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Summer storm season

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With National Hurricane Preparedness week coming and going last week, it’s time to prepare yourself and your family for rough weather in the coming months.

Ready.gov states both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons will begin by 01JUN. What does this mean for you? It means be ready and plan ahead.

According to wiki an average of six weather patterns will reach the magnitude to be classified a hurricane and be given a pre-determined name. Also in the wiki article regarding Atlantic weather activity; in 2005 a record 15 hurricanes formed out of 28 tropical storms. 

These stats don’t change my considerations for preparation and indeed when I lived on the East coast, I had simplified,  well measured plans and provisions. (as an adult anyway, as a kid I don’t recall having a healthy caution of weather)

Although this season is anticipated to be “average”, it only takes one storm. One unprepared person. One loss. And it can be a tragedy for too many. A loss easily avoided.

Please consider this advice compiled from multiple sources and my own suggestions:

-Have a plan and execute.

  • Plans should be simple enough to remember, but well-thought-out so you don’t miss a key element. (Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance)
  • DO NOT wait until you think things might get too sketchy before you decide to leave. Pay attention to the NOAA weather bands on your radio and local authorities, leave when directed or before if possible. Stay informed of community policies for evacuation too.
  • Know where your kit is and have it ready to go. Don’t depend on the local market or stores to have anything for you but a headache and hard luck. Make your own luck.
  • Communication is key. Your neighbors, friends, and family could and might be vital to you and your plan. Communicate your plans, destinations, methods of contact, and possible contingencies.
  • Update or verify your insurance policy
  • Don’t drive through running water that you can’t see through

-Gather solid kit

  • A water filter and/or water purification tabs
  • A pre-filled water container with empty containers for further collection and purification
  • A first aid kit is a must for virtually any activity
  • “easy calories” as I like to call them. Food that is shelf stable such as MREs, emergency rations, and trail meals like Backpackers’s Pantry
  • Extra clothes and socks, don’t be wet and miserable with no other option, but make sure it’s something with utility. A tuxedo and cocktail dress isn’t going to help
  • Light source with white and red, as sure as the sun rose this morning it will set in the evening.
  • Your cell phone, it might not work but it contains vital data. Contact info, maps, a second light source, etc.
  • Emergency radio, tune into the NOAA weather bands and local radio stations where possible
  • Extra batteries and an external power source to charge your phone, such as a battery back-up
  • Cash. Money talks and if comms towers are down or electricity is out, your card won’t work.
  • Multi-tool or even a small tool kit
  • Knife fixed or folded

Some of these items might be optional in your opinion, but I encourage you to consider them carefully. Some of you might even want more items than those I’ve encouraged:

  • Baby formula and diapers for your rug-rat
  • Baby wipes for you and that delicate baby’s bottom
  • Chow for the dogs/cats
  • Leashes, bowls, blanket for the furry friends
  • Medications for the pups, kids, or you
  • Personal defense items; firearms, OC spray, etc.
  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Fire starting gear
  • Bright and reflective tarp or shelter
  • Cordage. 550 cord, climbing rope, etc.

Drive safe and understand many people are also in your position. Help may be coming. It may not. Like I said, make your own luck.

Be safe. Be prepared. And for more information visit: