LISTENING TO KATRINA
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HYST - Get a Camera
Remember our mantra: HAVE YOUR SHIT TOGETHER BEFORE IT HITS THE FAN!
At this point, you've got your critical documents and your BOB (Bug Out Bag). I want to take half a step back and talk about another piece of 'survival' gear that many people ignore - a digital camera. You don't have to buy an expensive one, and if you can't afford a digital camera at all, then an old time film camera will do - but I'm going to talk about cameras in the digital context.
No, I am not high on smack. A camera really is a critical piece of SHTF gear. Why? Well, for one thing, insurance companies suck.
They suck so much that there are entire webrings devoted to throwing online fits about it. Like this one: http://www.allstateinsurancesucks.com/. You've heard all your life that you should take pictures of your home and valuables, but almost nobody does it. After Katrina, a lot of people got caught by that.
"Well, do you have any proof that there WAS a house here? Hmmm..."
The great thing about digital cameras is that the pictures don't cost anything to take, so take pictures. Take lots of pictures. Take pictures of your house inside and out, your garage, your car, your pets, your kids, your spouse, your air conditioner, your appliances, everything. Take pictures of things from both sides. Open your closets. Take pictures of every wall in your home, and all the ceilings, and all the floors. Don't forget to take pictures in the attic, and under the house if you can go there. Take pictures of your trees, your fences, your driveway, your mailbox. Take pictures from the street. Take pictures of the view up and down the street. Take pictures of all your valuables, jewelry, electronics, guns, ammo, art, CD collection, porn collection. (You can put those into your encrypted TrueCrypt volume if you want.) Take pictures of your office at work. (Unless you work for a secure facility or something...) You should do this at least once a year. If you buy something new, take some pictures of it, scan the receipt, and add that to your documents. If you ever have to file a claim with your insurance company, you will thank me, thank Kodak, and thank God that you have pictures and documentation.
Pictures will also help you document your trials and tribulations during a SHTF event. This can turn into quite the hobby, and will also satisfy the people on Arfcom who will yell 'bullshit' unless you post pictures. I am going to have more to say about cameras post SHTF, but they belong in the HYST section as well. Get one.
If you buy a small, light camera, it can go into your laptop bag.