This guest post is By HB and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
All preppers have taken, or are taking appropriate steps to prepare for whatever may happen. But, of course, we really don’t know what form that threat will actually be. At a recent ham radio club meeting I attended, the speaker talked about the high probability of extreme “X Class” solar flares hitting earth during 2012 and that this will occur based on studies by scientists.
But he couldn’t, of course tell us what exactly will happen. The earth being magnatized itslf and getting bomb-barded with an extrememly heavy electro-magnatized blast from the sun could cause grid meltdown, extreme radiation for those not in some kind of shelter, earth movements in the form of earthquakes or volcano eruptions or a multitude of other threats. Further, until it actually occurs we won’t know what parts of the earth will be affected.
Cheery thoughts. But we may have some warning because it is expected that we will have a few hours (very few) warning before it hits earth. Now assuming the good government does, in fact warn us a promptly as possible of that, or any other threat and them not knowing what the actual consequences will be, will probably spit out the basic warnings you can read on the FEMA, Red Cross or Homeland Security or other federal websites anytime, basically to have three days supply of food, some first aid supplies, water and a flashlight.
We preppers are way ahead of them on this basic guidance. We already have varying degrees of preparedness including sheltering in place, GOOD bags and what-have-you. But unless you’re very unusual, you will hope to take some last minute steps. It might not hurt to review what some of those steps might be. First you and the family need to have, and be familiar with a plan. Now, for the sake of this discussion let’s assume that whatever the threat, solar flare or whatever,that you’ll have some period of time to react. So we’ll consider this reaction in the context of your family unit.
Other articles have commented on such things as turning off the gas line coming into the house to reduce the chances of possible fire which is certainly important but we’ll focus other aspects. We know that the store shelves get stripped pretty quickly of such things as flashlight batteries and water. We also know that if the threat is maybe a hurricane that people will buy up generators.
So we have to have our “last minute buying list.” It has to be posted where it can easily be grabbed, maybe on the refrigerator and one in the car with such items as 1/ top off the fuel tank in the car, 2/ buy a couple loaves of bread and whatever you think you may want. Everyone’s list will be different and be based on the pending threat.
At the same time however, contact family members and close friends. Not everyone sits by the TV or has the radio on 24-7. What’s the old saying about some people just never get the message.
Well, we don’t want it to be Aunt Jane. And, even if they heard “Something about that storm” or whatever they may not be taking it seriously enough. So someone has to do some calling and just hope the lines aren’t tied up. AND, who’s going to pick up grandma and bring her to the house until things blow over. A big problem will be families with kids, especially teenagers.
Who knows where they might be at any given time. Thank God for cell phones and texting (more reliable during high usage times). Will we have time to do what has to be done as it relates to the family pets and/or farm animals — extra food and water and lock them in a sheltered area or whatever. Okay, and of course you’re taking Rover with you if you decide to bug out, but you’re certainly not taking the chickens.
The point here is that no matter how prepared we may think we are there are going to be maybe dozens of last-minute things that have to be done and no time to do it when that danger rears its ugly head. Preparing ahead of time is hard enough but at least we have time to think things out, compare prices, order items, pack that emergency equipment and make the auto repair. But when that red flag goes up, it’s panic time. Plan for this as well as possible and delegate duties to minimize that last minute chaos.
Finally, we must remember how critical time will be when the pending threat is bearing down on us. So, we may be just too busy with our normal responsibilities to simply sit in front of the TV in case of a terrorist attack but having a TV or radio on with the volume on low in the background would help. Having a NOAA weather radio programmed to the alert mode or police scanner on will give you the jump on more other folk.
Setting up a telephone tree with family members and/or team members so that the first one to get an inkling of danger can put everyone else on notice. The key if topping up the gas tank is on your list is to get to the service station and not have to be in a block-long line to get gas. And, by the way, plan on going to the nearest gas station or 7–11, not the cheapest place or your favorite super market. In and out quickly is the key. Good luck.
This contest will end on October 10 2012 – prizes include:
- First Place : $100 Cash.
- Second Place : $50 Cash.
- Third Place : $25 Cash.
Contest ends on October 10 2012.