SCA Skills Translate to Disaster Skills?

Lord Stephan Calvert deGrey reports that SCA members in the Barony of Endless Hills (Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA) and the Shires of Sterlynge Vayle (Binghamton, NY) and Coppertree (Utica, NY) in Æthelmearc were hard hit by recent torrential rains and flooding. One SCA member, THL Keran Roslin, makes note of how her SCA equipment and skills helped prepare for disaster.

THL Keran Roslin writes:


This week has been very trying for the residents of our fair shire and surrounding areas. There's been way too much water in all the wrong places and way more excitement than most of us needed.

It caused me to think about what the SCA has taught me.

  1. Be prepared. I know that the Scouts also teach that but membership in the SCA has prepared us to be prepared. Because of the SCA, I have an air mattress, cooler, tent, portable stove, rain wear, and waterproof boots. Handy things this week.
  2. Care for those less fortunate. Whether it's the Horde making soup at War or offering help to your mundane neighbor, it's still caring for others. Give some food to CHOW (local food pantry) or offer some of your time to help someone.
  3. You may not need that item anymore, but someone else will. At War you leave good stuff beside the dumpster so others can use it. Barter is also legitimate as is an outright gift. Many of our neighbors have nothing left. If you have things & furniture you don't need, this is a great time to give or trade them.
  4. Good humor in the face of adversity. I remember peers sliding in the mud at War and the new, soon to be, Queen of Gleann Abhann saying that there would be a Coronation despite Katrina. The joke is Windsor is that many of us now have lakefront property. Please be patient and good humored with people you meet as many are stressed to the max. Many of our neighbors lack basic necessities, safe housing and information on family members.
  5. Conservation of water. Not using much Cooper water has trained me for this week. I can boil water to wash my dishes and rinse them in limited water. I know how to take a shower with little water. I know about Clorox in the water for cleaning dishes.
  6. Walking is ok. If you can walk all over Pennsic, why not walk in your neighborhood? With closed roads in the area, my neighbors and I are walking all over.
  7. Electricity is unnecessary. You can survive without it. I even have solar lights and candles.
  8. Amuse yourself simply. No cable at Pennsic and limited internet or cell phone access. You can survive that too. Cards, handicrafts, puzzles and games can fill the time and cut the stress.
  9. Conversation with your neighbors is way better than the news. We could have used heralds this week in the mundane world. Conversation has been the only way to find out what's going on in the area. The TV stations haven't provided the needed information, but my neighbors in town and on the web have.
  10. Common sense, humor and disaster preparedness are important, whether you're camping with 10,000 of your SCA family or living in a small town with your mundane family. Use both your common sense and preparation skills and loan them to others as needed.

I want to thank those SCAdians who taught me. I was ready this week. Who knew that my SCA training would be so handy?