About a year ago, my wife and her sister started emailing back and forth about earthquake preparedness. There was always a rough sketch of plan on what to do should we have a massive earthquake. But now words were being put into action.
What started out as stocking up on bottled water and canned goods has (d)evolved into DOOOOOOOOMsday scenarios. The email thread expanded to include myself, my sister-in-law's roommate and girlfriend and our BFFs and their new little girl. We agreed on a meeting point; on a place to post notes and letters should ALL electronic/mobile communications systems be down, and on who is responsible for whom and what.
What was once bottled water and canned goods has turned into hand cranked radios with mobile chargers, flashlights and batteries, first aid kits, blankets/change of clothes, candles and matches, a couple hundred dollars in petty cash (because all forms of electronic purchasing WILL BE DOWN and cash will be king!) and a disaster supply kit for Harriet and an empty box to throw the cats in. Yes, our dog has her own disaster supply kit while the cats are just being shoved into a cardboard box. OUR DOG HAS HER OWN DISASTER SUPPLY KIT! THE CATS DO NOT.
DOGS > CATS
I'm all for being prepared, but I think this is starting to get out of hand. I came home the other day to find even more supplies scattered throughout the house. Now that the house kit is taking shape, attention has turned to putting together a smaller more portable kit to be kept in the trunk of our cars; just in case we get trapped on the bridge or in the tunnel.
Scared yet? Does this make you feel inadequately prepared for the big one?