The Lovely One and I do not (yet) own a hand-crank radio or an AK-47. But we’re still emergency preparedness freaks in our own way.
We get our water from a little 50-member co-op. She’s on the board. Its far more trouble than its worth, and pricey to boot. We ran the numbers on our own well; the cost of the well plus the present value of reasonable maintenance estimates was only slightly greater than the present value of our monthly payments. Plus with only a little more expense we could get solar-powered well or a well that could be hand-cranked, which would give us our own year’s supply of water.
But we didn’t drop out of the co-op. We realized that being on the board is mostly how we meet our neighbors. Knowing and getting along with your neighbors can only help in an emergency.
The Lovely One decided to organize the neighborhood to get meals to our new neighbor who just had a baby.
Another overlooked aspect of emergency preparedness: wills. You might be young, but make simple testamentary preparations now, including arrangments for the guardianship of your children.
Speaking of Goodwill, Congress has passed law that inadvertently makes it pretty hard to buy used kids’ clothes. If you don’t have your own brood of little ragamuffins, call Congress on behalf of your neighbor or your fellow saint who does.