Monday, September 5, 2011

Show Notes from Episode 8


New segment – Hurricane Watch
For the remainder of the hurricane season, I will update you on current storms, their positions, tracks, and warnings.
Current Storm – Hurricane Katia
·         Became hurricane overnight Wednesday.
·         Current location –
·         Current track – unpredictable (nw @ 19 kph)
·         Remember your prep basics – water, food, shelter, security (lights & radio)
·         Threat of riptides along East coast US in the next couple of days
·         No warnings or watches in effect as of yet
·         Current sustained winds of 165 kph
·         Some predict a sharp northward turn towards eastern Canada
too long to announce – visit blog for link

SPACE WEATHER
Some radio interference may be expected.  Solar activity has been rather quiet lately, so keep an eye on activity in the next few days.  This could be a quiet before the storm.

Canadian News Stories

Environment Canada has confirmed a third tornado touched down as part of a wild storm system that swept through southwestern Ontario last week.
The agency says the tornado was confirmed after a damage survey along a three-kilometre stretch near Neustadt, about 100 kilometres northwest of Kitchener.
Investigators say damage in the area, which included uprooted trees and destroyed playground equipment, was caused by a tornado rated at zero, the weakest on the Fujita scale.
Environment Canada says tornadoes under that classification can bring winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour.
Tornadoes also hit Nairn, northwest of London, and an area southeast of Cambridge during the Aug. 24 storm.
Environment Canada says there have been 13 confirmed tornadoes in Ontario this year. The annual average is 12.
I am currently looking for news reporters from all areas of the country to report on natural or man made disasters or any other issues that could affect our lives as preppers.  You will be given full credit for your submissions and may be asked from time to time to appear on the show to talk about your article.  Anyone interested should contact me at denob70@gmail.com


This week’s topic – bug out bags & get home bags
So just what are these bags everyone is talking about? 
Imagine one evening, as you relax in your pyjamas in front of the television, you have a knock on the door.  Looking out the window, you see a police officer, firefighter, or other official looking dude waiting for your answer.  The news is bad...a freight train has derailed near your home and a tanker car full of propane has caught fire and threatens to explode, taking a the better part of your neighbourhood with it.  You have NO TIME to think, gather or otherwise get ready to abandon your home NOW!  Wouldn’t it be handy to have a backpack with some clothing, food, water and some toiletry items sitting in the front closet?  Well, that’s a bug out bag.

Here is another scenario...
As you sit at your desk at work, you feel a shaking in the floor, thinking at first that someone has mishandled a machine in the shop behind the offices, you soon realize that something more is happening.  The intensity of shaking increases, the things begin to fall from shelves, the lights sway, then go out.  The only thing you can hear above the rumbling is the sound of every car alarm on the street outside going off at the same time.  You’ve just experienced an earthquake.  You get into your car to boot home to your loved ones and hear on the radio that heavy damage has closed all the main roads for miles.  Your only choice is to walk...wouldn’t it be grand to have some spare clothing, walking shoes, and some basic hiking supplies with you?  Well, that’s a get home bag.
Some of you may think that this couldn’t happen to you.  Well let me tell you, the train story came from an actual experience of a relative of mine.  Literally dragged from her home in her nightgown, lucky to have thought to grab her purse on the way out. 
The fact is, these, or any other scenario CAN happen to you without warning.  Being prepared means being able to give yourself the best chances of coming out of a situation like this alive.

