Be prepared; a pending disaster is like a ticking time bomb. A natural event or invasive life-intrusion can explode with little or no warning, leaving victims to cope with the devastating aftermath, both monetary and emotional. Disasters can take many forms; some are acts of nature, others are contrived, such as the increasing infringement upon our privacy, or the incremental control of our lives imposed by government and big business. Fire, Flood, an Epidemic, even a Terrorist Attack is regretfully recurrent, and equally devastating.
Natural disasters often coincide with annual weather and solar cycles. Wild Fires, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Earthquakes are good examples. The United States experiences and average of 1000 tornadoes each year, causing loss of life and millions of dollars due to lost business, repair, and replacement costs. Hurricanes are less destructive, but cover a much broader area and can wipe out electrical service for a whole region. Large amounts of power lines can be torn down, requiring months of work to rebuild. An extended power outage is a life changing phenomenon that throws whole populations literally back into the dark ages. Being prepared for such an occurrence can alleviate trauma and often save lives. .
It is also increasingly more likely that a solar magnetic storm could emit a coronal mass ejection. Every 22 years the sun enters a period of intense magnetic storms. During one of these storms, a section of the sun can tear away and become a ball of magnetized plasma hurling through space. Although Earth has been spared a major event, in March of 1989 a minor mass of this electrically charged gas entered our atmosphere and induced additional current into power lines. Transformers overloaded, overheated, and caused Quebec’s power grid to crash. This in turn cut power to the northeastern United States, and six million people lost power for nine hours. The power grid has become more and more vulnerable as efforts continue to transmit large amounts of power over long distances cheaply. Experts also predict that a meteor strike is inevitable. Anticipate readiness by preparing and storing food and a disaster kit that is quickly and easily accessible.
Once a disaster strikes it is too late. By simply following a few well executed guidelines your family, your pets, and you can achieve a level of self reliance, safety, and sustainability.
Just in Case Guidelines:
- Prepare for an Emergency – list necessities and medications
- Develop a Communications System
- Assess your Family’s Needs
- Evaluate your Food Supply – for your family, your pets, and yourself
- Develop Skills for Independent Living – especially Heat and Water Sourcing
- Pack an Evacuation Kit