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Water it can't be said enough is an essential necessity and having a dependable and sustainable supply of clean water is a life or death matter. But is that source of water a flood possibility?
Within the U.S., FEMA publishes flood plain maps and these should be in your survival library.
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If you have livestock its important to open up barns, stalls and fences and let the animals seek shelter. In recent storm emergencies, thoughtless owners abandoned their properties without giving their livestock a chance to save themselves as well as abandoning pets.
Emergency Radio - In a non-EMP scenario FEMA and local authorities will be on the air transmitting essential information. A dependable emergency radio is a must-have. Manufacturers of emergency gear have really increased their usefulness in recent years. Kaito Radios can generate their own power supply and keep you in touch with life-saving announcements and official information. In emergencies rumors and fake news and disinformation are weapons of the enemy. Facts can save lives.
Portable cooking stove - Depending on weather conditions, a fire pit or dry wood may not be readily available. Emergency cooking and food preparation in a remote, low or no power area requires a portable stove and lightweight but dependable gear. The Solo Stove is a dependable and easily transportable solution to cooking needs over several days when bottled fuel for fuel burning stoves is not available. This Solo Stove comes with a kit for quickly and easily boiling water on the go, which means that if you run out of bottled water on an evacuation, you can purify water with this Solo Stove combo kit.
Shelter material - In an emergency "bug-out" situation, camping gear needs to be light weight and easily packed. Commercial tarps, readily available at big box tool and hardware stores are a good temporary solution for emergency shelter. Not only are these cheap but reasonably sturdy and are water resistant. Having a good-sized inventory of replaceable tarps, duct tape for repairs and basic tools to erect them can save lives by getting you quickly out of the rain or wind where you can then eat, rest, attempt phone calls, etc.
Basic hand tools - A quality multi-tool such as a Leatherman or Swiss Tool will provide cutting, wire cutting, a small saw and two basic screwdriver blades. Here it is best to invest in quality and avoid over sophistication and too many tools at the expense of quality and usage. Stick to the basic blades and tools and get a good holster. A folding saw is essential for any small-scale wood construction work. Cutting tent poles, firewood and tasks that require a lager sturdy tool are some survival uses for a folding saw.
Quality backpack: - you will be carrying most of what you will need. Research the most useful and sturdy pack; considering that we're talking about flood evacuation, waterproof is best. You should also go with waterproof dry bags for storing food supplies, electronics, cash and identification, self defense items including firearms, and definitely for storing your sleeping gear and clothing. People who spend time outdoors in wet climates are known for having multiple dry bags of various sizes, including larger dry bags for tents and sleeping bags. Back to that backpack -- Military and tactical supply stores can be an excellent source, but don't be fooled into buying a poor quality bag just because it looks "military." Finally, learn how to pack each of your items and keep certain items easily accessible in case one or more are needed in a hurry.
Survival Sack Small essentials - Duct tape, baling twine, survival "space" blanket, sharpening tool, portable lighting (flashlights, headlamps, lanterns), and batteries (as well as backups) are essential ingredients. Farmers and ranchers know the strength and value of duct tape. It mends, holds together things and can patch shoes that are not easily replaced in a survival mode. It can take the place of a lost horseshoe in an emergency as well and be used to hold a poultice on a large wound. Baling twine is perhaps the cheapest and strongest multi-fiber cord known. It will outlast most ropes and twines and can be used to lash down a tarp-tent, create a barrier or fence and tie down a load. It can be doubled and tripled to increase strength as well. Campers know about the super lightweight reflective space blankets that keep body heat intact. These are not only compact for storage but cheap enough to have a reasonable supply. A sharpening stone is essential to keep knives and blades sharp and in tune. WD-40 is essential for lubrication and cleaning of tools that become rusty or in reconditioning or bartered or "found "and salvaged items. Be sure to buy a non-aerosol container since the propellant can run out before the oil is finished.
Dependable sheath knife - Folding knives ae useful but the possibility of having only one hand to use in an emergency is a reality. With that in mind, a sheath knife can be used as a tool or weapon. Do your research and get the best you can afford, avoiding cheaply made offshore knives.
Heat packs - Commercially available, these chemical packs are activated and provide hours of warmth. They can be put in pockets, and bedrolls. They can also dry out boots and socks when a fire is not possible. Being cold and wet and wearing wet clothing can lead to serious hypothermia and shock.
Rain slickers, chest waders, and thermal underwear - Keeping dry is a matter of external coverings and warmth preserving under wear. Preventing outer clothes from getting soaked will keep body core temperature at a normal level. Stress from survival can lower body temperature and lead to serious complications. A quality slicker and rain pants, farmer or utility worker grade and thermal underwear and spares are first-line protection. Of course experienced fishermen and women and flyfishers know first hand the usefulness for staying dry with chest waders.
Gloves / wool mittens - Keeping hands free from cold and frostbite and still allowing a range of movement is important. Think about military surplus shooters mittens. These are made with a trigger finger separation and can allow for a great deal of flexibility and use without removing them entirely. Mittens also keep the fingers together for warmth as well.
Extra head coverings: - Have a backup hat that can prevent heat loss. All members of the survival group should have a second hat covering that provides protection from sun and cold. Merino wool and wool alternative stocking hats and Merino wool balaclavas can make a huge difference in staying warm and can even be slept in, for a comfortable night's sleep.
Sunglasses or ski goggles - Will keep the group moving in storms or other environmental conditions when travel is necessary. Eye injuries are the most difficult to deal with in emergencies. During high winds, and especially during any chill in the air, ski goggles can make a big difference in comfort level (here's a lightweight balaclava and ski goggles in the same package) . Staying comfortable is the key to keeping yourself mentally awake and not fatigued by stress or the not-stop rain, winds, flood.
High energy foods - Snack bars, cereal bars, and pocket-sized food items can keep energy levels up in an emergency. Avoid candy bars since the sugar will deliver the usual 15-minute surge followed by a lowering of energy. Unless your group is made up of young adults still in their prime, you may want to select flavors which appeal to everyone and avoid nuts or those which require serious chewing for those with allergies or dentures. Soft bars are the safest. As survival leader, you need to fit the needs of the group into the selection of foods. Young children and elders do not have the best teeth for digesting food bars with nuts, seeds or raisins no matter how many vitamins are contained.
Two-wheeled or four-wheeled cart - Rubbermaid makes two solid mold garden carts that are almost indestructible. They can carry loads up to 250 pounds, are light to lift and can be used to move cargo and even people. Wheelbarrows can tip easily, are not stable on rough terrain and have multiple parts. Remember to get the solid wheels since flat tires are not an option in a life or death situation.
Footwear - quality boots that can not only insulate but are waterproof are an absolute necessity. Cold, wet feet can lead to problems that lead to major health issues. Make sure you have good tread on the soles of those boots - good traction is a serious issue since this will provide safe support in a muddy or snowy environment, especially when you have to climb slopes and are away from the pavement.
That two way radio, dry bag, and life vest all work together to save your life that day.
Remember, in the world of survival, certain survival tools are proven life savers. Don't forget that.
With so much recent damage caused by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, it might be great to bring up over the holidays on those family visits or simply a link shared by email or posted to social media today. Millions of people have already been affected by catastrophic storms and flooding with a lot of people losing everything they had and now they have nothing.
You can bet that a lot of property values in several parts of Florida and the Houston area of Texas are now worth a lot less and may be on the market a lot longer than if these homeowners had exercised some foresight and realized that these hurricanes just keep on coming -- and they're likely only going to continue.