Comments on: You Made Me a Pallet on the Floor - Preparing for Short Term Refugees http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Fri, 02 Oct 2009 07:27:35 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Fern http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9787 Fern Tue, 02 Sep 2008 18:43:01 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9787 Locks for the liquor cabinet (locking some medicines of your own up as well) is probably going to be a good idea, too. Sure, explain the 'no drugs/alcohol' rule, but nothing says "we mean it" like a lock. We've always had to do that - our son's sleepovers were in the same room as the liquor cabinet (the family room). We didn't make a big deal out of keeping a lock on it, it was just locked and that was that. I'm also a firm believer in using earplugs when trying to find quiet space in a loud, stressfull situation. Great while doing dishes in the midst of chaos. Fern Locks for the liquor cabinet (locking some medicines of your own up as well) is probably going to be a good idea, too. Sure, explain the ‘no drugs/alcohol’ rule, but nothing says “we mean it” like a lock.

We’ve always had to do that - our son’s sleepovers were in the same room as the liquor cabinet (the family room). We didn’t make a big deal out of keeping a lock on it, it was just locked and that was that.

I’m also a firm believer in using earplugs when trying to find quiet space in a loud, stressfull situation. Great while doing dishes in the midst of chaos.

Fern

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By: Survivalist News » Casaubon’s Book: You Made Me a Pallet on the Floor - Preparing for Short Term Refugees http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9782 Survivalist News » Casaubon’s Book: You Made Me a Pallet on the Floor - Preparing for Short Term Refugees Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:33:04 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9782 [...] Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » You Made Me a Pallet on the Floor - Preparing for Short Term Re... After recent events, does anyone really need convincing that they may someday need to be prepared for friends, family, or strangers you want to help to arrive at their doorstep in need? All over America, people were fleeing - floodwaters in the Midwest, wildfires in California, and now Hurricane Gustav? The pace of “natural” disasters is rising rapidly, and that means more evacuations, more people in crisis - and in a crisis, you go to those you know will care for you - or if there is no one, you are cast forth on the kindness of strangers. [...] […] Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » You Made Me a Pallet on the Floor - Preparing for Short Term Re… After recent events, does anyone really need convincing that they may someday need to be prepared for friends, family, or strangers you want to help to arrive at their doorstep in need? All over America, people were fleeing - floodwaters in the Midwest, wildfires in California, and now Hurricane Gustav? The pace of “natural” disasters is rising rapidly, and that means more evacuations, more people in crisis - and in a crisis, you go to those you know will care for you - or if there is no one, you are cast forth on the kindness of strangers. […]

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By: Susan in NJ http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9781 Susan in NJ Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:17:34 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9781 Make that Susan whose sense of grammar and spelling aren't back from labor day Make that Susan whose sense of grammar and spelling aren’t back from labor day

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By: Susan in NJ http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9780 Susan in NJ Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:16:33 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9780 And let us not forget that your evacuees are likely to bring Fritz the neurotic lab and Bonkers the longhaired cat with them and perhaps you don't have pets . . . so it seems me that at least the allergy medicine that you have to use when you visit them might be a good thing to put away. Susan (whose allergic to cats and plans to lay the lab off to next door where the other dogs will wear it out) And let us not forget that your evacuees are likely to bring Fritz the neurotic lab and Bonkers the longhaired cat with them and perhaps you don’t have pets . . . so it seems me that at least the allergy medicine that you have to use when you visit them might be a good thing to put away.
Susan (whose allergic to cats and plans to lay the lab off to next door where the other dogs will wear it out)

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By: MEA http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9778 MEA Tue, 02 Sep 2008 15:50:02 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/09/02/you-made-me-a-pallet-on-the-floor-preparing-for-short-term-refugees/#comment-9778 It might also be possible to lay people off. I've been thinking about how in the good old days in rural England, when people tended to be laborers in 2 room cottages, they'd often send some of the children to sleep with older couples whose children were grown and out of the house (of course, the fact most of the girls went into service at 12 freed up some bed space). If the whole neighborhood is indundated with flooded out relatives, it's not going to help much, but if you could find space for someone at someone else house (or offer someone space if you don't have a housefull) it could help. You might be able to off load a fragile but basically healthy old person (perhaps with another relative going along to help out) or a woman in the last stages of pregnancy, or a couple with a new baby, to a less crowded house. MEA whose long term plan for when the hordes of relatives arrives is to bug out the Sharon's place, and be the horde. It might also be possible to lay people off. I’ve been thinking about how in the good old days in rural England, when people tended to be laborers in 2 room cottages, they’d often send some of the children to sleep with older couples whose children were grown and out of the house (of course, the fact most of the girls went into service at 12 freed up some bed space).

If the whole neighborhood is indundated with flooded out relatives, it’s not going to help much, but if you could find space for someone at someone else house (or offer someone space if you don’t have a housefull) it could help.

You might be able to off load a fragile but basically healthy old person (perhaps with another relative going along to help out) or a woman in the last stages of pregnancy, or a couple with a new baby, to a less crowded house.

MEA whose long term plan for when the hordes of relatives arrives is to bug out the Sharon’s place, and be the horde.

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