While the Los Angeles government overstepping it’s role shouldn’t come as a surprise to those that follow mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration, his latest statements indicate more energy uncertainty for California residents. Already, California has spent several months dealing with wildfires across the state that have resulted in planned power outages by the heavily controlled utility companies, but the LA Mayor’s newest statements should worry residents of the ‘golden state’.
According to a new Daily Caller report, (see: https://dailycaller.com) Garcetti made the announcement during his daily coronavirus update, saying that the city would instruct power and water companies to cut off service to any businesses that refused to close after being deemed “nonessential.”
While this may make sense during the framework of a pandemic, the fact that the mayor even wields this power at all is absolutely terrifying, and should start to tip off California residents that perhaps they should consider their emergency/disaster preparations outside the framework of an over-bearing government.
Sheltering in place certainly remains the current advisory by the CDC and experts, but in the event of utility collapses or further government restriction on business and private travel, perhaps having a backup plan to evacuate the area isn’t a bad idea.
Especially since the current Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t preclude other natural disasters from taking place. What should you do if you need to evacuate the area then? Experts suggest you should be prepared with at least three days worth of supplies no matter who short you think your trip may be, making Outbreak Provisions (a vendor focused on disaster preparedness for families and individuals) 72 hour survival kits an ideal purchase for interested in an emergency plan.
While emergency plans can vary depending on location, here is what Ready.gov recommends in the event of a disaster/crisis: https://www.ready.gov/evacuation
For those interested, I can confirm the kit is pretty comprehensive, including the following essentials :
Food and Water: The food and water in this kit have a 5-year shelf life, and are meant to provide nutrition for 72 hours.
48 — 4 oz. Water Pouches
24 — 400-Calorie Food Bars (9600 Calories)
40 — Water Purification Tablets – each tablet purifies 1 liter of water
4 -1-Liter Hydration Bags with Straw
*This kit provides 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation, as recommended by FEMA.
Light and Communication: These items can come in handy if you experience a home power outage, car trouble, or other emergency.
Emergency 4-in-1 Radio Flashlight (never needs batteries)
Hand Rechargeable Flashlight (never needs batteries)
Emergency Bright Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches
Shelter and Warmth: These supplies will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and other harsh conditions.
4 — Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags
4 — Body Warmers
2 — Emergency Tube Tents with Rope
4 — Emergency Ponchos with Hood
Tools: These items can be useful when you need help with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter.
Multi-Function Pocket Knife
Pair of Leather-Palm Work Gloves
4 — N95 Respirator Dust Masks (NIOSH-approved)
50 Feet of Nylon Rope
Hygiene and Sanitation: Hygiene is important in a disaster; staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
4 — Hygiene Kits
First Aid: A first aid kit can be used to treat minor injuries and protect against more serious health threats in a disaster.
Deluxe First Aid Kit – a combination of bandages/gauze, topical ointments, medicine, and other first aid items to assist with a variety of injuries
Other: These items are useful for relieving stress and supporting activity under challenging conditions.
Survival Playing Cards – 52 cards illustrating valuable survival skills that will educate and entertain you in an emergency
Emergency Survival Kit Information:
This kit was designed using advice from experts in the field of emergency preparedness. It follows guidelines offered by government agencies and nonprofit preparedness organizations.
As you can see, the 72 hour kit is comprehensive in helping you prepare for an emergency shelter in place or evacuation situation, making it a valuable tool in the face of the regulatory uncertainty and pandemic that currents faces us.
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