Hurricane Sandy has come and gone but the after effects continue to linger. I have found myself reading most of the articles that continue to show up in the NY Times like the one this morning that describes how poorly the city housing agency was prepared to help residents after the storm had hit. There were so many elderly people and people with special needs that remained trapped in tall buildings with very few comforts and little food for weeks. These people were being found by rag-tag volunteers often quickly overwhelmed by the needs of all the people they found.
To me this very important American city getting kicked over by one more "once in a hundred years" super storm is a wake up call to how fragile our present day modern way of life is and how unprepared we are for anything that could easily come and knock the whole house of cards over. We are creatures of habit that tend to keep doing what we have always done until for some reason we hit the wall and can't. We do not tend to be very good at tossing our vision forward any further than the next few days.
Candles, extra food storage, good friends, wood piles & wood stoves, survival skills, drinking water, electric generators, hand tools and building supplies- these are the sort of things that can be helpful to not just yourself but the people in your community that may need your help.