Thursday, April 30, 2009

DCMM: Prepared for Anything

I'm pretty sure that I don't want swine flu. Make that very sure. It seems like every few years we go through something like this. Five years ago it was SARS. Three years ago it was bird flu. The difference with swine flu is that it is actually in the United States.

I don't anticipate having to go into hiding in my basement and cutting off all contact with the public, but I'll have you know that if need be, my family could survive for quite a while on what is already in our home.

A few years ago I went on an emergency preparedness kick, and now I have two bins in my basement with all the supplies we need for a short stay in my house. In case of some bizarre disaster that would require quick evacuation from DC (ASTEROIDS! FLOODS! LOCUSTS!), we have plans to throw the kids and as many pets as we can find in the car, then toss the bins in the back and hit the road.

The bins include enough food and water for our family for at least three days, dog and cat food, batteries, a crank radio, a couple hundred dollars in small bills, and some other assorted things that the disaster people recommend.

Although, come to think of it, we probably don't need the diapers that I packed in there when my youngest was an infant. He's now almost four, and potty trained. (Thank the good lord!)

I'm glad that we have the bins, but at the time I put them together, I felt like I was throwing a big chunk of money at something we'll never use. Obviously I'd rather spend the money and never need the emergency supplies, than need them and not have them.

When I bought the food and water, I chose to purchase MREs (meal, ready to eat) instead of the bricks bars that are easier to find. Each, like, 9,000-calorie bar will sustain your family for a something like a month. (Or a week. Or a day. I exaggerate.) They looked kind of horrid though. And my family won't eat the wrong kind of chicken nugget, so if all I had to offer them were calorie bricks, they would all starve. I probably would too.

Interestingly, when you order MREs for a person for a certain number of days, you get a mixture of entrees, snacks, and desserts. So if we end up hiding from the swine flu in my basement, we may not have any fresh air, but we will have pineapple upside down cake in a foil packet.

I gotta tell you, I'm not entirely convinced that the MREs will be delicious. My fingers are crossed that I never have to find out.

Original DC Metro Moms Blog post.

In case of the apocalypse, you're welcome to join Jean in her basement. Get more information at her personal blog, Stimeyland.

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