HE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Eric
The world is going in end this December, so you better have your emergency preparedness kits all ready to go! I got news for you. If the world ends, an emergency kit is not going to help you or anyone. Natural disasters happen, and most commonly they are completely unexpected.
Look, I am not saying that having an emergency preparedness kit is worthless, but I do think it is overrated. All having an emergency preparedness kit does is give you peace of mind. You are content knowing that in an emergency you are going to have the supplies you need to survive. Chances are you may not even have access to your kit unless you literally take it everywhere you go or keep it in back of your car. It’s a good idea but it is simply impracticable to believe it will be your sole saving grace.
What my wife has overlooked and I believe most people overlook is a plan. In the event of an emergency, you need to have different scenarios covered. If my wife and I are at work and our kids are at day care, we need one plan. If I am home, and my wife and kids are out in the car, we need another plan. I am not saying you need to cover 100 different plans, but you do have to cover the basic ones. What about a meeting location and a backup location? For example, in the case of a tsunami hitting the Pacific coast, I would try to get my family to Fresno or somewhere high on a mountain close by. Honestly, I would probably take my family to the roof of the five-story courthouse in Salinas and pray we don’t get taken out.
At the end of the day, I know when someone is spending money on peace of mind. I personally have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in medical bills for my personal peace of mind. I can admit it. Was it a complete waste of money? Yes, but my mind sure didn’t believe it was. You can only control some aspects of your life but the rest of the time, you have to put your faith in God or whatever you believe in. You can’t stop a natural disaster and sometimes you have nowhere to run. Trust in your beliefs and hope for the best.
SHE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Gaby
Ah yes, the Mayan calendar has predicted that the world is going to end this December. Given all the super storms and earthquakes taking place in the last few weeks, it’s tough not to believe that 2012 may, in fact, be the year when humanity ceases to exist. And if you ask most Republican voters, an Obama win put a nail in that coffin.
If the world is going to end, I’m not too concerned about having an emergency prepardness pack ready. The world ends, my family gets obliterated and we either go to heaven, purgatory, or our cells break down. Fin. But my emergency prepardness plan isn’t about Armageddon. I’m not some doomsday prepper. Do I jokingly think about what I’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Of course! If shit goes down and there are zombies, I’m going to have to learn to decapitate my neighbors and friends with a fireplace iron. But again, my emergency prepardness kit isn’t about a zombie apocalypse.
My emergency prepardness kit started a few years back as a result of a series of earthquakes hitting our area. In two siituations, I was home alone with our daughter while Eric was 30 minutes away playing hockey. I realized that our home isn’t all that safe and that in the event of a pretty bad earthquake, I’d need to hightail it out of our house and find shelter elsewhere. Being by yourself in an earthquake with a pre-schooler isn’t all that fun and yes, I can admit, I panicked. Eric came home to random jars and bottles filled with water, a makeshift bag in case of another quake and our daughter’s pop-up monkey tent while I rambled on about how we needed to be prepared in case “the big one” hit. Eric did his usual smirk, the one that tells me he thinks I’m a little nuts, but he humored me as usual.
Once the back-to-back quakes stopped, I put away the pack but rather than go “oh well, glad that’s over,” I kept prepping. My pack isn’t perfect and I need to revisit and replenish, but it has clothing for us, food for a few days, water, a crank-up radio/flashlight, a first aid kit, a can opener and some waterproof matches. I also carry flares in my car and a few protein bars just in case. While I’m well aware that in a big emergency, all hell will break lose and packing might be useless, I’m also planning for less severe catastrophes. What if our tree falls on our house and it’s cold so we can’t stay there? Our pack can go with us and even if we live in our car for a day or two, it’ll be okay.
Frankly, I don’t think I’m going overboard and actually have a less stocked version of what the government says you need to have in case of an emergency. Have we discussed what to do if we’re not all together? Nope. But in my defense, why would I talk to someone about that if whenever I bring up the topic, I get the “Oh, here comes Crazy Gaby” smirk? I do have a general idea of what we should do and depending on the situation, have some general meeting areas.
I realize that in an event of an emergency and especially one where I’m separated from my family, I might not be thinking straight and throw the plan out the window. However, I still believe it’s important to be prepared because you never know. What I do know is that a big quake will hit our state at some point. Will it be in our lifetime? Probably, and because it might, I want to make sure I’m ready.