The Government Recommends 14 Days, Not 3 (#26)
I think this is a change most people are not aware of. In the past, the government would tell people to be prepared to take care of themselves for three days after a disaster. This meant making sure you always have enough food, water, and other necessary supplies on hand to take care of yourself for a minimum of three days.
The recommendation is now FOURTEEN DAYS. Were you aware of that?
I think this is significant in many ways.
One, they anticipate complicated situations.
Two, for every household they can get to prepare for fourteen days, there is a chance that family will also be able to help others.
Three, every household that doesn't need help lessens the response burden.
Ready.gov is the site set up by the Department of Homeland Security. It has a wealth of information including general lists for building emergency kits and a PDF you can download to add to your Prudent & Prepared Homemaker binder.
To give you a bit of extra incentive, the state of Washington did a huge simulation in 2016 called the Cascadia Rising Exercise regarding the very real and substantial thread posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ). (If you aren't familiar with the Cascadia situation, I'll put a video below.)
The results of this were grim and you can look at the Cascadia Rising Exercise After Action Report. One post I read said that they realized that they would have a full-blown humanitarian crisis on their hands in only ten days.
Even if you aren't going to be impacted by this particular natural disaster, we all have at least one risk where we live. You need to have a plan. And not just for a couple of days. But weeks.
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