The reporting from Russia where the meteor exploded/hit has been really interesting. I’m a bit of a space junkie when I’m not prepping, so this one was interesting on multiple levels. One thing in particular has been on my mind as we’ve learned more about the event. The people in the town were largely injured by glass. Windows became lethal shards flying through the air.
As I think about that hazard, I am inevitably reminded of an incident from my childhood. Oklahoma, early evening, (I was in bed, but not asleep) a storm rolled in. Tornadoes, hail, the usual sorts of threats. My mother came in and closed the blinds in the bedroom I shared with my two siblings. I remember watching her, and thinking about the baseball sized hail I had seen that one time at my aunt’s house. I thought, is she closing those to stop hail from getting in? I thought those blinds were not going to do much if something made it through the window. So, I figured out the likely trajectories of anything coming in the window, and I moved to the corner of the bed least likely to get hit, and fell asleep. (Yes, apparently Calamity Jane has been this crazy for a while.)
Fast forward to today, and I’m still in tornado alley. I think my window quilts would stop quite a bit of hail and glass. I have those over all the external windows in the living room and bedrooms. If you live in a place that gets cold enough for window quilts to be useful, I highly recommend them.
If I ever get to live in a house I own, I’m going to make sure I have working shutters. They probably won’t help against a rogue meteor explosion, but they could be very useful for storms. On a related note, can I just say how stupid I find the fake shutters that get nailed to the sides of cookie cutter suburban houses? What’s the point? The builders couldn’t be bothered with real shutters? Real shutters were what? Too expensive? Too complicated?
Anyway, back to the glass. I heard a factoid once about a large metro area, if all of the glass in the skyscrapers broke at once, it would cover the streets below in a couple of feet of glass.
Now, I don’t know of anything that would save you from a ton of skyscraper.
But, I do know you need to be thinking about the potential glass hazards in your house. Whether you’re more likely to see tornadoes or hurricanes or vandals. Even if you can’t afford to retro-fit everything with shatter-resistant panes. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
And your final thought for this post. Do you have enough gauze and bandages to handle the situation if multiple members of your family have multiple glass lacerations?
- Calamity Jane