‘Tis the season. Spring tornadoes are nearly over, and hurricane season is upon us. It’s easy to blow off (sorry) the idea of survival kits, preparedness and so forth — especially if you’re a young person or immigrant from northern climes who has never experienced a big storm. Mistake. Ask anyone along the Gulf or Southeastern US coasts. The Boy Scouts have it right: Be Prepared.
You folks living inland have nothing to feel smug about, either. Ask anyone along the Mississippi and its tributaries. Ask anyone in Northeastern Japan, Kansas, Missouri and points east. Ask yourself, once you have your head out of the sand and the sand out of your head.
Read the disaster preparedness pages of the CDC. You’ll still probably not do anything, but it will give you something to feel guilty about. Hopefully now, not later.
We’ve all learned a lot about disasters and emergencies over the past several years. Many of us, especially along the coastlines, learned from personal experience, and the entire world by proxy. The devastations of hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis should have left little doubt in anyone’s mind about the need for at least a minimal level of preparedness for sudden disruptions of life that can last for days, weeks — even months — in the worst cases. It can happen to you — and your loved ones! Continue reading