One thing my family finally updated after Haiti was our emergency contact list (large and small).
1. How should people contact you in an emergency?
2. If someone can't reach you, who can they call to come check on you?
3. Who will you contact outside your area to let people know how you are?
I have water, food, money, etc. set aside. Probably not enough (or the right) medical supplies, but you cannot know how well prepared you are until the disaster happens and you see what you have left and what you need. The thing on my list that I don't have yet is a solar battery charger. I actually do, in a pinch, because I have back yard solar lights, that run off rechargeable batteries and I could use those, but it would require a ladder and tools every time.
Which reminds me, the one thing I would like to see changed is with alternative power. Right now, in Portland you could have your house covered with solar panels, but if the grid goes down, you don't have power. The power you generate goes to the grid and you cannot switch it to run your house while the grid is down. That makes us more vulnerable than we need to be.
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