Monday, February 11, 2013

Are you ready?

Disaster preparedness. Sounds so *doom & gloomy*, but truth be known, shit happens. It often happens to people who say, "nothing like this never happened here before."
It could be a severe storm, high winds, freezing rains that bring down trees, power knocked out. Then there is flooding, hurricanes, tornados, earthquake, wildfire, pandemic, tsunami- you name it.
The truth of the matter is they recommend you have a 3 day supply of  stuff- everything from food & one gallon of water per person, per day. We've had flashlights, & first aid stuff & other various things, but never all together in a tote/ kit.

The reality of the matter is that the disasters we've witnessed in the last few years, have not been able to get help to people in 3 days. Therefore you need to be prepared to be "self contained" for a longer period of time. 

I went to a disaster preparedness class- it was taught by an EMT & Certified Emergency Response volunteer. They were not selling anything, and only trying to get people to take preparedness seriously.
We live within the Ring of Fire-- & overdue for an Earthquake. We don't have side by side plates like California, ours are shelves out in the ocean, and will be a vertical drop, theoretically more damaging.

In any case, I am inspired & I hope to inspire you & you are inspired to pass it on to others.

So much easier to get a stash of water jugs stockpiled when there is not a mid disaster frenzy going on.
Make your own really good first aid kit. Start stashing no cook foods & other things like power bars so if you had to get along without power or water... what would you need?

There is a ton of good info about emergency preparedness on You Tube & other lists & resources on the web, including the Red Cross.

I don't want to be the person waiting for the Disaster Relief truck to rely on them saving & helping me.
Of all the stuff we spend $ on, putting together an emergency kit, can literally save your life.
Disasters happen. Be ready. I've been procrastinating for a long time, I had some stuff, but it was scattered around in the house. I finally put together a kit & still working on other odds & ends.

The CDC has some good info... I'll post more links later.

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