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Watching the news the last several days made me wonder how many of us are prepared for a natural disaster.

I always have a backpack ready to go in the case of an emergency evacuation, but the one thing I am still working on is creating a waterproof notebook with plastic sleeves to add all important papers that could be needed in a worst case scenario.

How prepared are YOU for a natural disaster?
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smart enough not to live in any zone that has annual, predictable, expected or is often prone to natural disasters...
w/ provisions/necessities on hand well prepared....
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More or less the same. High enough above the creek and probably protected by bedrock (although hard to be sure, it's down under the gravel), mot a heavy snow zone, not a heavy rainfall zone, no hurricanes or tornadoes but strong winds once in a while rarely gets extremely cold but I heat with wood anyway so no worries about gas or electrical disruptions. Forest fires are a big concern however.
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Living in on the edge of the Mojave Desert, we are subject to earthquake, but the bad zones are many miles away. We keep a pantry full of canned goods. There is a pass that when blocked makes it impossible to go toward L.A., but there are numerous routes out of the area in other directions. There are some areas that are vulnerable to flash floods, but our first winter here was so rainy we realized what kinds of areas to avoid. We have Caliche, a hard layer of sandstone just under the surface sand, which is impervious to water, which makes water accumulate fast with very slow draining. On our property, the hard layer is 1 to 3 feet below the surface, but when we planted, we dug very deep holes through the caliche into the sand below, so water drains fairly fast in our back yard.

Hard to imagine that flooding is one of the dangers of desert living.

It's also important to keep a stash of cash, with lots of coins and smaller bills since in an outage, you won't be able to use plastic. How much? Depends on how much you can afford to accumulate, but at least enough to get through a few days, and a couple of tanks of gas--don't wait to fill up if something happens, gas will sell out quick.

Water for drinking and cooking is also important, but you have to store it carefully. Don't forget the 30-40 gallons of water in your heater. We keep several gallons of filtered water around and cycle through them on a daily basis. I think you can put a tiny amount of bleach for longer storage, and/or boil it before putting it away. Earthquake can damage water systems, but water costs a lot so repairs will happen pretty fast around here.

Dried beans and rice (with spices) make a complete protein, so keeping some dry around is a safe bet. Keep some dry, packaged spice mixes around, you'll get sick of plain rice and beans. If the disaster looks like it will take time to resolve, and the electricity is out, eat what's in the refrigerator and freezer first, save the emergency dry rations for later last.

Keep copies of all your important papers in a plastic baggie or two, and originals in a bank box. Keep a list of your meds, and keep a supply on hand of things like blood pressure and other critical meds where you can get them fast.

All this from a friend who is on a regional emergency services panel.

With so much of our lives in our cell phones, I think it's not a bad idea to have a cell phone recharging battery pack around. I got one for another purpose that will charge a phone 3-4 times. Cell phone networks are pretty robust in an emergency situation, but not if your phone battery is dead. Put all your important numbers on there. In fact, you could also photo your most important information and paperwork and medical info so its easily available. I'd have my ID and passport on there as well.
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I would like to say 'Pretty good', but there are always unknowns.

Growing up in some of the places I did (especially Guam and Hawaii) decades back, you learn real quick how the normal supply lines you rely on can be interrupted in the blink of an eye. There were days without water and power after some of the typhoons we experienced, and if you didn't have water and foods you can prepare with limited means you were out of luck. When the lists came out of recommended items to have around the "Y2K" non-event, I thought to myself, "who doesn't have this already?"

The exposure that I could probably do better is surviving the damage caused by flooding. I have a big, fireproof file cabinet, but how those important papers would survive is unknown. I have a cloud backup drive, but have all the pictures been scanned or saved on it? Passports, SSN cards, insurance, etc? could I restore those documents quickly enough?

I have a couple of different 'evacuation sites' picked out, places we can go in the mountains if we can't stay here, but can I get my parents there if I am away on work? will there be places for all of the animals?
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Ditto on Doug's thoughts. Our basic supplies need to be shipped by barge or ferry (or flown in). We can see Vancouver from the beach...beach being the clue.
If the shipping's disrupted the 35K folks on the Coast are going to run through the available groceries pretty quickly.
Within walking distance of our place there's a 2 lane traffic bridge; if it goes out, the folks NW of us are s.o.l. A logging truck could accomplish that in a heartbeat. There's probably 25k folks depending on that bridge; it's the only road access they have.
Earth quakes and forest fires are our only real threats.
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Hard to imagine that flooding is one of the dangers of desert living.
I'm thinking of the family that got caught in a flash flood in the SW a couple of weeks ago. We get them in the mountains of TN, NC, Ga, SC. It might rain 10 miles away but water runs downhill, obviously. My son and I trout fished in east TN and watched the sky to the east and the north plus the water level.
If we are flooded where my house is, there are a lot of people who will be learning how to tread water.
Hope everything goes well for the folks on the TX coast. My wife saw where a levee broke somewhere in TX and people were forced to evacuate.

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I've got some beer in the fridge and some beans in the cupboard , that's about it . The life of a single guy lol

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Well you've got the gas shortage thing covered, Rick...
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Ditto on Tom's recommendation for a stash of cash. We evacuated to Arkansas during Katrina. Things were fine in Little Rock but on the way back home to Louisiana we discovered that the storm had knocked out power all through Mississippi and Louisiana. Gas stations could pump gas with generator power but no one could access phone lines to verify credit cards. If you didn't have cash you couldn't buy fuel or food. Fortunately we had planned ahead but it can be a scary thing when you rely on plastic and it no longer works.
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