I’m a zombie movie fan, ok maybe fanatic is more accurate, and have always been interested in disaster readiness. Before the birth of my daughter I was regularly active over at the Zombie Squad Forums, this forum was founded by like minded people, people who are preparing for the undead to rise and hunt the living because (and stay with me on this) if you’re prepared for brain munching corpses, a power failure or flood isn’t going to throw you that much.
And that is the gist of that forum. Largely urban residents taking basic precautions to protect themselves in the event of a natural disaster, the fact that most of those that frequent the forum are fans of zombie movies isn’t too shocking, as anyone who has given some thought to their needs in the event of a natural disaster is likely to enjoy an “end of the world” scenario as one they can compare their own preparations to.
Now, I hesitate to use the word “survivalist” here as it has come to evoke images of wilderness bunkers filled with MREs and ammunition, but the truth is that most of us can (and should) take some sensible precautions against a day when the services and supplies we take for granted may be interupted.
I’m not talking about zombies here, for once, I’m talking about that winter storm that knocks the power out (and with it your heat), I’m talking about the big blackout that leaves entire cities in the dark, I’m talking about a hurricane or tornado and all their attendant logistical and infrastructure issues.
Now, it’s easy to say “We’ll get by”, but the day my daughter was born I knew I couldn’t take her well being lightly, and that I’d be negligent (yes, NEGLIGENT) if I failed to take some basic precautions. What are those precautions you ask? Let me tell you.
We have a fair supply of canned and dry foods in our house, not enough to survive the undead rising, but enough for several days if needed. We have some cash on hand (in a blackout those credit and debit cards are not going to work so well), we have fresh water (admittedly not enough, but some is still better than none). We’ve first aid supplies and we’ve flashlights and chemical brake lights, a hand crank radio to tune into the news, and a fairly large supply of batteries to power it all.
In my house we are certainly not ready for the undead to rise (as much as it pains me to admit it), but we’re reasonably ready for the most probable disruptions of service.
How’r you fixed for the end of the world?
[Just a general rant brought about by this post I came across. He gets it, why don't more people?]