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« on: May 18, 2008, 11:33:05 AM »

we watch disasters unfold in parts of the world with a morbid fascination, and in the back of our minds we think "wow, i'm glad i don't live there!".  fact is, you do live there.  it just hasn't happened to you yet.

RC was just doing a neighborhood canvas in our area.  i was not involved, but got the info after.  the idea was to give people the info they needed to be prepared for a disaster.  everyone was amazed at how many people were not at all prepared.  they had not even given it any thought. 

list of items for an emergency kit are easy to come by.  i won't repeat them here, but i will add some ideas from my own observations.

1. store your emergency items in an accessible place.  if your house comes down and you can't reach your stuff, it does you no good.

2. know who has a wired phone line in your neighborhood, or know where the phone junction box is.  many people use computer or cell phone service and they may not work in a disaster.  phone lines often survive a disaster and if you have a pocket knife and regular phone, you can hook into one.

3. in your disaster kit, remember your pets.  some shelters will now accept pets.  having your pets records with yours will help smooth the way.

4. have cash on hand.  if power is out, or you have to leave quickly, cash is handy. 

5. in addition to other important papers that you keep in your kit, WRITE DOWN important phone numbers.  if you are like me, your phone numbers are on speed dial and you don't really know them anymore.  if you don't have your phone or your battery dies, you are USC.

6.  ziploc you papers.  no matter what the disaster, water is often a factor..... pipes break, etc.

7.  know how to get out of your area.  seems simple, but we all get in the habit of going places on certain roads.  know other routes!  the one you use may be blocked.

add your own ideas.  do what works for you.  do it before you need it!
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008, 11:47:46 AM »

Great post Kathy!!!

I will think of some more to add later if I can. I've been on here for hrs it seems, actually, I have been on here for hrs! grin Gotta go get some things done in the real world, later.


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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008, 10:29:51 AM »

I am always grateful that I live in a location these things are less likely to occur and thankfully have not. They are still possible and thinking about what you would do if something happens is always good advice. I am shocked, people dont regularly think what they should do if an accident or natural disater should occur. You need a plan.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008, 10:07:40 PM »

You can never be too prepared for a disaster. 
At my place I have doubled the size of the orchard in the last 2 years.  I made a berry patch of the more popular berry plants.  I've also begun building what will eventually become a garden with 24 raised beds.  I'm tripling the size of the chicken run and building a new chicken house 3 times the size of the old one (meat and eggs).  I have taken to raising rabbits for table meat.  I have goats for milk, meat, and weed control.  Pigeons are for meat, eggs, and messaging.  I have 2 large chest freezers and a store room full of #10 cans of beans, instant potatoes, milk, grains, dried fruits, etc.  I will be making a "root celler" for storing produce from the garden.  I also have a stream, well, and city water.  I do have a gas powered generator and a wood stove in the area that will become my honey house. 
I still have to finish fencing the property with goat proof fences (if there is such a thing) and remodel the barn into a barracks/assembly hall for family members.

All in all, I think I'm 90% more prepared than most people.  Already my family can survive for at lewast 6 months--come earthquake to flood or other disaster.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 10:49:48 PM »

i don't know KONASDAD, i spent a couple of weeks last year slopping around in Hoffmans Grove and other soggy neighborhoods!
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008, 10:58:22 PM »

I know first hand as the "San Francisco Quake" of 1989 had the epicenter 3 miles from our home "as the crow flies"...scarey business!
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