Here are twelve monthly "TARA Tips" to gently remind you to prepare for emergencies. If you would like to receive these reminders by email fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You can also get them by liking our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TARAORG
T.A.R.A. Tips for January
"You remember that winter at Tara when it was so cold and we were cutting up the carpets for shoes..." - Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With The Wind
When re stocking your winter supplies, buy double and set aside the things you need to keep you warm. Firewood, an extra propane tank, blankets, sleeping bags and the like should be part of your preparedness efforts.
T.A.R.A. Tips for February
"It isn't a sweetheart that takes me to New Orleans. It's a child..." -- Rhett Butler, from Gone with the wind
When shopping for Valentine's day, remember all the special needs of your dependents and stock a separate supply for an emergency. Diapers, medications, toys and treats, books to read and games to play to pass the time until help arrives
T.A.R.A. Tips For March
With the deep hunger of an Irishman who has been a tenant on the lands his people once had owned and hunted, he wanted to see his own acres stretching green before his eyes. --Gone With The Wind
During March, pull together your legal papers such as deeds and titles and place them in a fire safe location. If you don't already have one, draft a will and/or a living trust. Bank records and net worth statements should also be safeguarded.
T.A.R.A. Tips For April
"The horses, feeling slack reins, stretched down their necks to crop the tender spring grass, and the patient hounds lay down again in the soft red dust and looked up longingly at the chimney swallows circling in the gathering dusk. "
FromGone With The Wind
Do what you can to insure your pets survival in the event they are separated from you during an emergency. Tags should have your cell phone number and any special medical needs. Don't hesitate to use more than one tag.
T.A.R.A. Tips For May
"She loved this land so much, without even knowing she loved it, loved it as she loved her mother's face under the lamp at prayer time."
From Gone With The Wind
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes. When Mother's Day comes in May, plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Formulate a Family Communications plan.
T.A.R.A. Tips For June
"By June she must have money enough to give her at least some little protection against misfortune."
From Gone With The Wind
During an emergency, ATM and credit card terminals may not function. Have a few hundred dollars of cash and change on hand. Consider over - stocking some supplies for trade and barter. In troubled times, gold and jewelry are often the only currency with any value.
T.A.R.A. Tips For July
Southerners were as enthusiastic visitors as they were hosts, and there was nothing unusual in relatives coming to spend the Christmas holidays and remaining until July --- Gone With The Wind
Once you've taken care of the needs of your immediate family, take into consideration the possibility of relatives coming to stay during an emergency. Find out what the special needs are of your nearest relatives and plan accordingly. In the event that you are the refugee, encourage them to do the same.
T.A.R.A. Tips For August
"Later, in the long, hot summer twilight, the ambulances came rumbling down the road from the battle field and commissary wagons, covered with muddy canvas." -- Gone With The Wind
During August, assemble a first aide kit for your home and one for each car. For a complete list of items for your kits.
T.A.R.A. Tips For September
It would be hours before she knew if Tara still stood and if Ellen were there. It would be hours before she finished her journey under the broiling September sun.
-- Gone With The Wind
Let the hot days of September remind you to store fresh water. 1 gallon per day per person for 3 days is recommended by the Red Cross.For more information visit http://www.redcross.org/index.html
T.A.R.A. TIPS FOR OCTOBER
The live oaks with their waving curtains of gray moss gave Scarlett the creeps and always brought to her mind Gerald's stories of Irish ghosts roaming in shimmering gray mists. -- Gone With The Wind
During October, let the jack o lanterns of Halloween remind you to replace the batteries in your flashlights and stock up on extra. Wind up flashlights are also available. Stock candles and matches as well.
T.A.R.A. Tips for November
They tore down the fences and burned them to cook with and the barns and the stables and the smokehouse. They killed the cows and the hogs and the chickens--even my turkeys." Gerald's precious turkeys. So they were gone.
During November, make sure you are prepared to cook food in the event gas or electricity service is interrupted during an emergency. Purchase a gas barbecue if you don't already have one and stock an extra propane tank for it. An ample supply of matches in a waterproof container can also come in handy.
T.A.R.A. TIPS for December
"As God is my witness I'll never be hungry again!" - Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With The Wind
When food shopping for the holiday's, buy a few extra cans of food and stash them away for an emergency.
If you did this last year, rotate and donate to the local food bank.
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