Aug 29, 2017 – It is easy to sit here in Nevada and pick apart emergency response plans or what media displays as faulty planning for Hurricane Harvey in Texas by Government and by people in general. However, the expected Hurricane was anything but predictable and mother nature is often cruel in its selective delivery of disaster. So we get to now sit back and analysis this to death as the real work begins to repair the proud cities and communities of Texas.
Working in the Prep industry, I have heard many stories of the years, most are post traumatic stories, of ” I wish I would have.” and frankly I debated even doing a post on the web that would say anything at all until I read a story of a family which was safe all but two, as they awaited word of their two relatives which decided to stay behind with the dogs and watch over things as Hurricane Harvey delivered its vicious storm wave.
Last communication it seems was via Cell phone in the midst of the storm as the relatives relayed news that the windows and doors had been blown out of the house. We all pray for such people, that safety can still be found.
Once I read this I quickly was reminded on how the governments and local authorities will take so much blame for this disaster and the countless unknown deaths surely to arise int eh coming days and weeks from the storm. Do you remember the results of Katrina? Several hundred died days after the storm because medical care and stress levels of injured patients were put to their limits. I wonder if any of us truly believe we could have done a better job of notifying and warning residents and business people of the dangers that might be coming from Harvey?
The reality of the scene is that we have built these beautiful industrial communities on our seaboards and on occasion the forces of nature and science mix and show us how little we are in the larger complex scheme of things. And it would not matter if it was a Hurricane, Tornado or Earthquake most of us live an area where a natural disaster is just one volatile moment away from occurring and destroying everything we own.
So Havey in its beauty and destruction is an unavoidable catastrophe in how we choose to live our lives and develop our world. However, our chances of survival are very much in our control and our ability to survive well and potentially help others survive as well has to do with Proper planning and decision making before the storm.
Survival essentials, food storage, water supplies, disaster protections and well thought out evacuation plans are key to surviving any natural disaster. Flood communities need more than just flood insurance. they need to have supplies for an extended power outage, keeping dry and warm, cleaning the water for consumption and a way to escape quickly if needed. Could you survive hunkered down in a flooded environment for 3-5 days waiting for water to recede or to be rescued?
Tips for Being prepared for 3-5 days in a natural disaster:
Food Consumption guidelines: 12oo calories a day per person. In our fat rich American diets, this will make you feel hungry all day but will prevent your body from slowing down normal functions. Survival with less can be done, but planning a head is easy and affordable. A family of 4 stranded for 5 days needs 24,000 calories to consume. This could be a simple as a few jars of peanut butter or by having 2 cases of MRE stored in the house for such occasions. MRE’s are a great option because they give you a complex calorie system and do not require any power to consume. they are also sealed in water tight containers so they are safe in all storm weather from damage.
Water Guidelines: New base lines for survival suggest to maintain normal bodily function a person needs to consume a minimum of 32 oz of water daily for survival. so again a family of 4 need to plan to store 640 ounces (5 gallons) of water for a five-day survival pack. We suggest that a couple five-gallon water containers are a minimum for every household. Along with the water supply which if stored in a BPA free container can keep your water pure and fresh for up to a year at a time, we suggest a water purification system to help with cleaning water resources and preventing illness from water born disease.
Warmth: Basic guidelines, have a dry bag prepared with additional socks, blankets, shirts etc… Remember, you likely will have no power so a dry pair of socks and a dry blanket will g a long way to providing sanity if nothing else. My father once taught me to stash old clothes in a dry bag in my car in case of a breakdown at night. It has come in handy over the years. Blankets are better than sleeping bags in that they are easier to pack in case you need to get out of the house.
A Plan: Ok a safe plan… a plan to assure your families safety. staying behind to save the dogs in the eye of storm warnings is not a SAFE plan. Where is your safest safe zone? Do you have cash on hand to get there and survive for a few days while away? Is there gas in the car. who calls who? Where do we meet if the storm hits when we are separated? This plan needs to be written out and stored in a dry doc or dry area so that the family can refer to it in an emergency. Do not plan on memory working to its fullest int eh middle of storm panic… Buy yourself a dry doc , something used for maps and important documents and store your plan in a safe place in the families home or cars.
Plan ahead and safety and survival are an easier and safe alternative in disaster. Be the person doing the recueing is always better than being the the rescued. Harvey is no match for proper planning and a will to survive.