The world is changing, and your life has changed, wherever you live, and whether you approve or not. You are being affected. Your normal routines can now be interrupted at any time. There are no guarantees of stability or safety, so you need to be prepared, for your sake and for your loved ones. There are new threats and new responses. We now face terrorism, global climate weirding and new challenges, as well as natural disasters. We are no longer insulated from the chaos of the world. Each of these new possibilities must be understood and prepared for. There is hope, however. This easy-to-use and authoritative reference has been updated with information on climate change, Katrina, Fukushima, frankenstorm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the West Texas explosion..
It tells you what to do, when, and how. What are the four basic emergency situations you may find yourself in today? What are the seven essential life-support components that you must consider? What should you carry with you whenever you go out? How do you make a safe and orderly getaway? What should you have in your grab-and-go survival pack and where should you keep it? When you are caught in your home for a week or more, without utilities, what should you have on hand? How much do you need? What should you take with you when you have to evacuate immediately? How do we form virtual communities to help each other in this new and unpredictable age?
More than a guide to surviving until tomorrow, this little book also guides your thinking about long-term survival of the human species on Earth. How can we act in the short run so that there will be a long run? What small changes cn we make now that will help us, our loved ones, and our species survive on Plaent Earth?
The answers are here.
The Sandy Face of Change
Harm without malice,
Sandy is like you and me,
With a name, a story and a purpose.
She flattens Jamaican shanties,
Drifting by the foot in Snowshoe,
And flooding tunnels with hot and cold running water.
She rakes corn fields in Iowa,
Making feather dusters of Carolina oaks,
And dropping the flag on those whose expiration date has passed.
She breaches breakwaters,
Moving sandy dunes to let the ocean surge,
And clearing traffic and noise from Times Square.
She closes bridges and freeways,
Turning lights out and phones off,
And making Ground Zero a reflection pool.
She dismisses elections and markets,
Making those with cell-based identities
Wonder who they really are today.
Bigger than Alaska,
She touches everyone,
This storm of the century.
She has a job
And she does it:
She gets our attention.
To those who can hear,
She whispers in the virgin silence,
"Listen. Observe. Learn."
I top off the oil in the generator and replace its plug.
I split and stack old solar energy,
Manifest in tree bones,
Not to battle Mother Earth,
Which is foolish,
But as Common Sense
In Uncommon Times,
Which is wise.
--Dr. Brian L. Crissey