Welcome To Hurricane Season…Are You Ready?

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.


One thought on “Welcome To Hurricane Season…Are You Ready?

  1. In 2012, SuperStorm Sandy destroyed my home. Kitchen door was eighteen feet off the Atlantic Ocean. My wife and I were in waist high water (and the house was, elevated), for 3 1/2 days. The Nor’easter storm rolled in and the water was icy cold. Of the things that few if ever mention are, (A) get a lot of drinking water before you need it. More the better. (B) Sewers back flow into the house. Brown fountains from toilet, tub, all sinks. Jam them with rags. Health risk. (C) Know how to make fire. I make primitive fire. When the water went down three days later, I gathered strewn wood and stood it upright. Grain and wind, drained water, then I made tinder and fire. (D) Boil up some water, and have a hot drink in your body. If possible, a meal. (E) Looters will appear almost immediately, so the hot water beverage or meal will keep your brain and body working. You will, need to verbally challenge the looters. Watch their hands. Their hands will indicate if a weapon is present. If so, you might be the only law, for some time, and you may possibly need to defend your family, your home, or your life. (F) Four legged critters might be in shock so beware, but be kind. I ended up with a lost female German Shepherd for a couple days, until her owners children came down the street calling and I asked what they were looking for. The kids were greatly relieved to find the dog sleeping in my home, and I later would not accept anything from the children’s parents. I was happy to help. (G) People, walked around for weeks after the flood, shell shocked. Queues for water, food, blankets, triage. The State Police, were the heroes. (H) Do not be surprised, if you see, people banding together and helping in any way possible. Some had guns. I too was armed. The local hoodlum teenagers, ended up being a volunteer labor platoon, and that was a great sight. The problem people, were not from our community. They were outsiders and opportunists.

    There is much more that I could write but it would take a lot of space in text. Conclusions vary. If you can leave the area, do so, early. After having gone through the flood, I am regarded as sort of a character like Quint from the movie Jaws. It’s crazy but, the bond with the ocean, is stronger. Many left the community but after being displaced, and with zero help from FEMA or anyone else, I returned and bought another house. Balance. Preparedness. Willingness. And leave a little room, for whatever small miracles or kindness you observe or experience. Try to be a blessing to others, and do it without expecting nor taking any reward or merit. It builds Character.

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