Module 5

Natural Disaster Prep & Survival

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Weekly Challenge

During Module 1, you did a threat assessment. This week, we’d like you to use what you learned in that assessment to identify the natural disaster that is the most likely in your area.

Has this disaster happened before?

  • If so, go back and research what occurred during the disaster. By looking at history, we can learn how to better prepare for the future. Try to find out if there was a power outage, how long it lasted, what services were affected, and what kind of damage occurred to property in your area.
  • If it hasn’t occurred, your research will take a different turn. Now is the time to become an expert on the effects of the particular disaster to create a specific plan for it should it occur in the future.

Come up with 5 concrete actions that you can take this week to prepare for the most likely disaster.  Share what you’ve learned over on the Facebook page!

Weekly To Do List

Sanitation

  1. Make an emergency toilet with a 5 gallon bucket, heavy duty contractor-quality plastic bag, kitty litter, and a pool noodle (for a comfy seat).
  2. It isn’t enough just to buy water filters like you did last week. Take them out of the packages and then take the kids on an outing to a nearby creek to test them. It’s essential that you know how to use these before you actually need to use them.
  3. Stock up on the supplies you need to make electrolyte beverages. This will be essential in the treatment of any type of waterborne illness that a family might suffer in an emergency. Here are a few recipes.

Sustenance

  1. Make a list of the vegetables you use most often in your day to day cooking. For food storage purposes, focus  on stocking up on these, whether they’re canned, dehydrated, or freeze-dried.
  2. With your list of most-used vegetables in hand, do some research into which varieties will grow best in your own backyard. This will require a trip to a local nursery, staffed by at least 1 master gardener who is familiar with your area. Avoid buying plants at big box stores, since those are selected by what will sell, not necessarily what will grow in your area.
  3. Go through your food stash, and with a sharpie, write the purchase date on the labels where it can be easily seen. This will help a great deal when it comes time to rotate your stored food.

Survival

  1. Sign up for a First Aid and CPR class for yourself and as many other family members as possible. If you’ve already taken these classes within the past 3 years or so, find a Wilderness First Aid class near you. This will be more expensive but you’ll learn first aid techniques that assume the injured or sick person is miles from medical care. REI stores often hold these classes.
  2. Order inexpensive headlamps for all of the members of your family. Be sure to stock up on the appropriate batteries.
  3. How is your emergency medical library? It’s important to have hard copies of texts that can see you through a medical emergency when help is not available. Some good options are: Prepper’s Natural Medicine, The Survival Medicine Handbook,  and Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference.

Shelter

  1. Begin to collect the tools and supplies necessary to repair your home in an emergency. Plywood, hardware, 2x4s, plastic sheeting, PVC pipes, etc., could all come in handy in weatherproofing your house if it is damaged in a disaster.
  2. Pick up bungee cords, plywood, and strapping so that you can quickly secure your home and outdoor furniture in the event of a storm with high winds.
  3. Do an audit of your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. What is covered? What is not covered? Be sure to take an inventory with photographs and store it offsite or in the cloud to make the claims process easier.

Security

  • Get some sheets of plywood.  Then, cut them to fit your windows and drill the screw holes ahead of time.  Tape the appropriate screws to the plywood. If you do the prep work, you will be able to install these on your windows in mere minutes should an emergency occur.
  • Decide which method you intend to use to protect your home and family. Purchase the weapon if you need to. If you aren’t extremely proficient and comfortable with that weapon, get lessons and commit to practicing regularly.

Sanity

  • If you’ve saved your family’s photos on DVDs and/or thumb drives, save those in a home safe or safe deposit box. As a backup, give copies to family members.
  • Have you thought about a way to play music during a disaster? It can be very soothing to both children and adults. As well, music playing through headphones can be a good way to drown out the noise of a storm or destruction for children. If you plan to use an iPod or MP3 player, look into different ways to recharge it if the power is out.
  • Do your children have any specific comfort items? If it is at all possible, purchase a duplicate. While it won’t be exactly the same, if the original is lost during an emergency, the duplicate could be useful for soothing your child. Also, consider stashing some of their very favorite candies and foods for the same reason.

Giveaway

lifestraw-go-1000x1000_1[1]This week there will be FOUR lucky winners! Sponsor Earth Easy is providing four LifeStraw Go bottles:

“Simply use the bottle to scoop water from any pond, stream or river, and you will have a supply of fresh, clean drinking water. Take the LifeStraw Go with you when you go hiking, camping, or travelling to areas with poor water quality.”

As always, giveaway winners will be announced at this week’s Sunday Night Check In. Good luck, everyone, and thanks, Earth Easy!

Shopping List

Headlamps

4-Way Silcock Key (Use this to access water on the exterior valve of some commercial buildings)

Jackery Portable Rechargeable Battery

Safety Tattoos

Prepper’s Natural Medicine

The Survival Medicine Handbook (This is the latest edition)

Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference

Pick up the supplies needed to make your own electrolyte powders

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