Over at the FAL Files Forums there’s an excellent thread revealing what can happen to a well-laid-out family emergency plan when the Significant Other doesn’t fully buy into it — or, more charitably, is willing to abandon it when the situation seems to him or her no longer to be an emergency.
How many of us, I wonder, have SOs who are just humoring us by going along with our preparedness “hobby,” and don’t really take it seriously? No great harm until SHTF, and then it’s potentially a big problem. And there doesn’t need to be a large regional disaster for the S to HTF – if your home’s on fire, the S has HTF for YOU.
One practical item I noticed in the thread is that the poster tried to contact his wife on the radios they’d agreed to use in an emergency, and she didn’t answer — she was taking the dog to go potty. Had this family used their radios for routine communications around the home, this might not have been an issue.
As one character noted in Mr. Rawles’ novel, without communications you ain’t got jack.
I think from now on I’m going to make an effort to use our MURS radios instead of our cell phones for routine communications — for example, when one of us is at home and the other is walking the dogs, jogging, or running an errand to the nearby shopping center. It’ll be cheaper, too.
Anyway, read the thread. Lots of valuable food for thought there, particularly in posts nos. 1 and 12.
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