. One of the owners shared a recipe with us that would be nice for the prepper. White rice, with a dash of cumin (it's always wise to store a wide variety of spices and seasonings) and cilantro (either buy it at the store and dehydrate it for storage, or grow it in your herb garden). A squirt of lime juice (grow your own if you are tropical enough, or store bottles of the juice) to finish it off, and you have a delicious side dish and a great way to SWYE-EWYS.