Well here we are at the start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and we have already had our second named system. Hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are just a fact of life but an amazing number of people don’t bother to prepare for them until the warnings are issued and the hardware and grocery store shelves are empty. The predictions for this year point to another light season but regardless of the total number of storms that make landfall it only takes one passing overhead to make those predictions meaningless.
No I don’t plan to provide a complete hurricane preparedness blueprint here on the blog. The Federal government has spent quite a few of our tax dollars to put all this information together for us and you can find from either the National Weather Service here or the from the Ready.gov site here.
These are great starter guides but both have a glaring oversight. Neither one of them mentions anything about self-defense. As we have seen with Katrina, the behavior of human beings after such storms can be far from what could, in any way shape or form, be called civilized. I’m not saying to stock up on AR-15s, ammo and body armor (nor am I saying not to) but you should definitely spend some mental cycles deciding how you will defend your loved ones should predators such as we saw in New Orleans show up wherever you and your family are taking refuge.
Besides the two legged predators, all sorts of wild creatures displaced by the storm and high waters can show up in the most unexpected places. During one storm here in Texas a wild game safari park was flooded and all sorts of interesting and dangerous creatures escaped. We found a mule deer walking down the road and a water buffalo dead on the roadside. During another a man and his pet tiger took refuge in a church, much to the displeasure of the other folks already there. More mundane critters like snakes, rats, and fire ants can also be displaced and many are more than willing to try and share (or take over) your place of shelter. So be prepared for that sort of thing too.
Now, here’s the cool thing. If you follow those simple instructions on the government web sites that guide you through being prepared for a hurricane you will also be prepared (or at least more prepared) for anything else life throws at you. My primary focus for being prepared, because I live on the Gulf Coast, is hurricanes but those same supplies I have set aside for a hurricane have helped me through the flooding we have experienced this year, as well as job loss last year.
Good luck and God bless.