You will sur­vive: Gen up, stock up.

The McLeod River Post - - Front Page - Ian McInnes

One can’t help but no­tice the num­ber and sever­ity of dis­as­ters both nat­u­ral and man­made the­ses days. Floods, fires, earthquakes, cy­ber at­tacks, wars and ru­mours of wars. There’s prob­a­bly some that I’ve missed.

I’ve never thought that with­out the de­liv­ery in­fra­struc­ture that stores could op­er­ate for long. I’ve read that with­out power half of a polled ur­ban pop­u­la­tion said they would not sur­vive longer than two weeks. Play that for­ward and 75 per cent of those polled thought that they might very well be dead within two months.

Get­ting through and over a ma­jor cat­a­clysm is some­thing. We see that on out TV screens reg­u­larly enough. How­ever, we don’t have to think too far back or too far away when it was and is our own peo­ple in our neigh­bour­ing prov­ince, even in our own prov­ince.

There are times when first re­spon­ders will just not get to you. You’ll have to fend for your­self. Prefer­ably, au­thor­i­ties would like to think, with­out the pop­u­lous re­sort­ing to Walk­ing Dead tac­tics. The Al­berta Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (AEMA) ad­vo­cates putting to­gether a kit that will al­low you to get by for 72 hours. You can see the full list here: http://www.aema.al­berta.ca/ build-a-kit it’s com­pre­hen­sive and there is more re­quired than some peo­ple would think.

For ex­am­ple, wa­ter. Four litres per per­son per day. For a fourper­son fam­ily that’s 48 litres of wa­ter.

Of course, if you have a well, then you’ll be OK. Well, no pun in­tended, that de­pends if you have some­thing else to power the pump or a hand de­vice to pump it your­self. Same with the sep­tic, how quick is that go­ing to fill up? As­sum­ing you have any wa­ter, you’ll have to pump it out or make like the bears do in the woods. Think about your pets too.

The AEMA listed kit is wide rang­ing and ev­ery­body’s needs and de­sires are go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. Wa­ter, med­i­ca­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, food stuffs, tools, bat­ter­ies, bags and boxes for stor­age. And, not all this stuff is go­ing to last you so you’re go­ing to need to swap it around ev­ery six months. Maybe have a noo­dle or pasta feast.

The point is I guess that al­though we live in a civilised, or­dered so­ci­ety all of our nor­mal life can and may go south very fast in­deed. At the very least you may be shop­ping for some cool stuff that you could take camp­ing at swap over time.

Photo cour­tesy of AEMA

The AEMA listed kit is wide rang­ing and ev­ery­body’s needs and de­sires are go­ing to be dif­fer­ent. Wa­ter, med­i­ca­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, food stuffs, tools, bat­ter­ies, bags and boxes for stor­age.

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