Hello dear followers,
Before I “get down to basics” lets get serious for a moment here. I am not really expecting the Zombie apocalypse, a pandemic or World War three around the corner. As much as I like to joke about these things, the real disasters happen much closer to home. If you watch the news and see livelihoods destroyed by F7 tornadoes, hurricanes or wildfires, you are seeing someones apocalypse happening live and in color on your TV. Now imagine yourself in their place.
If you are lucky you have gotten out of the wreckage with your health, family and hopefully your pets alive and unharmed. But your home, your source of income, your shelter all lay in ruins. Disaster relief may be on its way, but depending on the size of the carnage and the amount of infrastructure damage it may take days, weeks or even months before you can get any help.
This is when it pays to be prepared.
Disaster preparedness is the difference between being able to pick up the pieces and move on or being dependent on others. It is the difference of trading a bottle of water and a pack of dry pasta for help in cleaning the wreckage or getting shot by looters at the supermarket over the last carton of eggs.
But while this blog is about food (and hilarious delicious injuries) I do want to save your life too. So:
If the authorities tell you to get out, get out!
The call to evacuate is never an easy one to make. After all cities want to have stores open, and people shopping, dining and working as soon as the storm is weathered and the skies have cleared. It is how they make money and survive after all. It means, that they expect significant loss of life should people stay. And that means you.
Yes your house may be looted or destroyed, but wouldn’t you rather not be there to see it happen? Live now so you can act later.
Help those in need and you will be helped (not just during dire situations, but you knew that).
Peel it or boil it or throw it away. Most people don’t thrive in bad environments, bacteria do (canned goods are exempt, but probably better cooked anyways).
Stash where you stay. Live in Tornado Alley? Food goes in the storm shelter. Expect an evacuation? Move stuff to the most spacious vehicle.
Yes, lots of “duh’s” may be had, but I had to say it. A good source for Information on emergency supplies is ready.gov.