Did you even care? Or did you just roll over, yawn, and then go back to sleep? Early in the morning here in the northern part of Japan, we were awakened by an alert on our cellphones telling us to “take cover” because a missile was headed for us. I don’t quite know how to describe the feeling you get when you realize that you could be annihilated any moment by a nuclear missile…
So back to my original question. You see, our family has been preparing for so long for the hard times ahead, that we were mentally “ready” to take any possible disaster head-on. We didn’t panic and we didn’t ignore the warnings either. Actually, this missile turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because we were able to reevaluate the things we have prepared and add or subtract items based on the experience.
Do you know what to do in case the city nearby gets nuked? Do you have a plan? Have you talked to your family? For some people these questions are uncomfortable and are avoided at all costs, but that shouldn’t be. Prepare today. You’ll be glad you did.
Get Educated about Nuclear Survival Skills
Most people don’t realize that a nuclear disaster is 100% survivable if you are not at ground zero. If you plan ahead, you and your family can wait it out in a tightly sealed off room for two weeks waiting for the harmful chemicals from the initial blast to reduce in severity. If you go outside the first day, you will more than likely be dead. If you just sit around in your house singing Kumbaya, you will more than likely be dead. What a waste when you could have been around longer with a little more planning. Daisy Luther over at The Organic Prepper has some great tips on how to block off your windows to sustain the blast and more. I also constantly refer people to this great book that talks extensively about nuclear survival skills.
Buy Lots of Food and Water
This should absolutely not be forgotten. Every family should have at least a 2 week supply of MRE foods (food that you don’t have to cook) and water in the room they have chosen to call home in the case of that fateful day. Now, if you’re anything like the old me, when your husband starts talking about this kind of stuff, you will get really mad and say that it’s a waste of time and money. (I have come a long way since that time.) No, it’s not. This missile flying over our heads this morning must have surely convinced you by now that nuclear war is very possible and people who ignore this fact and do nothing are the greater fool.
Talk to Your Family
The last thing to do is to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Your extended family might not take kindly to your new attitude of “Let’s Get Ready.” That’s alright. Talk to them about it anyway. Let them know what you’re going to do if the nuke hits, so they’re not worried about you the whole time. Tell them about the 2-week-rule for staying indoors. 2 weeks is a long time to go without contact, so set their minds at ease. Make sure you also talk to them about subjects like how to handle all the fecal matter, so it doesn’t stink up the place.
It’s not always easy being a prepper. Lots of people make fun of you. Lots of people would rather spend money on Netflix or Cable or whatever, but you know what? The sacrifice is worth it. Your family is worth it. By being prepared, we are doing our neighbors that extra favor by not being a helpless victim. It is such a great joy during a disaster when you are fully available to help your fellow man. Just ask those suffering from Hurricane Harvey. I applaud all the people who have stepped up to the plate to help those in need! That’s what it’s all about, people!
May God truly have mercy on us all!