They’re talking about 60-70 mph winds occurring over the next couple days. Strong enough winds where the power will most likely go out at some point. I was talking with the Fire Chief about big storms in the past and necessary preparations homeowners should make and he suggested the following measures:
- check weather radios and flashlights and make sure you have extra batteries.
store lawn furniture, flags, decorations, tarps, or anything else lightweight that can blow away.
- have nonperishable food on hand
- if you live in area without city water, insure supply for both cleaning and drinking
- charge up your cell phone (you may or may not have service)
- have cash on hand
The last one in particular got me to thinking. ATM’s use electricity and without it you won’t be able to get cash. I assume loss of electricity is also going to cause some sort of lockdown with most bank vaults, so going into the bank to get one’s cash is also not an option. With most people using either credit or debit cards to conduct purchases, a lot fewer people carry cash now than in years past, and it appears conducting business during times of crisis is one area we are put at a disadvantage compared to times past. We aren’t of course a cashless society yet but we are certainly moving in that direction. Disaster preparedness IMHO constitutes sufficient grounds to not do so entirely.
I’m convinced folks living in hurricane prone areas generally have more experience when it comes to disaster preparation. LOTS of businesses around here, for instance, don't have generators. What are your experiences concerning disaster preparation and in particular what do you think about our increasing reliance on plastic in this respect?