Thursday, December 21, 2006

Are You Prepared?

Happy Winter Solstice! It's time for our quarterly emergency readiness check again. Sometimes emergency plans look so daunting that it's easier to do nothing. So, my goals are modest. I'm going to do a few small things each season to put us in better shape to handle an emergency.

I was very pleased to see crank-powered flashlights back on the market. The flashlight I picked also has a radio for catching news broadcasts, an alarm, and serves as a recharger for your mobile phone. No batteries required. I ordered mine from Solutions.com for $25, but it seems like they are everywhere this month with varying extra features.

I was even given a wind-up flashlight at the department holiday cookie party, branded with our company logo, presumably so that we can find our way out of the building in a power-out without resorting to peering in the fading light of our laptop screens.

I'm also going to order a container of the Survival Tabs that I was eyeing a few months ago, which the military uses as a compact food source. They don't take up a lot of space and might come in handy.

I checked the cans of food in our emergency kit, and some of them will expire within a year, so I donated those in a food drive and replaced them with new ones. It would have been more frugal to eat our way through the set can-by-can, but I like to participate in the food drives anyway, so the timing was good.

Try to do one thing to improve your emergency readiness. Prepare containers of water. Or stash a little cash so that you'll have it handy if ATMs aren't working. Get a good local map in case you need to walk to a rescue location. There's lots of good info at 72Hours.org.

4 comments:

Jenny said...

You rock. I totally need to do this.

Anonymous said...

Wow ... that is so totally helpful. I absolutely needed to read this post. Thanks!

Mamacita Tina said...

Good reminder! I found crank-powered flashlights with radio at Costco, a pack of two for about $25. We're giving them as gifts. Hopefully, others will like them.

Lady M said...

I'm giving the flashlights as gifts too!