The stories coming from the Northeast are heartbreaking. The enormous storm damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in New York City and New Jersey provide a stark reminder that being prepared for emergencies isn’t just a nice thing to do, it can mean the difference between life and death.The death toll and the human suffering being witnessed there provide alarming evidence that too many folks rely on the government during a disaster. The problem with this mind-set is that state and federal help may take awhile to come. Before that help arrives, you need to have emergency supplies to enable you to get through a crisis.
Many who were fortunate to remain in their homes after this storm find that they currently have no power, fuel, or gasoline to meet their basic needs. A generator, with an ample supply of fuel, a wood burning stove along with an sufficient supply of food and water would have enabled many to weather the storm and it’s effects with little problem. For those who were forced to evacuate because of the flooding they could have been prepared if they had an evacuation plan that included a bug-out bag or 72-hour emergency kit along with a supply of warm clothing and bedding. Better yet are those who own an RV like my truck camper. These home-on-wheels have all the essentials that you need to live comfortably while you are away from home. Just a few things to think about. If you wonder why folks like me and other are always beating the preparedness drum, events like Sandy, Katrina and the recent fires in the West provide the answer. If you haven’t starting prepping, the time is now to start.