Ready or Not #275: Are You Frozen Yet?

I don’t know about you, but I am COLD!  It is ridiculous when you go outside in the morning to head to work and it is 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Really?  Yesterday I started my car up and the temperature gauge said that it was a whopping 8 degrees.  It was a veritable heat wave!  Not really – I was still cold.

As I was driving to work and listening to the radio, the DJ said, “Don’t worry to all of you stuck on I-15  freeway for a while, we’ll still be here to keep you company and play music while you sit and wait for the traffic to start moving again.” Eeek.   Apparently there had been about 30 different accidents located up and down the freeway because of freezing rain.  Brrrrr.

The heavy fog that has been hanging around for the last week decided to turn to a misty type rain and with the ground being so very, very cold, the freeway turned into a veritable skating rink, no matter how slow you were driving.  Several overpasses had to be shut down because if you were lucky enough to get to the top of the overpass, you certainly didn’t have any control going down the other side and you would just end up in a heap at the bottom with the other hapless drivers.

I’m not much of a winter person, but I don’t like bugs even more and so I tolerate the cold temperatures in the winter knowing that it is killing many of the little critters as they hibernate.  Give me a couple of really good freezing snaps and I’m good.  Bring back the warmth (at least to the 32 degree freezing temperature) and its all good.  But this weather is ridiculous.

(I can hear those readers who live in the northeast laughing at me right now.)

This freezing weather has gotten out of control.  It has been so cold for so long now that a small town in Utah is having trouble with their water distribution system freezing up.  It is not uncommon for water lines to freeze in the house when the lines are on the outside walls, but the main lines that run to the house?  That is ridiculous!

They suspect that it is the lines from the meter to the house, but does it really matter where it’s frozen if you can’t get water?  Building codes specify how deep water lines need to be buried just so that this type of problem doesn’t happen.  So why is it happening?  It is that sub-zero weather that is causing all of the problems.

This brings up a good point – got water?  Not the water that is frozen in the lines that you can’t get to, but the water that I have been telling you to store in case of emergencies (two gallons per person, per day, for a two week period).  Whether it is hot or cold it is important to store water for your family.  And what if the weather is pleasant?  It doesn’t matter, you still need water.  Hot, cold, or neutral, your body can dehydrate at any time and that is a deadly problem.

Water is life.  You never know when you are going to be cut off from this life saving nectar of the gods.  Please fill your 2-liter bottles, five gallon jugs, or 250 gallon Super Tankers so that no matter what the situation, you will only be inconvenienced and not desperate.

Get your water stored and if you live in northern and central Utah – stay off the roads today.

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