Planning for Common Everyday Disasters


Planning for Common Everyday Disasters

It’s not always the huge, full blown “SHTF” disasters that wreak havoc on everyday life, but sometimes it’s the little things. Petty annoyances which nevertheless have to be planned for and dealt with so life may go on relatively smoothly.

What are we talking about here? The list is long, and they usually happen without so much as a second’s notice, just “boom” and there you are. Among these everyday breakdowns is a power outage. Maybe it is a storm that knocked a tree limb onto a power line, some drunk who took out a power pole, or simply a transformer that decided it was time to give up the ghost and blow out.

So there you are in the dark. You have no power, no lights, no refrigerator, no air conditioning or heat — and the municipal water supply pumps may also be down. Are you planning for this? How is your stock of candles, flashlights and batteries, camp stove/lantern fuel, quick-fix foods, and drinking water? Think this through before it happens again.

And that water thing. No pressure at the kitchen sink? Count on the list of annoyances: no drinking water, cooking water, bathing water, no washing clothes, or flushing toilets. How much water reserve do you have? How long will it last? Is a shallow water well in the back yard worth the investment? What about a water filter or ways to catch rain water if it rains? Water is life. It is a must-have item.

Make sure your disaster plans include minor “disasters” like run-of-the-mill power outages. You will be glad you did!

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