We had a lightning storm that knocked out electricity for over an hour in my hometown shortly after sunset tonight. As I’ve been a small city dweller for over a decade, I forgot how dark it gets after dark, especially on cloudy nights. Since the power went out, I found myself sitting in the dark. But I was able to find my flashlights and battery powered emergency radio pretty quick. Rode out the black out listening to short wave weather radio and the local classic rock station. Now that the power is back on and so is my internet, I thought it would be rather appropriate to write a blog about emergency preparation while having a disability.
One thing people in my country learned the hard way during Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy was that a person can’t always count on emergency crews to get to them right away. Anymore a person and family has to be self sufficient for at least a few days in case of a major emergency. These emergencies could range from anything as mundane as a winter blizzard, a flood, the the unusual like a chemical leak or terrorist attack. People do need things like emergency radios, flashlights, a few days of bottled water, a few days of non perishable but easy to prepare food, blankets, a few changes of clothes, a few extra days of medications, at least one first aid kit, and maybe some lighters in case you need to start a fire. Everyone’s situation and needs are different. I don’t have candles as I live in a crowded apartment complex and that could be a fire hazard. But having a battery powered radio and flashlights are musts. You have to find out what’s going on outside your neighborhood in case an evacuation order is issued or if help is on the way.
Sure I got off real easy this time being without power for only part of an evening. But sometimes it’s a good reminder that things can and occasionally do go wrong. And that being prepared in case of emergency is a must.