By Rebecca Todd
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:57 PM EST
So you have no safe shelter and you will soon have no food. I have to tell you, it's not looking good. Your only last hopes are water and heat. Now please tell me you at least took the time to purchase a water purification system and stockpiled at least six months worth of fresh water.
NO? Well, I'm not surprised. You are not prepared for this thing at all. Dare I ask if you have plenty of firewood? I thought not. Then I guess it is fortunate that this happened during the Christmas season. While all those electronics you have wrapped up under the tree are now useless, the tree itself could be your most valuable asset at this point. Looks like you will have to drink the tree water and start chopping the tree up for kindling ...
Don't tell me you bought an artificial tree!
I must say, this is the last straw. You are back to step one. It is time to run into the streets and panic again.
Unless you go with Plan B. It's the only thing you can do at this point. Don't worry; I think it could save you.
Plan B, in a nutshell: Enjoy a Merry Christmas with your family and make it the happiest new year of your life.
This is the plan I'm using. I'm pretty sure it's going to work out just fine.
- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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