Thursday, January 30, 2014

Surviving a Major Ice Storm, by S.C. | Survival Blog

[S.C., age 17, wrote this as a homeschool project. - BRAVO!]

So you hear an ice storm is coming and you're not prepared, what do you do? This article will show you the ten essentials you need to survive. Back in 2009, Kentucky was hit by a massive ice storm that dumped 2 inches of ice on everything. Consequently we were without power for 8 long days. During the week many people had to leave their homes, because they had no heat, no water, and no food. At the time of the ice storm I was only 13 and really didn't know a whole lot about prepping for natural disasters. It was amazing how much damage an ice storm could do to people's homes, power poles, and roads. It was a huge mess! Now, four years later, I've taken prepping to a whole new level. I've put together bug-out bags, learned survival skills, built survival kits, and loads more. Now that I'm 17, I want to share my experience with others in hopes to educate them about the dangers of ice storms.

Most likely after a storm hits an area, roads will be impassible, water supplies will be gone, walking outside will be very dangerous, and power will be down. Depending on where you live, it may take weeks for power to be restored. What you do to prepare will either mean staying in your own home or suffering the bitter cold until you can leave and go somewhere else-- a family member's, friend's, or even a shelter, if need be. In this section I'm going to tell you the ten essentials that you need to prepare for an ice storm. The items listed below are what helped me and my family survive the ice storm (except for the generator), and may not be everything you might need. FEMA recommends that you have 3 days worth of food and water in your home. Let's face it, in real life how often do you know a natural disaster that's gone in three days? There have been many instances when FEMA or the National Guard can't even respond for three days. Never trust that the government will save you or even cares when a natural disaster strikes. Take it upon yourself to be ready and prepared. Make sure you tailor your preps to best suit you and your personal needs. If you have young children, elderly, babies, diabetics, or someone who requires some other special need, they will have their own specific requirements that will need to be cared for and addressed in your prepping. Here's a list to get you started:

1. A Wood-Burning Stove. The most important preparation we had was a wood-burning stove. When the power goes out there is no way to run a heater, unless you have a generator. Unfortunately we did not have the luxury of having a generator. When we first moved to Kentucky all of the elders in the community told us we should consider purchasing a woodstove. After a year or so we purchased one, and it was the best prepping item we ever acquired. We were able to keep our house warm, boil water for tea or coffee, cook our meals, and so on. Yes, woodstoves can be dangerous if used in the wrong way, but used correctly it can really make a difference when it's below freezing outside.  

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