Saturday, March 10, 2012

Prepping for forest fires and volcanic eruptions

Mount Lassen Volcano Oct 1915
One of the results of the high gas prices - we are staying home more. I've budgeted for a certain amount and we need to be more thoughtful when we are going out - no more Sunday drives!  That's hard since we live in Northern California's recreation area. (southern end of the Pacific Cascades) Surrounded by 3 national forests, lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers - the Spring here is exceptional in natural beauty.

Lately in the evening, after dinner my husband and I have been watching Doomsday Preppers. Boy I must be living under a rock, because I had no idea there were people out there that are actually freaked out over a major Polar Shift, Bird Flu, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) Invasion of Aliens (Do Zombies count?) natural disasters, Revolutions, all world war, solar flares and Financial meltdown. Out of all of those the only one that gives me food for thought, is a financial meltdown of our economy. I'm not a prepper but I do think we can count on something major to happen to our way of life in the coming years. Maybe sooner than later.

Oct 1989
When we lived in San Francisco I never worried about earthquakes - you just get used to it. However in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit, that freaked me out! When my oldest son moved down to Long Beach to go to college, I did silently worry about the LA Basin getting hit and him being there - and how would I get to him. We've been out of the bay area now 4 years, this May. I still think about "the big one" every time I cross the Oakland/Bay Bridge into the city.

Beautiful Mt Shasta - 5th most dangerous volanco
The bottom-line of all of these shows (which are entertaining to say the least)  you need some real CA$H. A lot of it. Some of these people have $300,000 in food stored. Being prepared, is always a good thing. To what degree is a personal decision.  I live near 2 active volcanoes, that experts say could erupt in the foreseeable future. In fact our county is just starting to draw up plans for evacuations etc if one should blow.

2008 forest and wild fires May to August - we were surrounded
We also are prone to forest fires. Only one way out! (South and even that isn't all that great if they are having fires as well.) In 2008, we had the worst forest fires ever. That whole summer, we never saw a blue sky and people were wearing face masks. Preparing for these types of disasters I believe are more sensible. We have a RV at the side of our house, that we can no longer afford to put gas in it. That would be a good way for us to prepare - load it up with food and water, and try and get it filled up with gas so if a fire threatened us, we could "BUG OUT" as the preppers call it.


  1. Well thanks for all the comments! I'll bet your sleep mate looks just like mine. It has that vintage look.

    We just have to worry about tornadoes here, though I've never seen one touch ground, knock on wood. We have a crawl space and I think I'd rather die than have to crawl around in it! It gives me the creeps just thinking about it.

    We did feel an earthquake a few years ago, and that was news for this area.

    Thanks again :)

  2. Thanks for linking up with the Planet Weidknecht Wet and Windy Weekend Hop!