I thought I had checked out every survival and emergency website out there, but last week I was pleasantly surprised by the discovery of Survival-Goods. The website is not only well organized with a variety of emergency survival kits and supplies, but it also contains some excellent articles, all written by experts in the emergency preparedness field. Not all emergency preparedness stores include information that explains why you need to prepare, but this one does.
Winter still has a strong grip over most of the country, so I spent some time reading about the essentials for a Winter Survival Kit and How to Survive a Flood While in Your Vehicle. Sooner or later, all that snow is going to melt, and flood season can be deadlier than a blizzard.
I expected the typical list of having flashlights, extra firewood, and a good snow shovel, but I wasn’t prepared for some of the other, less traditional, ideas. A few winter tips that caught my attention and made me say, “A-ha!” are:
- Have something to do while you are cooped up indoors. If you have a hobby that can keep you busy, that would make the time you’re indoors more fun.
- Finish up extra chores or projects. If you have a list of things that need to be done around the house but are too busy in the warmer months to even look at the list, tackle in the colder months.
- Winter Toys: Although not a necessity, if you have items available such as a sled or snowmobile, you can take advantage of all of the extra snow by getting out an enjoying yourself (if it is safe to do so).
Far fewer people would die every year in floods if they knew only this single piece of information:
- 6 inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars.
- 12 inches will usually stall a vehicle.
- 2 feet of water will generally cause vehicles to float.
- 2 feet of rushing water will sweep vehicles away.
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