Saturday, February 16, 2013
Russia got clobbered by meteors, of all things. At least 1200 people have sought medical attention.
Imagine that. You are minding your own business, then you get clobbered by something from out of space. It's like a bad Science Fiction movie. That just goes to show you never know what's going to hit. There was no warning. What can be done when disaster strikes out of nowhere?
It all comes down to basics. There's not much that you can do about a meteors from out of space, but you can be prepared to deal with the aftermath. The first thing that comes to mind is having a good medical kit and the knowledge to use it. The $10 big box store med kit isn't going to cut it -not by itself.
I've got a couple of those cheap kits. They might be the most economical way of getting a lot of band aids cheap. In addition to the little kit, I've got a large fishing tackle box full of additional medical supplies. My small sailboat doesn't have much room, but I make room for both med kits. Putting together your own kit allows a person to select for their special needs.
What to put in your kit is beyond the scope of a blog. That's where a bit of training come in. Get it before you need it. Most communities have at least basic first aid course available for a reasonable price.
Disasters have things in common. Injuries are likely. Damage to infrastructure is common. Water and food delivery can be disrupted. Communication systems can be destroyed or simply overwhelmed. Basic prep for these things can save your life -or at least make it a lot more comfortable.
The meteor shower was quick and unexpected. Some things are like that. Earthquakes and tornadoes also hit with little warning. It's not like stocking up before a big storm hits. Anything not already packed away will be hard to acquire when you need it. More important than supplies is training. Supplies can be lost or destroyed. Knowledge you carry with you.