A Preppers Guide to Flooding

by Paul North

flooding public domain imageAlthough it may not be the apocalypse, flooding is a serious threat to many areas of the world. Floods can come unexpectedly and wreak havoc quickly so it is important to be as well prepared as possible for them. They can just as easily be caused by adverse weather conditions, such as the floods in the UK over the last couple of years, or unexpected accidents such as a burst dam. But how do you prepare for the unexpected?

Research your area

Whether it is somewhere you already live, and especially if it is somewhere you are potentially considering moving to, researching the potential flood conditions of an area are essential to determine how at risk you could be. In the UK you can obtain the flood history of any property from the Environment Agency for free (unless the report takes over 18 hours to put together when there is a small fee associated with it). In the US you can check if your home is near a flood plain by accessing FEMA’s Flood Map Service Centre. This is particularly useful if you are researching land to build a property on, and you can check as many different areas as you need to.

Have a plan

This may sound obvious but a lot of people who live in high flood risk areas accept this, and yet have no plan in place should the worst happen. Having a carefully considered plan can save you time and money in the event of a flood if you implement it quickly enough to alleviate any damage, or at least of the worst of it. Sandbags are often used to block doors and create a barrier against floodwater. The best time to get your sandbags is, or course, before a flood has hit so make sure you have a supply of these ready to be used. You will be able to respond quicker, resulting in less damage, if you have these at hand straight away. If you do not have any sandbags they can be made from old clothes and bed sheets, and filled with gravel or even dirt if that is all that is available.

If preventing the flood damage is not possible you should also have prepared to leave your property as quickly as you can, taking important possessions with you. This means having a bag of essentials prepared so you can leave quickly, as well as knowing where anything is that you may want to take with you on short notice and ensuring it is somewhere that can be easily reached as you leave. Remember that you may need to be away from home for days, or even week depending on how bad the damage is.

It is also important to plan and prepare for staying in your home in certain conditions. A flood may wipe out your water and electricity supply, even if the water itself doesn’t reach you. Having a well thought out stock of candles, lamps, drinking water and other supplies could make all the difference between continuing to live comfortably or having to leave your home. It is also important to have a supply of food in case you are stuck for any period of time. Tinned food is the best as it is not susceptible to flood damage like fresh food and can be kept and stored for long periods of time.

Essential items

As well as the obvious such as food and drinking water, there are several items that will make your life much easier if trapped in a flood. These include waterproof clothes, which will keep you comfortable and dry and waterproof containers for electrical items such as your mobile phones and torches. Torches are of course another essential item, as well as a small kit of medical supplies. Most homes will have a basic first aid kit but it worth keeping on top of this and making sure this is always well stocked and ready to be used. If anyone in the house takes regular medication that they cannot do without then you should also ensure there is always a good supply of this in the house.

All items, where possible, should be stored on the upper floor of the house as high as possible, in order to keep them away from any potential flood damage.

Insurance

Whilst most people tend to be sensible enough to take out insurance for their home and contents, a lot of insurance policies do not cover floods. Instead of getting caught out, take the time to research your policy and if flood damage is not covered invest in a separate flood insurance policy too. Although you may not want to spend the extra money, if a flood does affect you then you could end up spending far more if you are not covered by a suitable policy. Having insurance in place will make your life easier during what is bound to be a stressful time.

Cleanup

As well as preparing for all eventualities of a flood you should prepare for the cleanup afterwards. Cleaning after a flood can be complicated. To begin with you may need to remove any loose dirt, rocks and other debris from your home. It can be muddy where the water has been and anything touched by the mud is contaminated and should be cleaned thoroughly or disposed of if this is not possible. Anything that can be salvaged should be cleaned and dried, making sure no trace of the floodwater remains. You will need to disinfect all surfaces so a good supply of bleach for this is essential, and any rugs, carpets or soft furnishings that have been damaged will probably need to be thrown out. No electricity should be used until it has been checked by a professional, and the foundations should be thoroughly checked for cracks and signs of any long term damage that may cause problems further down the line.

This article was written by Paul North from Fireandwatersupplies.com.

What did you do to prep this week?

