Monday, July 9, 2018

Be Prepared

I lifted this post from Pharyngula.  Although  it refers to the need to prepare for a National Strike on June 30, (What! You missed it?)  I thought it contained some valuable tips on preparing for any sort of disaster.  As we've seen after Katrina and lately in Puerto Rico, you should plan as if no one's going to be there to help you.  I hope the most extreme circumstances we experience is a week with the air conditioner on or a weekend snowbound, but planning for the worst and hoping for the best seems good advice.  Click on the title to read the whole article.

A #NationalStrike? Think about it.

From Libbie Grant on Facebook, here’s something we can prepare for.

...Here’s what you need to start doing right now in order to make this strike effective and ensure you can continue to participate without putting yourself or your loved ones at risk of too much discomfort.

-Stock up on non-perishable food, enough to last up to a month. Canned stuff. Can your own goods now if you know how to do it and have the equipment. Go for foods that are calorie-dense and/or filling. Dried beans are cheap and will keep you going indefinitely. Buy a ton of them and store them in solid, critter-proof containers.

-Make sure you have a good can opener and a spare.

-Stock up on medications and other care supplies for a month or more.

-Stock up on all the pet supplies you will need for a month or more.

-Assume that this ... government will attempt to fight back by shutting down utilities in some cities. That may include your city. 

So that means you must:

1) Get those big 5-gallon water jugs, lots of them, and fill them up now, and put secure coverings over the openings so bugs can’t get in. Store them in a safe place. 

2) Have camping supplies? Great! Stock up on white gas or other fuel sources to run camping cook stoves. If you don’t have a camping stove already, get one now. They aren’t terribly expensive and you can find used ones on Craigslist. You should have one anyway in an emergency kit (as those of us who live in earthquake country know!) 

3) Be sure you have working flashlights and plenty of batteries. 

4) Get a solar charger for your personal electronic devices. 

5) Pull out some cash and keep it in a safe place in case you need to buy anything in a real emergency situation. Or put aside valuable items you think you can trade to your neighbors. 

6) Consider what your town is like during the summer and think ahead to your comfort needs. Plan how to meet those needs without electricity or money. Maybe that means identifying the coolest location in your neighborhood and making a plan to spend the hottest hours of the day there. Start thinking about this stuff now. 

7) Check in with your elderly and disabled neighbors to be sure they are similarly prepared for utility shutdowns and have supplies laid away and a way to contact help if they need it. 

8) Make a plan for waste disposal if those utilities are shut down, too.

Be prepared. A national strike is almost certainly coming at this point. With luck, it won’t be a long-term situation and it’ll be over in a matter of a handful of days. But be sure you’re ready in case it’s not over so quickly.

I would support this. The only question is what fraction of the population would actually join in…because face it, there are a heck of a lot of people who think fascism is just fine.

Another thing that could be done: Marches are planned all across the country for 30 June. I’ll be there!

Pharnygula 6/20/2018

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