Just a thought on disaster survival. How long you think until the national guard has to shoot someone who's unruly in the superdome? You want to bet they don't already have a jail or holding tank set up in there? If you were 150 national guardspeople, and you had 10K refugees, what's the first thing you do after sanitation and food? Jail! I'm just saying, for those of you who haven't thought about it.
Meanwhile, martial law, gas leaks, the whole thing about snakes and fire ants...
I think about emergency kits and first aid kits. It seems like they are usually full of flashlights and bandaids and aspirin. When what they should have is a ton of plastic baggies, sutures, antibiotic cream and pills, epinephrine, sterno, and water purification tablets. And instructions/advice/models for organizing the people around you, pooling resources, communication structures, and leadership.
Sorry, I'm a little bit obsessed b/c I always think about this!!! Ever since I was a kid and would just out of boredom in random situations think, "What if there were a fall-of-civilization disaster right now, while I'm on the school bus or in class? Who would lead? What objects or resources or knowledge would become important?" And reading stuff like Shackleton's expedition, or Scott's...
Hygiene and staying clean are important. Sponge baths, or 'air/sun baths' and airing out your clothes and blankets. Inspection of yourself and other people for bugs or even minor cuts is important, i.e. you must put antibiotic cream on cuts right away.
But it's the communication and organizing that are usually not obvious, but are the most important! As everyone thinks right away of rationing... sure... yes... good... But how are you making those decisions about rationing? For example look at scott's expedition - wasn't it Evans who died first, because they were splitting rations evenly although Evans was like a head taller than the others and needed more food? That was bad decision making.
Well, my best wishes and whatever help I can offer to the people affected by the hurricane right now who are facing these questions right now.