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
should be simple enough to remember, but well-thought-out so you don’t miss a
key element. (Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss
- 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.
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
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
or verify your insurance policy
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
- A first
aid kit is a must for virtually any activity
calories” as I like to call them. Food that is shelf stable such as
MREs, emergency rations, and trail meals like Backpackers’s Pantry
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
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.
radio, tune into the NOAA
weather bands and local radio stations where possible
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
bowls, blanket for the furry friends
for the pups, kids, or you
defense items; firearms, OC spray, etc.
- Camping stove
- Bright and
reflective tarp or shelter
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: