Last Saturday night, a storm swept New England, causing what could be generously called total destruction.
We have never had such a storm in October.
However, my wife Zoe and I lived in a rural area in Western Massachusetts, and one night we received more than a foot of snow. The result?
Tens of thousands of trees fell, wires fell, telephone lines were broken, roads became wilderness for jumpers and limbs, and three million of us had no electricity or telephone service.
My wife and I don't have running water either.
Fortunately, we have a piece of wood. -
The burning stove, a lot of wood to be burned, and a pile of snow melted in the plate on the stove.
I've been able to make tea. We're warming up by the fire, because the night gets cold and the frost comes.
Anyway, we are much richer than the people living on the street. It's inconvenience for us, not a real disaster.
But I saw thousands of people cruising for a cup of coffee, endless gas pipelines in neighboring towns, and power generating teams, some of them even as far away as Kansas, struggling with the consequences of our unusual storms in October.
All this reminds me of basic health, safety and emergency preparedness.
Whenever I hear a storm coming, I fill up my car.
Who knows what will happen?
There's no electricity. The gas pump doesn't work.
If you need to find a place without petrol, you're out of luck.
So if a storm comes, fill it up.
At least you can move if you need to.
We have several flashlights at hand, which has proved very valuable.
The LED flashlight I recommend is not high enough.
They usually have very bright beams that last longer than we can, and they absorb battery energy.
A decent LED flashlight and several AA batteries can take you through a multi-purpose car. -
Power cut during the day.
But flashlights are not the only lights.
We also prepared a large number of candles, candlesticks and matches.
Woe to those who have candles but can't light them!
Pray that the candles will last for several hours, and that the larger candles in the glass supports may burn for up to 15 hours.
When it's dark that night, there's no doubt that you'll be grateful for the candle.
If you want to connect with the rest of the world during the blackout, there's hardly anything more convenient than a single hand. -crank radio.
These devices do not require any power supply.
As long as you turn the crank by hand, you can go.
Keep abreast of weather, important news and latest storm recovery. -
A Crank Radio usually costs twenty dollars.
Otherwise, you may sit there for no reason.
Unless you live in a warm climate, it's important to have a heat source that doesn't require electricity.
In our house, the wooden stove proved to be a kind of life. -saver.
It does heat most of the house.
Most oil or gas furnaces have electric starters, so they can't work.
But a separate propane heater, or a wood stove, might mean the difference between visiting Aunt Margaret for a week in your own home or in Skokie. How about the food?
Canned food is very convenient in emergencies.
Some soups, beans and canned vegetables can satisfy your needs. Food in the fridge is completely rotten and needs to be thrown away long after.
In cold weather, bread will be well preserved. You can bake it on a wood stove.
Would you like a good cup of coffee?
Keep some ground beans.
We can heat water on the stove, but every morning we use a grinder to grind coffee fresher.
As a result, we had to drive to have a cup of Joe.
In this case, a great thing is the generator.
We haven't. I'll correct it soon.
A visit to Home Depot revealed this.
There are dozens of names on the waiting list for generators.
People often need emergency situations to think about better preparation.
In case of power failure, the generator can turn on your lights, pump and refrigerator.
Generators need to consume gasoline, so be sure to store about 20 gallons, safely away from your home.
Those who do well in emergencies we face are those who have solar or wind power.
Although we are thinking of smart ways to get through the difficulties, our solar friends are enjoying their rest time at home, and there is hardly any inconvenience.
When you think that the sun destroys our beautiful planet in an hour with more energy than we can dig or absorb in our lifetime, the sun is clearly the way to the future.
We will certainly install some solar panels, because it would be foolish to miss a lot of free energy.
One simple way to benefit from solar energy is to get some solar garden lights.
Put them out in the sun during the day and bring them indoors to light your home at night.
The sun is free.
If you're taking medication, be sure to keep it handy, because you never know when you might be stuck at home involuntarily and badly in need.
Bandages and first aid supplies can play a different role between wound repair and systemic bleeding.
Those who do not learn from past mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
We woke up-up call here.
When will we get a foot of snow in October and break all the wires?
Who knows what's going to happen when we've experienced it?
As the Boy Scout motto says, be prepared!
Chris Killerm is a medical hunter who studies natural therapies all over the world, from Amazon to Siberia.
He teaches ethnobotany at Amherst University, Massachusetts, where he is an explorer.
Chris provides consulting services to herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a frequent guest of radio and television programs worldwide.
His field research was mainly sponsored by Naturaex of Avignon, France.
Please visit www. MedicineHunter.