Tuesday, June 20, 2006
How is your emergency kit coming along?
…I know you are wondering how HA is doing with her “Bird Flu or Other Unspeakably Inconvenient Emergency Kit.”
…HA won’t sugarcoat this. It consists of a couple of water cooler-size water bottles and a huge jug of peanut butter.
…Of course, the Department of Homeland Security urges us to stockpile more in case it can’t deal with the next emergency effectively (if?).
….Writing in the Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2006), Charles Passy road tested some commercially available kits and showed them to hurricane survivors.
…The Red Cross says you need five things: food, water, first-aid supplies, a radio, and a source of light. (Snap! HA has water!)
….These kits contained such items as a urinal bag, a knitted cap, a knife with 13 doodads on it, leather gloves, a toilet bucket, a flashlight with siren, a multifunction pliers (which one hurricane survivor liked), sunblock, a solar radio, and playing cards.
…Surely, we can do better. HA’s family doesn’t like playing cards.
…You know best what you need. You can use the $150 or so these kits cost to assemble your own.
…Bet none of these kits contained paperbacks. What’s a disaster without decent reading materials?
...For even better advice, and how is that possible, go to www.pandemicflu.gov.