TIPS: Five Little-Known Tips For Disaster Preparedness

From Alison Wiley, and her Diamond Cut Life Blog

A very good post with some out of the box thinking, while still very practical and chock full of common sense. I’d recommend you read the entire article at either link below. I like it!

January 12th, 2014 by Alison

The record-breaking cold in much of the U.S. reminds me that we’re all vulnerable to extreme weather and disasters, and need to be prepared for them. Climate change means more of everything: drought, destructive hurricanes, heat, cold and floods. It’s broader than just global warming.

It’s our internal resources — our attitude and coping skills – that make us rich in what matters, in both good times and hard times. That’s a premise here at Diamond-Cut Life. This post is updated from a November 2012 post.

Common wisdom first: any household should have two week’s worth of food on hand. My household has buckets of freeze-dried food from Costco in the garage. But water is more crucial than food: we should have on hand at least one gallon per person per day. We need extra sleeping bags and blankets, and battery-powered radios for getting news. A working bicycle is smart to have, as New York City commuters found when Superstorm Sandy shut down the subways. Here is excellent detailed advice on being prepared to live without electricity. And here is a good toolkit and discussion guide on preparing with others for emergencies. (Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington referred me to that resource; thanks, Kathryn.)

The tips below are little-known wisdom on being prepared for extreme weather and disasters.

1.) Build relationships now with your neighbors. Our neighbors will likely be the most important people in our lives when extreme weather or disaster hits. That’s because emergency professionals will be overwhelmed, and cannot get to everybody in need. Are you in the habit of greeting your neighbors by name, and helping out with things like gathering mail and watering the garden when one of you is out of town? We are. Of course, some neighbors are much more responsive than others. I have a friend whose whole neighborhood in Newberg, Oregon, is well prepared for extreme weather and disasters. She, Leslie A., reports that she once hosted a wine-tasting and potluck dinner party during a power outage — by candlelight. Go, Leslie!

Read more at Allison’s blog here.

Updated: January 18, 2014 — 3:34 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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