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garnet

I feel so very soft and pampered when I think about these situations. My own disaster scenarios changed markedly when I developed diabetes -- I figured I'd be scrambling to make sure I had insulin and something to deliver it with (e.g. pump batteries and other pump-related supplies, or else needles and syringes, in which case I'd need a different type of insulin than I use in the pump).

In The Left Hand of Darkness, Estraven plans rations to give Genly Ai a a bit more food because he's bigger and has a higher metabolism. I'm sure Le Guin was thinking of Scott's expedition -- then again, it fits with Estraven's scrupulously hard-headed and practical personality.

Iris

Ages ago round the Gulf War time I stocked my bedroom wardrobe with (unperishable) essentials ready for us to mass in there for the crucial post-armageddon weeks.I was obviously totally hysterical as when I finally unpacked the whole thing a year or so later it was filled mainly with cat comforts and treats and lots of board games.I had even left out lavatory paper, medical supplies and .. unbelievably .. whisky.

Madeline

Did you see the link to The Myth of Panic on Making Light? That's surely what I've observed: when bad shit happens, people pitch in together and get things done more-or-less right. There are some wrong decisions, and there's a lack of efficiency, but in general I think the people end of the equation works out pretty well.

You're right about the baggies. Brilliant! I need to go add a bunch of ziplock baggies to my car and jump bag.

GraceD

Now the whole of New Orleans needs to be evacuated! Folks in the Superdome, patients at the hospital, everyone!

toobeaut

Yeah:
Rising water in New Orleans to force evacuation of Superdome

Ide Cyan

Why baggies? To store stuff?

badgerbag

Just going by travelling with small children, which is rather like a natural disaster... plastic bags become one of the cornerstones of civilization, and the ziplock bag even more so.

yes - insulation, keep things dry, food storage, dirty diaper lockdown... If you had no toilets, and can't dig latrines, then you need a roll of plastic bags.

GraceD

During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, I remember reading about a guy who ran out of the house with his last cold beer from the fridge and a box of Qtips because waxy ears bugged him.

Yes, ziplock bags. And good shoes - hiking boots. I kept mine and socks next to my bed for months after the 89 quake.

whump

Okay, now that all the Louisiana Guard's high-water gear's in Iraq, how do they plan to evacuate the Superdome?

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