Don't Be Afraid... Be Ready

  1. In light of the terrorist threats and possible war on the horizon, discussions about duct tape and safe rooms, I wondered whether any allnurses members are preparing for the worst. There are two websites, one entitled that offers various plans of preparation put out by our government:

    and another American Red Cross site that has guidelines to prepare for disasters:

    I was one of those Y2K nuts-- Not as bad as some, but I definitely had water and kerosene stored, plenty of canned goods, sterno, batteries, transistor radio, etc. My husband put up with my preparations but didn't want to be included. (I even bought dog food-- I don't own a dog-- for neighbors who I knew weren't making preparations and I didn't want their dog going hungry.)

    I think it's good to be prepared for emergencies-- storms with power outages, for example-- but I'm just starting to think about getting more bottled water and other supplies as we read about and hear more ominous reports about Iraq and terrorist groups. Do you have an evacuation plan, a suitcase packed for a quick escape? I hate to think along these lines, but after 8 years of being a Girl Scout, "Be Prepared" is a hard motto and attitude to shake.
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   l.rae
    l don't think it ever hurts to have bottled water and canned goods....l went crazy with it after 911...seemed theraputic at the time......don't forget the manual can opener!
  4. by   Q.
    I usually have bottle water anyway.

    Our only plan is that my husband and I will pick up my family and go up nort' to the farm, in case all hell breaks loose in the city.
  5. by   memphispanda
    I have a pretty big food stockpile. It's sort of second nature to me to keep extra food on hand, but we have even more now than usual. I need to get to work on my water storage...we have several 15 liter containers, but I'd like to have more--we are a 5 person 3 cat household. I also have a pile of canned drinks (lemonade, fruit punch). I know we are better prepared than a lot of people, but I still don't feel comfortable.

    On my list to take care of:
    5gallon bucket with lid
    garbage bags
  6. by   Mkue
    bottled water
    peanut butter
    radio (battery operated)

    so far
  7. by   oramar
    I am not afraid, not afraid for myself that is. However, I am afraid for our service men and women. I have all that stuff round all the time anyway. Even have one of those crank radios that can also run on sunlight.
  8. by   maureeno
    it is also always a good idea to have some cash on hand
  9. by   molecule
    Bush reversed himself and conceeds not enough money has been allocated for domestic counter terrorism programs.
  10. by   DebsZoo
    We have a solar powered/wind up radio that works great. USed it this winter when we lost electric and it lasted all night just on the windup power.

    We, too, did some stockpiling for Y2K, just in case.
    And as for the hand can opener, thats all we use, haven't ever found an electric one I liked or that worked good.

    We always have a large stock of canned goods......I can't pass up a good sale, so we are set there.

    I try not to get too involved, mentally, in the mindset that we NEED to prepare, but at the same time, as a parent, I sure can't ignore the world we live in either