(Closed) How prepared are you for a disaster/emergency?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What grade would you give yourself for general disaster/emergency preparedness?
    A+ or A : (3 votes)
    4 %
    A- or B+ : (9 votes)
    11 %
    B or B- : (11 votes)
    14 %
    C+ or C : (21 votes)
    26 %
    C- or D+ : (17 votes)
    21 %
    D or D- : (10 votes)
    12 %
    We would definitely die in any sort of disaster. : (10 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’ve survived a massive snow storm that knocked out the power for 5 days, it wasn’t fun but we made it.  It would’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t the day we got back from vacation because then we would’ve had a chance to buy nonperishables/flashlights/water/etc.
     
    We have a fire extinguisher, so as long as it wasn’t a raging fire we’d be ok there too.
     
    I think we’re pretty average.

    Post # 4
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    1029 posts
    Bumble bee

    We don’t even have a flashlight. I realized this when we had a terrible storm last night, and I was worried the power would go out. We also really need to get renter’s insurance, because if anything happened to our building we would be screwed.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m not very prepared at all. If I had to stay in my apartment, I’d starve within a week. I have a flashlight, so I earned a point for that. No stash of cash. No other emergency supplies. The good thing is that my  SO’s family is only five miles away and they are super prepared so if anything terrible happened, I’d be okay as long as I could make it to their house.

    Post # 6
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I feel like we are pretty prepared but I also feel like you need a lot less to be perfectly fine in those situations than people think.

    We have batteries and flashlights.  We have some non-perishables in our pantry that, while they’d taste better warm, are fine at room temp too.  Yeah – we wouldn’t be eating like kings, but we’d have plenty to get by without having to try to hard.  We always have a variety of drinks in our fridge/pantry and could melt down all our ice if needed for some additional fresh water.  We have tons of blankets.

    As a whole, DH and I are a lot like CorgiTales‘ husband but we’d also be able to get by just fine with the things we normally have around our home anyway.

    Post # 7
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    9631 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We’re fairly prepared.  I’ve owned this house for a long time so I’ve been through a lot here.  We have a back-up generator if the power goes out for an extended period of time.  We have coolers to keep food frozen, plenty of candles and flashlights, extra bottled water.  We have three fire extinguishers – one in the bedroom, one in the kitchen and one out in the garage.  We don’t have a lot of canned food and no extra cash on hand, though, oops.

    I’ve been through snow and ice storms and a hurricane in this house, as well as it having been struck by lightning, so I feel confident we could manage somehow.  I gave us a B or B-.

    Post # 8
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    1438 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Ha you should meet my father. Hes so prepared for the world to end, it so funny. For Christmas last year my parents didnt know what to get us, so they came up with the idea of a box of canned goods…just in case anything happened, we wouldnt go hungry & steel his stash! Ha 

    Post # 10
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    7312 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I don’t know how to grade us. LOL Mr. LK takes preparedness seriously, but we are a long way from where he wants us to be. We have a back-up generator and 25 gallons of gas stored at all times to run it. It will power all outlets and lights on the main floor, the well pump, and the sump pump. We are slowly, but steadily, stocking our basement shelves with non-perishables and have about 15 gallons of water right now (way less than what we need for 3 people and 3 animals). We always keep an spare full propane tank for the grill so that we can use it for necessary cooking. We are getting a woodstove insert in our house so that we can heat it with wood rather than electricity (generator is not powerful enough for our HVAC system). We have a chainsaw to take care of any downed trees on our property. We have a home defense plan. All key documents are stored in a fireproof safe. We each have a bug out bag, in case we need to get out of dodge quickly (though I prefer a shelter-in-place approach, as we are rural and would likely have family coming to stay with us in a disaster).

    We still need to convert half of our emergency cash to precious metals (cash would be absolutely worthless if the financial system collapsed). We also need to get our gardens growing, get our chickens/ goat/ german shephard, get solar panels/wind turbines and the batteries they would need to operate independent of the power grid, and a specially lined box to store back-up electronic devices (to protect them from solar flares). Mr. LK wants to learn how to operate a ham radio, and I need to brush-up on my first responder first aid skills. He says we should learn how to suture. I say that is too gross for this chick. 🙂

    Post # 12
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    7312 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    @CorgiTales:  That story is too funny. My brother is the same way. Don’t go knocking on his door for help! He will take you down without a second thought.

    Post # 13
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    2077 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Um…Zombie apocalypse= A+

    Any other sort of natural disaster that could actually happen= C-

    Haha

    Post # 14
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    1438 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @CorgiTales:  OMG! Some people are CRAZY!!!

    Post # 15
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    10563 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Not very.  We have enough food and water to last us a while.  There’s a fire extinguisher and hose immediately outside the door to my apartment, and I am trained to use a fire extinguisher.  We have some candles and BBQ lighters.  I suck at keeping a decent stock of my prescription meds (and sometimes my doctor doesn’t allow me, the last time she gave me a prescription I had to refill it and take it the day of my next appointment).

    We have a first aid kit, and my car usually has at least 1/2 a tank of gas.  Whenever the fire alarm goes off (at least a few times a year in a building this size) I am constantly scrambling to grab my cell phone, the charger, my keys, my laptop, appropriate clothes (hat mitts scarf when it’s cold) and prescription meds just in case I can’t get back in within a few hours.

    Post # 16
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    2233 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are so not prepared and should be since I used to volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Management team!

    I think it’s a mental thing for me. Being prepared like that reminds me of growing up during a war. We filled the tub with water (it got turned off a lot) every day, always had jugs of water. My brother and I had our emergency bags that we would take with us to the bomb shelter. Eating gross war food…

    Yeah. No thanks. I’d rather just die if a disaster THAT bad strikes. 

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