If you’re in the city, there’s only so much you can do.
As we’re seeing with Sandy and NYC, the intricacy and top-down nature of a metropolis is its weakness. The sheer weight of population makes waste management, the supply of food, water, electric, sewers and transportation into a highly complex system. A lot of things can go wrong.
Would you be ready to lose power for a week? Two? Can you do the laundry, deal with human waste, take a shower, deal with looters, keep your food from spoiling, stay cool/warm, get enough water and cook?
Use every opportunity as a chance to ask questions. And send up a prayer for New York and the surrounding areas. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near a big city in these unpredictable times.
If you want to be more prepared and have food on the table when everything collapses, you can buy my book Florida Survival Gardening.
I hear you Sister. Emergency preparedness is always on the back burner until Sandy hits and then we run in circles thinking what we should have done to be prepared. OMG! I think that no matter where you live you can be prepared for the unthinkable, and should be. It means that your have to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, you need to know your neighbors, you need to start preparing one day at a time. Just think where you could be in a year if everyday you did something meaningful for your emergency preparedness. I think many people are overwhelmed by the whole idea, they don't have any idea where to start, and they can't come up with a place to put their items. The best plan is the one that you are working on. ONE DAY AT A TIME! That will pay off in ways you cannot imagine if you haven't already started. Do it today.
Yes, yes and yes. A little bit every day adds up amazingly over time. Think compound interest.
There's always something that can be done. Today we raked up 15 bags of leaves to add to the compost pile and cover our frost-sensitive plants with. It doesn't seem like much, but if we did that once a week, we'd have incredible amounts of compost over a year.