Thursday, September 18, 2008

Top Ten Things You Need In A Disaster: A Checklist

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wild fires -- these are all disasters that recur frequently, depending on where you live, of course. You need to prepare for these. Here's ten things you need in a disaster:

  1. Plenty of fresh water
  2. Matches
  3. A pot
  4. A portable stove
  5. Packets of oatmeal or other "instant" food
  6. Cell phone
  7. Cash and credit card
  8. Sleeping bag
  9. Extra clothes
  10. Tent
These are the most basic things you'll need to survive. Of course, if you're a hunter, you'll know what to do. If you're a survivalist, you'll need matches and a knife. For the rest of us, you'll need all this, and probably more. It would be nice to have a car, fully-loaded with gasoline and fully-serviced.

But those are "nice to haves." I forgot the most important thing you'll need in a disaster: Unfettered optimism. No matter what else, you need a great attitude. Things generally get better after a disaster. First objective is to stay alive for 3 days.

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