2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sandy and prepping

The recent hurricane that landed in the NYC/New Jersey area with devastating results brings back some grim memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 7 years ago.  What I find disturbing, once again, is the apparent lack of self preservation some people seem to have in regards to their own welfare.  Sandy was forecasted for over a week, there was plenty of time to evacuate or stockpile basic supplies for what came next.  I am not saying that help from federal, state and local agencies and other organizations is not warranted, surely if you have lost your home you do need such assistance.  But just take a look at this clip...(not going to embed, last time I did that from CNN it slowed down the page and played adds every time you came here)


This resident seems to be indicating that she lives nearby, and I do not see any serious structural damage to the homes behind her.  She is pleading for help saying that they are going to die there, freeze to death.  Again I have to ask how much time she would of needed to get ready for a storm like this, and how long she should be able to be self sufficient before crying out for help from the POTUS like that.  You know, if she even followed the suggestions of DHS she should of had enough supplies on hand for a few days.

What I think people like her take for granted is that the government is going to be there to wet nurse you when times get bad and the expectation in their heads are that there should never be any interruption in residential power or water services.  That's just bullshit.

Prepping for scenarios like this isn't hard.

  • A propane grill with spare tanks can provide a place to cook and warm food and boil water if necessary....
  • A case of bottled water only costs a few bucks and can be added to your weekly shopping trip....
  • You can also fill bathtubs with water ahead of a storm in case water lines are broken...
  • Canned food is well known as a survival necessity...and besides, most Americans keep more than enough food in non-perishable form in their homes to meet caloric needs for 3+ days...
  • As for freezing to death, I see highs in the upper 40's and lows in the mid 30's for the area for the next week or so, certainly enough to be uncomfortable, but if you have a good winter jacket (check out the two ladieds that come in behind her, both wearing fleece gear) it is definitely survivable. 

What I do is keep some of those plastic storage bins you can pick up for a few bucks at the discount store and have a variety of both canned and dry goods in them "just in case" on some shelves in my basement.  Every 6 months or so I go down and see what is in them, check dates and rotate stock out and in.  Foods like peanut butter and canned soups keeps great in these conditions and can be seamlessly integrated into your existing pantry and shopping.  Sames goes with water, gallon jugs go for about 90 cents here, so a few a week and before you know it you have enough to last weeks.

I don't know any specifics about the lady in this clip begging for help, and I don't want to cast any downward glares at her because she is going through something that I am not currently.  It just seems to me that more and more the government is being used as some type of insurance scam for people to get something for free just because fate did not smile on them.  Life isn't fair folks, and it doesn't always favor the lucky, but it often does favor those that take the time to do small things to help themselves.

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