This bears repeating over and over. If you don’t own it before the disaster, you’ll pay hell getting it after the disaster.
I’ve told this story before but it is the way too many people see things yet today that warrants repeating.
Dearest daughter marries her college sweetheart. They put up a mobile home on our back forty. If you have followed my blog posts, you will remember that we live in the woods in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Cold, dark, icy, wind-swept, winters, followed by mildly warm, breezy summers.
They moved in during the early summer months when the bad spring storms had given way to bug season. All went well for the newlyweds that first summer but when fall approached I knew that a sudden very wet, heavy snowfall was not out of the ordinary and it usually took out the power for a day or so when it hit.
“So,” I asked dearest son-in-law, “you kids got water and an auxiliary heat source set aside for winter incase the power goes out?”
Dearest son-in-law looks me square in the eye and says, “Yep, we’ll be ok, we have an electric blanket. And I think we have a bottle of water in the frige. Oh, wait, I think I drank that. Eeeh, we’ll be ok.”
Well, as luck would have it, we had one of those heavy, wet snow storms that took out the power that cold, dark, fall. The power had been out for about 3 hours when dearest son-in-law and daughter showed up at our place asking to use our landline telephone and warm themselves by the woodstove.
“I am goin to call the power company and demand that they turn our power back on.” He said adamantly, thinking the power company must have done this dastardly deed. And by now he was in a panic, “what about all the old people? Someone needs to do something about all the old people that don’t have heat too.”
Of course, I had to ask about the electric blankets. “How they workin’ for ya?” My bad!
It was the first crisis these kids had faced on their own. Up until their marriage someone else had taken care of their welfare. Dearest son-in-law had lived with his parents before attending college as well as our dearest daughter.
They now have a copy of my book, How to Survive and Thrive When the Power is Out. I wonder sometimes if I was ever that slow on the uptake? Naaaaaa
The point here is if you know some people like this, young or old, make a copy of the following list, look them square in the eye and hand it to them.
Things that disappear first after a disaster. (Non-looted items.) Not in any particular order.
Food- bread, milk, eggs, peanut butter, tuna fish, Speghetti O’s, etc.
Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, instant coffee, soda and bottled water
Candles, flashlights, oil lamps, matches and lighters
Toilet paper and feminine products and condoms
Hand can opener
Sugar and Kool-Aid, kids juices
Coleman camp stove, propane cylinders and white gas
Baby supplies, diapers, wipes and formula
Charcoal and lighter- grills
Water hauling containers
Paper plates, cups, bowls and silverware
Water purifiers and filters
Insulated ice chests and bags of ice
Sleeping bags and blankets
Candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, tang etc.
Kids games, coloring books, crayons, reading books and card games
Radio, shortwave, walkie-talkies
Dish soap, bath soap, shampoo
First aid kit
And, you know, if a guy were smart, he’d have a few of these on hand ahead of time.
Believe it or not, the best survival item is your own brain. A few hard copy how-to books in a library wouldn’t hurt either, I’d say.
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