Hey mainstream America, can we be clear about something? Just because someone decides to keep a little food and water on hand… that doesn’t make them a tin-foiled, paranoid, raving mad lunatic “prepping” for a zombie apocalypse. OK?
No, just because we might have a few extra cans in the pantry doesn’t make us that caricature above.
It makes us intelligent, responsible adults who love our family.
Our great-grandparents would roll in their graves if they knew the vast majority of their posterity have thirty days of dog food in the basement, and maybe 2 days of people food in the fridge. An improbable Sci Fi event doesn’t have to happen for that stuff to come in handy and really save our bacon.
- An EMP doesn’t have to blast us back to the stone age. Maybe a winter storm knocks out the power for 72 hours.
- Aliens don’t have to invade Suburbia. Maybe your home’s breadwinner loses their job.
- Dogs and cats don’t have to mate and give birth to bloodthirsty killing machines. Maybe someone has to take a leave of absence from work to care for an ill family member.
- A meteor shower doesn’t have to destroy every grocery store. Maybe yours is just picked bare because some bad weather is headed in.
It’s good common sense to prepare for some bumps in the road. Good common sense we’ve unfortunately lost.
So what are our basic physical needs? (After skipping a pretty important one we can’t do too much about – Oxygen.)
- Health & Sanitation
I’d like to start an ongoing series to explore each of these in turn. There are a lot of simple things we can all do to increase the odds that those we care about most can weather a storm… Whatever that storm might be.
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t used to think much about these things. It took growing up and maturing (a little), seeing a bit more of the world than the lovely small town in which I was raised, and starting a family. When I took a marriage vow, it really hit home that it’s not just me anymore. I’m responsible for someone else and she’s responsible for moi. For the past nine years since then I’ve slowly tried to insulate our lives a bit at a time from some of the curveballs that could be thrown our way. Obviously, you can never be totally good to go, and we still have a very long way to go, but I was feeling pretty pleased about the progress we’d made.
Then two years ago we had our first kiddo……………… BOOM! ……………… That certainly changes the way you look at things… am I right, parents?
You see, I’d never even really held a baby before they handed over our own in the delivery room. I suddenly had no idea if much of my planning would work out now that such a truly helpless little soul was squirming in my arms. I felt like in many ways, I was thrown back to square one in re-evaluating our Rainy Day Preps.
For example… do you know babies need you to do everything for them? I mean everything, up to and including supporting their head so it won’t roll and snap off their tiny little neck. Yeah, even that.
Want to know something else about a baby’s head? Each one comes with its own self-destruct button euphemistically called a “soft spot”. Isn’t that just great?! No, that wonderful design feature is not protected away somewhere under an armpit, it’s right up on top! Fan-tastic!
This new Dad obviously had a lot to think about. Again.
Sometimes a water main bursts. Sometimes a well pump quits. Sometimes a car crash takes out a power pole. Each of us live somewhere sometimes susceptible to earthquakes, or hurricanes, or tornadoes, or blizzards, or something. Hopefully problems can be fixed by wonderful guys in white hardhats in no time flat… but sometimes they can’t.
For those times they can’t, it’s up to us to make sure our spouse and little ones are fed, warm, dry, and safe.
That’s just common sense.