Vital Steps for Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are one of the few disasters for which you can anticipate some warning. Thanks to today’s advanced satellite tracking, we often get at least three days notice when a hurricane is heading towards land fall, and often four or five. A prudent survivalist will make the most of this time.  Compared to the three minute warning you may receive in a tornado, three days is a huge amount of time to prepare and even someone who has done no previous planning can get into pretty decent shape in 72 hours.

 

If your home is near the shore and the rising surf is threatening, or you appear to be in the direct course of the hurricane, you may be better off evacuating to higher ground. Keep in mind that the storm surge and wind damage may be limited to areas near the shore, but heavy rain and subsequent flooding can result in an emergency situation sometimes hundreds of mile inland.  Few areas are capable of handling 12 or 15 inches of rain in a four to six-hour period.  Heavy rain from hurricanes and tropical storms has caused mudslides, washed out roads, flooded creeks, streams and rivers, generated damaging lighting strikes and even spawned tornadoes hundreds of miles inland.

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Dave’s Tips: Test Your Survival Stuff and Yourself

Did you hear about the fellow who unpacked and set up his new kerosene heater after the ice storm knocked out the power, only to find its igniter needed 2 D-cell batteries? It wasn’t a laughing matter.

 

Or the family who could not use all the power from their generator because they didn’t have an extension cord with the correct NEMA 14L-30P twist lock? They spent a few days in the dark.
Dave's Tips: Test Your Survival Stuff and Yourself

 

You can prevent this kind of a situation by testing and practicing with your preps before you need them. Get familiar with your tools, unpack and assemble your equipment, and test and optimize things before you need to rely on them in an emergency. Not only can you rest assured that you really are prepped, but you will have the knowledge and confidence to use your gear in an emergency.

 

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Fresh Perpetual Stew: Rules for the Farmer’s Market

 

In my mind, any urban area that has nice sidewalks and streetlamps counts as “the city.” And don’t get me wrong, I am blessed with a quaint apartment in town. I love having the option to walk to the office, the coffee shop, or the grocery store around the corner, but I always find myself missing the country. I miss seeing the trees growing over dusty gravel roads and passing more tractors than traffic signs. I think about the quiet nights and friendly neighbors and the way you can actually smell the freshness of sunshine.

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Fresh Perpetual Stew: An Introduction to Your First Survival Garden

Captain Dave is pleased to welcome columnist NCPrepper.  She plans to report in regularly on her first urban survival garden and share other cooking and food prep tips for preppers in the column Fresh Perpetual Stew. To learn more about perpetual stew and other prepping tips, check out our Captain Dave’s Survival Guide

Growing up in rural Louisiana, I was always helping my mom with her garden. In the spring we’d sit on the couch at night and map out plans on a bright yellow notepad. Basil and rosemary in the front beds, tomatoes and cucumbers in the side yard, and of course new flowers along all four sides of the house. By the time summer rolled around there would be cosmos and zinnias popping up along the raised beds and our kitchen counter would be covered in more ripe, juicy cherry tomatoes and meaty Romas than we’d know what to do with. We’d water in the morning, checking the plants and picking a few veggies, then water again at night and pick a few more. Mom would even go through and pull these large green caterpillars off our tomatoes and squish them between her bare fingers—one of the many pests that loved our tomatoes. As the summer would wind down we’d give a hefty portion of our harvest to our neighbors and friends at church, mom would make basil pesto and freeze tomatoes for sauces in the fall and winter months.

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Get your Cold Weather Wardrobe Ready

R6240.mainCold weather is supposed to blow in this week, so make sure you are prepared!

If you plan to spend a significant amount of time outdoors, be sure to dress in layers and make sure your extremities are covered. That means a warm hat, gloves or mittens, and warm socks.

 

Here are our recommendations:

Base Layer: We recommend moisture-wicking thermal underwear, either made from synthetic fibers or wool. If you are going to be very active, go with the silk weight thermals. If you are going to be in a tree stand, riding a snow machine, or sitting on a bleacher watching a football game, go with the heavyweight thermals, which are surprisingly warm.

 

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Celebrate Hunting Season, an American Tradition

BowHunterNew hunting themed t-shirts from Erazor Bits are here, just in time for hunting season. The line includes two deer-hunting shirts. The “Buck Stops Here” motif shows a 10-point buck against an American Flag background, celebrating the heritage of this great American sport. The Bow Hunter t-shirt features a camouflage-clad hunter and several mature bucks.

 

Also in the Erazor Bits Wicked Hunt line are shirts celebrating hunting dogs, turkey season and duck season. These join the popular line of fishing t-shirts debuted earlier this year.

 

All Erazor Bits T-shirts are printed on pre-shrunk, heavy-weight 100% cotton t-shirts and are available in sizes small to 3XL.