I haven’t done an official “What to Have on Hand” post in quite some time. So, while we’re on the subject of water and flooding, I thought I’d mention two things that have been helpful – even necessary – to have on hand in a flood-prone, rural area.
If you want to live in a rural area:
(These are items that you will not only need for yourself, but you will likely use to minister to others.)
1. Own a chainsaw.
Or three. You WILL need them. It’s been amazing to watch how the community responds during and after flooding (or other such disasters). They show up with their chainsaws, and, regardless of whose responsibility the road is, they get to work clearing it.
2. Own a 4-wheeler and/or tractor.
Ditto. Had it not been for our tractor on Monday, I really don’t know what we would have done. Let’s just say that it would have gotten extremely boring waiting in the very-stuck truck for the water to go down.
Folks do an awesome job around here with their tractors, grating the dirt roads, and making everything drivable. You can’t always wait for the county to show up.
Hospitality and manners are for more than just fancy dinners. Life is full of opportunities to serve!