Ever lived through a hurricane? I live in Florida and hurricane season started a month ago. We’ve been having rain everyday since then which isn’t atypical. It seems like it started a bit early this year. But last year, as many people know, we had hurricane Matthew blow through Florida and up the coast. It was a pretty catastrophic hurricane. Had it hit, I know that my house would have been underwater and a lot of other people would have been underwater as well and it wouldn’t have been a good scene!
So I wanted to point to a website that people can go to if you’re in a region that has hurricanes. It’s the National Hurricane Center website. The site has basic information on what’s going on with tropical storms, cyclones and hurricanes. It has a map and it will show you models of the storm system and what’s going on. It will give you the models and it will tell you what the category of the storm is and how intense it is.
I also suggest looking at the hurricane preparedness page on the same site. It’s got information for you to refer to and think about when you’re in a situation where you may have to evacuate. You may have to get some supplies and have a plan! I also wrote a post about having a bug-out bag which, if there’s any type of disaster, not just a hurricane, is something you can grab and go.
I had to evacuate last year for the first time. I’d never experienced that before. It was quite an ordeal. So I just want to draw your attention to this, not to scare anyone but just be aware, be alert. We do have a lot of planetary changes going on and you just always have to be aware of what’s going on around you at all times!
Do you need an emergency or “bug out” bag? There’s a lot going on the planet. We have to worry about earth changes, weather anomalies and other dangers. As a resident of Florida, I know this all too well. We had a huge hurricane almost hit us last year, Hurricane Matthew. Thankfully it deviated a little bit to the West back into Atlantic but had it hit land it would have been the largest hurricane in Florida history.
That experience was a huge eye opener for me. We must worry about weather anomalies, what’s happening with our sun, all the CMEs and climate change. Everything in our solar system that’s happening right now is accelerating and it’s affecting us and it’s affecting our weather.
Based on this reality, I believe it’s a good idea to be prepared and have an emergency kit to grab if you had to. There are a lot of things you can include in terms of What To Put In Your Emergency Bug Out Bag. I’ve listed a few to get you started:
Water Filtration: The first thing that I have is a LifeStraw. This handy and portable device will turn any water into drinkable water. It reduces all the bacteria, 99.999%! You could literally go into a muddy pool of water, open up this LifeStraw and start drinking. You can also use Iodine pills which will purify water as well. Both are a great option and I have both in my bag.
Short Wave Radio: This is great if you can’t rely on the television, internet or radio stations for your information. Most come with battery back ups and some even come with solar power.
Maps: I carry maps in my car and my emergency bag. In today’s modern era most people don’t even know how to use a map! If something were to happen to the grid, for example, GPS would be knocked out and you would have to rely on other sources of direction.
Emergency Candles/ Waterproof Matches: These are invaluable in the case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to include a fire starter as a backup just in case.
Compass: In addition to maps a compass will help you navigate if there is no one around to give directions or if the GPS is down.
Starter Logs/ Cooking Stoves: I also have starter logs to start a fire as well as a Coleman cooking stove. Make sure you get several refills of propane for your stove. I also have a Sterno folding stove. which is a little bit more portable, along with cooking fuel.
Mylar blankets for insulation or if someone were to experience hypothermia.
Medical Kit: A medical kit is a good addition to any emergency bag and something you could keep in your vehicle always. Some of the items I include: Betadine solution, burn gel, Benadryl, bandages, pain medication such as Advil and medicine for an upset stomach. You will also want to remember any prescription medications or devices you or your family needs daily.
Emergency Food Supply: Emergency food is generally something that you can of grab and go and does not need refrigeration. You should consider some great options such as trail mix, dried fruit, protein bars and even MRE’s (or Meals Ready To Eat). You can also eat uncooked oatmeal, believe it or not! There are many other options in this category but these are few basics to think about.
Extra Water: You should always have a lot of water stored up and can transport it if needed.
Obviously, a grab bag is not intended to last you for months or years. This is supposed to be something that can get you by in an emergency. These are just the basics! There are many resources available for further research (I’ve posted several links at the end of this article). Start simple and remember that ANY level of preparedness is better than none! This is not supposed to alarm people. Disaster prep is something that everyone can, and should, do.