Don't Wait For Disaster! Emergency Preparation: A Guide
As a resident of the Midwest, I really don’t have many problems related to the weather. Usually we only suffer massive amounts of industrial pollution, huge murder rates, and the occasional financial crisis. (I live in Michigan.) Other than the normal extreme fluxes in temperature that I deal with, living right next to Lake Michigan is pretty easy. Sometimes though, the weather gets all angry and decides it had enough being docile and gentle and needs to kick someone’s face through a door. Before that happens, make sure you have all this stuff.
Bottled water gets a bad reputation because it’s harmful to the environment and because there exists a massive chunk of plastic garbage, allegedly the size of Texas, floating in one of the oceans. But, a few cases of these can be a lifesaver when the power goes out. When you wake up in the middle of the night with cottonmouth and the sink doesn’t work, you'll be grateful that you stowed away a 36-pack (or 5) of these.
Go bags are awesome. Everything about them screams conspiracy-shouting psychopathic loony, but realistically, crap happens. A good go bag is obviously portable and supplies you with emergency necessities. Here are some good things to keep in it:
-First aid kit
-Copies of government issued ID
Make sure that your go bag is reserved for emergencies. Don’t take the flashlight out to find the screw you dropped in the carpet, and don’t use the money to pay the pizza guy. Go bags are excellent emergency kits when stranded at home or on the go.
Unfortunately, the current set of circumstances our predecessors have put us in is one of fragility and uncertainty when it comes to energy use and distribution. Though in good weather electricity is readily at our disposal, it turns out that having massive wires strung tens of thousands of miles in every direction isn’t exactly an impeccable system.
Instead of trying to start a religion based off the research of Nicola Tesla and starting a wireless energy revolution, buy a generator. They are relatively cheap for what they offer and come in super handy. Not coincidentally, generators are the first things that are out of stock after a huge storm surge, so it’s best to get one before that happens. Without one, expect all the food in the fridge to putrefy and to not have running water for a non-specific amount of time.
Storms have a great way of screwing everything in their path. They just look at your stupid little house and laugh when they decide whether or not to destroy your life. In the event of a fire, which is much more likely in the wake of a storm, it is advantageous to have a means of extinguishing it other than your garden hose. Because, as it turns out, those things need electricity. Fires can make everything bad that just happened 1,000 times worse. Instead of having a house that’s cold, imagine not having a house at all. It sucks, doesn’t it?
I know eating food out of cans is a less than ideal meal, but it’s better than not eating at all. This becomes even more relevant to people that live in snow belts. If you become snowed in, the grocery store may be impossible to get to (assuming they are open at all). Make sure you keep at least a few day's worth of rations that won’t go bad.
This list represents just a small part of emergency preparedness. Share some of your tips in the comments, people! DO IT!