Are You Prepared?
My Husband could be Mad Max
Are you prepared?
I’m sure not.
The current financial crisis fell smack on top of the usual subdued concerns about natural disasters and I started wondering if, well, you know, the world as we know it could end and The Garberville Vet’s Hall would become the Thunderdome and my husband would be Mad Max and I could be Tina Turner (only whiter and maybe I’d better not sing and maybe somehow the lack of amenities would make me exercise more and my legs would look almost as good as hers). And, in spite of thinking my husband would be a great survivalist, I started worrying would my family starve and then… my mother sent me the following piece.
It’s a little vanity I have that when I take tests, I usually score well. And I have food stored enough to get us through a couple weeks actually– so I smugly began reading the questions.
Take the Test!Below the fold.
Is Your Family Prepared?
________ 1. Do you have a plan to meet family members at a pre-
set point if you cannot access your home? (5 points) I have a plan, my husband has a plan, my kids each have plans. I don’t think they’re the same plans…
________ 2. Does your family have a plan for where family members will stay if they are unable to reach home? Hey! I know… Mooooom, can we stay with you? For months maybe? And will you fix me stroganoff and homemade bread and chocolate chip cookies. Hmm, This disaster stuff sounds kinda fun…for me. I’m a little worried my legs will look even less like Tina Turner’s though if we stay long.
________ 3. Do you have an emergency “message center” plan? That
means agreeing on an out-of-state friend or relative where every family member can leave word after a
disaster strikes. (5 points)Anyone want to volunteer? I’ll be glad to come stay for an extended visit if things look bad here. Do you make homemade bread?
________ 4. Do you have an emergency stash of food supplies at your
house? (5 points plus 5 bonus points if you have a full
week of supplies)At least two weeks, but I only have 3 Costco sized bags of Chocolate Chips. I don’t think that is enough!!!
________ 5. Do you have an emergency stash of water supplies at your
house?(5 points plus 5 bonus points if you have a full
week of water) I have my own water tank. Yay, for country life!
________ 6. Do you have a small emergency medical kit at your house,
including a copy of your prescriptions, spare
eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries and other health
essentials? (5 points) Are you kidding? I can’t even find my eyeglasses right now and I have 4 pairs.
________ 7. Do all family members know how to shut off your water,
gas and power?(5 points plus 5 bonus points if you have
a wrench tied to your gas shut off valve or have an
automatic gas shut-off valve.)Remember, I don’t know where my eyeglasses are. Why in the heck would I know where a wrench was.
________ 8. Do you have a plan with your neighbors to check on each
other after a disaster? (5 points plus 5 bonus points
if you have a Neighborhood Emergency Response
Organization group established in your neighborhood.Does knowing who to call in case of law enforcement on the hill count?
Add 5 more bonus points if your home emergency kit
includes a battery operated radio.One battery operated radio? Heck, I got a few but I can’t find them.
________ 9. Have any of your family members taken a current First
Aid Class (5 points I’ve been to enough doctors this last year that I’m bound to have picked up a few tricks.
________ 10.Do you have an emergency kit of food, water and other
essentials in your automobile?(5 points)I might…I just haven’t quite got that trunk cleaned out. Who knows what’s in there.
How to Score:
50 points or more = Your family has prepared well.
40 points or more = Pretty good but some issues need to be addressed.
30 points or less = Your family could suffer in significant ways when
the inevitable strikes. Suffering succotash! I better get cracking. The way the financial crisis is shaping up, “inevitable” doesn’t quite convey the coming doom.
NOTE: This test is taken from VASHONBEPREPARED.org with some editing.
HOPE YOU DID BETTER THAN I DID!