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Must Have Gear When the Weather Goes South

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As the end of 2012 approaches, talk of worldwide cataclysmic destruction is picking up with this being the alleged year marked on the Mayan Calendar as “The End.” Discussions revolve around speculations of exploding volcanoes, mile high tsunamis and an unknown planet on a collision course with Earth. The odds of any of these events actually happening are near zero, regardless what the Mayan Calendar theorists claim. At the same time it is near 100 percent certainty that over the next year earth will suffer millions of dollars in property damage, loss of life, and people will have to fight for their own survival. All due to a threat we face every day, the weather. Earth’s weather threatens property and lives in a number of different ways from heat to cold, flooding to drought, and destructive winds of hurricanes and tornadoes.

Shelter and Supplies

When severe weather threatens danger and destruction, a survival kit set up and ready to use at a moments notice, can be a life-saving piece of equipment. Having a kit allowing each member of your family to survive for a minimum of 3 days is a good idea, the more days you are prepared for the better. Shelter, in the case your home sustains damage or is totally destroyed can be as simple as a rope and tarp or a camping tent. Water can be cases or jugs of bottled water stored within the home before any disaster occurs, making sure to rotate it on a regular basis with fresh replacement using the old water and storing the new. In a pinch, if no water has been stored stop up the drain in the bath tub and fill it. Water rationing of at least one gallon per day per person is a good target. Food preparation is easy and can be accomplished by setting up an area to hold canned food that can be eaten directly from the can and uncooked. After a disaster there may be no way to cook food, except an open fire which may not be safe depending on the current situation.

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Light and Communication

For light use flashlights and batteries, candles and waterproof matches or kerosene and oil lamps. Buy a portable weather radio preferably one that can run on emergency sources of power, in addition to batteries, such as being powered by hand cranking or solar power. Listen to this before the storm hits and after to get updates regarding rescue and relief attempts being made and their progress. Do not count on cell phones, regular telephones or an Internet connection after a severe storm. During sever weather like Hurricane Katrina all of those communication methods were lost.

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