TCS: Emergency Preparedness – Now More Than Ever

Good Morning!


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If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you . . .

Rudyard Kipling



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.



Yesterday was RACCOON APPRECIATION DAY, so here are some video appreciations that were left over:



Happy Monday!

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6 Responses to TCS: Emergency Preparedness – Now More Than Ever

  1. Malisha says:

    Raccoon stories:
    1. When I was little, my mother and father seemed to be the authorities on everything in the world (naturally) and they told me that raccoons were the cleanest of animals because they washed their food before eating it. I felt like I had some special relationship with raccoons because I had this very valuable private knowledge of them. Then I felt like I had “misunderstood” raccoons and felt a little embarrassed towards them (but it appeared they didn’t mind). Later still, I learned (can’t remember how) that this habit was the result of raccoons not having any saliva. Later yet, I learned that they have normal salivary glands and they either douse or do not douse their food depending on other factors, in the wild. Knowledge is malleable.
    2. Wen my kid was in college, I visited him in an expensive little college town and stayed a while. A mile away was a small grocery store that had the most wonderful spice rack, about 100 kinds of hot sauce, and a giant tub in which they kept crawfish (a delicacy my kid had expressed a desire to taste one day). One morning I walked down to the store and got in line at the check-out to buy a pound of crawfish. In front of me was a tall, attractive woman wearing a very expensive outfit and probably thousand-dollar accessories. When her turn came, she said, “I’ll buy all your crawfish.” I blinked. “Excuse me,” I said politely, “You’re buying them ALL?” She smiled, “Yes, I have a pool out back and I fill it with crawfish and the raccoons all come and have lunch.” I just walked back home. I figured I wasn’t going to get any crawfish any time soon. Years later, my son and I visited a Chinese buffet and they had crawfish and he picked up one on his plate. After he ate it, he never got another one. I asked him how he liked crawfish. “Don’t try any, Mom, that’s the worst thing I ever tasted.” And THIS from a kid who likes smoked oysters!

    • wordcloud9 says:

      LOL – What a letdown to wait all that time to try something, and then hate it – but imagine if you HAD bought that entire pound, and then he didn’t like it.

  2. Crawfish must have been improperly cooked or seasoned. They are really just a small freshwater lobster. Perhaps he should try something like etouffee or gumbo in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

  3. pete says:

    Look in the comments at how many people who say they just bought one

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