Think of the kind of preparations you would do if there is a big storm coming and you could lose water, power or the sewer system for at least a couple of weeks and you must stay indoors for 14 days. Wishing for more time won’t help you today. You must start working with what you have right now. Now this might blow over like the air strike last year in Syria, so I don’t think you should panic and go max out your credit cards doing last minute shopping or buy excavation equipment for a week end bunker build project. Now is a good time to look at the state of your preps and make sure everything you already have on hand is ready to use.
Some things you might check:
- Do you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle? Do you have a couple of gas cans full of gas with sta-bil added for storage? How about a couple of quarts of oil for your generator if you need it for power and it works. While nukes and/or an EMP would be very bad it sounds like Russia is trying to keep things to conventional warfare strikes.
- Water: Do you have all your water containers full? I have a rainwater collection system that I will top off with City irrigation water then close the water containers to keep out any possible contamination. How is your (safe drinking) water storage looking? While 1 gallon per day per person for 14 days is consider the standard. I would try for storing 3-5 gallons per day per person and a gallon of water per day for pets. While the average water filter will not screen out radioactive particles, having a water filter if your safe water supply system stops working because of supply disruption is a good idea.
- Speaking of pets: Do you have 2 weeks worth of food for your pets? Do you have a way to deal with the poo and pee if your pets must stay inside for 2 weeks? I have a cat box for the cat, plenty of kitty litter but other than puppy training pads and storing the used pads in heavy duty trash bags, I don’t have a good solution. At least I have small dogs so one big garbage bag should hold 14 days of poo/pee pads.
- Cooking food safely indoors without power: Do you have butane burner/hot plate + fuel for heating up food. If you can boil water or heat a coffee pot you have a great little cooking system. Having 3-4 cans of butane will last for 14 days worth of meals if you are just a little frugal. Also these are great for Tailgate parties or camping.
- Lights: The dark can be scary and many people have no experience with no city lights. So test out all those battery powered lamps and flashlights. In case of an EMP you will have to rely on candles or oil/kerosene lamps. Make sure those lamps have oil and you have matches, lighter or another way to light those candles or lamps. A wooden match or Bic/zippo type lighter will light in spite an EMP as there are no electronics involved for making fire.
- Cleanup: I tend to do most of my household chores on the weekend when power costs are low. This weekend is a great time to get those chores done as quickly as possible in case the power or water gets cut off. Get those clothes washed and dried, Clean the kitchen and bathroom while you have hot tap water for ease of cleaning. Dust every thing and vacuum all the carpets. If using power or water makes things easy to clean, start cleaning those area now before the (Storm) hits your home.
- Having Duct tape and heavy duty staple gun to secure plastic or tarps over windows, accessible might be worth while. This might be a good time to practice for a terrorist ‘Dirty bomb’ or chemical attack and you seal your home as much as possible. I gave Mom most of my clear plastic sheeting but I have a lot of thick construction grade trash bags and good tarps I could place over the windows to help seal off any dust. .
- Entertainment and jobs for 14 days: Some people get a bit cranky when cut off from TV/internet or social media. Have dice, card and board games ready for a boredom buster. I love to read books so I have many books on hand already but I’m a throwback. That being said I really hope my kindle or laptop survives as I have about 30 books downloaded I want to read. People that are couped up for a couple of weeks together will get cranky so you need to have some distractions and try and give people a place of sanctuary as much as possible in a limited area. People will have short tempers and get a bit annoying to each other. You will have to deal with it, so plan for it.
- No one can stay hyper-vigilant 24/7/365 each year. Disasters, Storms wars give you the opportunity to test your preparations for different types of disasters that may not affect you directly. See what is happening in the world and ask yourself what would I do in the next 30 minutes if I knew it would happen to me/my family?
- Cash on hand: I’m not so sure of the value of cash in any disaster, but I know the value of paper and many others don’t. If you can trade bits of paper for something of value, good on you!
This sucks, as I hope to have 2 cords of wood delivered next week. I would like at least 7 days notice before we start screwing around with a nuclear power! Perhaps it will be a “nothing burger” here in the west/USA, but we are bombing a Capital city in a country that did nothing to the USA. We are screwing around with a country allied to Russia and the have nukes and a lot of data about EMPs and stuff. Hell if the Norks made you edgy why would you screw with Russia?