Our first big winter storm is bearing down on Iowa tonight. It was amusing to listen to my co-workers discussing what they needed to pick up on their way home. The big three seemed to be Milk, Eggs, Bread. Nobody seemed to think it at all unusual that severe weather was literally eminent and their stockpile of basic foodstuffs was at low levels. Of course, this was the same group of gals who had just spent 20 minutes reassuring each other that feeding their families crap food made from crap ingredients was ok because, “Time is money!” (Needless to say, I don’t talk much at work.)\
I tell you this only to illustrate a problem. Most Americans are just not prepared.
According to a report by YouGov.com, a research and consulting organization, 64 percent of Americans are woefully unprepared for a major natural disaster, even after the events of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and a series of other major natural disasters smacking us around in recent years.
The report finds that people making disaster-readiness plans has slightly increased from 31 percent to 36 percent since 2011, showing that the majority of Americans have failed to adequately prepare themselves in the event of another major disaster.
64% of people have very little in the way of disaster preparedness.
Perhaps you find yourself among those running to the store right before a storm. What are you getting? Take a close look. Figure out a way to have backups of that, and improve your food management so you can have more of it around.
Milk, there are dried options, condensed canned options, and goat options. Yes yes, I know, most of you don’t want goats, I’m just saying, it’s an option.
Eggs, I think this largely about people not knowing the shelf-life facts of eggs. Eggs fresh from a hen and refrigerated will last a few weeks with no problem, I’ve heard people swear they had eggs that lasted for 10 weeks and were still edible.
Bread is easily stored as dry ingredients, but most bread recipes take 3-8 cups of flour, and if all you have is half a bag of all purpose, that might not cut it.
It’s stuff like this that really makes me nervous when it comes to disasters and opsec. I’m so tempted to speak up when these conversations come up at work, but I am so worried that they will ignore the advice and I’ll have blown my opsec for nothing. What do you do when these conversations come up? Or are you one of the last minute shoppers?
- Calamity Jane