Prepared For A Catastrophic Failure
Of Modern Services
The Essentials of life article series covers the basics
of sustaining life with an emphasis on both urban and wilderness places.
More Survival Information
Buy Survival Gear
The Necessity of Safe Drinking Water
Dangers & symptoms for contaminated water.
Finding and Treatment of Safe Drinking Water
Where to locate safe water and how to treat it.
Finding Water Where There Is None
Methods of locating water in difficult places.
Food Safety and Survival After A Disaster or Emergency
Tips for protecting your survival and your food supply.
Preparing an Emergency Food Supply - Long Term Food Storage
Information Courtesy of the University of Georgia and the authors
Judy Harrison, Ph.D and Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D
General Survival Information
U.S Army Field Manual Survival - Table of Contents
Hurricane Preparation and Survival Planning
On these pages you will find information to aid in hurricane survival and planning for you and your family. The information on these pages are excerpts courtesy of the NOAA. Start Planning now, where will you will go and how you will get there, if you need to evacuate? Gather supplies like flashlights and plenty of batteries as well as a NOAA weather radio now. There may not be time or the availability of these items later, when you will need them. If you think you may need to evacuate, do so early, don't wait until highways are clogged to leave. That means you will need to pack clothing, gather important papers such as shot records, other medical records, marriage license, titles, deeds, abstracts, stocks , bonds, financial papers, Insurance Papers and other papers as needed and have everything ready to go in case you decide to leave. After the storm strikes it may be to late to leave safely.
Basic Hurricane Safety Actions
WATCH vs. WARNING - KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
Disaster Supplies Kit
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
The Danger of the Storm Surge
"The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is from the storm surge."
Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is tremendous.
STORM SURGE SAFETY ACTIONS
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