Are You Ready?
Sometimes I’m too laid back when it comes to emergency preparation. I think we filled a couple of milk jugs with water on December 31, 1999, and that’s the only disaster preparation I’ve ever done.
Now that I’m older I think it’s about time to take some responsibility. And the recent news of the possibility of a flu pandemic is just the impetus I need to take action. I saw a video at work today stating 50M people died during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, when the population was about 1/4 what it is today. If we were to have a similar outbreak now, you’re talking a couple hundred million dead folks.
So here’s my plan: I’m going shopping tomorrow and will buy the following items: salt, sugar, jello, batteries, cough drops, bleach, and some extra food. What I haven’t figured out is water storage. In looking at a couple of flu preparation manuals online, it was suggested you have 2 gallons of water per person per day for 30 days. That’s 120 gallons for us. How do you store that much water? The other items I’m considering buying are a box of surgical masks and a box of disposable gloves. Oh, one other thing – I also plan on keeping about $500 in our lock box – in small bills. The small bills will be the hard part, though.
So, how have you prepared? Not ready? Then take a look at this – I think you might find it motivational.