Disaster preparedness

Disaster preparedness

Melanie and I began talking about disaster preparedness last night. We’re not likely to get flooded out where we are (despite being on the coast, we on high ground), but we can get hit with a major hurricane or even more likely a major blizzard. It’s not unheard of to lose power for days at a time here.

The Department of Homeland Security offers a web site at Ready.gov with information for both families and business. They include information on making a disaster kit, making a disaster plan, and staying informed. The Red Cross offers an even more detailed Disaster Supply Kit checklist.

We even discussed whether to have a firearm in the house. Melanie doesn’t like the idea, but we agree that the lesson of the past week is that when civilization breaks down, the responsibility for defending your family falls on you. We’re going to talk about it seriously some more.

  • I’ve always been a 2nd Amendment advocate, but not a 2nd Amendment practitioner.  That changes as soon as I can afford the purchase.

  • In Mass a Class A firearm permit requires a firearms safety course w/ range time.  Most women have a negative gut reaction to firearms in general but many who actually go to the range quickly overcome it.  My suggestion is to try to convince her to take the course (w/ you of course) and talk about whether you want a firearm in your home after you have seen the precautions that you can take and are a little more informed.

    One way or the other having the permit can’t hurt (except for in the pocket, it can be expensive).

  • CCC.2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

    CCC.2321 The prohibition of murder does not abrogate the right to render an unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm. Legitimate defense is a grave duty for whoever is responsible for the lives of others or the common good.

    There are several good articles that support the reality that gun control does not stop nor reduce crime.

  • I agree that it’s a person’s duty, esp a man’s, to protect his family from aggressors, and I support individuals’ right to bear arms, and I’d love to try firing a gun someday at a range, but I’d also hesitate to have a gun in my house (although I did when my sister lived at home and she was a police officer.) My ex-bf mentioned one day when we were still dating that he was thinking about getting a gun. I understand the desire to have one, and he was trained to use one as part of his job, but I guess it just struck me as going a little overboard. But then, that could have been b/c I didn’t trust *his* judgment on a lot of things, and I’m sure my reaction was largely just a reflection of that. If someone I had a lot of confidence in brought it up to me, I’d consider it more carefully.

    I guess it can’t hurt to have one, unless it’s left unsecure or discharges accidentally or the person holding it is overpowered or someone is very depressed and uses it on himself (as did two different men I know – one died, the other was paralyzed), in which case it could obviously kill someone, so I guess that’s where my hesitancy comes in. It’s a gamble to have or not have one, but I certainly don’t think a person is shirking his or her responsibility to family by not having one.

    RPF’s idea to learn more and then talk about it some more is a good one.

    Best of luck –

  • There is always the possibility that any children in the house could get the gun and make terrible use of it.  More than one parent thought the gun was stored securely, but…

  • In the south, almost everyone we know has guns.  We have several in our home.  My husband has taught my sons respect and use of them.  They have taken a safety course.  I mentioned to someone years ago why I thought we had the 2nd amendment; to defend ourselves due to a disaster, a breakdown in society.  The person I told this to absolutely thought I was ridiculous and that would never happen in the U.S.  Seems he was wrong.  One side note:  it seems to us in the south, that the negative thinking of guns is more prevalent elsewhere esp. in the northeastern U.S.  Not sure if I’m right on this or not.

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    That may be true, but parents are not usually charged with negligence when a child dies in a swimming pool.  When a child gets a gun and uses it, chances are the parents are going to trial.

    Then there is the matter of what to do when a thief tries to break in.  Shoot him before he’s all the way in and you risk being charged with murder.  Wait until he’s all the way in and he may also have a gun.  It’s a tough call in a moment of panic.

    (My husband and I have had the discussion many times as well.)

  • “I wouldn’t tell anyone else that they have to have a gun.”

    Hi, Dom:

    I wasn’t implying that you were. As I said, I’m not reflexively anti-gun or anti-gun owner, or pro-gun control, I just feel like having or not having a gun is a gamble either way. (But why would you need two?) As I mentioned, *personally,* the only two people I know who have used guns in their homes have turned them on themselves, not on an intruder. And of course I know some individuals who have guns in their homes and have never used them at all.

    I’m sure some homeowners have used them on intruders, and I’m sure those individuals were grateful they had a firearm on hand. But I guess for me a gun doesn’t seem like a necessity, though who knows, maybe some day I’ll feel differently. If I lived in an isolated or disaster-prone area, I’d probably consider it.

    Best of luck deciding this one –

  • To answer the question of why you would need two: A shotguun is for situations when you have time to get it, i.e. after a hurricane. It’s a big gun that would intimidate a crowd, like a gang of looters at the door. A handgun is for more immediate needs, such as a lone intruder breaking into the house.

  • 3 Lessons from New Orleans: Never give up your gun, never give up your gun and never give up your gun. But I’m a 2nd Amendment supporter/non-practicioner, too.

    As Army veteran who has sent quite a bit of “lead down range” … I’d say taking numerous safety courses and going to the range (often) is crucial.

    Anybody contemplating buying a handgun should consider the range of the weapon …. some handguns will send rounds right thru your wall and into the house next door. 9mm pistols will put little holes in people and may not do well against a drug-addled intruder. Shotguns are good and there’s a variety of ammo one can use.