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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Q & A

I received the following comment from a reader recently ... 

Patsi... a thought I've been having: You have been presenting these disaster scenarios, and your students have been brain storming as to what they could do in each situation. Our responses reveal how much we are or are not prepared to meet each disaster. We are learning some great tips from other commenters as to ways to survive this disaster. But I think something huge is missing... I think the instructor who has survived these disasters needs to be instructing us not only as to whether we are making good decisions, but also how wrong or inadequate choices could affect an outcome. We need to hear from you, Patsi, how you coped with this disaster. What did you learn? In what way were you inadequately prepared for this disaster? What worked for you? What would you have done differently? What foods/recipes that you thought would work, didn't? What would you have had more of in your pantry? Less of? What are you doing now to prepare for another disaster? We can comment all day til the cows come home (and thanks for your input/reply to some comments), but we're just basically sharing what we THINK will work.. what we THINK we will do. I am turning to the teacher for wisdom.

While I have attempted to reply and respond to as many comments as I could ... and answer specific questions when asked, there was and is no way I could include everything in this class.  I chose to approach the class in the manner that I did thinking it would be the best way to get everyone to think about how they would or could handle each scenario.  We are all at different places in our disaster preparedness journey and what works for one might not work for another.  We need to be able to come up with a disaster plan that would work for each of our individual needs.  That was my mindset when thinking about how to approach teaching the class.  

So, here's your chance to 'pick my brain,' tell me what you want to know.  What questions do you want to ask me about the disaster?  I will do my best to answer your questions in-depth but please keep in mind, what worked for us, might not be the solution for you.

I plan to do at least one post or more if there are enough questions, so, let me hear from you.

What do you want to know?

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

14 comments:

  1. I agree with the commenter. While absolutely gathering ideas from others, they were only thoughts of what they "might" do. I suppose I was expecting something a little different, that while giving the scenario each day was great (and obviously came from your experience), I was expecting an in depth explanation of how you and your neighbors/friends handled it when it was real. I apologize that I haven't had opportunity to comment since early on, (I tried a couple times and somehow I managed to lose my comment before I could publish...computer glitch, I suppose). However I did read every scenario and much appreciated others thoughts if their possibilities. Just thought we might have gleaned more from the real deal. Thank you for your time and effort in doing the class. It is veryvaluabke.

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  2. I'd be interested in learning what worked for you personally, just out of interests sake.And although that might teach me something, what works for you might not be what works for me. I think the format that you presented was extremely helpful, "What would I do in this situation, how would it play out for ME.'' I'd rather be questioned, think about the scenario, make my own plans, than be told what to do, or how to do it, because it worked for someone else. We're all different and at different stages of our preparedness journey. Thanks for all you've done to prepare this class, it's been awsome!

    Marney

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    1. Marney, thank you! That was where my mindset was when I prepared the class. We each need to figure out what our solution to each scenario would be in our given location and situation. While I don't mind sharing what we did, everyone needs to keep in mind that what worked for us, might not work for someone else. The purpose of this class was to test individual personal preparedness and to come up with what would work for each. Thank you for your comment ... I was beginning to feel like I had failed with this class.

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    2. Patsy, you absolutely did not fail with the class, I was just hoping to see your "real" answer along with the imaginary. We all can make plans, but in a normal day when there's power, water and plenty of food things can go awry. I'm curious did you have enough water? Did you only have what is recommended, if so, was that enough? What foods did you eat? Did you have to get really creative with cooking, did you open your home canned goods or how did you genetically go about preparing a meal? Were your closest neighbors as prepared as you? Did you or husband have any medical issues while this was going on? Just things like that. Truly you have made everyone put on their thinking caps! And as someone said everybody will have to make it fit their situation, but it's nice to have a little real insight. Thanks again for all your work putting this together!!

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  3. I also agree. Despite living in "Tornado Alley" (also known as Oklahoma), I have no experience in disaster preparedness and don't even know where to start thinking about it either. My husband has had multiple health issues since you started this series so I haven't been able to input anything at all. I would love to know what you have done since you have indeed been through it.

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  4. What meal(s) did you plan to prepare and did that work out okay considering meal ingredients and method of preparing (for instance, did you boil rice on a grill, etc.) Or had you planned on making a certain meal and then realize that oops, you couldn't cook an item a certain way and the whole idea fell apart? You probably didn't make elaborate meals, but what simple meals worked for you? Did you use canned meat or go without? Did you stock up on enough water? Did you ration the water you had such as most for drinking and cooking, etc. Did you have an alternate source for water for washing bodies/dishes? How has the disaster affected you mentally and emotionally? Did it change how you think about human nature? Were you aware of any neighbors who did not prepare for the disaster and then imposed on others? What are the top 3 (or most important) things you would have done differently considering the disaster? Even if everyone's experience could be different, we can still learn from yours. And lastly, was the store merchant only accepting less than $20 denominations. Thank you for all your hard work in preparing this class.

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  5. From the most recent posts, I'd be interested to learn what to REALLY do once the power comes back on. My late husband was an electrician by trade, and would have known EXACTLY what to do. But me? I'm totally lost as to what to expect when things start returning to normal. How long before municipal sewer systems are up and running (and what to expect / how long before it occurs) if you start using water and flushing, if it's NOT up to 100%? How long before municipal water is pottable? How much water to have on hand per person, for each day without power? Those types of questions ... But I totally appreciate all you have done to help us determine whether or not we're even remotely equipped to deal with such a situation. Hugs across the miles!

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  6. I came across this book https://www.amazon.com/Just-Add-Water-Long-Term-Disasters-ebook/dp/B00DUO3NOI/ref=pd_cp_351_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=3CY53ZM4WR7WMZSHTEKM (through your site, Patsi) and I think it might help me a lot. I took a 'look inside' and this may answer some of my questions on what ingredients I should have on hand and what meals I could prepare during a disaster. I had the thought that when it mentions freeze dried veggies I could just as easily use canned ones. Of course, there's always the issue of water... Water is so important..without water it's croaksville. I'm going to order this book. I could use the recipes as an ingredient purchasing guide.

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    1. Joy, water is more important than electricity. We can live without electricity, but we cannot live with out water and in a disaster situation, access to clean water is an urgent need. I would advise everyone to have water storage as part of their disaster preparedness.

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  7. And here's a Pinterest board (Chef Tess) that features meals in jars recipes. Readers might find it helpful. https://www.pinterest.com/lizfse/chef-tess/

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  8. The thing I've been thinking about is trash. How long was it before trash service was restored in your area? How badly did it pile up? We have paper- and plastic-ware set aside for emergencies so that we won't waste precious water stores, but that generates a lot of trash. Food scraps can be composted or fed to the dog, cat, or chickens. Uncoated paper plates and bowls, paper towels, paper napkins, and tissues can be burned, but what to do with plastic or Styrofoam cups, plastic cutlery, and coated plates? We don't want to attract ants, raccoons, etc.

    Thank you for this format. The open-ended questions helped me to think more thoroughly about things that were already rattling around in my head and started some interesting conversations at our house. You should have seen me, reading each scenario and going to the pantry, medicine cabinet, garage, etc. to see what we had and figure how long it would last. Thank you so much for this class; my over-active imagination LOVED it!

    -Susan O.

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    1. Thank you Susan, I'll be answering your questions along with everyone else's next week.

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  9. Oh, and what about the toilet? did you have water to flush or did you do something else? I've always thought an outhouse could come in handy during an emergency.

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