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by Ralph F. Couey
Spring and summer are often times when strong, even violent storms occur. Such events are not unique to tornado alley or hurricane-prone areas, and it is prudent to make some preparations in advance. Earthquakes, of course, don't require any season. They just happen.
Basically, there are two scenarios. One, if situations force people to flee their homes, such as floods or approaching hurricanes. The other is if situations develop where people are going to be trapped or otherwise isolated for long periods of time due to disruptions of civil services. Again, the aftermath of hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes, or if flooding isolates an area, effectively cutting people off from the outside world. Regardless of where one lives, either scenario could occur.
Here in Hawai'i, the concerns center on hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. And the odd nuclear missile threat. People are continuously advised to prepare, but because people are people, almost nobody heeds those advisories. After perusing some of the excellent publications available through Civil Defense and Emergency Management, I thought a discussion on how to prepare might be appropriate.
Let's first think about a situation where you might have to flee your home on short notice, for a number of very excellent reasons. There won't be enough time to put your "Go Bag" together, and you could find yourself leaving behind items vital to survival. While the term Go Bag might connotate a backpack, you might also think about a medium-sized wheeled suitcase. As to what goes inside, here is a list courtesy of any number of government agencies.