Friday, August 7, 2009

Participate in the "Have You Experienced One of These Disasters?" poll

As I've watched the concerns with the economy and health care reform, I decided to start a poll: "Have You Experienced One of These Disasters?" As I personally took the poll, it made me think of things I have gone through, and what others have gone through. I felt very blessed I have not experienced some disasters, and sorry for those who have. Life can always be worse than it is. I am grateful for my own challenges. It's how we get our gray hairs, right? Please take part in the poll on the right sidebar of this blog.

In your lifetime, have you, or a member of your family, experienced:
  • Unemployment 2 months or longer
  • Illness/Injury 2 weeks or longer
  • A 24+ Hour Power Outage
  • A Home Fire
  • A 6.0+ Earthquake
  • A Category 3+ Hurricane
  • A Tornado
  • An Ice Storm
  • A Flash Flood
  • An Epidemic/Pandemic
  • A Drought
  • Do you feel prepared for a disaster?


  1. We've experienced the following:

    # Unemployment 2 months or longer
    # Illness/Injury 2 weeks or longer
    # A 24+ Hour Power Outage
    # A Tornado
    # An Ice Storm

    I feel largely prepared. We won't cruise through a disaster with nary a ripple in our routines, but we'd make it through.

  2. I have never experienced any type of disaster or problem. I have been truly blessed (as a single Mom). I also love living in Idaho and Utah where the risk to a huge disasters is pretty small (so far).

  3. I didn't check the last one because it depends on the disaster. Some I've never I honestly don't know if I'm really prepared for them.

  4. -Unemployment fo 3 months
    -5 days of power outage, after...
    -Wind Storm (WA, 2007)
    -2 days of power outage, after...
    -Ice Storm (NC 2002)

    I have some items to gather into our home still. Like water. My husband is resisting that, but I'm going to go ahead and buy storage containers.

  5. I have experienced a tornado, 24+ hour power outage, and 6+ earthquake. The tornado was the worst by far. I was prepared mostly, but there are many things I now have ready if anything else so life-altering were to happen!

    By the way, love this blog!!!

  6. ...a 24+ hour power outage - in a winter ice storm (or what we in the south call an ice storm...some of you folks get it a lot worse than we do)

    While we weren't as "prepared" as we are now, we got through ok with what we had.

  7. I've lived through all the major earthquakes in California, starting with the '71 Sylmar earthquake when I was in high school, then most recently. We lived in Northridge during that one. After that one we moved in with my parents for a week when we then moved to a different apartment in the complex for 6 months. During the Northridge one we had no electricity for 3-4 days and the grocery stores were up and running within 2-3 days. The local Budwieser brewery stopped bottling beer for awhile and canned water that was given away at the stores. The one thing I noticed was comfort food was quite helpful. WE had stored water and that helped relieve the other stresses.

  8. I have experienced all the major Southeren California earthquakes, the two that directly affected me was most recently, the Northridge, where I lived and the '71 Slymar, north of Northridge, which we had to evacuate. I always felt prepared, but thinking back there are always things I think I could have done better. Having comfort food is a must. After the Northridge earthquake, the grocery stores were up and running 2-3 days later. The Busch brewery stopped production and canned water that was given away at the grocery stores.

  9. Living along the east coast of Florida, we've experienced several hurricanes. The worst was Hurricane Francis, 5 years ago. She took our roof off and destroyed our family room, and part of the garage. We, along with several other families in the ward lived at the church for a week. The power was out at the house, but luckily on at the church. Because I had a gas water heater at the house we were able to go back to the house each day to take a hot shower, albeit in the dark!

  10. Those of you who have experienced some of these disasters are so amazing! If any of you would like to write a one page story about any of your experiences and what you learned, or what you wish you had purchased beforehand, I would love to see them. I could post some of them. Thanks!

  11. Unemployment, check. Only 1.5mo so far, but looks like it'll be a little longer as there's quite a glut in hubby's field, especially in our small town.

    We managed to miss power outages and ice storms as those happened the year or two before we moved here, but still. I feel a lot more prepared than a lot of people, but I still have work to do. When we have a job again, I'll be able to fill in the holes in my pantry/supplies/other stuff I missed. It's an interesting practice run though, I do have to admit.


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