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  •  One more thing I'm surprised you didn't mention (4.00)

    For me, the number one item for disaster preparedness, the one you can always have with you and which will save your bacon more often than any other thing you can have, is fitness.

    Anyone with a reasonable level of physical fitness is just better prepared for anything that comes along. If the city I live in fell down and I had to hike 20 miles out of it to get to safety, I could (depending on terrain and level of damage) probably manage it in a single day, with a 40-lb pack. If I had my bike and the terrain was suitable, I could probably manage 150 to 200 miles. If I had to portage over a bunch of wreckage, I could carry my bike without losing too much speed.

    A disaster preparedness kit is a great idea, don't get me wrong. But if I had a choice between having a kit and being completely out of shape (which I certainly have been at some times in my life) and being in good shape and stranded without anything except my wallet and my keys, I'd choose the latter instantly.

    -fred

    •  Fitness (none)
      Good point, but I felt that fitness was somewhat outside the scope of the Diary series.  I probably should have mentioned it, but I figure people will figure out for themselves that being physically fit is something they need to commit to over the long term.

      Perhaps I'm just being overly cynical, but I doubt that an exhortation from me in the context of emergency preparedness is going to be the lightning bolt that gets someone off the couch and exercising daily for the rest of his/her life.

      -AG

      You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

      by AlphaGeek on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 01:46:44 PM PDT

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      •  Even couch potatoes (none)
        can and should learn to swim!  (In fact for many heavier people it is an ideal exercise because of the lack of stress on bones and joints.) And it surely comes in handy when everything is flooded-even if you can wade, being able to swim gives one confidence.  

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Thu Sep 22, 2005 at 08:24:27 PM PDT

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