Thursday, October 27, 2016

Obsessing on a Tangent

My interests have suddenly taken a hairpin turn.  I was reading a friend's manuscript recently, and the plot involves a mid-winter cross-country trip avoiding cities and hotels.  The character was listing all the things they would need (tents, sleeping bags, camouflage parkas, food, etc) and suddenly I found myself on the internet, researching survival methods and disaster preparedness.  The term covers everything from natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes) to civil unrest/war (no government) and EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attacks that bring down the power grid across the country.

It seems that a lot of people really believe The End is Nigh.

There are preparedness groups on Facebook for every area of the US and probably every country (I haven't checked).

Some people (Preppers) have stockpiled enough food /water/supplies for 3-6 months.  I find this a little extreme.

However, I do live in a tornado-prone area (north central Texas), so I have 2 Go-bags.  One in the apartment, and one in the car (just in case.)

 My go bags include a change of clothing, meds for a week, a complete first aid kit, 2 bottles of water and a few granola-type bars, a collapsible umbrella & poncho, and copies of all of my important paperwork (ID, Insurance cards, etc), a weather radio and flashlight (torch), face/dust masks, and a couple of candles & box of matches.  I need to add a biking helmet in case of falling debris, and a few flares for roadside emergencies.

Many would call that a VERY stripped down version of a prep-bag, and I would agree.  However, I'm not prepping for civil war or the Zombie Apocalypse.

What about you?