Plan A and B. Be Prepared!

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In light of the recent Bay Area earthquakes, my family discussed about our course of action plan should the "big one" strike. We made a list of things that we need to replenish such as can foods, bottled water, and medical emergency supplies. Power outage is a definite certainty so flashlights and candles are a must-haves. My brothers suggested MRE's - Meals Ready to Eat - packages in case we don't have water, gas and electricity. These handy meals can be eaten right out from the pouches. MRE's have an unbelievable shelf life of 5-10 years which is very long. I think dried or packaged foods have a much shorter shelf life of 2-3 years. Actually, the longer the shelf life of packaged food, the worse it is. Imagine the amount of preservatives used in keeping the food that long but that's something you don't care for when you're trying to survive. I learned that MRE's were initially developed for soldiers in battle but now they're popular items to be used in camping and as emergency food. I've never heard of MRE's up til like two days ago.


A tsunami is something that is always on my mind. I suggested having an emergency kit on the rooftop but everyone looked at me like I was crazy. When the water comes, every house will be submerged in water, wouldn't it make sense to have an emergency box ready up on the rooftop? It's not like you're going to have time to run around the house to grab this and that and then climb to the rooftop. I think my main concern is how to get to the rooftop. My house has several skylights so I'm checking to see how I can break them open. I think if the water comes quickly, it'll be pretty darn hard to climb to the rooftop. I don't know how to swim which is definitely not good. My brother suggested inflatable life vests and rafts. I jokingly said maybe I should keep a life vests on me and my kids at all time so we'll have instant access to them when the time comes. There's a great deal of planning to do but I think it's always better to have a game plan. I hope for those of you who are living in natural disaster areas to take care and try to be as prepared as possible. I remember this formula in college and it serves very well in my philosphy in life: PREPARATION + LUCK = SUCCESS.

15 comments:

Cheryl said...

I think you are very wise to be planning for such emergencies. Here we occasionally have a hurricane hit and should have emergency kits prepared. We also have such kits in our cars in case we break down somewhere, a blanket, flashlight, poncho, etc.

foongpc said...

Am I glad there's no earthquake in Malaysia! Well, it's always good to be prepared just in case the big one hits! : )

levian said...

planning ahead is always the wisest choice to make. better ready than sorry! we were fortunate to not be on an area that is prone to natural disasters, but it doesn't mean that it won't happen completely. we can feel slight earthquakes n even tsunami here. definitely wiser to be ready. :)

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl - thanks for the idea, didn't think about keeping a blanket in the car for emergency.

@foongpc - Lucky for Malaysians!

@Levian - That's pretty scary to feel tsunamis as it is happening in other places. Being prepared is always good!

LuckyMe said...

I had those mre's when camping. nasty, nasty food. I think i had jambalaya or something but when you are hungry, you eat anything. mre's are good to keep as emergency stash.

Gratitude said...

Hi Rose, wonderful of you to have made preparations. Better safe than sorry. Perhaps you cld put some rations in the car boot too, and make sure the car is always parked facing outward of the house for easy escape sld the need ever arise. Escape route to the nearest hills. :) Sorry for being a bzbody, i read it from somewhere and thought it'd be good to share.

KN said...

Never heard of mre before but sounds like good food option. Checked the link you provided. They look like instant oatmeal pouches. When the time comes, i'm sure they will come handy.

Superman said...

Hope the quake will not be bad. It is always good to prepare first! Yup,ready to eat food is sure a good choice.

Rose Belle said...

@LuckyMe - My brothers all said MREs were nasty food too.

Rose Belle said...

@Gratitude - these are really great ideas. it really never occurred to me to park the car facing outward but you know, it makes absolute perfect sense. Too bad no hills in SF, so yeah, can't run anywhere but to climb to the rooftop should a tsunami hit us.

@KN - Never have I til now. Surprising not that many people have heard of MREs.

@Superman - Errr...it's predicted to be bad, a major one. I just pray I would be in the right place at the right time when it does come.

Gratitude said...

Shucks *blushes* lolz

LifeMelodies said...

I need to add mres too then as i have the basics in storage already. they don't require preheating or cooking so that's a plus.

Ebie said...

It is always good to "Be Prepared" our motto while I was a Girl Scout.

Rose Belle said...

@Gratitude - aww, no need. great advice you've given me.

@LifeMelodies - I've never tried mres so really don't know how to eat it but sounds fairly simple

@Ebie - I didn't know "Be Prepared" as a Girl Scout motto.

MRE Meals said...

the newer MRE meals are much tastier than the older ones. they really do pack a LOT of nutritional value into a small sized pack and some of them have a heating element included too so you can get a hot meal.