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  •  Yikes (4.00)
    After reading all of the diaries linked above over the course of a few days last week, I realized that I should probably just get a cyanide capsule for myself, because I am totally screwed if disaster strikes me.  

    On further reflection, I have gotten inspired to get better prepared, even if it is just a few small things at a time.  I want to thank you for putting the diaries together because it really is something we all need to think about and your posts have put into perspective what we all should aspire to in terms of readiness.  You also were very encouraging to those of us who need to start from scratch.  

    You have done a great public service to this community.  Thanks.

    Closed minds should come with closed mouths.

    by Pennsylvanian on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:27:47 AM PDT

    •  Every little bit helps (none)
      If you can, take a personal emergency preparedness class, and/or a First-Aid/CPR class.  Pennsylvania's state emergency management agency has a great website for this and lots of other stuff:

      http://www.pema.state.pa.us/

      Remember, you don't have to do this all at once.  Preparedness is a lifetime exercise.

      -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 Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:38:26 AM PDT

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      •  One thing down (none)
        I did order the REI first aid kit on clearance that you recommended, so that was my first step.  Second step is to do my risk assessment and read the diaries again, this time knowing that I am beginning to formulate a plan and not just gasping in horror at how completely unprepared I am!

        Thanks for the PA link.  I will check it out.

        Closed minds should come with closed mouths.

        by Pennsylvanian on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:57:03 AM PDT

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    •  I think you speak for a lot of us (none)
      I used to keep an earthquake kit in Utah, they are supposed to be sitting on a big fault that should be letting loose sometime in the next 100 years -- and the populated part of the state is built on sand.

      Now that I live in Pennsylvania, I stopped maintaining the kit.  We did have a period where there was no power for 3 days in the middle of winter; our power lines are buried, but most parts of town have above ground wiring.  That was a lot of fun, we slept next to the wood stove and generally got really cranky.  

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