Northern Indiana isn’t prone to hurricanes, earthquakes or many major disasters, but we do get the occasional tornado, and a few years ago we had an ice storm that knocked out power in our neighborhood for a few days. And after the events of the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about preparing for disaster.

www.72hours.org is a site on disaster preparedness that has been put up by the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services. It is 100 times better than anything I’ve seen from the DHS site.

So what would you take with you in an emergency? Manual can openers and fresh water seem to be pretty important. But what else? A hand-cranked laptop recharger? The CRC handbook of Chemistry & Physics?

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