Man, who would have thought researching What To Do™ in the immediate aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster would take so much research? So many contingency plans, it’s like you need a decision tree the size of an actual tree to remember what the hell you’re supposed to be doing.
I’ve got a list of your favorite nightmare scenarios and cobbling together some good advice, but in the meantime, I absolutely must know something only vaguely related. I’m going to reprint a picture of an emergency supply kit that I used last Friday:
I made an offhand comment about it earlier, but now I’ve become obsessed: what the fuck is a WHISK doing in first aid kit? Tessa giggled for twenty minutes as we tried to think of various scenarios in which a whisk was necessary. The page where the photo was published asks these important questions…
“What are you most likely to do when you see a person who trips and falls and ends up with a bloodied face?”
“How about if someone gets caught in a fire or when there is this person who suddenly gets an asthma attack and stops breathing? How will you revive him?”
Clearly, you need a whisk. But how, O gentle readers? I asked Caitlin, our resident infectious disease specialist, and she thought it was for post-disaster pancakes. I asked my old roommate Vic, one of the finest GPs in North America, and he responded “maybe to mix shite with?”
Can this mystery be solved???
UPDATE… mystery solved (see comments)… how disappointing…