Large box of tissues. Several in fact.I listen to Radio 4. Not sure why, it drives me absolutely ******* mad with frothing fury every day, but I can't stand the ******* who consider themselves to be DJs nowadays on other channels,, so this will do for now.
I was listening with interesting and said fury at a couple on the phone talking about Storm Arwen and how they were really struggling. In a nutshell:
1. Spring water supplies their taps, filtered via UV light. No leccy, no UV, thus water not safe to drink.
If a dirty Afghan well can hydrate a squadron of men with nothing more than a slack handful of pocket sized hand filtration pumps, why can't they manage likewise?
2. Explained that their elderly pensioner neighbours had generators so were okay, because they had lived there long enough to know how likely a power cut was. If some old OAP fart can have the sense to have a generator, why didn't these people?
3. Costing a fortune in buying wood for the log burner. What the actual ****. Trees. You silly cnuts.
4. Whine whine moan moan. etc.
I then read on the BBC about a couple who said they were getting fed from a burger van that their local MP had sorted, but they were moaning that they were Pescatarians (Is that how you spell it? Looks funny for a word pronounced 'cnuts') so they've only been eating the chips. Hungry and cold, these ******* muppets were still refusing to eat proper meat because of some made up belief. Thank god they never found themselves in the Soviet hinterland during the famines.
There just seems to be a real problem around people preparing for the worst. I don't mean this in a mad prepper sort of way, but just having the basics to survive or deal with a situation. That includes storm isolation, flooding, etc. At what point did we become so reliant on the help of others and lose our way in being able to supply and protect ourselves?
Add in to that various other gripes and moans from people who seem to have no resilience in the face of adversity, it makes me wonder WTF would happen in an actual disaster scenario. Putting aside the inevitable rampage of people robbing those who had stocked up etc, and not about prepping, what do you have in your house right now that you could rely on in the event of a severe weather incident that saw your trapped without power? Our US brethern need not respond because you're all ******* insane and probably have fully kitted bunkers, you mad bastards (I'm just jealous).
1. 150 self-heating meals (this is a temporary thing, not a usual feature. I just happened to come in to possession of them. Several trays of tinned food (from Covid era), a large tattie patch and two children, edible when cooked
2. 20L of petrol and 20L of diesel
3. Hand tools, blood stained but functional for cutting of, to provide fuel or repair (hahah)
4. Several boxes of matches
5. Bag of tea light candles
6. Several dozen AA and AAA batteries
7. A fast flowing stream nearby. Nothing to filter it other than a few reams of A4 paper and kitchen cloths, but enough to make it reasonably safer for drinking if boiled
8. A burning waste bin in the garden
9. Bags of charcoal and a BBQ
So give some examples of what, if you were stuck in your house for a week, you would have to hand to make life easier / survive.
The only addition I was thinking of was a Jackery powerbank or something similar, just so I could keep the deep freeze running, for example.