I’ve got a lot of that, now to get it organized.
Check out CERT. Lots of useful information.
Well, I’m #ActuallyAutistic and have two kinds of PTSD, so I know about meltdowns 😀
In an emergency (and that could be small, like I cut myself) I have found that if I don’t know what to do, my brain flails around frantically trying to figure out what I should do. I’m not one of those folks that ‘just knows’ how to respond in an emergency; give me a task, I’m good; expect me to function without being pointed in the right direction – that’s a definite nope.
Now, if I do know what to do, or know what my resources are, I do a lot better. I have learned how to avoid the small emergencies of cuts/scrapes better so that I cut/scrape myself less frequently, and I have a big honkin’ first aid kit stuffed with bandaids and Neosporin and gauze, etc. that I can get to easily. I am a lot better now for having put together an adequate response and reminding myself of my ability to put on a bandaid.
I suspect that there are many of us who do not respond well to emergencies and not just because we are neurodivergent; when anybody sees blood, pain, destruction, etc., these are not normal and do provoke a response. I also suspect that a bit of training and preparing for emergencies helps mitigate a meltdown caused by traumatic events.
I’m curious, and I’m afraid my curiosity can’t easily be satisfied, as to how much of a psychological deterrent a crossbow pointed at someone, vs. a gun, would be?
Where I live there’s no place to bug out to, so I’m preparing my home. I take a different approach than most; I look at processes, like ‘what do I need to have on hand to do dishes? and most of that you probably already have. Do some ‘what if’ing and ask yourself, ‘how do we keep warm if the power’s out?’ and ‘how do we cook if the power’s out?’ and look at the things you do now and how you’d have to change if the power was out. Plus, do you have enough in your pantry for at least two weeks, including things that you can cook in one pan (meal planning helps because you don’t want to eat mac and cheese for two weeks)? I’ve got two butane-powered stoves, plus some water, and lots of canned and dry goods. I can make spaghetti, chili, pea soup, chicken soup, etc. out of my pantry, and everything I’ve stocked up on is something I can cook with, like lentils and split peas and canned smoked ham, except for the necessities like chocolate and tea :D.
More ideas on baking without an oven:
It wouldn’t have counted to get you into the Menders’ Union if you hadn’t made a blood sacrifice. 😀
Nothing says ‘I’m prepared’ like a pantry full of canned goods and no way to warm them up. Prepare for brownouts or natural gas shortages by having an alternate means to cook food. Consider making an outdoor pizza oven (hint: pizza crust is flat bread), a rocket stove setup to heat water (also for washing bods and clothes), and a single burner butane stove and lots of butane for when you want to make soup or boil onions.
In a pinch (depending on what you use these gloves for) you could use a leather needle and some waxed dental floss and darn it.
As an alternative, a dry green scrubber, like ScotchBrite (I get mine at the local Ace affiliate and they’re big, cheap and unbranded) will take off rust if you employ some elbow grease.
You can end up with a lot of tools and no hardware, so don’t forget screws and nails and corner brackets and all that. If you’re anywhere near Tornado Alley, precut and labeled pieces of OSB for windows is an idea (that’s a DIY using a circular saw), too.
I’ve had the Pfizer jab and haven’t had any perceivable after-effects. Wanted Moderna because it was tested locally and testing was overseen by the University of Washington, one of the PNW’s crown jewels of healthcare research, but Pfizer’s what they had and Pfizer’s what I got at the Microsoft vaccination mega-center. I know people are hesitant, but I’m #ActuallyAutistic and got it from my father, not some vaccine. Only disappointment: no superpowers. Dang, I was hoping for some…
My thought as well. I have trees on my property that I can prune branches from (they’re in need of a trim) and make a rocket stove, and it seems more efficient to do the heavy lifting of heating water with that method than canned fuel.
I’ve been without an electric/gas stove for a while due to a major remodel, and I have a couple of one burner butane stoves and cans of fuel. One can will boil about 2 pots of soup (a pot being 3 quarts) and do a stirfry.