Now the roofs have been replaced, the electric lines were quickly fixed, but every patch of woods bear witness to what happened there - dozens of trees are visible in the winter bareness, snapped in two like toothpicks.
How Many Are Prepared?
Last year was a rough year: just here in Pennsylvania there was damage from tornadoes, damage from floods. Many people on the east coast, myself included, felt an earthquake for the first time.
But how many of us are really ready if a disaster hits? Judging by how many people have to head for the grocery store everytime the weather forecasters predict snow, I'd say not many.
You don't have to be in the heart of the trouble to feels it's effects. How often does the electricity go out in a large area? Are you prepared for when the storms take out transformers and you are in the dark for a couple of days? No computer. No TV. No refrigeration. No lights. No heat, or air conditioning.
What about floods? You don't have to be in a flood plain to be affected by a flood. Some years ago we had flooding in the area where I live and I realized then that there were creeks crossing the road in every direction I could go! If we were to have perhaps the remnants of a hurricane come through here, my home wouldn't flood, but I could be stuck here for days!
How Many Days Should We Prepare For?
Some experts think we should be prepared to be holed up at home for three days, but many people suggest we should be prepared for at least a week or longer.
What Do We Need To Have On Hand?
According the the government website, http://www.ready.gov/, the essentials we should have on hand include:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day - at least three days worth.
- A three day supply of non-perishable food
- A battery powered or hand crank radio, and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert, and extra batteries
- A flashlight, and batteries
- A first aid kit
- An emergency whistle
- Dust masks to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape in case you have to "shelter in place"
- Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation
- A manual can opener
That's just a short list of things you might need to have during a disaster!
Other things include:
- Pet food and water for your pets
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Sleeping bags
- Mess kits
When you look at a list of what you really would need to be prepared for a disaster, you have to wonder how many of us really are prepared? Could we survive on our own for three days? How about a week or longer?
Need More Information?
For more information about preparing for a disaster, visit: http://www.ready.gov/