Your Fridge is Dancing in the Living Room -- What Do You Do?
Mayor Sam blogger Councilman John openly questions Neighborhood Councils on their emergency preparedness initiatives. Should they be spending part of their $50,000 annual budget on stock piling materials for a neighborhood? Do they need consistent guidance from the city?
Well, here is some guidance: if you do not have 10-gallons of water stored in case of an earthquake, you might be screwed. If you are reading this and going, "nah, I won't be," it's cool to disenfranchise yourself -- you probably complain about the city all the time and still have an out-of-state license plate or don't vote in elections. Whatever.
When it comes to the "Big One," they say "not if, but when." And if "when" is in our lifetime, it is not going to be a walk in the park. And if "when" we survive it, we are really going thank ourselves buy preparing for it.
So start now and make it habit.
Here is an idea. This weekend is Daylight Savings Time. We change our clocks. We change our batteries in fire alarms. So why are we not changing out our emergency supply of water? Checking supplies? etc? etc? etc?
Ingredients for the most utterly minimum level of preparedness:
- 10 gallons per person (that's 2 five-gallon containers)
- Switched out every 6 months
- Not stored directly on concrete (you will poison yourself)
- Not stored on the top shelf of the cabinet (gallon containers and sizes up can easily break when flying across a room. Great, now you have a mess that is not only, uhhh, a mess, but it is a wet mess)
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