Category: Commentary

Preparedness is Common Sense

Preparedness is Common Sense

Laura King published an article earlier today about her experiences in a recent course that is supposed to train the participants on how to survive in the aftermath of a disaster. They covered topics such as bug out bags, supplies and security. The class sounds like it would be a fun, except for the caffeine deprivation, and the author seems to have gotten a lot out of the experience. The quote from her article that...

Preparedness Is Not About Hording

Preparedness Is Not About Hording

Bre McAdam’s recent article is focused on a woman in her area, Tammy Brooks, who is moving towards a more self-sufficient lifestyle. She quotes Ms. Brooks as saying “It’s great to have a storage room full of this, that and the other thing, but if you have no idea how to do it yourself, you’re lost.” This could not be more true. There is no point to just collecting up a garage full of military...

Don’t Be Afraid to Innovate

Don’t Be Afraid to Innovate

The Westwood Press ran this article today with the usual assortment of basic advice. One comment, though was a good reminder: “Consider investing in a cell phone and always keep it charged. Phones can be charged with a car phone charger, an emergency phone charger, or at a public building that has emergency power.” Modern smart phones can do all kinds of helpful tasks in an emergency, especially if the cell towers are up and...

Survival Groups Miss The Point

Survival Groups Miss The Point

James Figueroa wrote an interesting piece about a big survival group in LA that is getting ready for something bad to happen. Some of the members think that 2012 is the end of the world, but others are prepping for a different disaster. Either way, I think that they really miss the point of it all. Families in our country have traditionally been prepared for emergencies. It is only within the last fifty years or...

New SARS-like Coronavirus

New SARS-like Coronavirus

David DiSalvo just published this article which discusses the emergence of a new coronavirus which has been confirmed so far in two Middle Eastern countries. Coronaviruses aren’t all bad, as viruses go. They are responsible for some types of the common cold, but this new one seems to favor SARS, which back in 2003 had a 10% mortality rate. There really aren’t enough documented cases of this new virus yet for us to know how...

Preparedness, It Has Nothing To Do With Doomsday

Preparedness, It Has Nothing To Do With Doomsday

Kelsie Ferguson almost misses the point to being prepared in her article DOOMsday Prepping: The theories that keep us ready.  It has nothing to do with the Mayan calendar, rogue asteroids or shifting poles. Sure, these are dramatic events, which draw media attention since they make good movies and news stories. It is more entertaining to see a story involving people with bunkers and gas masks than it is to read about the family who...

Getting Ready For Winter

Getting Ready For Winter

With the frigid part of the year now creeping into most of the country, an article by Abby Dyer is a good reminder of the need to be ready for cold weather emergencies. Around your house you should have a way to keep warm and basic supplies stashed away in case of  power failure or a similar emergency.  A weeks worth of food, water and other basic necessities will put you in a good position...

Disaster Preparedness as a Community Responsibility

Disaster Preparedness as a Community Responsibility

Jill Terreri, in her recent article, takes a look at community groups in Buffalo that are working together to make preparedness a goal at the neighborhood level. The decentralized approach seems like a good idea, since it will be easier to get supplies from the end of the street to those who need them, as compared to getting needed items from a warehouse on the other side of town. It would still be better if...

It’s Official, We Aren’t Ready

It’s Official, We Aren’t Ready

Jim McKay wrote an article yesterday that takes a look at the effectiveness of the current disaster readiness message in the United States. Apparently, the vast majority of US citizens do not even have the most basic preparations for dealing with emergencies and many of the ones who think they are ready for disasters are also rather unprepared:  “Americans have a false sense of security when it comes to disasters, and should they become victims,...

Five Common Edible Fall Plants

Five Common Edible Fall Plants

If you don’t plan on keeping some extra food on hand, then this article by Tim MacWelch is certainly worth a read. A hot pizza with extra cheese would be enough to bring me to tears after eating acorns for a few days, though: “If you find yourself in a wilderness emergency without food…you can rely on some of the wild edible plants that kept our forebears alive through tough times.  Here are five of...