Hurricane Kits, Preparedness and Survival

The Atlantic hurricane season starts today.  Officially, the season lasts from 1 June to 30 November. Preparedness is an essential key to survival of the every growing frequency and increased intensity of hurricanes over the past 10 years. carries a large variety of survival kits, which are ideal for any type of disaster. Their two Person Deluxe Survival Kit as well as the four Person Premium Kit have been established as two of the most comprehensive kits on the market. These kits are packed with food, water, radios, flashlights, hygiene supplies, first aid kits as well as many other essential items.  Preparing for disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and other natural and man-made disasters has become increasingly vital for survival.

On May 19, 2011, the Climate Prediction Center issued NOAA’s outlook for the Atlantic hurricane season. The CPC expected that 12–18 named storms, 6–10 hurricanes, and 3–6 major hurricanes would form in the Atlantic during 2011. The center cited above-normal sea surface temperatures, a weakening La Niña, and the effect of the warm regime of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation as the bases behind their forecast, adding that seasonal climate models hint that “activity comparable to some of the active seasons since 1995″ could occur.

Take the First Step in Disaster Survival Planning

Deciding what to do is the most difficult part of creating a survival plan. We all would like to have a plan in place, but just have not got around to creating it. The idea of having one sounds good, but we have not taken any action.Suite101SurvivalKitFamilyBonding

Why is this? We all know that we should have a survival plan. We occasionally think about it when we see a disaster on the television or in the newspapers. We read articles in books about the necessity. We have a tendency to put these thoughts on the back burner as the newsworthiness of the current disaster fades.

Making a disaster survival plan is not difficult, but deciding to do it seems to be. We do not have the time. It is a nice day out and we have other fun things to do. We work hard and are tired.

Look in the mirror. The person that you see is the one that has the ultimate responsibility for how you deal with the situation. It is in your hands. The decisions and plans that you make now will determine whether you survive, barely survive, or are in the position to best deal with whatever happens.

Nothing comes without a cost. In the case of disaster planning, you pay now or you may pay dearly later. The cost for a disaster survival plan is your time and consideration. This is a small price to pay for your safety.

You and your family are unique. You may have needs that others do not have. Give yourself some time each day and think of what you need most. What is your age? What is the age of your family? Are there any elderly people living with you? Do you have any family that live close by and may be part of a plan?

Winter Storm Preparedness A Survival Guide

Winter Storm

A major winter storm can be lethal. A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home, without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their cars. Attempting to walk for help in a blizzard can be a deadly decision.

Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. The leading cause of death during winter storms is from automobile or other transportation accidents. Exhaustion and heart attacks caused by overexertion are the two most likely causes of winter storm-related deaths.

House fires occur more frequently in the winter due to lack of proper safety precautions when using alternate heating sources. Fire during winter storms presents a great danger because water supplies may freeze and it may be difficult for firefighting equipment to get to the fire.

Preparing for all types of cold weather conditions and disasters, and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms.

BEFORE

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a winter storm hazard:

Freezing Rain

Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees, and power lines.

Sleet

Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

Winter Storm Watch

A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.

Winter Storm Warning

A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.