You are out one day, minding your own business, when there is a cascade blackout that sweeps across the country. You are twenty miles from home, traffic is jammed up, and you need to get out of Dodge.
What do you do?
That’s the question many survivalists and preppers try to answer. What do you do when everything you know goes to hell in a hand basket?
That’s not what this blog is about. What it is about is what do you do as a person with bipolar or other mental illness.
I always say, have a plan. In the Army we say piss poor planning doesn’t make an emergency on my part. And it is true. Nobody will care that you have agoraphobia, are currently manic, or even suicidal. What they care about is themselves and their own. So, it’s up to you to take care of yourself.
What can you do to plan for an emergency you possibly can’t prepare for? Have a few essential supplies on hand just in case.
Have a roadmap. You may know the area you live in like the back of your hand. But what do you do when all the major arteries are clogged with three-thousand pound paper weights? You find alternate routes. They may take you out of the way, but with a map you can circumvent the major jams.
Have a supply of meds at hand. You don’t need to have a full pharmacy in your bag. But have a full day’s supply but no more than three days is prudent. You want to have enough to cover you if you should be stranded for a day or more from your home.
Have a few phone numbers written down in case your cell phone dies. Today we use our phones as address books. Some of us don’t even know our own phone number. Have the numbers of few close friends or relatives that are capable of coming for you if become stranded.
What more do you want to carry is up to you and your personal needs. I certainly can’t list everything that I carry in my EDC (every day carry) or “get home” bag. What is important is that you have one and that you actually carry it or have it with you in your vehicle.
We cannot know what today will bring, let alone tomorrow. But being prepared is not just a Boy Scout motto but a way of life. Get prepared, have a plan.