Since I’m not Good At Politics I did not want to talk about emergency preparedness. I did not want to hear that the government is urging people to be prepared for a pandemic of avian flu. I did not want to fill my basement with canned goods, peanut butter, bottled water and powdered milk. I didn’t want to do it for Y2K, or 3 years ago when the whole “duct tape and plastic sheeting” thing hit. And I didn’t want to do it now. I had heard nothing about it until Big Daddy brought it up and let’s just say I was a bit resistant to the topic. OK, I was very resistant.
Then this morning I was listening to the TV news for the weather report. Usually I turn it off at 7 but my hands were busy, so I left it on, and suddenly Good Morning America is interviewing someone from the Red Cross about preparedness.
And after my school-lunchroom shift I picked up a copy of a magazine I enjoy (All You) and what do I find? A Handy-Dandy Pull-Out-And-Keep Guide entitled: “Be Prepared for Emergencies.”
Obviously, Someone is trying to tell me something. Like “Big Daddy is right about this. You should listen to what he has to say.”
OK. But do I really have to buy powdered milk? And, more importantly, how many bags of M&Ms per person should be in that disaster kit?