Saturday, January 11, 2014

Disaster Preparedness

There have been a lot of disasters around the country during the past couple months--poisoned water in West Virginia, rain storms, wind storms, snow storms, etc.  We feel kind of sheltered here in Las Vegas as, aside from the heat during the summer, there really aren't any natural disasters that are common to the area.  But, the recent news of all of these disasters has made me think we need to be better prepared.  Here are the things I need to do to get better prepared:

  • Put together a comprehensive first aid kit
  • Get a fire extinguisher
  • Get a CO2 detector
  • Keep a bigger stockpile of bottled water in the garage
  • Keep more cash on hand in the event of a disaster where ATMs don't work
  • Get a safe for said cash
  • Make an emergency "grab and go" bag (toiletries, change of clothes, etc)
  • Store a couple weeks of food that could be eaten in an emergency (not MREs but similar)
  • Get my first aid/CPR/AED card renewed
  • Put some sort of security system in our house (there are quite a few now that connect to your cell phone)
  • Make sure there is a flashlight with new batteries in each room of the house
  • Stockpile stuff we would need if we couldn't get to the store for a week or so (toilet paper, soap, etc)
  • Start a small garden to provide a tiny portion of our food (tomatoes, chard, etc are easy to grow)
  • Get a concealed carry license for Nevada (I've always had one of these but haven't got around to taking the course here in Nevada)
  • Go shooting (I haven't practiced in AGES)
  • Make sure our car is well prepared for an emergency (food and water in the car, etc)
Well that's a short list.  When I used to drive hours each day for work, my car was much better prepared than it is now, also when we were used to having mini disasters happen--flooding, snow storms, power outages, etc--our home was much better prepared.  In fact, some years ago, most of my work revolved around being prepared for large scale disasters so it was natural to have the latest updated training, the cool gear, and the stockpiles of everything from matches to tarps to medical supplies.  I think we have become a bit lazy in our retirement so I plan to rectify this situation soon.

Daily update
  • Walk: 2 miles (969 miles to go!  I now keep my walking shoes in the car and, like today when hubby was playing poker, I went to a nearby park and did my walk there).
  • No spend:  Fail.  I should have planned for being gone all day and packed us a lunch but I didn't so after bowling and before poker we were starving and came upon a new Greek Restaurant--which was really really yummy by the way--and we ended up spending $23.16 for lunch which is WAY too much money for lunch.  
  • Update this blog: yep
  • Update client's blog: yep
  • Photo: yep
  • Client work: 1 hour
  • Genealogy: sent in a form to correct my grandmother's death certificate (which was free).  There is one more death certificate I need to correct but for that state is costs $34 to do it! :(
  • Writing: a couple of pages written on my fabulous tablet during hubby's bowling!


  1. Great list! I might add 2, at least a one month supply of all prescribed medications on hand all the time (if it is something you must take regularly ie like my hubby's asthma meds). The other would be some way to cook the food you have stockpiled for an emergency. We have a natural gas bbq which when the power goes out still works (natural gas connection to the houses). If the natural gas was cut off likely our home would not be liveable anyway. My mom has flashlights, and batteries stockpiled. I keep a camping light as our backup with one of those huge batteries. We had to use it last month when the power went out in the middle of the night and suddenly our CO2 detector kept beeping as it's 9 volt backup batter was low. Had to dig out the ladder at 2 am to get the bloody thing changed (think 9 foot ceilings and two short people).

    1. Great idea about the extra prescription meds. We have a BBQ grill with a full tank of fuel which we would use in a disaster. Fortunately we dont really need an emergency heat source since we are in Las Vegas (we always had a propane heater for emergencies in Seattle).

  2. Glad you are enjoying your tablet, April! I'm impressed at how regularly you are doing your client work, genealogy and writing! What was your former work that kept you in the loop about disaster planning? I had to laugh at your list; it sounds so American to me to see the gun-related stuff :) But all the rest are things I think about and I've done 8-10 of them!

    1. When I had my business in Seattle I had a handful of clients who would contract with me for hospital disaster/patient surge planning. Although I was mainly writing plans and doing government contract work, I ended up getting trained and certified and drilled in a lot of disaster prep stuff. On your other comment, I had to laugh when I was hiking in I was hiking through the woods I had a momentary worry about someone shooting in my direction then I remembered I was in Canada and felt much safer!