Author: Laurie Wimmer
Published: January 27, 2019
The Big One – a major tectonic plate shift, causing earthquakes, tsunamis, and general panic – is said to be inevitable in Oregon sometime in the next 50 years. Climate change, caused by global warming, is also making all those “natural” disasters, such as forest fires, tornados, plant infestations, and severe winter weather, more frequent and intense, too. Every household ought to consider how its members will survive for potentially weeks without heat, electricity, water, communication, and other essentials for survival. I consulted with my son Griffin Wimminger, a wilderness survival enthusiast, to upgrade our family plan for surviving should this happen to us.
The five most important priorities, Griffin taught us, are, in order: shelter, water, food, fire, and medicine. Some add a sixth consideration: personal safety/defense. The mother in me would add yet another: an agreement among family members about the plan for reuniting should a disaster occur while we are not at home (or for grown children living elsewhere). With these priorities in mind, Griffin advised considering two possibilities: the need to flee or evacuate and the ability to stay put, if it’s safe and advised, to whether the emergency at home. We have decided to convert a room that is accessible from the exterior to store our supplies, so that our chance of being able to access them, and quickly, is high. We also have a small emergency bag in each of our vehicles, which contains an emergency light, nutrition bars, a lightweight blanket, a first aid kit, and much more. With these considerations in mind, here is the suggested list of supplies for disaster survival:
SHELTER IN PLACE
In your Home:
Turn off gas, if you have it (keep wrench attached to meter). Unplug all major appliances, or they could fry when power returns.
FINAL NOTE: Make sure you have a plan for meeting up with family at a designated time and place, with contingencies for road damage, bridge collapse, civil unrest, and lack of cell phone.
Auto fuel in your vehicle’s tank may be un-replaceable for a long time, so make sure your plan considers this reality as well. If travel is impossible, plan to collaborate with your neighbors – the safest plan.