OAR stands for organize, acquire and rotate. These are points regarding emergency supplies that Kathy Harrison stresses repeatedly throughout her book. The fact is that a crisis can occur at any moment. While some natural disasters come with some warning, like hurricanes, for instance, many do not, or if there is time to get ready, it is too short. Even in the case of hurricanes, disaster warnings are rarely a reliable indicator of severity. There are many unpredictable aspects and the only way is to have a plan to get through the situation. Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison provides you with a set of practical, realistic tips for handling a crisis. The tips center on the home, on the place where people are supposed to feel comfortable and safe.
A place to protect documents
One purpose of a home is to protect one’s valuables. The term does not refer merely to expensive possessions, it can also refers to valuable, difficult-to-replace documents like passports, birth certificates, wills and contracts. When preparing their home for a disaster, the homeowner should make the security of these items one of their main priorities.
One of the first tips provided in the book is regarding electrical power, and seeking alternative sources of power, and alternative sources of heat. Installing solar panels is one of Mrs Harrison’s tips for the person preparing for disasters. The author makes the point that the modern home depends heavily on electricity and so considering sources of electricity apart from the power grid has to be an essential step. She strongly advises the reader to invest in solar power, among other things.