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  •  And one further note (2+ / 0-)
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    DemFromCT, BarnBabe

    The most important single asset which my 1918 forebears had was a mindset of resolute self-reliance.

    There were no government agencies or NGOs to ride to the rescue. Nor were any such actions expected.

    Now the general public mindset is 180 degrees opposite of that.

    I have a friend who was attending Cal State Northridge at the time of the 1994 quake. He relates stories of many, many people just standing around and mooing, and not doing the sorts of immediate, simple and obvious post-tremor actions which would be undertaken by any competent individual.

    My friend walked past a guy standing in front of his collapsed house, in a line of such houses. Question: hey, buddy, did you shut off your gas? Duh, no. Question: have you got a tool to do it? Uh, probably in the trunk of my car I have an old pair of channel locks, sure. Question: why the fuck aren't you doing that, then?

    The guy didn't seem to have any realization of the huge fire hazard of having broken gas mains hissing away, and of the immediate necessity to shut the goddamned things OFF. This when there were people trapped inside wreckage in the immediate vicinity.

    My buddy said that this slack-jawed bovine mindset was almost universal among the people he ran into that day. They all just stood there waiting passively.

    Because, you know, someone will come to help.

    Unless and until there is a crisis so big and systematic that no one comes.

    At which point things will really get ugly.

    Remember, Northridge 94 was a fairly modest and localized quake.

    My friend moved out of the LA metroplex as soon as he earned his CSU degree. He said that he has absolutely no intentions of hanging around to see the aftermath of The Big One when that arrives. As it is absolutely guaranteed to do at some point.

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    •  Well, at least I knew to do that. (1+ / 0-)
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      DemFromCT

      In the 19 years I lived in California, I knew enough to turn off the gas for the hot water heater, had battery lanterns ready, Portable radio and TV's, and plenty of batteries. I also had quite a few bottles of water in storage. And, I made sure there was a plug in phone.

      Now that I am in Penna (Get to vote in April finally) and live in the country, I am still prepared for those times when the electricity goes out. And it does, as you know in the country. We still have poles that get hit, transformers that blow up, and wind that knocks down a power line. In fact, it has gone off already this year. So, with the wind storm we are getting today from that Arctic thing hitting us, I suspect that there is a chance that we will lose electricity and cable. Bye Daily Kos for the evening if we do.

      I am just concerned that some people will not be ready at all and others, such as my friends in Florida who are so prepared that they are just waiting for the day. That scares me. I just wish people would prepare without the panic.  

      I'm voting for the Democrat! End of story!

      by BarnBabe on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 02:17:28 PM PST

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