On January 12th, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit about 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The Haitians are now 5 days into the disaster, and relief efforts are being stifled by damage done to the cities infrastructure.
If we listen to FEMA, they suggest we keep 3 days of food and water stocked up. We can see through this real life situation, that 3 days worth of food and water is not enough.
Lets take a city like Houston, Texas that has a population of over 2 million people and is spread out over 600 square miles. 600 square miles,,, that is a lot of land. Now, lets take some kind of disaster that damages the local infrastructure – over passes collapse, buildings collapse (which block block major highways), cars and trucks run out of gas which further block the roads and highways,,, there would be no way for relief efforts to reach the inner city.
After a hurricane, major roads might be blocked by fallen trees – which are quickly removed with chainsaws and some sweat. This is in sharp contrast where collapsed buildings and overpasses block the roads – or where the roads no longer exist (such as an overpass).
Without major roads, relief efforts will come to a stand still – just like it has in Haiti. This is why its important for the family unit to have more then just 3 days of food and water.
Step back and take a look at your situation:
- Where do you live – inner city, rural area, suburbs,,, or somewhere else.
- If a situation like Haiti happened in your area, would relief efforts be able to reach your family?
- Would you have access to clean drinking water?
- Can you cook without electricity?
- Do you have anyone with special medical needs?
The 3 day food and water supply might seem like a good idea, it might even be a good start, but its not enough. Families should have more like a 1 – 3 months supply of food stocked up, along with some water.
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