Unfortunately, our own frailty and impotence against the terrible forces of nature were thrust in our faces this past weekend with the earthquake, tsunami, and now the threat of nuclear disaster. Are you prepared for emergencies that might befall your area of the country?
People have been without electricity, food and water for almost a week. Could you last that long? They have.
Although I don't live in an area with many quakes, I still know that the New Madrid Fault can affect my area. No, my refrigerator, bookcases, and other appliances are not secured, nor is the hot water heater.
Thirty miles from me is a nuclear reactor. I have a hard time thinking about an exodus from here, the congestion, fear, and meanness of angry and fearful people.
The worst hurricanes do for this area is spawn tornadoes by the dozen. A closet is my shelter. The only thing I worry about losing is my pictures and a few keepsakes. I am in the process of storing pictures digitally on sd cards and flash drives. They will go in the bank safety deposit box while I keep a duplicate.
There will be no floods at my home because I am on a plateau and the neighborhood is elevated, AND I am on a high spot there.
Okay, fire is my fear.
My only prep is some food and one gallon of water in the house. The water situation will be remedied this week. I can last longer than one week, food wise.
My car contains a backpack from a yard sale with some food, two changes of clothing, two hand towels and two washcloths. I have real utensils and two stainless steel tall cups. I forgot what two bowls or plates are in there. I am just one, but if I find someone to pair up with, I am prepared. Or, if someone insists on taking from me, hopefully I can keep one set of eating utensils.
The backpack contains a windup radio and flashlight. Both are cheap and from yard sales. When I first heard about tuna can stoves, I made two and some fire starters.
My backpack stays in the car. How useful will my preps be? I don't know. My preparations are certainly not complete.
I know how to cut all electricity and water off outside the house.
If disaster strikes where will I be? I don't know. But, I am marginally prepared, in some areas more so than other areas. I am alone. While that may sound grim, it's not. I don't have to take care of children or someone elderly. If I half tried, I could find a partner in misery...lol.
Preparedness should be for three eventualities--short term, moderate term, and long term. Short term would be overnight to one week. A moderate length of time is several weeks or months. Long term would indicate to me that a whole new lifestyle would emerge as the norm.
In either of the three cases, knowledge and prior preparation will be the key to survival. What do you need? Food and water, shelter, and warmth (tent, house, clothing, bedding).
Once I heard a man on an Internet video (LDS maybe) talk about how people planned to survive and eat in case of a disaster. He said the grocery store, relatives, neighbors, the government, and God were not the answers. We all need to take charge of how we survive and how those dependent on us survive. No, I am not a serious, long term type prepper who owns a gun, a bunker, a forest garden, and stashed survival gear with ammo. But, that all sounds good to me. Religion, fear, or paranoia does not drive me. It does not matter what drives a person to be prepared, just prepare.
I wanted a treadle sewing machine when I was eighteen-years-old in case there were a long period with no electricity. I felt and still feel the same way about a hand-operated can opener. I don't face life with fear, only uncertainty about basic areas. Skills, even for a short-term could make the difference in misery and relative comfort or even life and death. I have toyed with the idea of a solar oven.
Radiation is the most troublesome area in Japan. Then, there is the problem of food, shelter, and warmth. But, if any of the people had a solar oven and something to put in it, survival would be enhanced. Weak people cannot walk to safety or help themselves. I hope not to be weak or desperate in any situation.
Sanitation is surely at a standstill. Disease will follow quickly. Would you be prepared to keep your family healthy?
People in Japan do not grocery shop like we do. Daily shopping is more the norm. Obviously, shopping daily won't provide much of a buffer if the food supply is disrupted. Even the most prepared person who lost a home to the sea is not any better off than a person who did NOT store food.
Having a plan for disaster is as important for a household as having plans for our daily living. I don't have much of a plan, but it is a plan. Somehow, this all seems like a ramble.
Are you prepared for short term, moderate term, or long term survival? Has the turn of events in Japan caused you to rethink your own survival of a similar situation? Do you think you need to learn more skills?