So how do I decide to bug out or not?
For some strange reason, prepper blogs & forums tend to make a big deal about this subject,  countless posts have been made and the subject has been made way more complicated than it needs to be. The answer is really quite simple.  If the situation dictates that you will or may likely die if you stay in your home, then get to heck outta Dodge.  It’s that simple.  Too many people have decided to stay and fight off whatever is coming their way.  Well, ya know what?  Stay home and die.  Not to be calloused or uncaring, but that’s what it boils down to.  If you want to be the tough guy and fight off a wildfire or hold back a flood then I can’t help you.  You will simply be at the mercy of whatever force is headed your way. 
The sooner you get out, the better.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  It could be too late. A case in point...
CONNECTICUT
In Bristol,    46-year-old Shane Seaver died after he and another man went canoeing down a flooded street and the canoe capsized. Seaver's body washed ashore late Sunday in Plainville.
New York
Sharon Stein, 68, drowned in a creek as she and her husband were evacuating their New Scotland home Sunday.
A man died after his inflatable boat capsized on the Croton River.
The bodies of 23-year-old Mikita Fox and Danine Swamp were pulled from a river in Altona after their vehicle plunged into the water while crossing a storm-damaged bridge.
PENNSYLVANIA
A man in a camper was crushed by a tree in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County.
 A motorist was killed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when he lost control of his car during the storm in Carbon County, skidded over an embankment and hit a tree.
Don’t be stupid, don’t be a hero...get out while the getting is good.  Once a storm hits, staying put is your best option.  If you don’t feel secure in your preps ahead of time, make alternate arrangements.  Not just Food & water, but preps like tree trimming & home security.

Packing a Get Home Bag
Consider how long it might take you to walk from work to your home or BOL then double that.  Consider the terrain – lakes to walk around, rivers to cross, etc.  Bridges may be damaged & roads closed so have a good map of the area and preplan several routes.  For walking routes & time estimates try google maps, they have a directions page that allows for walking & bicycling routes.
Water –
·         enough for 3 days or minimum 6 litres.more is desireable if you can carry it
·         water purification – water filter, tablets or plain bleach.  Carry bandanas or coffee filters to pre filter.
·         Drink crystals to flavour water and coffee or tea if you normally drink. (keep whitener & sugar packets)
Food –
·         lightweight, no cooking or little cooking required.  Canned food is ok, but keep it to a minimum & have a canopener.
·         MRE’s, freezedried meals are good.
·         Keep hand sanitizer for cleaning up before eating, wetnaps for after.
·         3 days – include energy bars or high calorie snacks
Shelter –
·         Small, lightweight tent or tarp & cord (tent pegs handy)
·         Sleeping bag or blanket
Clothing –
·         Keep it seasonal & rotate 3-4 times a year.
·         Always keep warmer clothing even in summer – temperatures can be unpredictable after a disaster
·         Remember a hat for sun protection in summer
·         Work gloves all year round
·         Good walking shoes or boots
·         More socks that you think you will need
Gear –
·         Lightweight compact campstove & fuel (campden tablets or canned heat aka sterno stove)
·         Flashlight & spare batteries
·         Radio & spare batteries
·         Good pocket knife or multitool
·         Small toiletry kit
·         Small first aid kit(include otc pain, flu & allergy)
·         Cookwear (small scout style mess kit, chow kit, canopener, potholder)
·         Soap, towel, dishcloth
·         Fire starter – lighter or matches, tinder, etc.


Packing a Bug out Bag
Consider how long it will take for you to reach your BOL (could also mean a relative’s house).  If you plan on staying at a local public shelter, plan for 3 days.
Water – same as GHB
Food – same as GHB
Shelter – as required, tent or tarps, blankets or sleeping bag,  for shelters, consider an inflatable pillow
Clothing – same as GHB
Gear – same as GHB but add –
·         Scanned documents on USB drive
·         Spare prescription meds
·         Spare eyeglasses – especially if you wear contacts
·         Detailed maps with pre planned escape routes of your area and surrounding areas.
·         Extra fuel for vehicle
·         Cash – enough for fuel, motels, food, & other expenses.

Summary 
·         Decide to bug out early – don’t risk your life staying until the last minute.
·         Keep bags(or bins) ready to go, bags near the door, bins near the car.
·         Know where to go & plan routes in advance
·         Know what is happening around you – if storms or wildfires are approaching – keep updated a few times a day.
·         Practice surviving in your back yard or on a camping trip.  Consider what you are missing or what you really don’t need & adjust your pack.
·         Unpack and check your gear often, especially food & batteries.
One favourite resource I have is my old scout handbook.  You can learn shelter building, compass & map navigation, & basic survival skills.  Not for the advanced survivalist, but a good place for the beginner to start.  To get yours, visit
www.scouts.ca

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