“You’re Not Afraid of the Dark, Are You?”
R. B. Riddick
This week is Halloween and for some, it’s a time to have a little fun and let the kids dress up and maybe dress yourselves up. The nature of the celebration, for some, is based on fear. How scary/cheap can something be or (personal preference) how scary/realistic can something be. I developed an interest in special effects and horror movies not because I thought it was entertaining seeing someone getting a chainsaw shoved through their sternum but how you could make it LOOK like you had without falling back on the tried and true stuck-under-the-armpit-on-the-opposite-side-of-the-viewer technique.
As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of things we should be scared of. Another quote from a favorite movie reflects this-
” A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. “
Agent K, Men in Black
Crowds can be a challenge when they’re attracting people and growing in size and growing out of control. You should be able to make the determination that an area or a potential event might be someplace you don’t want to be. If you aren’t in a position to be somewhere else, some general precautions and preparations would serve you well. Your pantry of food and other essentials in case you can’t get to a store or the store isn’t available. When someone leaves, let someone else know where you’re going and how long you might be. Yes, there is that feeling of independence and adulthood saying, “I don’t know need to let anyone know what I’m doing.” No, you don’t. You also shouldn’t wonder then if something happens why no one is looking for you because they thought you were at home or doing something else and had no reason to suspect you were in danger.
Another event coming about is Daylight Savings Time. Love it or hate it, it’s going to get dark sooner. What are you doing to be ready for reduced lighting? What about autumn weather changes affecting your power situation? Many have heard of a BugOut Bag; what you’ll grab if you need to leave your home and provide some essentials for three days or so. Do you have a BlackOut Bag? All this simple is will be a centralized area where you know you have flashlights, batteries, matches, etc. that you can access in the event of a power outage. If one happens in the middle of the night, it’s usually not a problem – at least until when your alarm clock was supposed to go off but you’re using one with a battery back-up, right? Some people discover late-night power outages much sooner; nothing will bring you out of a sound sleep faster than your CPAP not working. That’s when you will also need to consider having a battery bank to run that but that’s another article. Having a known storage for lighting goes a long way to calming family members and helping you access your other preps instead of stumbling around and using up the charge on your phone. Make sure you check and replace the batteries regularly so you’re not surprised by a dead battery or someone ‘borrowing’ the flashlight and forgetting to put it back.
A simple pro-active solution to an event you could reasonably have to deal with means that you are able to Respond to the event and not limited to Reacting to it.
PS- Night vision goggles are fun, are effective, MIGHT be a little overkill.
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