I keep getting flashbacks to my childhood when the cold war was making it’s last lap and we were watching movies about the reality of nuclear attacks. With the help of social media, the fear of nuclear attack has caught fire through the US and many of my friends are talking about what is the likelihood they will survive the threat.
The reality is that anything is possible but a nuclear attack is not likely. I’m not going to tell you it will never happen because that’s the great thing about disasters – we prepare because anything can happen.
So do we prepare for nuclear attack? Yes and no, we prepare for a possibility of disaster. What is the most likely scenarios for your region? What are still possible but less likely scenarios? What are the biggest differences for your survival of all those scenarios?
In any disaster, you have two options – you evacuate or you bunk down in your home. You should have years worth of supplies in your home at all times in a perfect plan. In a non-perfect plan, you should have enough food to survive three months without going to the store. You should have enough water.
I got to tell you that’s not is what is happening in my home. I have lots of food storage and we may survive a year on the food. We don’t have enough water to make it a month without bathing. But we work at it. Every pay period, I buy 2 gallons of water. Water doesn’t go bad. It does go stale but I know that won’t be a problem for my family. It’s easy enough to refresh water. We check the jugs for any sort of damage or shape change, otherwise we keep stocking up. Someday, we will invest in 50 gallon drums but that won’t work in our current living situation.
It’s never too late to start planning for disaster. Regardless of space or income, you can start stocking up. Pick up an extra package of spaghetti every month (Dollar Tree has 2 pounds of pasta for $1). Buy beans or an extra couple of cans.
For a few dollars a month, you can build a food and water storage – we pick up 4 gallons of water at 88 cents each, 2-3 extra bags of pasta ($1 each), 4 boxes of milk ($1 each) and then dry and can when we are able to. Learn what edibles are in your area. Many places landscape with edible plants – fruit treats, berry bushes, etc. Knowing where those places are will help you if a disaster is prolonged.
Learn how to find food. Learn how to turn a bag of flour into bread for your family. Learn how to purify water. These skills will be so much more valuable than a one time expensive emergency food kit.
Disasters can happen any time. They can be a personal or community disaster. Being prepared is what will get you through it. Use this time to learn. Use the fear being spread to encourage you to take action. You don’t have to do it all right now. You will never, ever be 100% prepared. That’s the whole point of an emergency – you just weren’t expecting it. Which is why education and planning is so important – it can’t be taken away from you.