Hm... Six Intuitive Catastrophic Event Safety Tips I Never Considered

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  1. tlarson58

    tlarson58 Well-Known Member

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    1. As a tornado approaches, don't run around your house opening windows. The time can be better used getting a safe(er) area ready with mattreses, water etc.
    2. Keep some shoes or slippers nearby. During the San Francisco earthquake (see: Giants v. Athletics, I can't remember the year), Foot lacerations were the most reported injury.
    3. Grab water before food.
    4. Post-event injuries (falls, electrocution, cuts) are vey common.
    5. Keep your identifying documents in a fire-proof box. Re-establishing identity when everything is destroyed is very difficult.
    6. Got meds? Put enough aside for two weeks.

    Any others? Your thoughts?
     
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    In the event that you may lose power you can keep ice in your top loading clothes washer.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Cash is king....
     
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    When I first moved overseas, I was overly cautious on this. I digitized all critical docs and info leaving encrypted copies (DVD) with family and friends in America. Another copy came with me. In addition same critical info was written to a USB drive, encrypted and then placed on a laniard (protected with waterproof plastic tape) and never left my neck except for sleep and shower. Now.. Not so much.. But still very cautious with critical docs such as passport and when traveling to a place I'm not familiar with, always on my guard.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    I believe you are thinking about the 1989 Loma Peirta earthquake? (Also known as "The World Series" earthquake.)
    :)
     
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    Candles/lamp/flashlight ?
    Water purifier...they make ones shaped like straws now for shorter term emergency use.(into a stream, a neck or even a colostomy- bag, and get rehydrated safely).
    Salt, the second oldest commodity.

    Probably good to have a kit box already in your basement, or safe zone.
     
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    A family plan about where to regroup, account for everybody?

    Wellness check on at-risk neighbors?
     
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    That seems fair.

    In addition to having food in the house, I like to keep propane.
     
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    Some good points here. There's also some pretty good preparation stuff at https://ready.gov.
    Really, there's a lot to think about, like
    - have a go-bag not only at home, but at work, because there's no guarantee you'll be able to get home first
    - what about your pets? are you going to be able to take them with you? what about food and medicine for them?
    - what if your rendezvous point is inaccessible? might be good to have a list of fallback places.
     
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    In tornado season, keep your windows and all doors closed. You house exploding due to extreme low outside pressure. having extreme air currents free flowing has been known to blow roofs off from the inside out.

    In the event of a nuclear event, immediate iodine pills, seal your doors and windows. If it is a nuclear explosion, put your head between your legs and kiss your a$$ goodbye.

    If you have to resort to cannibalism, younger people are more tender and lower in cholesterol.
     
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    Some states have well-written publications, and your local library may have copies on hand to give away.

    During the NC floods last year, i was concerned about ta BIL in the area, and found an excellent state guide in PDF format.
     
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    Paris, France was under blockade for several months, in the 1870s.
    Fancy restaurants served the zoo animals first (giraffe or rhino filet mignon?), then the common people went to look for large (horses) and then small (pets) mammals, tree bark...

    From an actual menu, per Wilkipedia:
    * Consommé de cheval au millet. (horse)
    * Brochettes de foie de chien à la maître d'hôtel. (dog)
    * Emincé de rable de chat. Sauce mayonnaise. (cat)
    * Epaules et filets de chien braisés. Sauce aux tomates. (dog)
    * Civet de chat aux champignons. (cat)
    * Côtelettes de chien aux petits pois. (dog)
    * Salamis de rats. Sauce Robert. (rats)
    * Gigots de chien flanqués de ratons. Sauce poivrade. (dog, rats)
    * Begonias au jus. (flowers)
    * Plum-pudding au rhum et à la Moelle de Cheval. (horse)
    (I have lots of begonias, and should try that for desert!)
     
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    We all know, the French will eat anything! :)
     
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    Agree. At that point, you are just screwed.
     
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    The hell with those damn cats, how am I going to fit my four dozen favorite guitars in the downstairs half-bath? And will there then be any room left for me?
     
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    We don’t have bug out type of events here. Our disasters tend to be the hunker down without electricity type.

    In the winter, that mostly means can you keep your house warm and keep the pipes (and humans) from freezing. Also, heat source to cook food. Wood burning stove, gas stove, propane grill and burner, charcoal grill and charcoal provide redundancy.

    In warmer months, the deck doesn’t work as a backup refrigerator, so a generator and fuel to keep the food from spoiling.
     
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    Learn how to make a rocket stove for boiling water and cook with nothing more than twigs. I live near a river but I damn sure wouldn't drink it without boiling it first. First find a farm girl!:smiley:

     
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    So far the worse natural disaster I have experienced in Thailand came so suddenly there was no time to react. We were heading to lunch when she suddenly turned the car and parked at the furniture store. I'm still assessing the damage. :LOL:
     
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