It seems like a long time ago, but less than a couple of months – we were talking about emergency preparedness. As we roll into more winter, I can remember getting responses that included a number of stories about weather, bad weather….
And in the US, that means that risk of bad weather means everyone who possibly can, goes shopping. For milk, bread and toilet paper. In Germany the list is quite similar. Diane assures me that in the UK – one or two whispers of snow and the whole world seems to be buying out Tescos.
Deployed? Bad weather means power failure. Most important are flashlights, bottled water, long underwear and sleeping bags. The clothing and sleeping bag should be already on hand, the water is there by the case which leaves only the flashlight.
From not having any source of light (note, no candles or matches. Burning things in a wooden shack is a really bad idea. People who are dumb enough to do octupus with extension cords and overload circuits have been know to start fires. Yes, I know I just said that power could be out.) I now have two! I have this neat little velcro gizmo that attaches a tiny light on the end of my finger so that I can see what I am doing with cipher locks (thanks Steve!) and then there is this thumb long extremely powerful flashlight received from my SF buddy Mark. Both have been added to my pockets.
I can now find my way around at night and set off metal detectors. Check the people with a wand and ignore coats and jackets – right? I will never figure it out, but at least I am not in the dark…..