Hurricane Sandy, a “Frankenstorm” of reportedly epic proportion, is hitting the northeast even as I write this. I find it comforting to know that my loved ones, friends, and extended family in its path all seem to be well prepared.
Backwoods Home Magazine is all about self-sufficiency, and moments such as this bring focus to the concept. Forces of nature are much more likely to create feces-and-fan moments than nuclear warfare, let alone invasion from outer space, zombie apocalypse, etc. For some, in the coming hours and days, preparation will be the difference between life and death. For many more, it will be the difference between inconvenience and true suffering. And for all the rest, having been prepared will at the very least provide peace of mind.
A big city cop deep into the information stream advised me today that tweets are going out on Twitter trying to organize looting in some of the more urban areas in the path of Sandy. If the wolves are using technology to bring their packs more effectively together – and, sadly they have been doing that for some time – it’s all the more important that your emergency “fire” options include more than candles and wood for the woodstove.
In the same depressing vein, the “Twitter-stream” has indicated for some time the possibility that civil disturbance may erupt in the wake of the coming Presidential election, depending on the outcome. Police around the nation are quietly preparing for this contingency.
But, one disaster at a time. For now, prayers and hope for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy.