It’s time for a post-disaster compendium of lessons!
First, via Three Letters Re: Hurricane Sandy After Action Reports, people who survived Sandy relate lessons learned – what worked, what they wish they’d done, etc. Tough to summarize, but basically: You need power, shelter, and food. It’s best to have it before the disaster strikes.
Next up: Money! If the power’s out, you can’t use electronic money, so you’d better have cash on hand… because the banks will quickly run out of it, via Cash Economy in Wake of Sandy:
The bank has taken all its cash out of closed branches and moved it to open ones. It believed it had enough cash on hand to get through Monday, though it has not re-upped its cash holdings. No ATM’s are online. It did not know when it could expect its next cash delivery.
And lastly, another on surviving for a week without electricity in the freezing cold, via Surviving Sandy: A Few Life Lessons by William L. Anderson:
So, on Monday night, we went to bed in the dark and woke up in the dark. Thank goodness, we had somewhat prepared. We had flashlights, a gas grill (with a separate gas burner) in the garage, and large bathtub full of water to enable us to flush toilets. My wife had bought lots of drinking water and we hoped that the lower-lying places like nearby Cumberland would recover quickly enough for new supplies to be made available, if need be. As for heat, we have a wood stove and a large pile of firewood to serve a relatively small and well-insulated house.
It turned out that our preparations still were not enough.
HOW DID HE SURVIVE? Read the story and learn, my friends.
And then do something about it.
And lastly, Vehicle Everyday Carry by Aaron Moyer — Understanding what to carry in a car for emergency situations. He discusses multiple types of severity and duration of car emergency, with examples of kit (with pictures!) for each.