You will survive: Gen up, stock up.
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.
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.