Preppers need no motivation to refresh their readiness for a new year. However, the list of possible disasters changes constantly and requires maintenance. There are things on the list that are basic, and then there are more time-sensitive matters that reflect more urgent threats.
Basic preparation list
- Winter weather
If you live in states that get snow, then you know that it is coming. It is just a matter of when and how much. Forecasters at Accuweather said that winter would arrive in 2014 “without delay.” They were correct, but they waited until October to tell us.
The arctic airmass is dipping down from Canada, and so long as that is the pattern, the cold will follow the dip. That’s not rocket science. The best source for a long-term weather outlook is the Farmer’s Almanac. Why is that? Farmers watch forecasts as if their lives depend upon them. Second, they have a lot of time to contemplate the world spinning while the clouds breeze overhead. Forecasting the weather is watching the clouds.
- Winter flood
Along with the weather, there are floodwaters. If the snow melts prematurely as a result of a sudden warm-up that happens because of climate change and global warming, there might be a flood near you. If you watch those Alaska tv shows, you know from the Kilchers that the glacial melt is different each year and that the rivers and streams are modifying their flows. What didn’t flood before may flood now.
- Infectious disease
Ebola may seem like a long way off, but it has arrived in big city airports. Conspiracy theorists might have it that the disease is being used in experiments in small rural communities, hiding in plain sight. Keep an eye on flocks of sheep. If they all go down at once, be suspicious of your government at work.
Acquire haz mat outfits and protective masks for the entire family, and don’t forget rubber gloves in all sizes.
Just as there is contamination by disease, there are chemical and biological threats of all sorts. If you live in one of America’s fracking zones, don’t light a match near your sink. Seriously, check for gases. Get a water test kit too and a water filter system. Use only clean water to bathe your children and use the same water afterward to wash your dog.
- Power outage
The big power companies have you at their mercy just like cable companies. When the power is out, you will likely lose the internet and your microwave oven too. You may have a power generator, but make certain that you have sufficient fuel for the generator. Even with your own power generation, the chances are that your internet won’t work.
Timely preparation list
- Government meltdown
Government meltdown is a continuous state of dysfunction, and most people have become accustomed to that. However, there are still threats of shutdowns that can delay your receiving your Social Security check. Unless you have direct deposit, the check may be held up in the mail if the Post Office goes on strike.
- Civil disturbance
Urban disturbances are common. There have been reports of disturbances at bingo games. It has been a few years since the last disruption in Fairbanks Alaska when someone entered the bingo hall shouting and cursing related to a family disturbance. Sometimes, there are arguments over the ownership of certain bingo bags, markers, and amulets.
- Bridge or road out
Since the US Congress hasn’t passed a road bill since 2005, the bridge or road upon which you depend may not be as reliable. Check your routes. If construction is funded by Obama and there is a traffic jam, blame that on him. If the bridge collapses, that is probably Congress’ fault.
- Immigrant swarm
At first only the southern border states were a problem where immigrants are jumping fences and coming into the United States to steal work. Now, the government might be moving busloads of people all over the place and that spells trouble in River City if you catch the drift.
- Terrorist attack
Terrorists usually just pick on big cities, but they may also decide to hold up like Bonnie and Clyde in some abandoned farm house. When you’re out hunting, check the empty buildings and make sure no one is in there who shouldn’t be.
The government is here to assist you: http://www.ready.gov/
“MAKE A PLAN
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Download theCommuter Emergency Plan (PDF).”