Emergency Preparedness for Minimalists, Part 3: Last Stop Before Armageddon
“Look, there’s a great big hunk of world down there, with no fence around it.” — The Tramp to Lady, in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp
The Tramp is right, especially when it comes to emergency preparedness. Do an Internet search for “emergency preparedness” (or, for the bold, “survivalism” or “patriots” — but take your tinfoil with you!) and you get an unbelievable amount of information, ranging from the mainstream advice given by the American Red Cross (“Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed”) to websites like Survivalblog (“The daily web log for prepared individuals living in uncertain times” — and written by a guy so adamant about security that he won’t tell anyone what state he lives in, let alone what town) and beyond.
All of this information can be fantastic if you know what you’re looking for. If you are just starting out and trying to figure out what to do next, it can be crippling. How far down the rabbit hole do you go? When do you stop? What’s useful and what’s just plain crazy?
The answer is simple: You decide what stop to get off at before you get on the train. This is important because if you ride this train as far as it will go, you will end up seeing if building codes in your neck of the woods allow you to do this.
Put another way: You need to decide not only what you are preparing for, but what you are not preparing for.
Let’s use me as an example again. (Isn’t it great that I’m so obliging?) In Part II, I said that our emergency preparedness plan covered:
- Job loss
- Temporary disability
- House Fire
- Earthquakes of the large and catastrophic persuasion
- Armageddon (otherwise known as The End Of The World As We Know It, or TEOTWAWKI)
- An eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano
- An EMP attack on the continental United States. (Don’t know what an EMP is? Find out more here, then wish you hadn’t.)
- A global shortage of toilet paper (because some things are too horrific to contemplate)
- Zombie wars