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[Poll #1728438]

But all these natural disasters that have been happening around the world are putting me on edge. Because honestly, how many of us are ready for that kind of disaster? I realize there's only so much one can do to prepare, but really--how many people actually take the time to do even that much?

I mean, I have an emergency kit in my closet here at home, and one in my car. I'm going to be going through them the next couple weeks and changing out supplies as they recommend (at least with food and water and clothes). And I'm going to put together a kit for work in case I'm there and some kind of huge disaster or act of terrorism strikes that keeps me stuck there for an undetermined amount of time.

But people just don't take this stuff seriously enough. It makes me nervous.

Date: 2011-04-09 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookworm84.livejournal.com
My area is prone to flooding.

I know I need an emergency kit but I haven't put one together. The government is always preaching about having an emergency kit that will get you through 72 hours. I need to get on that.

Date: 2011-04-09 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
*facepalm* I meant to put flooding on the options. Sigh.

Yes, it's a good idea to have one ready, just in case...

Date: 2011-04-09 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
Start with water and rotate it periodically. :)

Date: 2011-04-09 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
Having been through Loma Prieta (quake) I was very glad for any little thing I had on hand, like batteries and flashlights and so on. But I wasn't organized enough to have a whole kit. I got very serious after going through that to get some things together, buy a nice battery lantern, coleman stove and propane, and to keep water on hand. Our water pump was electric so we had no water but what was already on hand. Oops! Fortunately a neighbor had one of those big water cooler bottles and shared. Water is the most vital thing, of course.

Date: 2011-04-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Yes, definitely water. I get really anxious about this at least once a year (obviously, lol) even though no major disaster has struck me personally.

Date: 2011-04-09 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dandiandi22.livejournal.com
there should be an option for none... well I guess technically a wildfire could occur but that is highly unlikely unless all the saguaros start combusting. where I live is a natural disaster free area

Date: 2011-04-09 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Wow, really? Where do you live?

Date: 2011-04-09 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dandiandi22.livejournal.com
Tucson, AZ

Date: 2011-04-09 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
I see that your fire department is prepared for man-made disasters such as terrorism. I suppose a small kit is still not a bad idea. And basic fire preparedness for house/apartment fires is a good idea.

http://www.tucsonaz.gov/fire/disaster_prep.html

Date: 2011-04-09 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
They also mention flash floods, I guess they can happen anywhere.

Date: 2011-04-09 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dandiandi22.livejournal.com
Haha cool my mom would love you right now, because I never think about being prepared and it drives her crazy

Date: 2011-04-10 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
I am a mom and I guess it shows. :) A grandma, too. I've just found in life it's good to be over-prepared rather than under. You can always eat your disaster food in a lean month financially. :) And I've used my coleman stove during power outages along with my flashlights.

And oh yeah, financial disaster, guess that's another type of man-made disaster.

Date: 2011-04-10 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgiaclaire.livejournal.com
Hello. I didn't vote, because I don't have a disaster kit per se. I do have water stored in the spare room and a first aid kit. My area is on a hill, not prone to floods, we don't get earthquakes in Australia other than tremors near Newcastle (not on any kind of plate boundary), we don't get tornadoes or hurricanes in my part of the world, we're too high up and inland for a tsunami, too far inside the city for a bushfire, we don't have volcanoes, the nearest and only nuclear reactor is twenty kilometres away, and it doesn't snow here. So I guess the only thing there to be concerned about is a nuclear reaction, and I'd have some time if that went nasty. So no, I don't have a disaster kit, but I do think about these things.

Date: 2011-04-10 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Or some kind of terrorism. Hopefully not. But yeah. I think it's good to think about it (even if it's unpleasant)--and by having water and a first aid kit you're more prepared than the majority, I think.

Date: 2011-04-10 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgiaclaire.livejournal.com
Nuclear accident, terrorist attack (unlikely in my area. Nothing to hit), or medical emergency are the most likely in my area. Oh, or alien attack. There's not a lot I can do about any of those, unfortunately. We also have a lot of dried / tinned food because we eat a lot of that... it's on my mind. Honestly I think water is the big thing - up to two weeks after the earthquake, parts of Christchurch didn't have water. Electricity you can do without, and plumbing if you have to, but you do need water. So I sorted that out. My girlfriend raised her eyebrows, but went along with me. :D

Date: 2011-04-10 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
Yeah water is the main thing. Plus it never hurts to have flashlights/candles etc for power outages.

