Via Gloria Steinem
Via Gloria Steinem
Are you prepared for a disaster?
The freak weather on the East Coast with power outages during extreme weather has shown us we need to be prepared. Where’s the flashlights? Batteries? Food and water for a week or longer? Cash on hand? Medication? Full tank of gas? Generator? Solar pack to power the computer and cell phones? Matches? Coffee!!!
Not having phone or computer service alone will freak you out. Know that fire, police, emergency services may not be available for weeks or months at a time. If roads are impassable, food and supplies may not come through. With electricity down, only cash will be accepted at stores. Know that there will be a run on the most critical food and supplies needed. By the time you gather your thoughts, the stores will have been raided of everything. Think worst case scenario.
I have emergency kits in both vehicles, emergency kits by the beds, bug out bags for long term emergencies, water and food to supply us for a year, a heavy duty generator and solar backup to power computers and cell phones. While this may seem like overkill, we feel ready for most disasters. Expensive? It took us 10 years to buy everything we needed.
Red Cross, state and local officials have advice on this. Many supplies you have on hand. I buy from Costco.com for better buys. Consider where you live and the kind of disaster you might have and prepare for them. When you prepare, you will have peace of mind when a disaster hits. You will be able to stay calm and ride out the emergency.
At one point here in the desert of CA, we had a power outage that lasted a week. My husband and I used what was in the refrigerator first, the freezer next. Fortunately we didn’t have to get into our emergency dried foods. We cooked using the pit in the backyard and drank wine and played dominoes with the neighbors at night by candlelight and lantern. The portable radio updated us on what was going on and had nerve enough to provide music. How about that! Being ready, it was just like camping out. No stress.
The key is to get started. If you panicked with the recent power outages, you need to prepare. If you saw what happened during Katrina and wondered if you could have survived, you need to prepare. We are now dealing with global warming and freakish, extreme weather. Prepare. Plan out what you need, buy the most important items first with what you can afford and build from there.
I seldom go to the movies these days. Hunger Games was so well reviewed I had to see it. I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this movie to everyone and be sure to take the kids. Hope, Love, Courage, Survivalism, Loyalty and Community are key themes.
…a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one’s humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It’s a credit to Collins’s skill [the writer] at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser. It’s no accident that these games are presented as pop culture. Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem—which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent—may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. Will its connection to reality TV, ubiquitous today, date the book? It might, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins’s world, we’ll be obsessed with grooming, we’ll talk funny, and all our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked in front of them, strangely unembarrassed. They’re so unlike people that I’m no more self-conscious than if a trio of oddly colored birds were pecking around my feet, she thinks. In order not to hate these creatures who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets. It isn’t just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch. Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what is left unanswered is the central question. Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. (Publishers Weekly)
Grade 7 Up -In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins’ characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like ‘Survivor’ and ‘American Gladiator.’ (School Library Journal)