Every once in a while I get snippy snarky notes from people asking why item A or B is on my wish list. “Why do you have solar panels?… rifle slings? … water purifiers on your list?”
HA! Semper paratus.
“There he goes again!”, some of you naysayers are naysaying.
I keep saying that stuff always happens to someone else until it happens to you.
I now read at the Columbus Dispatch:
More tests needed before Toledo gets water back
[O me O, O my O] TOLEDO, Ohio — More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo’s water supply, the mayor said today, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day.
Toledo officials issued the warning early yesterday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie. The city also said not to boil the water because that would only increase the toxin’s concentration. The mayor also warned that children should not shower or bathe in the water and that it shouldn’t be given to pets.
Long lines quickly formed at water distribution centers and store shelves were emptied of bottled water. The warning effectively cut off the water supply to Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan. [This is a gentle warning and object lesson. Imagine structural breakdown and NO WATER at all arriving at your home or anywhere else in your town, potable or not. Are you imagining the breakdown in social order that will ensue? How will you keep your kith and kin going?]
City and state officials monitoring the water were waiting for a new set of samples to be analyzed today at a federal lab in Cincinnati, Collins said.
Worried residents told not to drink, brush their teeth or wash dishes with the water waited hours for deliveries of bottled water from across Ohio as the governor declared a state of emergency.
Now… put yourself into different scenarios, dear readers. Especially those of you who have children. Would it be a good idea to have an occasion “water discipline” day? An occasional day on zero waste, different food, what to do days?
And, apart from water… food?
Whenever I hear about some awful thing happening in a place, such as a really destructive tornado, hurricane, other disaster or problem, I always wonder about the many readers of this blog. I think you should take some basic steps for yourselves and for others. Some basic preparation can relieve many problems when TSHTF and you can be less of a burden on others.
And make sure your priests are covered, folks. Father gets sick… you don’t get Mass, confession, LAST RITES…. Remember my posts about an unprovided or provided death?
It’s always someone else… until it’s you.