Category Archive: Natural disasters

  1. SHTF

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    When SHTF it is too late to get prepared. Find out what you need to do now for survival.

    Look, you don’t want to be caught off guard when a disaster hits let alone when SHTF. Just take a look at the natural disasters in the past 5 years. Each time you see people struggling for food, clean water and shelter. What would happen if there was no one to help you? You were on your own?

    Although there is no telling when the next catastrophe will strike, becoming prepared with these 4 essentials will bring you to a level of preparation above the majority in your city.

    Food

    Spreading cheese on lasagna. Preparing incase SHTF

    If you don’t eat, you will die. Food is one of the basic necessities of life. Start off getting enough food on hand to last three or four days. If we are talking when SHTF, you are going to need food for a much longer period than that. Plan for a year if you can.

    Preparing in advance for SHTF means having canned, dehydrated or otherwise nonperishable foods handy. It is smart to use a food storage calculator and tracker to know what your family needs and keep track of what you have. It is also essential to read up on food preservation.

    Indoor and outdoor gardens help subsidize dietary needs. SHTF for extended periods of time may cause protein deficiencies. Raising livestock is one option. Learning how to build traps or hunt for food is another great skill to have.

    Water

    Though people survive a number of days without food, when SHTF, individuals must have a plan for acquiring fresh drinking water. Sometimes SHTF in communities when bacteria or viruses invade local water supplies, leaving households without water until a remedy occurs. Without power, some individuals may not be able to access water, even from the tap. These are only some circumstances where having an adequate water supply is essential.

    Experts suggest having 1 to 2 gallons of water per household member per day. Many people buy bottled water, but filling juice or soda bottles also serves the purpose. Another method of water storage might include filling food grade buckets, which often have sealable lids. Catching rainwater is also another way of obtaining fresh water. Some people live in regions having open bodies of water. When storing or obtaining water when SHTF, survivalists suggest adding 16 drops or 1/8 of a teaspoon of bleach to each gallon of water as a disinfectant.

    Shelter

    People who live in areas known to experience natural disasters often have basements or cellars. If SHTF because of mega disasters, some prefer having the knowledge to build makeshift shelters when needed. Many individuals build underground shelters, which received popularity in the 60s. Tucked safely beneath the ground’s surface, many shelters are barely visible from above ground.

    Besides natural disasters, many also contemplate SHTF secondary to economic collapse and the ever rising chaos and violence in society, which will surely increase. In desperation, there will most likely be pillaging and plundering and many believe having a well-stocked, hidden shelter when SHTF will be one of the few means of having security.

    Security

    Though many still abhor the thought of owning a firearm, others prefer to carry protection in case SHTF. In rural areas, many citizens own weapons, not merely for protection, but also as a means of providing food. In the city, when SHTF, confusion and panic occurs. Many suggest that in this scenario, the safest thing to do is stay hidden with ample supplies and armed protection. When SHTF, some people have the convenience of gathering with family or friends, away from a hotspot location. Small townships may rally, taking turns performing guard duty for the sake of the community.

    SHTF Conclusion

    Between the political, social and natural events occurring recently, many prefer to err on the side of caution if SHTF. Besides basic supplies, individuals must also consider an adequate battery or fuel supply, along with first aid for emergencies. Do the research and evaluate what needs and what quantities of items should be on hand if SHTF.

  2. 3 Steps to Prepare For a Hurricane

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    You read on the news that a hurricane is approaching. Now what? Read the 3 simple steps below that could save your life.

    Knowledge and preparation are key to survival in an natural disaster.

    Knowledge

    What is a hurricane, exactly?

    Wikipedia states: “A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. Tropical cyclones strengthen when water evaporated from the ocean is released as the saturated air rises, resulting in condensation of water vapor contained in the moist air… While tropical cyclones can produce extremely powerful winds and torrential rain, they are also able to produce high waves and damaging storm surge.”

    Am I in a location that is susceptible?

    “Coastal regions can receive significant damage from a tropical cyclone, while inland regions are relatively safe from receiving strong winds. Heavy rains, however, can produce significant flooding inland, and storm surges can produce extensive coastal flooding up to 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the coastline.” – Wikipedia

    When is the hurricane season?

    “In the Northern Atlantic Ocean, a distinct cyclone season occurs from June 1 to November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September. The statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is 10 September. The Northeast Pacific Ocean has a broader period of activity, but in a similar time frame to the Atlantic. The Northwest Pacific sees tropical cyclones year-round, with a minimum in February and March and a peak in early September. In the North Indian basin, storms are most common from April to December, with peaks in May and November. In the Southern Hemisphere, the tropical cyclone year begins on July 1 and runs all year-round and encompasses the tropical cyclone seasons, which run from November 1 until the end of April, with peaks in mid-February to early March.” – Wikipedia

    What do the categories of a hurricane mean?

    Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale

    Preparation

    Step 1 – Build a “Quick kit”

    A quick kit is an emergency supply kit that you can grab and go in an emergency. Some essential items to have in this kit include:

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

    Step 2 – Make a Family Emergency Plan

    A family emergency plan is so important. What if you aren’t all together when the hurricane hits? Where will you meet? How will you know that everyone is OK? Trying to deal with these in an emergency without a plan can be chaotic. If you don’t have a family plan, meet together as a family tonight! Answer these questions together:

    • In an emergency, where will we meet?
    • Where will we meet if the first meeting place is unavailable?
    • Who is our contact point? (Person you all know of who you can call in an emergency who will know how everyone is)

    Step 3 – Stay updated

    Make sure to have a battery powered radio (and of course batteries!) so that you can be tuned in to the news if the power goes out.

    Have you been in a hurricane? What success story do you have or what do you wish you would have done to prepare? Post in the comments below and start a conversation!

    Additional resources:
    ready.gov – Hurricanes
    Wikipedia – Hurricanes
    What to do during a hurricane – FEMA