With the recent impact of Harvey and the ongoing cleanup still underway, the United States is once again in the sights of another storm. This one is Hurricane Irma. Irma is projected to possibly be the strongest hurricane to have ever been measured in the Atlantic. It is possible that they could redefine storms of this magnitude as Category 6 if the winds exceed sustained speeds of 200+ MPH. As of this writing, speeds are sustained at 185 MPH and is powerful enough to be setting off seismometers on the ocean floor that would normally measure earthquakes. So what can you do to prepare for storms such as these? The images in this article are set up as links for your convenience to see my personal favorites in each category.
Lessons successfully learned in the past can now be applied to current methodologies as best practices. It can include equipment, gear, stores, skills, and mindsets. These will all be discussed here.
1) Generators – The ability to produce power during the throes of a deadly storm can mean the difference between freezing to death in the winter or saving all of your refrigerated food during the summer. Various models offer good options, but some of the best are made by Honda. They make small, lightweight generators that are capable of powering entire campsites including freezers and refrigerators with minimal noise levels. Also, the ability to power a television or emergency radio, charge cellular phones, and provide electricity for tools can be essential.
2) Chainsaws – Inevitably trees will fall, power poles will snap, and roofs can collapse. Chainsaws are a great way to assist you in removing this debris and giving you the ability to leave your home if need be. As you start to clean up from the mess left behind from the winds and rain, leaving your property or simply checking on the neighbors can be a challenge. A good chainsaw to clear the trees can make all the difference. One of the best on the market is made by Husqvarna. It’s hard to go wrong with Swedish chainsaws.
3) Vehicle Recovery – Once you are able to leave your place of shelter you be driving in areas that can easily be flooded. Trees are blocking the roads and cars may have people trapped. Vehicle recovery equipment including winches and snatch blocks will help in removing these obstacles in your way. Don’t forget to add in gloves, a set of jumper cables, safety glasses, a 5-gallon gas can with fuel safely secured, tow straps rated for trucks and SUVs, and a good flashlight with traffic safety vest to complete the checklist. IT would do you well to keep a tire plug kit and tools in the vehicle as well due to possible sharp debris laying on the roads.
Gear is a pretty basic requirement and will honestly vary from person to person. This gear would be things such as cook stoves, tents, tarps to place on your roof, and water filtration systems. Most of this can be purchased either at your local sporting goods store, but the avid prepper and camper will already have most of this. Camp stoves and grills are great for cooking as they use propane or other fuels to allow you to boil water for both cooking and drinking. If your local water treatment plant becomes compromised as what happened in Texas with Harvey, having clean potable water can mean the difference between thriving after a storm and standing in line for hours waiting on a few bottles of water. Those stoves and grills that use charcoal or wood can also be beneficial during the clean up since the debris created by the storm can be used to later cook with. Be sure to procure your propane tanks and canisters well before the storm is projected to impact your area as it can be sold out.
Typical items you should always have in your home pantry’s or store rooms are great assets for storm season. Having a minimum of three days of food is essential to any emergency, but as we’ve witnessed with hurricanes such as Harvey, Katrina, and Sandy, emergency situations can last for at least a week and typically for several weeks. It is my recommendation that you have a MINIMUM of 3 weeks worth of provisions for every person in your home. These would be canned goods, stored water, toiletries, and sanitation items. One of my personal favorite places to obtain food storage options is Emergency Essentials. The offer not only long term solutions to your preparedness goals, but short term solutions for those that may only need a few weeks or a month of emergency food. Through Emergency Essentials, you can also get water filtration kits and other emergency supplies. CLICK HERE to see what all they have to offer: http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/?Click=393828
I am a firm believer in the Survivor having a “mental toolbox” to go with their actual toolbox. The skills needed to overcome disaster situations can easily mean the difference between life and death. First Aid, Shelter building, cooking, and other general survival skills should be a priority for anyone that takes their personal safety in their own hands. With this comes the gear and tools to be able to effectively and efficiently use the skills at a moments notice. You may be called upon to bandage an injured friend or relative if they are hurt by flying debris. I would highly suggest you get the training NOW rather than after you’ve already been put in dangerous circumstances. A good first aid course offered by the American Red Cross, an EMT class, or just CPR/AED training and certification can mean the difference between life and death in your family. Make sure you have what it takes to provide for not only yourself but also their safety in times of need. Follow THIS LINK to find a class near you: http://www.redcross.org/m/phssmrd/take-a-class
No other item is more important than your own survival mindset. It doesn’t matter how much gear, equipment, skills, or other cool tricks you have if you don’t have the mindset and will to survive. In my opinion, nothing is more important than this. Having the mental capacity to recognize danger, learn how to adapt to survive it, and more importantly the WILL to survive it is essential. You have to be willing to fight tooth and nail to make it through the worst of the worst. That can be alligator infested flood waters in Texas and Florida, the frozen woods of a northern winter, or the dangers and inhospitality of the desert. Having a mindset of survival will keep you aware, moving forward, and determined to make it through life’s challenges.
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