One of my absolute favorite things about living in San Francisco is the siren that goes off at noon on Tuesdays followed by the calm, measured voice of an actual human: "This is a test. This is a test of the outdoor warning system. This is only a test."
Not that I actually wish I lived through WWII or the Cold War or that I really want to be in the city when the siren is NOT a test, but I admire its reassuring regularity and as a reminder of a time when we didn't rely on Twitter to quickly spread the word about a calamity. I have a couple of ways of "celebrating" noon on Tuesday. When I remember, I call my mom on the East coast so she can hear it because she also gets a kick out of it. She even has a recording of it on her answering machine to listen to whenever she wants (lucky duck!). I've contemplated training my cats to go into emergency mode by using Pavlovian techniques to train them to get into their carrier by luring them there with treats every time the siren goes off. It turns out that their carrier is actually to small to fit both of them inside. I'll have to address this issue. Then a couple of weeks ago I had the brilliant idea of sharing tips for "healthy emergency preparedness" with my followers every week. For now I have two categories for these tips: a) steps to prevent a health emergency and b) regular emergency preparedness tips with a healthy twist. So, I'm going to start today at noon, and I hope you'll take some time each week to either prevent a health emergency or to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (or other disaster) in the healthiest way possible.