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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you . . .
Yesterday, 0blivious 0ccupant (that’s a double zero) watched some golfers play golf, and then gave the winners the President’s Cup trophy, the first sitting occupant of the Oval Office to present the trophy. He made some very off-the-frayed-cuff remarks about how hard the players worked and how talented they were, patronized the international team, and, almost as an afterthought, dedicated the trophy to the people of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, who have “suffered so much.”
This was not a Samantha Bee skit, or a John Oliver monologue.
Consider it a warning. When your area is hit by a natural disaster, just assume outside help will not be coming, especially if you live in a Blue State or a U.S territory.
The general advice given about preparing your household for a disaster is to insure that you have the following emergency supplies stored in a protected space, like an interior hall closet, or above floor-level in the basement:
- Enough water and food (that doesn’t need cooking) for each person and pet for three days; water sterilization pens or tablets
- A First Aid Kit sized for the number of people in your household, with space blankets for each household member (pet first kits also recommended)
- Hard Hats, Safety Glasses, Work Gloves and Pry Bars for each Adult and Teenager — (protective footwear also recommended) and Extra Large, Heavy-Duty Trash Bags
- At least 100 feet of nylon rope
- Flashlights, all using the same size batteries, plus spare batteries, for each person; a Solar-powered Lantern/Radio combination; light sticks and luminous tape to mark safe paths and X hazards
- Portable Toilet with Waste Bags/Gel and toilet paper
- A plan that has been gone over with each person in the household of the alternate site where you will all go to meet up if your home is severely damaged — and copies in their wallets or book bags
- A card for each person’s wallet or book bag with a list of local emergency services phone numbers, phone numbers for key out-of-state relatives or friends, and for trusted neighbors (if you don’t know your neighbors, make friends now) who can check on your home if disaster strikes when you are not there — exchange information with them on where the gas, electrical and water shut-offs are at your house and theirs, so that whichever neighbor is home will be able to minimize these hazards — and keep a little cash in wallets and book bags in small bills — credit cards become useless when the power fails
These are the bare-bones survival needs. I would quadruple the water to a minimum of a 12 day supply per person and pet — remember, you can live a lot longer without food than you can without water, and unclean water will be full of things that can make you very sick or even kill you.
We don’t just need to relentlessly resist this administration, we also need to be prepared when it abandons us in a crisis.
Just ask the people of Puerto Rico.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT —
Yesterday was RACCOON APPRECIATION DAY, so here are some video appreciations that were left over: