Saturday, February 16, 2013

Heads up

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.



  1. I'm hearing the lyrics to Fire in the sky - from "To touch the stars" album in my head.
    Prometheus, they say, brought God's fire down to man
    And we've caught it, tamed it, trained it since our history began
    Now we're going back to Heaven just to look Him in the eye
    And there's a thunder ‘cross the land and a fire in the sky

    Gagarin was the first back in 1961
    When, like Icarus, undaunted, he climbed to reach the sun
    And he knew he might not make it, for it's never hard to die
    But he lifted off the pad and rode a fire in the sky

    Yet a higher goal was calling and we vowed to reach it soon
    And we gave ourselves a decade to put fire on the moon
    And Apollo told the world we can do it if we try
    There was one small step and a fire in the sky

    I dreamed last night of a little boy's first spaceflight
    Burned into me, watching the black-and-white TV
    There was a fire in the sky
    I'll remember until I die
    A fire in the sky
    A fire in the sky

    Then two decades from Gagarin, twenty years to the day
    Came a shuttle named Columbia to open up the way
    And they said she's just a truck, but she's a truck that's aimin' high
    See her big jets burning, see her fire in the sky

    Yet the gods do not give lightly of the powers they have made
    And with Challenger and seven, once again the price is paid
    Though a nation watched her falling, yet a world could only cry
    As they passed from us to glory, riding fire in the sky

    Now the rest is up to us - there's a future to be won
    We must turn our faces outward, we will do what must be done
    For no cradle lasts forever, every bird must learn to fly
    And we're goin' to the stars, see our fire in the sky
    Yes, we're going to the stars, see our fire in the sky...

    Mkay, the maudlin moment over, there are more of the same on the way.
    This year in fact. The next one will make a bigger splash. The new normal, as we are in a thicker portion of the riods from the belt. Even the UN is getting hip to the solar max and prepping for it. I'm as prepped as I can be, Looks like nature is just another one of those things to be prepped for and not worried about.
    I like those words about carrying knowledge with you. The mind is the most important prep of all. To find the good in the days events, at least it wasn't a shower. A couple dozen of those type events all at once, WOW, scary stuff.

    1. Fire in the sky all right!

      We haven't seen the last of these, not for some years yet. Interesting times.

  2. It is a large and dangerous universe out there. Things zipping around, things sucking stuff in, things exploding, very dangerous and scary things. The only thing that saves us is the fast distances between objects.

    1. Jupiter's massive gravity well also sucks up a lot of debris before it can make its way to the inner solar system.

      It's busy out there in space.

  3. Very good advice from a beach bum.

    1. Thanks Gary. Better a beach bum than a regular bum.

  4. can always ask your doctor or med specialist for certain items for your pack...

    got a lot of "experied items" that way

    meanwhile stay in florida til may.....


  5. Wildflower: doctors are for people with medical insurance.

    Looks like we may have to cut our visit short.

  6. C'mon that will never happen to us in America as we always get warnings about bad things and can leave stocking up to the last minute and the governement will save us.
    Oh, wait.....

  7. No worries here, we have Obama, all will be well!