Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wasting our time and money, I hope…


When you live this close to the New Madrid Fault, the fault responsible for the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States, and when you hear that big quakes have occurred on this fault every 200-300 years, you can’t help but think about it now and then.

That’s why we got earthquake insurance when we bought our house and that’s why we’ve been laying in emergency food supplies. Following a friend’s lead, we bagged 50 pounds of rice, a bunch of beans and other stuff and sealed them in 5-gallon buckets from The Home Depot today.

We already own an electric generator, thanks to the ice storm of January, 2009, along with a couple of chainsaws and various other potentially useful things.

We’re amateurs compared with our friend, who has more than a year’s food stockpiled, along with hundreds of gallons of fuel-stabilized gasoline, firearms and a secluded redoubt in the southern Missouri woods.

I hope we never need this stuff and it ends up never being used, like the survival rations that stocked fallout shelters back in the 1950s and ‘60, but it’s like guns – it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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