It seems that natural disasters are happening much more often and with more devastating results. Everyone should have a plan of preparedness for natural disasters.
Preparedness for Natural Disasters
It doesn't take much to whip your unprepared neighbors into a panic. Any time the television or radio news announces a big snow storm or blizzard coming to your area, the panicked unprepared masses flood the local grocery stores and markets. We have heard the stories about how someone stood in line for hours, just to get a a gallon of milk.
After this herd of humans has finished shopping, the shelves are bare!
Imagine how much worse things would be if there was a large scale natural disaster. A decent sized earthquake or other unpredicted event could severely challenge an entire region of the continent.
Some basic essentials can help you make it through a serious event!
You don't have to stockpile food, but you should have at more than a couple days worth of canned and dry goods.
If you add a few extra cans of food to each shopping trip, before you know it you'll have a nice stocked pantry.
You can add a couple buckets of emergency food to round out your food storage plan.
Be prepared to obtain water. Use Google Maps to research water sources, like rivers, ponds and lakes in your area. Setup rain barrels to capture water from our rain gutters and downspouts.
Be prepared to treat, filter or boil this water to make it safe to drink.
If you can live without electricity, then no worries, but if you have medical or other reasons to use electricity, start planning for this now!
A generator is good, but only as long as you have fuel. They are also quite noisy and can be heard for long distances. You may have a line forming at your door.
"C'mon man, can I just charge my phone real quick?"
I'm not against charity, but those who fail to prepare can bleed you dry.
Solar is silent and doesn't rely on fuel, as long as there is sunshine, you can have power. Simple Portable Solar is a good start for short term solar needs, if you have longer use start researching larger solar power options now.
A radio can be your information lifeline, giving you valuable reconnaissance and data to help you make the correct decisions.
During the day, an AM radio will only receive local broadcast stations, but at night you may often hear AM stations from hundreds of miles away, and sometimes a thousand, or more, miles away!
Should there ever be an emergency or major disaster, and you are unable to receive local news or information, remember that at night you will be able to receive AM radio broadcasts from very far away, and you may discover news and information that will help you.
A radio that is small enough to easily fit in a pack or a kit, will ensure that you can have it with you, or take it with you when the time comes.
The Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio is reasonably priced and measures 2.9 x 1.2 x 4.8 inches.
Maintaining Core Temperature
It would be awful to have everything you need to survive, only to freeze to death!
If you live in a cold climate or in a place where it gets cold in the winter, find some alternative options to heating using grid power, grid provided natural gas or propane, that relies on delivery.
Wood burning stoves are a good option that we've covered in a another post ( Surviving without the Grid).
If a wood stove isn't practical for you, then invest in some good arctic climate sleeping bags for you and your family and lots of warm winter wear for indoor and outdoor use.
If you budget a little bit more for each grocery trip to add some extra food to your pantry, take some measures to ensure you don't freeze to death and get yourself a good AM radio, you will dramatically increase your Preparedness for Natural Disasters!