Be Prepared for an Emergency

If you have read Life As We Knew It or are a fan of the sadly short-lived television series Jericho, then you may have already stockpiled enough bottled water and canned food for your neighborhood. If not, maybe it’s time to give some thought about what you would do in an emergency or even worse, a natural or man-made disaster. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Is your family prepared to live without access to grocery store shelves for an extended period of time? 
  • What happens if you don’t have access to clean water? 
  • Do you know how to shut off the gas and electric service to your house?
  • Can you evacuate your household in ten minutes with enough food, water and supplies to last three days?

If, like me, you can’t answer yes to any of these questions, check out Just in Case by Kathy Harrison. Ms. Harrison helps the reader prepare for both the big events, like a flood or terrorist attack, and smaller emergencies, like the loss of power or car trouble. There is also a lot of information about becoming more self-sufficient in general by growing and storing your own food supply. Even if you are only able to implement one or two ideas from this book, you will be better prepared to face the unexpected. I’m curious — is there anyone out there that can provide three days’ worth of food and water for their family WITHOUT going to the store today? Do you have an emergency plan in place? 

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Collection Development Librarian, Kent District Library

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