Disaster Prep: Have you checked your supplies recently?
May 8, 2012
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much they cost. See the initial posting for more details. Roughly two years ago I posted a series of entries about preparing for a disaster (natural, man-made, or otherwise). Those posts covered a number of topics and while not all inclusive, did cover a number of the major items that are important to have in case of emergency. There is one critical point in any disaster preparedness plan that I haven’t discussed previously, and that is vigilance. It’s been two years since I first put together my emergency boxes, have needs changed? Have supplies gone bad?
Review: Mainstay Emergency Food Rations
August 23, 2010
As part of the Disaster Prep series of posts, I talked about Food & Water. In that post I mentioned buying Mainstay 1200-Calorie Food Bars which I refer to as “Emergency Rations” (ERats). The problem is that a lot of people have a negative connotation of anything with the word “Ration” or “Emergency”. One friend went as far as to say that he thought cardboard was a better option. Since I had the ERats, I decided it was time to give them a try… and was I ever pleasantly surprised.
Zombie Apocalypse: What's your contingency plan?
August 13, 2010
So yesterday I talked about building a Bug-Out Bag with the Zombie Apocalypse in mind. Grabbing the bag gets you out the door and safely away from your soon to be overrun residence. Now you are out in the world, working your way to a temporary safe location. The problem is, where do you go, what do you do, who do you find (and where)? Just like any emergency (earthquake, fire, tornado), you should have a plan of action in advance. Any plan you make should include a level of flexibility. You can simply say “Everyone rendezvous at X location”, but what if that location is infested, overrun or otherwise inaccessible? Sure, you can’t plan for every contingency in advance, but you can make up a basic plan of action. Hopefully you’ll share this plan with your compatriots so even if your plan falls through, they’ll have an idea of where you should be going. So let’s start asking the important questions…