When Disaster Strikes(prayers for Texas)

Here’s a thought. Why don’t we think about possible scenarios in the time BEFORE a disaster strikes? i’m not sure why but we seem to have a mindset in the United States that is reactive. We do well after the fact with lessons learned but we never seem to be ready beforehand.

How do you prepare? Think the unthinkable and ask the question “what if”

I lived most of my life in the snow belt and remember winters where the temperatures dipped below 70 with the wind chill factor added in. We went through a couple tornado warnings. Fortunately nothing came of them.

So how on earth did we manage with feet of snow and incredibly cold temperatures. Whether it’s a tornado warning or snow storm where you could lose electric you have flashlights ready. Never use candles. You don’t want to add a disaster to a disaster. Layers of clothing and blankets definitely help and i would recommend purchasing a down comforter. Nothing like it. Body warmth doesn’t hurt either. Cuddle up. If you have gloves, socks and a hat-probably should-keep your extremities covered meaning your head, feet and hands. Do not use a parked vehicle for warmth. People die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning and it’s nothing you can see or smell. It will overtake you quickly without you even being aware of it. If you can afford it get a generator, even if you think you would never need one.Follow the safety guidelines for safe use. Finally, if you’re fortunate enough to still have running water but the temps are diving, open the faucet a tad. Running water doesn’t freeze. Open the cabinet doors too;if there’s any warmth in the home it will keep the plumbing warm underneath a little bit more.The first step is to recognize that things we’re not prepared for, thinking they could never happen, can happen. The CCP virus is the perfect example.

i know people make fun of preppers who stock up on non perishable foods in case of some apocalyptic event but they may be onto something anyway. It doesn’t have to be an apocalyptic event. It can certainly end up being an event we didn’t see coming. My thinking is always have extra or back up of anything considered essential to survival. Whether that’s food or fuel right down to the batteries you might need for a flashlight. Something that requires power that is already depleted does us no good in an emergency. i also have a first aide kit handy and that could be useful in any situation.

My concern for our country now is an EMP attack. i put nothing past China. Our officials talk about it and mention it could happen. They fret. My question is what are we doing to prepare? I never knew hand wringing helped anyone. Nor does thinking it’s a possibility in the future. Think of anything, even an EMP attack, as possible NOW. Can you imagine where we might have been with the CCP virus had our intel agencies been on the look out for the CCP in China doing something this nefarious.

i watch the weather closely and tend to look ahead at the Storm Prediction Center. Weather can be tricky because one factor or another can change even slightly from day to day but overall you can get a pretty good idea of what’s probably coming. They look at patterns days out and make the best prediction possible. I stay tuned in locally too but to get a heads up you need an early prediction. The bottom line is become weather aware. For the few minutes it takes it’s worth it,both nationally at the storm prediction center and locally from the Weather Channel. We also have a weather radio. Not too expensive. It’s nothing fancy except it does have a warning system on it-it drives my husband crazy in the summer when we have severe weather moving in so i know it works.The worst tornado warnings are the ones that come at night. They are the most dangerous because people are caught unaware. If you’re under a tornado watch it could slip into a warning. Just assume you could get hit while you’re sleeping.It would pay to have a weather radio,leave your tv on in case they do an emergency broadcast or sign up for a phone alert. Talk to your neighbors and mention some things you could do for each other.Maybe you could have an agreement to call and relay a warning,especially at night.We have a basement.i always make a point of letting people know if they don’t have a basement or a safe place to go they are welcome in our home. I always say, don’t even call or knock. Just come over.

Have a plan.Prep not panic is my motto.

I’m always flabbergasted watching videos by tornado spotters who catch people driving around as if nothing is going on;totally oblivious to the weather conditions they are under or about to be. I honestly don’t get it. i know at least 1-2 days ahead of time of possible dangerous weather conditions from conditions favorable to tornadoes or blizzards on the way. Technology has come a long way in aiding our meteorologists. These people are scientists who study the weather. New technologies have assisted them greatly in their ability to make predictions. Are they 100% accurate? Of course not because of the inherent slight unpredictability of weather in the first place but they’re pretty darned good. I’d rather they WERE wrong.

Here’s a thought for state officials who are supposed to be managing these disasters. I often see where they are sending out warnings, psa’s and other communications to the general public during a disaster when the electric is out. PSA’s may seem helpful once the disaster has passed. Keep in mind services in most instances are still down. They’ll give out website addresses which seems like a good idea on its face. My question has always been, if the electric is out and there’s no means of communication what good is this information to the people who have no access? Maybe we should take that into consideration?

Do you have any ham radio operators in your area? If you haven’t recruited them to aide in disasters please do so.They almost always have a means of communication when all else is failing. No, a ham radio operator(aka amateur radio )is NOT a cb enthusiast.”Hams” are licensed operators for particular bandwidths.*

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook// Storm Prediction Center

https://weather.com/ Weather Channel

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=weather%20radio Weather Radios. The prices are very reasonable. I didn’t spend much on ours and it does the job.

https://products.bestreviews.com/best-generators-solar Solar Power Generators. Product Reviews

*I know. Got my Tech license and passed the General Exam.