Posts Tagged ‘Disaster’

As preppers; we live by the simple mantra of being prepared.  Since disasters and emergencies can come in a variety of shapes and sizes it is important to have other members of your immediate family participate in the various facets of disaster preparedness.  It is a good idea to go over the disasters that could most likely affect you and your family and make sure everyone has assigned tasks that they carry out should a disaster scenario occur.  It could be monitoring emergency frequencies, or dispensing food and water rations, or patrolling assigned areas to guard against thugs and looters, etc.,

Everyone should know the tasks they are expected to perform as well as where primary and secondary meeting places will be in case everyone is not in the same location when a disaster scenario occurs.  I won’t dwell too much on bug out bags here; except to say that everyone should have one and the contents should be reviewed and if needed, updated, at least once per month.  Finally make sure you set a good example for others to follow.  During times of crisis people will be looking to you for effective leadership.  Don’t disappoint them.

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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The time to learn vital skills is now, before disaster strikes, not afterwards.  Being prepared with good skills is so important I believe everyone should know how to do the following things; in order to increase their survival chances.

  • Know the proper ways to defensively use shotguns, rifles and handguns and what the appropriate use for each is.  Skills include loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, zeroing your sights so your point of aim equals your point of impact, and target acquisition.
  • Know the difference between cover and concealment as it can save your life.  Cover is anything which you can get behind to stay out of sight which can also stop a bullet.  Concealment is anything you can get behind to stay out of sight which cannot stop a bullet.  You need to always know which is which when moving from position to position.
  • Know how to purify water to make it safe for drinking, know basic first aid, and know what can and can’t be eaten to stave off hunger.
  • Know how to start an emergency fire to stay warm or signal for help, and know how to build an emergency shelter to get out of the elements.
  • Know how to think creatively, stay positive, stay focused, work independently and as a team member, and get along with others.
  • Know the difference between friend and foe.  Sometimes how a person appears and how a person really is are not the same thing.
  • Know when to speak and when not to.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to get one of my books. They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

 

The following are a suggested list of items to keep in your vehicle just in case.

Portable Cooler filled with Water Bottles

Food

Bolt Cutters

Pry Bar

Axe

Shovel

Metal Pipe

Wrench for tow ball

Knife

Tow Rope

Climbing Rope

Jumper Cables

Outdoor Extension Cord with Adapter

Rags

Spare Gas Container with Pour Spout

Funnels

Flashlight full size

Spare D Batteries

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

WD-40

Fix a Flat

Tire Plugs with Tool

Antifreeze Pre Mixed

Motor-Oil 5W-30

Mechanics Tool Kit

Tape Measure

Duct Tape

550 Para-cord

Oil Filter Wrench

Extra Fuses

Spare Brake Light/Rear Light Bulbs

Zip Ties

Toilet Paper

Hand Sanitizer

Sleeping Bag

Portable Pillows

Spare Clothes

Work Gloves

Backpack

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to purchase. They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

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Time and time again we witness natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina where people are either unable or unwilling to take care of themselves.  Being self reliant and self sufficient is essential during a disaster scenario as potential help may be either unable or unwilling to assist.  Do not rely on others for your own life saving disaster strategies.  It’s nice to think that help will always be available but for practical purposes; that may not be the case.

Survival and preparedness skills for any situation are important and essential for everyone to learn. You must be ready, willing, and able to do what is necessary to survive when a disaster scenario strikes.  Pay attention to warning signs and to your own gut feelings and observations.  If something seems wrong or dangerous then there is a good chance that it is wrong or dangerous.  The right tools, the right skills, and the right weapons for defensive purposes along with the right mental outlook can make all the difference between surviving or not surviving.  Personally given the choice I choose survival.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to purchase.  They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

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Nature can be a savage beast when it unleashes its fury in a variety of storm based ways.  When talking about tornado’s it’s important to remember that a tornado on the top end of the wind scale can easily tear houses from foundations, carry away automobiles, damage steel reinforced concrete structures, and throw debris around over vast distances.

When a weather report issues a tornado warning for your area do not ignore it.  If you hear a rumbling that sounds like a freight train the tornado is heading your way.  Seek safe shelter immediately such as in your basement or in a specially designed tornado shelter if your home has one.  Get your entire family to safety and don’t forget about your pets.

Make sure everything you need is handy for you to grab at a moments notice such as a fully charged cell phone, charger, car keys, flashlight, etc.  Also take the time beforehand to make sure your homeowners insurance policy actually covers whatever storm damage you may incur.  You will also want to keep all of your important papers together in a secure place as you will need them after the tornado subsides.

Depending on where you live help may or may not arrive in a timely manner and looting may or may not be a problem.  With that said you may need to be self sufficient for a period of time and also provide your own security measures against potential looters.  So if your home or dwelling resides in an area that is prone to severe storms and other natural disasters, take precautions now.  

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images on the left side of my blog page; and if you like the preview, feel free to purchase.  They make very interesting and entertaining reading.

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There are certain survival questions everyone should be aware of; and discussing these questions with close friends and family prior to a disaster or post apocalyptic scenario is a good idea.  Discussing, in advance, will help you to formulate plans of action to survive if and when a survival situation occurs.  Here are some of these questions.