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Before we get started with this weeks “What Did You Do To Prep This Week” I’d like to thank Mr. Bill D, Clean Survival, Peter W, and Sherry S for their generous contributions this week via Paypal (and snail mail). If you feel that this site has helped you in some way and you would like to give something back then you can do that here.

Okay, now let’s get to it… what did I do to prep this week…

This week was a good one… I started construction on some 4×4 foot raised beds (if you plan on doing this type of gardening get a copy of Square Foot Gardening: How To Grow Healthy Organic Vegetables The Easy Way).

This week I also received my Renogy Firefly 20W Generator and my Humless 1.3 kWh solar kit is schedualed to be delivered on Monday.

Well, folks, that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week? Looking forward to reading your comments below.

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If Prepping Isn’t Fun Then You’re Doing it Wrong!

Are you a yo-yo prepper?

Do you prep when times are bad and then stop as soon as you think that things just might get a little better? If you do then you’re what is known to us dedicated survivalist’s aka “preppers” as a yo-yo prepper. You’re in and you’re out and then maybe in a few months you’re back in again.

With this sort of back and forth, in and out, it should be no mystery to you why you never really get anything done or really get prepared for whatever is coming.

I think that the main reason for this yo-yo prepping style is that to those would be preppers prepping just isn’t fun. But, prepping should be fun, it should get you excited if not then guess what… you’re doing it wrong!

I mean, you should be having fun with it, you should get excited about what you’re doing because when you look at it correctly you’ll realize that lots of the things that preppers do to prepare and to become more self-reliant other people do for fun as hobbies.

How many gardeners complain about raising a garden? Not many, most do it because it’s fun and they like the challenge of planting, nurturing and harvesting. Same goes for hunters, trappers, target shooters, competition shooters, beekeepers, folks who keep chickens or ducks, people who study martial arts, people who work towards better security for their homes, people who have home workshops that they spend time working and building in and the list could go on but you no doubt get the point.

Prepping is essentially a large group of activities that most people do for fun all rolled into one big bundle of prepping joy! You should look at prepping as a fun hobby (but a serious one), you should be getting excited as you work on different projects and learn new skills… because it’s fun!

I’ve been prepping for over 25 years and have needed to fall back and rely on my preps several times during emergencies and or difficult times in my life. I’ve needed and used my prepping related skills many times over the years and will continue to do so because prepping skills aren’t just for surviving TEOTWAWKI but also useful in day-to-day life when things are “normal”.

Even after 25+ years of prepping I still find it fun and exciting and always have something to do or a goal to reach. I don’t wake up and think well crap I’ve got to get up and go feed the chickens, tend the garden and then go hunting that evening…

No way! I’m like YES! Let’s get this day started!

I love setting goals and completing them because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I can work on and finish a prepper project or complete a goal and then take a few minutes to look at and reflect on what I’ve done and be proud and able to thank God for giving me the get-up-and-go to get it done.

You should look at prepping as one big hobby that allows you to incorporate a number of other fun hobbies into one big bundle of fun.

That’s what being a prepper is all about… well that and surviving the next major disaster whether it be an EMP, pandemic, war, cyber-attack on the power grid, economic collapse or whatever causes normal day-to-day life as we now know it to end.

Are you a yo-yo prepper? Or are you one of us dedicated preppers that get excited about prepping and think it’s as much fun as trip to vegas?

Surviving Vehicular Terrorism

by joe alton, md

CNN reports that a man in Berlin used a truck to plow through a group of people at a Christmas market, killing 9 and injuring 50 more. The tractor-trailer appeared to deliberately ram through several stalls at what is estimated to be 40 miles per hour; German authorities are treating the incident, at present, as a terror event.

The attack appears to parallel the cargo truck killing of 86 people and the wounding of 434 others in Nice, France during a fireworks display on a national holiday. On a smaller scale, a Somali student at Ohio State University recently ran down a number of people before leaving his car and stabbing several others with a large knife. A pattern seems to be emerging where a vehicle is used to cause casualties in public spaces.

