Emergency Preparedness for our Basic Needs
Unexpected and disastrous events can serve as a pointed reminder as to just how vulnerable we can be, and how easily things can slip beyond our control when a disaster occurs. When access to basic necessities become limited, people act out of the apparent need for self preservation, and it’s human nature to try and do whatever it takes to protect ourselves and our families. Recent Events1. In May 2010, nearly 2 million people in the Boston area lost access to clean drinking water. The order to boil water only lasted two days, but unless you were part of the event you can only imagine the intensity in which people clamored to get their hands on bottled water. In a country where turning on a tap and having access to drinkable water is as second nature as tying your shoes, a crisis like this highlights the importance of both having a reserve of water in your home, and having a way to filter and purify water if it becomes contaminated.2. The widespread Northeast blackout in 2003 affected roughly 55 million people in the US and Canada. Although the duration of the outage was less than a day in many areas it highlighted the fact that even modern cities will come to a grinding halt when access to electricity is cut off. Transportation was shut down, powerless communication devices became ineffective, and some water treatments plants lost power to pumps and were forced to issue a boil advisory. Those who did get power back sooner than others were asked to limit usage until the grid was back to full capacity. Having an alternate power supply at your disposal could make things more comfortable for you and alleviate many of the hassles that come with not having electricity. The Need to FeedIt’s hard to imagine one cataclysmic event that could cut off the supply of food to a large segment of a developed country, but that doesn’t mean that preparation is not in order. Any disaster can potentially limit the supply chain, make prices skyrocket, and cause pandemonium as people try and make last minute preparations or try and get supplies after a disaster has already occurred. 2011 has already demonstrated that food prices, like most other commodities, are expected to keep rising in the wake of population growth, increasing demand, and changing and unpredictable weather patterns.It doesn’t matter whether a disaster is natural, or a result of human error, having emergency food, water filter bottles along with a reserve of fresh water, and a portable solar power source will greatly reduce your vulnerability during a time of crisis.