This is a post I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Now that Hurricane Sandy is having its way with the East Coast… well, it seems timely.
I once was told that kids who grow up in colder climates tend to have more common sense than those who grow up in warmer ones.
Makes sense to me. Then again, I grew up in Anchorage. So I’m a little biased.
But apparently living in a warmer climate can melt the common sense out of my brain in three years.
When I left for FinCon ’12, I didn’t think to bring a jacket. Or a hoodie. Or any kind of cover from any inclement weather. While going to a city in the mountains.
Worse, I didn’t even notice my omission until my mom pointed it out.
As it turns out, it was sunny for 6 of the 7 days I was there.
But the last day, it did start raining pretty steadily. If the hotel hadn’t kept an umbrella for guests to borrow, I’d have melted! (Cuz, see, I’m made of sugar in this scenario. Or I’m the Wicked Witch of the West. Hmm, this one kinda got away from me.)
Point is, I was unprepared, and this set my brain to worrying. I began to realize just how unprepared we are in case of a natural disaster.
Well, actually, it was paranoia over the zombie thing. How, if we had to hole up, we’d pretty quickly be out of food and probably water. And how none of that food or water was in the garage, which is obviously the safest spot in our house to flee from the flesh-eaters.
But I quickly realized that this anxiety could be more practically applied to emergency preparation that didn’t involve the dead rising up.
First up, water. We have four, five-gallon jugs that we share with Tim’s parents. So if we were running low, we could be in real trouble.
That one’s easy enough to solve. Gallon jugs are about a dollar at the store — less if you hit the sales — so I’m just going to buy them one or two at a time until we have a week’s supply.
Next, food. Turns out we had six cans in our cupboard. Well, seven if you count the green enchilada sauce.
So, I’m trying to get a can or two each time we go to the store. Stock up on some veggies, beans, soups, etc.
We need more protein. But all I can think of is tuna (the smell of which makes Tim retch), sardines and Spam. And I’ll only eat those last two if my life does depend on it.
So I guess we’d better stock up on peanut butter and other alternate protein sources. And maybe some jerky.
Next, ambient temperature.
Winters in the desert can get surprisingly cool, but we have warm blankets and plenty of layers. So we’re fine there.
If it’s summer though, the best we can do is to lie, prone and whimpering, on the floor.
Finally, we need to get a radio. And some batteries for the radio. Also, more flashlights. We have two, and one’s on a key chain.
Taking stock, it’s horrifying how unprepared we are.
Oh a few other things we should get and keep on hand:
- Cash. No electricity = no debit cards/ATMs
- Extra pet food
- Rain ponchos
- Emergency first aid kit
- Sterno or a similar heat source
- Graham crackers, Hershey bars and marshmallows
Because if we have to crack open some Sterno anyway, you’d better believe I’m going to weather the disaster with some gooey, chocolatey goodness!
Are you prepared in case of an emergency?