I have a buddy that is becoming quite a bit of a survivalist. He is all about home security, has several gallons of water and food stored up in the basement along with other supplies. At first I thought he was going off the deep end until a mutual friend of ours who was a cop in New Orleans during the riots commented that he wished he had done more when he was living down there. His home did not flood but he still had issues with people trying to break into his house for food, water, and weapons. It took a while for power to come back and since he was a cop, he stayed while his wife and kids went to stay at his parent’s house in TN. He had some water and some canned food but it was not nearly enough.
It got me thinking out personal emergency management. Now I am sure that my city and county has emergency management plans, but if there was an issue, how would I deal with it. Unlike the “Life Off The Grid” thread, this is something real and practical that we can and should be thinking about in our lives. Kind of like car insurance, no one wants to get in an accident, but if we do, we are prepared. Right now, I we would have to pack up, lock up the house, and hit the road if it was going to be more than a few days. On the other hand, I think I am going to start stocking up on canned and dry food, water, and other supplies, including ammo.
What are your plans if there is a local emergency in your community? How long could you stay before you ran out of supplies? What do you have in your emergency kits? Do you have evacuation plans?