Crazy talk? You decide.

Crazy talk? You decide.

Diaster preparation

OK, here we go. What I have to say will seem hilarious to some, totally ridiculous to others but hopefully will resonate with others, no matter how few they may be. I am not a doom-sayer, let me make that clear. I am a successful businessman with a very nice and normal family. We have lived the good life of a middle-income family throughout the last 40 years. The length of time since my wife and I married and we began our family. I read the other day that the current generation of Americans is living a more luxurious life than the richest rulers of the greatest countries on earth throughout all of history to date. Even the poor among us have access to free medical care, hot food, clothing, shelter and such comfort items as television and libraries.Now, here we go. There are many dynamics in play that could possibly come to a head at virtually any moment. Some of the more well known threats are the following.

  • The presidential election results could potentially result in social unrest.
  • An Israeli attack on Iran would throw the world into chaos.
  • North Korea is patiently waiting for the perfect time to unleash the bomb and attack South Korea once again, drawing the United States into a terrible conflict. There are over 50,000 American troops in Korea, most of whom are on the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.
  • The Middle East is a cauldron of hate and terror and the United States is not only in the middle of the conflict, we are also the most hated and biggest target of the Jihadists.
  • Economic collapse is imminent and endemic around the globe and is only being held at bay by every country growing its national debt exponentially

Hey listen, I could continue listing issues that could explode during the winter of 2012-2013 all day long. So could you.

However, let’s talk about preparation for any fall-out that possibly could result from any of these state of affairs. I’m just going to discuss in general some things you should do.

  1. When possible, buy a gas-powered generator. Having a heat and electrical source in the event of power interruption could literally be a lifesaver.
  2. Stock the cupboard with canned and boxed foods. Dried rice and beans are great, assuming that there is not an interruption of water supply to your house. Having plenty of ready-to-eat foods—without need of preparation—is the best course of action.
  3. Stock up on water. Figure on using one gallon per day for each family member.
  4. Maintain as heavy a stock of prescription medicines as your insurance will allow. Prescription medicines have been difficult to obtain in recent localized disasters such as hurricanes.
  5. Keep a heavy supply of household first aid medical supplies on hand.
  6. Make certain that you have winter coats and clothing. Too often, we stay warm indoors or in the car or buildings we visit and are not outdoors for any length of time. Our winter coats are designed more for style and convenience than warmth. Without gas or electricity, staying warm in these coats is a joke.
  7. Flashlights and batteries, candles and matches or lighters; stock up and store away.
  8. Buy some bottles of a variety of pint bottles of various types of hard liquor and cigarettes. Other than food and water, these are the best possible barter items to trade for those items you need and do not have.
  9. Reinforce your home security with door and window locks. Replace hollow core doors with steel doors and install barrier bars on the doors and intruder grills on windows.
  10. Have the following weapons on hand and ready for use.
    • .22 caliber pistol
    • .38 (preferably greater) caliber pistol
      • Shotgun (just about any caliber although a 12 gauge pump shotgun is best)

Obviously, this list is not complete, you need to add other items and include things that are particular to your family.

One last word of advice: Put an emergency kit in your car’s trunk consisting of at least the following;

  • Food (ready to eat)
  • Water (canned is best)
  • Blankets and coat with hat and gloves
  • Flashlights
  • .22 (or greater caliber rifle with ammunition)

So what if nothing happens and you don’t need it? It’s a lot better to have it and not need it, than not to have it and need it.

Let’s hope for the best!