That three-day possibility, don’t forget, is when things are going well, and sometimes they just don’t. Remember Katrina, when federal, state and local agencies fell more into the “running with scissors” category than the “plays well with others” one? Then there was Superstorm Sandy, which was so overwhelmingly devastating to New Jersey that responders simply had trouble getting to everyone.
Takeaway lesson: If disaster strikes, you might be on your own for a time before help can get to you. Are you ready?
Not likely. More than half of those who took the Homeland Security survey admitted they did not have three days’ worth of water and nonperishable food on hand, the minimum most experts recommend. Some even suggest three emergency kits – one each for home, office and car. There are also other items to consider, such as medications, first-aid supplies, flashlights, toiletries and comfort items such as games and writing materials.
There are plenty of places online to help you assemble your emergency kits. A good place to start is redcross.org, which recommends a two-week supply for homes and a three-day supply for evacuation. Don’t put it off.Indiana U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was appropriately wry on discovering that he was one of nine people banned from Russia in the tit-for-tat sanctionings over the absorption of Crimea. “While I’m disappointed I won’t be able to go on vacation with my family in Siberia this summer,” he said, “I am honored to be on this list.”
This was the first even moderately amusing news from this whole mess, which has seen Russian President Vladimir Putin begin reassembling the Soviet Union while the U.S. and Europe sputter with empty threats in response.