Emergency Preparedness: The Real Necessities

Everyone should have an emergency preparedness plan in case of long-term power outages or natural disasters. When crap hits the fan we need to be prepared to shovel it off our doorsteps. So what do we do? Well, the most important things are food and water (obviously). Make sure you have food storage and water storage to get you and your family through at least three days of rough living. You may think cannibalism is an option, especially if it means getting rid of that one member of the family that no one can stand, but when it comes down to it human flesh isn’t the best option. Next is heat, and if you’re in the freezing climates this is especially important. But what comes after that? Well I found this fantastic poster that explains step three rather well:

emergency-preparedness

Always keep 3 days worth of books on hand for each member of your family. We can help.

(Sorry about the picture. I took it and not my wife, so the quality is below standard.)

When the end of the world is coming, or at least a long power outage, what are you going to do? There’s no TV and you need your phones in case of emergency. I mean, there’s talking, but let’s be honest: there’s only so much you can talk about before you start to get bored, which leaves books as the prime option. (Well, board games and outdoor activities as well, but there wasn’t a sign for those).

So when you sit down to plan your month’s efforts towards being prepared, don’t forget the third most important part: entertainment, specifically books. If you don’t have a bookshelf with enough books to satisfy everyone for at least three days then head on over to your nearest bookstore or library to stock up. Yes, you may end up reading them before you have to seek protection in your bomb shelter, but there will always be more to read. Treat them like you do your food storage: rotate older stuff with newer stuff so that you’re always prepared.

Thank you for reading today’s public service announcement (See? You’re already preparing yourself. Go you). Have a great rest of your day and don’t forget to put up your yeti deterrent devices when the time comes.

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