Date: 2011-04-10 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] super-robyn.livejournal.com
I said yes, at home, but I don't know if you'd consider it a "kit" exactly. We don't really have anything year round other than a first aid kit. We mostly do our preparations in May/June, right before hurricane season, and stock up on water, batteries, canned goods, and those small battery operated fans (which are, imo, just as important as the other stuff because being without electricity for a week in the dead of Louisiana summer? That can make a bitch go mad lol). So we definitely prepare for hurricanes/tornadoes. I will say though, I was always the weird cashier who thrived on the madness of people who hadn't prepared and came into the store to get their stuff a mere 12 hours before a hurricane was set to hit. *shakeshead* Oh the lines of people, you can't even imagine. YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING, IT'S ONLY BEEN IN THE GULF FOR, IDK, FOUR DAYS? *snerk*

I put other too, for flooding. Not so much in my area, but near where all my family lives by the bayous. Stupid levees. My cousin finally got funding to get her house raised this month after it flooded twice (for Katrina/Rita and Gustav/Ike).

I feel like I'm rambling... :X

Tell me, Angie. Do you have your Zombie Preparedness Kit ready? June 13th is nearing... ;)

Date: 2011-04-11 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Well, hey you're more prepared than most people, so that's good. :D Ohhh yeah. Power outages in heat. Suck. And in the dead of winter, also. :/

*facepalm* Honestly I can't believe I forgot floods.

Hahaha, I do! Well, I'm redoing it next weekend and adding one to my office at work in case I'm stuck there when the outbreak happens. :P

Date: 2011-04-10 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexis374.livejournal.com
I'm from Christchurch in New Zealand. So yes - after our first earthquake in September, everyone is now pretty up to it on survival kits.

My pieces of advice - always have chargers for your phone in your car. Cos when power cuts off and if you still have a car: it's the best thing ever to be able to charge your phone. And also, don't ever have just one survival kit in your house - ideally have two in very different places, or even three, as a survival kit isn't much used to you if it's in the part of your house that has collapsed.

You're right though - people need to be more aware. People weren't prepared in my city for our first earthquake, because we had no reason to ever expect we would be an earthquake-prone place. At least when the second one hit, we were all a bit better prepared.

Date: 2011-04-10 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tapati.livejournal.com
Great idea!

Also, don't forget menstrual supplies. I also put a few pairs of underwear, you know the kind you'd otherwise throw away, so that if it's laundry day I do have something. (I'm such a procrastinator when it comes to laundry.)

I know my living room could collapse because it's over a parking area and those are the most likely to go in an earthquake. So our kit is in the bedroom which is on solid ground, as far from the garage as possible. I'll be heading back to that part when the shaking starts!

Date: 2011-04-11 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Yes, good point. I have underwear and such, as well, because you just never know. I added a map of the entire state to my emergency car kit today, in case we have to evacuate.

I think I may be over-preparing. Heh.

Date: 2011-04-10 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paulingui.livejournal.com
Hi! I hope you don't mind but I was looking the friends page at the Chlollie comm and I was intrigued by this. I'm Paulina and I'm from Chile, so Earthquakes are like my thing. There's been soooo many earthquakes around here that I'm use to (sad thing :() but I freak out a lot too, I know that in the exact moment the earth starts moving I have to go to first floor and get out, but I freak out...a lot. But I do have my first aid kit and water, lots of bottles with water just in case. Cause my area not only it's prone to earthquakes, but Tsunamis too, I'm surrounded by water. And we have the record of the most powerful earthquake ever. So scary...so yeah everyone should be prepared.

Date: 2011-04-11 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Don't mind at all! I've seen you around the Chlollie community. :D

Yeah, natural disasters are scary. The only thing that makes it less scary for me is knowing I'm as well prepared as I can be.

*hugs*

Date: 2011-04-11 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paulingui.livejournal.com
:) hehe okay, so should I post in the FO post if I want to add you?

Definitely, I wish we could have had a nice 2011, after all the disasters here in last year, and nope it was january 1st and we had an earthquake that day ¬¬.

*hugs you too*

Date: 2011-04-11 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com
Hee, no, you don't need to. I know who you are ;) That's just for people who find me randomly. I'll add you back!

Yeah. :/ Not a good way to start off a new year. :(

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