Disaster Preparation          Please send any comments to me.       



Basic elements of preparation:
         







Levels of disaster (a lot of opinion here):
[Pretty much from most likely to least likely.]
  1. Personal disaster for your family. Major illness or accident, job loss, house fire.

  2. Short-term local disruption. Hurricane or blizzard or earthquake interrupts food stores and utilities (electric, water, gas, sewage, internet, roads) for a week or two.

  3. Medium-term local disruption. Major local destruction due to flooding, hurricane, tornado, wildfire. Maybe your neighborhood and house are badly damaged.

  4. National economic crisis or war-based boycott. Such as Venezuela is going through in 2018. Currency collapses, govt services are minimal, stores don't have basic food or supplies.

  5. Complete national societal breakdown. Your country turns into a war-zone.

  6. Worldwide societal breakdown. World war, or a major asteroid strike, or a major pandemic.




Elements of preparedness:
And that's probably in order of hardest-to-easiest. Getting your partner and family on board, getting them to cooperate and learn skills and agree to spend the money, might be hard and take a long time. Last-minute buying of some materials you overlooked, such as more food and water, probably is easy.



General items:



Smaller, more specific items:



Water:
Super Prepper's "How to Store Tap Water for Emergencies"
Brett & Kate McKay's "Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies"
Emergency Essentials' "5 Myths about Water Storage"
Will Brendza's "9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid"



Food:



First Aid And Medicine:
KidsHealth's "First-Aid Kit"
Wikipedia's "First aid kit"



Security:



Power / fuel:



Shelter:



Behavior / choices:



Leigh Anderson's "Doomsday Prep For Non-Paranoid People"
Alan Henry's "The Complete Guide to What To Do Before, During, and After a Disaster"
Patrick Allan's "Seven Emergency Preparedness Tips You May Not Know"

Many ideas gleaned from In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival podcast.
A couple of good big-picture episodes: ITRH's "E33: 7 Habits Of Effective Living" and ITRH's "E75: Urban Survival Techniques".

TSP Wiki's "Modern Survivalism"
Super Prepper



Anti-government stuff:
Many survivalists seem to have some Ayn Rand or cowboy-movie fantasy. They seem to think that the world would be better off if we had no government, every man manufactured all his possessions himself (smelting ore directly, presumably), everyone could do what they wanted, etc.




My preparation status:
Zero. We are 5-6 people living in a smallish apartment, and we'll probably have to move in the next 6 or 12 months. Two somewhat-elderly parents, two middle-aged us, sometimes 20ish very overweight son, 10-year-old niece. Already have moving-boxes full from another apartment, stacked in our living room. Little room for storing additional water or food. No medical kit or fire-extinguisher, smoke alarm, or fume alarm. Fail.

We do have almost no debt, and my wife is a doctor. So a couple of pluses. She's worked in Peruvian hills where she was the only doctor for several villages. I lived and cruised by myself for 13 years on a sailboat, catching rainwater and using solar and wind power, repairing engine etc. So a couple more pluses.

11/2018: Installed a couple of smoke-alarms. Bought a 6-KG ABC fire-extinguisher.





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