Since today is the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, we thought we would write about preparedness. It’s appropriate also since September is National Preparedness Month and a month often known for hurricanes. Finally, with the saber rattling going on in Washington it would behoove all of us to keep in mind that we can never be too prepared for any disaster which could or might strike.
First of all, accept the fact that a disaster can and will happen. It may be a flood caused by a hurricane as in 1985. It may be a power outage. It may be a storm, either like the derecho which hit the end of June 2012 or it could be a snow event like the one we had in January 1996. All affected Hardy County and all affected an area much wider than Hardy County.
If we are lucky, the disaster will be short lived and with a little prior planning we will get through without loss of life or great discomfort. It is possible that the unexpected – and unwanted – will happen and we may be hit by a major power outage affected a large portion of the Eastern Seaboard. This, in turn, would eliminate the immediate emergency response by power companies, Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard, all of whom will be overwhelmed by the demands of the many rather than the few.
This is where your own preparations and planning may save your lives and those of your family and loved ones.
The worst case scenario is a nuclear bomb or electromagnetic pulse. The first means we won’t have to worry about anything. We won’t be here. The second means we will have no electricity. None. So phones (including cell phones), banks, stores, hospitals, computers, television, radio, newspapers, restaurants, all will be out of business without power. Plus, anything you have with a computer chip, as in your vehicles, won’t work. ATMs will be shut down as will gas stations. Frozen food will be good only as long as your gas powered generators work and if the generators have an electric starter, they won’t work either…