  • How will you survive if there is a complete loss of law and order?  What if this scenario occurs when you are away from home?
  • If bands of looters are on your street causing havoc, how will you respond to that situation if law enforcement is no longer available?
  • How will you provide food and water for your family if grocery store shelves are empty and the supply chain re-stocking systems no longer exists?
  • How self sufficient are you if government support programs end or if electricity and garbage pickup are no longer operating or if currency becomes worthless?
  • How will you protect and provide for your family?  What will your policy be on providing assistance to friends, acquaintances, or strangers who are passing by?
  • Will you stay at your current location or head somewhere else?  If so what are the advantages and disadvantages to both options?

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and preview one or more over at Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover images.  If they seem like your type of story then feel free to purchase. They really are quite entertaining to read according to 9 out of every 10 readers when properly motivated 🙂

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Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.  You should live the way you want, work at something you enjoy doing, reside where you want and get as much satisfaction from life as possible.  Along with that however, it is also prudent to be prepared for situations in life where things are contra to your best interests.  Disasters such as social unrest, war, famine, societal collapse, escalations in violent crime, etc., are just some of the things that in this day and age are of concern to many.  So, along with enjoying the good times, it is also important to prepare for the bad times.

The following are the things I consider the most important for preparing for your own survival during times of crisis.

  • There is no such thing as having too much canned food or water set aside.  If disaster strikes, grocery stores may not be available to supplement your needs.  You must maintain a minimum of 3 months worth of food and water per person.
  • Yes, yes, yes you must have a sufficient amount of guns and ammunition and be well versed in their use.  You may have sufficient quantities of emergency supplies, but if others try and forcibly take them, you must be able to hold onto what you have.
  • People can and will panic during disasters so avoid large crowds and any areas subject to martial law and or rioting. 
  • Use common sense and good judgement when deciding whom to trust.
  • Always keep  small amounts of cash on hand.  A disaster may render ATM’s and credit card systems useless.  If so, cash or barter may be the only ways to immediately conduct business.
  • Take responsibility for your own survival.  Ability without character is useless.  Remain as moral and as ethical during times of crisis as you deem prudent.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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In order to survive; one has to be prepared.  You must prepare as much as possible for things which could happen and have an adaptable plan for dealing with these scenarios when they occur.  Keep a watchful eye on those in power with the realization that they don’t always have your best interests in mind.  Protecting your family and yourself, if martial law occurs, or when social chaos is present is of the utmost importance.  

Shelter, food, water, and security are the four main areas that you need to be aware of in the event of a local, regional or national crisis.  Make sure you have sufficient supplies on hand in case leaving your home is unsafe, or restricted based on specific circumstances. 

Do you have enough food and water if transportation and distribution networks are suspended?  Can you defend yourself, your family and your home if looters and marauders are on the loose looking for supplies and victims?  Criminals are always the first to try and take advantage of any situation where law and order has broken down.  Prepare yourself accordingly and stay safe.  In any disaster scenario there usually are no second chances when it comes to your survival and the survival of your family members.  Prepare now; before it is too late.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

Very few of us will have to deal with surviving a plane crash or surviving a ship sinking; however many of us may have to face more routine survival scenarios such as extended power outages due to storms, etc.  Are you prepared if you have no power for 10 days, or 20 days, or perhaps even longer?  The following are some considerations when it comes to real world survival.

  • Have a workable, realistic survival plan and follow that plan.  Your plan also needs to be adaptable to changing circumstances.
  • Have a sufficient quantity of food and water on hand.  3 months worth per person set aside is a good target goal.  Don’t forget to have extra food available for your pets.
  • Have multiple methods to purify water just in case the situation warrants.
  • Have a workable generator, proper wiring to run the whole house from the generator and sufficient quantities of safely stored fuel to run the generator.  Have a secure method to keep the generator locked down when it’s outside and in use to prevent theft.
  • Keep a sufficient supply of firewood on hand for your fireplace and or wood stove both for heating and for cooking.
  • Keep charcoal safely stored and have a charcoal grill available if you need to grill any meals outside.
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries in proper sizes for your equipment such as flashlights, etc., is a must.  You can never have too many batteries.
  • Sanitation needs must be considered.  Have sufficient toilet paper stockpiled; pages of phone books can also be used as a toilet paper substitute.  If you have rainbarrels outside you can use the water from them to flush the toilet if you don’t have a generator running to provide power.
  • Keep small denominations of spare cash available.  If the power is out and some businesses are open; they likely will not be able to take credit card transactions and won’t take checks.  You will also not be able to use an ATM machine to get cash.
  • Have suitable weapons available for self defense and be proficient in their use.  This also includes sufficient ammo and related support gear.
  • Communications are critical.  Get the most reliable information you can and use it wisely when making your survival decisions.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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During any type of survival situation; the following 9 questions will need to be asked and answered.

  • Am I okay and is everyone else with me okay?
  • What disaster event happened?
  • Is it safe to be here?
  • Should we move, how far are we going and how long will it take us to get there?
  • Are there are airborne threats and if so which way is the wind blowing?
  • What do I have with me that I can use?
  • What are the weather conditions and what season is it?
  • Am I alone and is help nearby?
  • Based on the event what can I anticipate will happen next?

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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