Thursday, December 9, 2010

What Would You Do?

What would you do if you woke up one morning with no running water? You call the landlord or the water company and noone answers the phone. Or maybe the phone doesn't work. You go talk to one of those neighbors you never talk to and find out they also don't have any water. The power is out as well. The whole block has no utilities. What will you do? Will you work together to solve the problem?

Where will you get water if not from your faucet? What will you do when your toilet doesn't flush? Where will your waste go? How will you cook your food? Or keep it cold? How will you keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer if the central heat and AC don't work? Do you have a back up plan if this ever happens to you?

Could it happen? Yes, it could.

Think about the resources you take for granted every day. Water, food, electricity, waste disposal, transportation. What is your plan if any or all of these resources disappears? Look in your cupboards. How long will your family survive on what you have stored there? Do you have a way to cook when your electric stove stops working? How long can you go without food and water? Do you know? Do you have a storage of water for emergencies? Do you have a way to provide light or heat if a storm knocks the power out for a few days? How about 30 days? What if it went out and never came back on? What if you drive to the gas station and they are out of gas? Every gas station in town suddenly closes or raises their prices to ridiculous heights because gas is scarce. What will you do? Or, you put your trash out on the curb but the trash pickup never happens. Weeks go by and the trash builds up. Now what?

Most people don't think about these things. Should we? Shouldn't we all have a back up plan?

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