I’ve avoided noting that September is National Preparedness Month.
I’ve avoided it partly because of the blatant manipulation by the National Department of Naming and Proclaiming Important Stuff Department (NDNPISD — EndPissed). September? Ooooooh, wonder why they chose that?
I’ve avoided it partly because people hereabouts don’t need a National Preparedness Month. Nor do we need a “Ready Kids,” “Ready Business,” or “Ready America.” (Yes, all separate ways for the NDNPISD to PIS away your tax dollars.)
We certainly don’t need a Get Ready Cats, whose ill-attempt at bringing humor to “public service” drives a stake through the heart of the long-lived LOLCats meme.
For people as savvy as you, having government proclaim National Preparedness Month is about as relevant as having them announce National Chicken Month.
The equinoxes are good times to revisit our preps and see what needs updating, restocking, re-evaluating, and re-minding.
Used to be we were urged to do some household updating chores at “spring forward” and “fall back” clock-changes. But now that standard time lasts about 30 seconds, that won’t do anymore.
And the solstices? Naw. Nobody wants to stop and check the status of the bug-out bag at Christmas or while planning that trip to the lake.
Anyhow, the equinoxes, with their equanimity and their innate sense of getting ready for change are the perfect times for …
* Hauling the go-kits out of closets and car trunks*
* Replacing the human food, pet food, and medicines in them
* Changing all stored water, whether it’s in go-bags or 55-gallon drums
* Checking the status of first-aid kits, hidden house or car keys, and other things we seldom look at but really need when we need
* Making sure everything in the pantry is being properly rotated; maybe planning a trip to Costco for more big sacks of rice & beans & beans & rice
* Hitting the Dollar Tree for emergency candles, bleach, first-aid supplies, snack nuts for the bug-out bag, sunscreen and other uber-cheap necessities (H/T AG)
* Replacing batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
* Disassembling, examining, and cleaning any guns that haven’t been used in a while. Cataloging ammo and planning any needed purchases
* Updating phone and address contact lists
That’s enough of a list for me. But what else do you do (or would you suggest others do) as part of an equinox preparedness update?
* BTW, the October issue of S.W.A.T. has a very good article on survival kits for vehicles. The article isn’t online, but you can buy the issue or (of course) subscribe. S.W.A.T., though still the super-gun-guy ‘zine, is doing an interesting job returning to its survivalist roots.