It is the time of year for rolling blackouts, hurricanes & isolated severe weather. Though blackouts on Island City are usually affairs that come only during stormy weather, the hurricanes kept us on our toes. Out west, apparently, power can go out for no reason at all - and there is that ever-present spectre of earthquakes. Up North, and in other parts of the year, blizzards and Nor'Easters can do some damage.
Everywhere, every year, Americans face an involuntary, and oftentimes unexpected, denial of services that we usually depend on. Sometimes nature or accidents happen, and the government isn't going to be able to pull our butts out of the fire or may be unable to restore services as quickly and efficiently as we might like.
Glenn Reynolds writes about this today.
The fact is that things go wrong, and you need to be ready to look after yourself when they do. Popular Mechanics has published a useful Blackout Survival Guide, with advice on how to prepare, and what to do when the power's out for a long period.True 'nuff.
Naturally, you'll also want flashlights, batteries, a portable radio, blankets and --this is important, but easy to forget -- a stash of cash, in fairly small bills, in case ATMs and credit-card processing are out.
Finally, be sure to have at least a week's worth of food and water stored, along with any medications you or your family members might need. And consider taking a first aid course, or something like Community Emergency Response Team training. Bad things happen, and it's better to be ready than to be wishing you'd done something when you had the chance.