With the prospect of Hurricane Isaac following a similar trajectory as Hurricane Katrina did seven years ago nearly to the day and as thousands have been urged to evacuate affected areas, it is a good time for preppers to take an opportunity to re-evaluate their plans for the unexpected.
When weather-created emergencies happen, some of the most obvious and easily obtained survival items quickly become commodities in short supply as the thousands of people who have neglected any sort of preparation rush to acquire them to ride out the storm in their homes.
These things include:
- Extra fuel for vehicles and generators.
- Food that can be prepared without the need for electricity.
- A camping stove and extra fuel.
- A store of clean water. (Remember to store enough for one gallon per person daily.)
- Flashlights and candles for light.
- A battery-operated radio.
In the time directly following a weather-related emergency, these are often the first things that will fly off of store shelves, assuming travel to stores is possible, as survivors prepare to live as comfortably as possible without basic infrastructure. Not knowing how long it could take for power and other utilities to be restored makes it important for those prepping to consider stocking up to at least a month’s worth of these supplies.
In the event that travel is impossible, not having these things on hand can greatly lessen your chances of surviving a catastrophe. With no available methods of travel, even the most minor injuries or medical conditions can become serious, making the preparation of a comprehensive home first-aid kit paramount.
Your first-aid kit should include:
- Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin tablets.
- Ipecac syrup and activated charcoal.
- Antibacterial soap.
- Elastic wrap.
- Triangular bandages.
- Scissors with rounded tips.
- Adhesive tape and 2-inch gauze.
- Disposable, instant ice bags.
- Bandages of assorted sizes.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Extras of prescription medications required regularly.
As with any catastrophic situation, the desperate or simply criminally inclined will seek opportunities to victimize anyone left in a compromised state. It is important to have on hand firearms, ammunition and other weapons in order to protect your loved ones and property from looters.
In the unfortunate event that you are forced to evacuate your home, a bug-out bag for each member of your family containing essential survival items as well as a collection of important personal documents and cash will aid in comfort and survival.
For more information related to surviving catastrophic situations check out Bob Livingston’s How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization and In Case of Emergency! Lifesaving Tips for your Family’s Survival.