We interrupt our regularly scheduled post on my Match.com Misadventures to provide you all with much needed disaster preparedness information. You’re welcome.
As y’all know I can be a bit panicky at times, while simultaneously possessing a tendency to do stupid things, much like a lemming would hurl itself off a perfectly good cliff for no apparent reason, or like when I ran from Martin Sheen when he was trying to rescue me.
You know, like normal folks wouldn’t.
After the massive explosion (caused by a faulty PG&E pipeline) in nearby San Bruno took out a whole neighborhood, I decided I needed a real, up-to-date emergency preparedness kit.
I know, I know. You think someone as panicky as myself, and also a Red Cross volunteer, would already have that covered. This is the point where I prove to you folks I don’t dye my hair.
Blond is the real color, people.
Sitting around with my father and his wife the other night we evaluated our “survival kits”. Mine had food that was 16 years old and long expired, but I had shoes, hat, jackets, blanket and pillow. My father had a car kit with a bottle of water, Fix-a-flat, a jacket, and a hat. No shoes, no food.
My panic and need to improve my disaster preparedness kit increased dramatically when the big earthquakes and tsunami hit Japan. (Please click here for the American Red Cross donation page.) The tsunami reached the California coast not far from where I live, however the damage was nothing compared to what happened in Japan. (Although, Boat Boy may need to get more than just his boat motor fixed.)
California is the land of “THE BIG ONE”, a major earthquake. Californian’s live with the constant knowledge “THE BIG ONE” will come someday. The USGS analyst who predicted the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 (I lived 6 miles from the epicenter thankyouverymuch) is predicting a major quake in California any. day. now.
Great. I’m not ready!
As if that wasn’t enough, the power plants in Japan are all melting down. Some of you may recall that I used to draw schematics for General Electric’s Boiling Water Reactors (BWR). (Yes I did, and yes you should be afraid.) It is one of GE’s BWRs that is melting down at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant in Japan. Of the 104 we have in the U.S., 23 are GE’s BWRs.
And I helped with those schematics. At 19. Awesome.
This Online Geiger Counter has been most helpful to me while the toxic clouds come overseas to California. It’s updated every 15 minutes – perfect for panicky people. Notice how our levels here in California are only slightly lower than the radiation levels in Tokyo – just south of where the reactors are actually melting down.
I feel faint. Could someone please point me towards the nearest cliff?
oh, Oh, OH!!! As I’m typing this, the local news is showing a TORNADO in Northern California. WTF?! Tornadoes are supposed to stay in Ohio and Kansas. That’s why I don’t live there. Only one disaster-type per state. It’s the law.
Holy Apocalypse Batman! Time to get serious about the disaster preparedness around here.
Kernut’s New and Improved Panic, err I mean, Disaster Preparedness Kit:
(Unlike much of this blog, this list is actually somewhat useful.)
In the car:
Sneakers and socks (Don’t forget the socks, people. You ever try to walk for miles in sneakers without socks? I have. Don’t do it.)
Jacket, hat, gloves
Flashlight, and batteries kept separately
Toothbrush, and other toiletries (My father scoffed at this. Within 24 hours or less of a disaster I know I’ll want to use a toothbrush, hairbrush, soap, and deodorant. *I* plan to smell good during the apocalypse.)
First Aid Kit
Medications (especially those you shouldn’t be without)
Canned foods (chili, tuna, soup) – and can opener!
Bowl, fork, spoon, knife
Cat food and bowl
Extra Mobile Phone
Backup Hard Drive
UPDATED TO INCLUDE:
Dust masks, duck tape, twine.
Blanket and pillow, or sleeping bag
Ready to go by the front door:
Cat carrier (For the first love of my life)
Laptop (I pray I have time to grab this – it’s the second love of my life)
Purse, with cell phone, credit cards, etc.
Loaded Gun (for the Zombies)
Need to get:
More bullets (for the hard to kill Zombies)
More carbs (as I’ve recently discovered, lemmings NEED carbs)
Potassium iodide (of which the whole world is currently out)
You’ll notice my kit focuses on food, unlike the Metro’s Surviors, an article focusing on outdoor survival skills and disaster preparedness. Author Traci Hukill recounts a conversation she had with the survivalist:
“You’ll notice that we don’t spend that much time on food,” says Hodges, “because really, in a survival situation, it’s not that important. I’ve never heard of anyone getting stuck in the woods and staying dry and getting water and dying of starvation.”
(Traci Hukill:) Easy for you to say, I think, recounting the list of vitamins, fruits, leafy greens and high-quality protein sources I consider absolutely necessary to propel myself from home to car to office and back.
I’m with Traci, but she forgot to include carbs.
There are most likely items I’ve forgotten – please add them in the comments! Then go make sure your kit is up-to-date.