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Survival Preparedness

Daily we watch news casts of some disaster. This week it is tornadoes. Survivors are interviewed and the subject of survival preparedness of "How did you survive?" is a prime topic. I recently wrote an article on shelters. Most people do not have shelters from tornadoes yet tornadoes occur in most states and some states are pestered every year.

Even though a family may not have a shelter, if they live in tornado country, they will have a plan which may include:

1. A portable radio that can keep them informed of weather activity, some of which can operated by cranking. (There is one here by my chair.),

2. Cell phones for older members of the family so that family members can be located and disaster authorities can be reached such as search and rescue, fire and police and medical,

3. Flashlights. (I have them hanging all around the house and in my car.),

4. A first aid kit and a packet of essential medications for family members that need them,

5. Locations for safety, short-term in the home or long-term outside the home as specified by local authorities, and

6. Awareness of the community disaster plan.

Do you have a disaster plan? Here is a list of potential disasters I compiled recently:

Anarchy, Automobile, Avalanche, Chemical, Contamination, Criminal Activity, Drought, Earthquake, Epidemic, Explosions, Fire, Flood, Gases, Hail, Heat and Cold, Hobbies, Home, Hurricanes, Infestations, Lightning, Mining, Mud Slides, Nuclear, Plane Crashes, Riots, Ship Wrecks, Shortages, Space, Sports, Storms, Terrorism, Tornado, Trains, Tsunami, Typhoon, Volcano, War, Wind.

Anarchy occurs during many disasters. People go nuts taking things in their own hands, often destroying property and robbing stores. Automobiles pile up in smoke and fog and on icy roads. It seems that nobody in this country takes precautions on icy roads. Cars pile and crash into jack-knifed semi trailers.

Chemical and contamination problems which endanger lives and animals and put people out of work, such as oil spills, are all too common and often preventable. We have had two ship wrecks lately. One was preventable and they are still diving for bodies.

And we know about most all of these hazards. Most of us have lived though them. But we need to think about survival preparedness so that we can protect our family as much as possible, and to provide for them until the community is able to rebuild and go back to normal.

If a disaster occurred, would your survival preparedness plan include temporary housing, food, water and medications? How about toilet facilities? Everyone must think about these things, perhaps purchasing or preparing kits to take care of these human necessities. You might want to have a disaster guide packed away. And definitely, you should have an emergency first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in case of accident or fire at home or in your automobile.

Fly Old Glory!


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