Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at about 2am, the rain started to fall and the flooding began.
It’s now 4 days later and, according to reports, there are still 800 people missing.
(I was surprised that the random numbers of people, 482 and 318, equals exactly 800, but it does.)
An additional 482 people remained unaccounted for in Larimer County and 318 in Boulder County. Authorities believe most or all of those people are safe but simply out of touch with relatives or officers who found their homes empty.
Read the entire article at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/us/colorado-flooding/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Most of those guys are OK, but no one knows it. They’re stuck at home, cut off from the world by who knows what, but they are alive.
Now, if that was you, what would you be eating? What would keep you warm at night? How would you see in the dark? What would you do if you cut yourself on a hideous broken mirror that your mother in law gave you for Christmas 3 years ago?
Before you consider all of that, would you have evacuated? I mean “bugged out”?
If you heard the water coming, what would you grab and run with?
If you had gotten out before it all let loose, you would have taken you bug out bag. We’ll talk about what goes in there another time.
If you were stuck in your house, alive and OK, you’d be faced with a few problems.
First would be water. You need water to live. It’s right up there with air to breathe.
Since it’s flooding, the water around you might be filled with mud, toxic chemicals, and fecal matter from upstream, so you’ll either need to purify what’s around you, or have another source on hand.
Having another source is always a good bet, since you can control that. 55 gallon barrels filled with water can’t be beat.
If you had enough warning, you would have filled the bathtub with water.
Warmth comes next. Blankets. Clothes. Fire? Can you build a fire? If you have enough dry fuel for a fire, that’s great. Did the rain just dampen your dry wood prospects?
How about a candle? Do you have a candle to keep warm with? If you stay inside, and you still have an inside to stay in, then a candle can heat up a room in a while.
Propane heaters are nice too. Make sure you keep a window open for ventilation.
A flashlight would be handy. The kind where the batteries wouldn’t run down.
Or a candle. That candle might be really helpful. Warmth and light. What a concept.
Do you have a first aid kit? At least bandages and duct tape. Maybe some goop to keep the wound from being infected. You only have to survive for a few days, so just the basics would be fine.
Last comes food. You can last a long time without food. I know. I know. You don’t feel good and your tummy aches, but you’ll be fine without food.
Of course, if you did have some stashed away, you’d be even better. A little comfort in a stressful situation goes a long way towards making life bearable.
A box of freeze dried food in bags, a candle to heat the water and pour it in. A spoon! You need a spoon, but you could pour it in I guess.
If you’re depending on cans of tuna, make sure you have a can opener. We sell one that has a built in spoon in the handle. Awesome idea, that.
Those are the basics. You may not have to survive the zombie apocalypse, but you might have to survive a few days of cold, wet, weather, cut off from the world.
It’s not really that hard to be ready for that. Are you ready?