Guest Post: What You Missed At Enrichment — Emergency Preparedness Edition
(On a three-child-induced career sabbatical, Libby spends her time sewing lavish Halloween costumes, reading, and volunteering on the board of her daughter’s cooperative preschool. She lives near Boston.)
– Question: Does new three-month food storage plan count toward former one-year plan? Can foods overlap?
– Discussion of which legal documents are necessary to copy and why, followed by discussion of scenarios in which said documents would be needed, devolving into discussion of worst-case scenarios involving home insurance, bank access, ability to transport children across state lines, ability to prove that self actually exists
– Iteration of Belmont, MA, disaster “risk factors,” as identified by town spokesperson: highway proximity, earthquake, commuter railway, chemical plant near the high school, Mitt Romney. “Volcano” not on list
– Discussion of how much children can be expected to carry, wisdom of extra food rations for teenagers, pros and cons of husband having fanny-pack style mini kit at work
– Question: Is it possible for dogs to carry/drag own 72-hour kits? Acknowledgement that cats are unlikely to do so. Hamsters?
– Table of emergency giveaway items: single-serve baby formula, beef jerky, travel-size hairspray, protein bars, handi-wipes, cast-off toys, etc.
– Discussion of whether or not to include liquid concealer in 72-hour kit. Will stress cause pimples, which will then cause more stress if unconcealed?
– Refreshments from various sisters’ food storage pantries, including bean dips and a partially-eaten blueberry pie (and discussion about said pie being an example of thrift and responsible allocation of resources)
– Discussion of relative merits of distraction-type items, including cards, books, board games. Question: Is Jurassic Park an advisable book to put in 72-hour kit? Why or why not? Further discussion of best time to watch “Contagion”: while self and spouse are both sick or both healthy?
– Hershey bar and bottled water giveaway (chocolate theoretically dependent on bringing own 72-hour kit to meeting, but actually done by “honor code”)
– Sharing of various disaster scenarios lived through by which women, mild bearing of testimonies re preparedness, devolving into discussion of long-term water availability in certain parts of the U.S. and wisdom of living anywhere not settled before 1930
– Discussion of which feminine hygiene items to put in 72-hour kit (generic super-size tampons vs. pioneer-issue reusable rags)
– Above discussion abruptly ended by mention of the Diva cup
– Various side discussions explaining the Diva cup, describing insertion and debating reliability thereof
– Discussion of which emergency preparedness plans are commandments vs. which are government recommendations. Have the words “72-hour kit” been uttered in General Conference?
– Family Feud-style quiz on the Scout “rule of threes”: human beings can survive for three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water, three weeks without food. Small group discussion: how long can humans survive without sex? (Three months suggested, then withdrawn)
So, what’s in your 72-hour kit?