In channel surfing on the TV guide station, I came across Doomsday Preppers.. a program about people and families preparing for all sorts of doom and gloom to hit our country. It could some from cyber attacks where all electronic are blown to all out war and destruction. I have to say, I did watch a few minutes of one program to see where it was headed.
This particular family had home canned and store bought canned goods, water, weapons, ammunition, bows,knives, wood chopped, etc, and all sorts of "live on our own" stockpiles. They were prepared to protect what they had and to survive for months, on their own.
Another family was a member of a group that worked together. All had different skill sets to draw from, in event of an attack of whatever may happen. These folks had purchased shipping containers to be buried in the desert... adjoined to become living quarters, underground. Of course, they too, were stocked full of food and supplies.
Ok, that is the extreme. I did also catch a portion of Anderson Cooper talking to quests about such preparedness vs. the average person's needs, in a local disaster. He said, in his experience, that in such events as Katrina, Haiti, the tsunamis, etc., the government will not be there to help you. You need to have a 2 week supply, at least, of food, water, some sort of shelter, flashlights, and a battery powered radio. All right... I can see the 2 week preparedness in the event of a tornado, hurricane, or ice storm maybe, that affects a wide area, other than the one that is destroyed, that may not have their power restored for days, if not weeks. But, in all of those other natural disaster scenarios, Katerina, etc., your 2 week supply is pretty much toast I'm thinking.
Remember back to the 1999 New Year's Eve going into 2000? Whoa,... the doom that was forcasted for that. Computers will run amok! Banks will close. Power plants will falter. We did get a little more cash to have on hand, and we did fill up both vehicles. My entire "home" preparedness for that was to buy a kerosene heater for my husband to use in the garage...or we could bring indoors if necessary. The other thing I did was buy a couple of packages of dried beans for chili. There ya go.
My next experience with disaster preparedness was Hurricane Irene, last summer. We eventually drove inland to weather the storm in a hotel. Anderson Cooper was on my beach (7 miles from our house) telling the world this is where Irene was going to hit land, which at that time was a Cat 3. Until noon on Friday, before she was due to hit that night, I had bought 2 cases of bottled water..... and some extra tuna and soup. I did go to Walmart to get a battery powered radio only to learn they don't carry them. Seriously... Only Radio Shack did and it was a fancy schmancy thing that was $40.00. I did not go get one. That's when I called Terry again and said, "we really should not stay here..we should run for the hills and we did. " As it turned out, Irene downgraded to a Cat. 1 and power was restored by 2pm the next day.
Needless to say, I'm a poor example of disaster readiness. I do not have an emergency kit in my car. ( blankets, water, food ) I do not have a legitimate "First Aid Kit" in my house or car. My first aid preparedness consists of a box of bandaids and some antibiotic ointment. When my girls were small I always had Bactine as well. That's it.
The bottled water from last summer in still stacked in the bottom of my coat closet. I still don't have a battery powered radio. Am I the odd one out? My grocery supply turns into empty shelves before I will go shopping. I just detest that job.
Are the rest of you stocked and ready for even a disaster?