Skip to comments.Disaster Dozen: 12 Myths of Disaster Preparedness
Posted on 09/07/2012 2:23:13 PM PDT by Kartographer
1. If something happens all I have to do is call 911.
2. All I need is a 72-hour kit with a flashlight, first aid kit, some food and water, and a radio.
3. My insurance policy will take care of everything.
4. Good preparedness is too expensive and complicated.
5. We can only form a neighborhood group through FEMA, the Red Cross or local law enforcement.
6. In a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist attack, were all dead anyway.
7. Nothing like that could ever happen here.
8. All I have to worry about is my own family.
9. If preparedness were really important it would be taught in school.
10. I can get free preparedness information on the Internet.
11. Full preparedness means I have to get a lot of guns and be a survivalist.
12. If something really bad happens, no one will help.
Full preparedness means I have to get a lot of guns and be a survivalist.
Please add me to your ping list.
In particular, I am hunting good ideas for purchased food to go stick in my cellar (dry, 50 degrees year around).
13 - have a battery-powered radio available so you can stay informed on what’s happening if the power goes out - during Hurricane Irene last year our power was off for fourteen hours but our battery radio was almost useless - except for sporatic bits of information on the storm, most radio stations kept on with their same inane programming of crappy music and occasional callins about what was going on in some guy’s local neighborhood - we finally managed to tune into the sound channel of TV channel 6, which is at the ultra low end of the FM band, and they were doing running updates of where the storm was and where it was going - so much for battery power.....
For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:
NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!
For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.
Underestimation can be fatal.
And that's a bad thing?
I have a 1500W power inverter in my Jeep. Great for running a few things in an emergency.
Find a radio with NOAA channels on it.
As a food service professional, and a cheap barstid, I suggest just buying more of what you normally buy, when it's on sale. Over the years, I've saved about 20% by buying in bulk on sales items that I'm going to use anyway.
It pays in 2 ways: Original savings on the sale price, and secondary savings over time, because you KNOW the price isn't going to go down on anything in the grocery store.
1. If something happens I could call 911. Of course, that might make the problem far worse. Whether to call 911 is a decision to be made based on whether an official response is more likely than not to be helpful.
2. I should start with a 72-hour kit with a flashlight, first aid kit, some food and water, and a radio. From that point, I should expand my preparations based on resources, needs, and anticipated emergency situations.
3. My insurance policy will take care of everything covered in the policy, eventually, and if the company is not overwhelmed by the situation.
4. Good preparedness is too expensive and complicated to do all at once, but small steps one at a time can add up to good preparedness.
5. We can only form a neighborhood group through contact with our neighbors. It is critical to know which neighbors will be helpful in defending the community and which are likely to pose an immediate danger to others.
6. In a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorist attack, there will be survivors even near ground zero. In Japan, 597 people survived within 1 km of the detonation sites, including Akiko Takakura at 300 m. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was outside 1km but was burned and injured in Hiroshima before returning to his home in Nagasaki in time to be burned and injured in that detonation.
7. History repeats itself.
8. All I have to worry about is my own family, my friends, and especially those neighbors and strangers who are not my friends and are not moral people.
9. There are many really important things that are not taught in school, and since the mid-1960s preparedness has been one of them. Fortunately, the Boy Scouts teach many aspects of preparedness and will continue to do so despite liberal hatred for moral values and for independence.
10. I can get free preparedness information on the Internet. [This one - not a myth - was right!] One of the best sources is http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf from Kartographer.
11. Full preparedness means I have to get the right guns or self-defense equipment and be ready to respond as necessary to violence or evil in order to survive.
12. If something really bad happens, some people will help, but it may not be quick, it may not be the government or others some would expect to see helping, and we will not get help or even neutrality from everyone we encounter.
Why isn't it?
“What exactly is the opposite of a survivalist?”
Canned goods will last 25 years in that environment. If you you doubt me I will send you statements from canned foods producers.
canned white potatoes
canned beef (http://keystonemeats.com) good products
canned corned beef
canned soups (ready to eat, not reconstitute)
canned beans (black, refried, etc.)
[airtight containers: ball canning jars are very good]
white rice stored in airtight containers (indefinitely)
oatmeal in airtight containers (very long time)
Dried beans in airtight containers (very long)
Pasta in airtight containers (very long)
Rice noodles in airtight containers (very long)
Pilot crackers (canned - 30 year shelf life)
Peanut butter (several years, easy to rotate)
Juices bottled in *glass* (several years at least)
You would be surprised how cheap 6 months of food will be using these types. Maybe a little boring after a few weeks, but in the crunch you won’t complain.
First aid supplies, antibiotics, cigarettes, booze, feminine hygiene products all make for good storage and make great trade bait. Most people forget they need these basics. When the zombies come you will need surplus to barter with.
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