This pattern is not occurring by accident. The English-language ISIS magazine “Rumiyah” has recently called for vehicle attacks on the West. An article that discussed which vehicles are best to do the most damage was titled “Just Terror Tactics”. Al-Qaeda has made calls for similar attacks, calling pickup trucks “the ultimate mowing machine”.

The article was quoted in the Business Insider: “Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner…Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire…”

Ordinarily, terror attacks are associated with guns, but these items are difficult to come by in most countries. Bombs, another preferred terrorist weapon, require expertise to assemble safely. Owning or renting a vehicle, however, is much more common and requires little skill to operate. Trucks and cars can cause mass casualties if wielded as a weapon; obtaining one elicits no suspicion.

Therefore, would-be terrorists now have a new blueprint for causing mayhem among an unsuspecting public. There are few who pay much attention to traffic unless they’re in a vehicle themselves or crossing the street. The speed at which a vehicle can accelerate and turn into a crowd leaves little time for reaction. Hence, the “success” rate of this type of terror event may surpass even a gunman’s ability to cause deaths and injuries.

The increasing number of terror events around the world underlines the increasing need for situational awareness. Situational awareness is the mindset whereby threats are mentally noted and avoided or abolished. Originally a tool for the military in combat, it is now a strategy for the average citizen in these uncertain times.

The situationally aware person is always at a state of “Yellow Alert” when in crowded public venues. By that, I mean a state of relaxed but vigilant observation of what is happening around him or her. When an action or behavior occurs that doesn’t match the surroundings and situation, it’s an anomaly.

When a vehicle moves erratically or leaves the normal pattern of traffic, it’s an anomaly that requires rapid action. Mentally noting routes of escape whenever you’re in a crowd will give you the best chance of getting out of the way. Just as knowing the location of exits in a mall or theater is good policy, a heightened awareness is now important at any outdoor event or popular public area near roadways.

For vehicular terrorists, the target will be crowds of people near the street. Their objective is mass casualties, and those pedestrians nearest the curb will bear the brunt of the attack. Consider walking on the fringe of a crowd away from the road to give yourself the most options. In the center, the masses, not your own good judgment, will dictate your movement. Take a walk along Times Square and you’ll see what I mean.

Municipalities can protect their citizens by constructing barriers known as “bollards” which would stop vehicles from entering pedestrian areas. These can be seen outside many government buildings and airport terminals. Expanding their use to areas that attract crowds would be an important consideration for the future.

I’ll admit that the likelihood you’ll be in the path of a terrorist using a vehicle, or any other weapon, is very small. Panic isn’t the answer, but these are troubled times; the more situationally aware you are, the safer you’ll be.

What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks here we are again! Another week of prepping and only six more days until Obama leaves office and Trump takes over. It’s going to be an interesting time, and I’m glad Hillary didn’t get it for sure, but I’m still uneasy and prepping harder… in fact, I’ve been doubling down on my preps…

Something big is going to happen… I can feel it… get off your butt and do something if you’re not already. Time to prep is short, please take advantage of the small amount of extra time that the election of Donald J Trump has provided us with.

Please read my post – Five Predictions For The Trump Presidency That Should Keep You Awake At Night.

Okay, what did I do to prep this week…

As you can see it was a good week for me – doubling down on my preps now because I’m expecting more people to show up – they will bring their own food and weapons but it dosen’t hurt to have extra.

What about you? What did you do to prep this week?

The very second step for starting your prepping adventure -The Threat Matrix

By OhioPrepper

The title may seem a bit odd, since we generally think of the very first thing when we begin to perform any task; but, the first step anyone takes in a prepping adventure, is to come to the realization that the world is and always has been an uncertain place, and that having a base set of knowledge, skills, physical resources and the correct positive attitude, is a necessary thing to do for your own safety and peace of mind as well as  your loved ones.  It is said that you can lead a horse to water; but, you can’t make him drink, and I suspect most of us have had this same type of thoughts when we try to convince others that prepping is smart and even necessary, often to even have the person agree, and promptly ignore us.

In the prepping community, we often see the term, TEOTWAWKI, or The End OF The World As We Know It, with the important part being the last 4 words, As We Know It.  This term to some often conjures up visions of a global nuclear war, or an asteroid impact, creating that Zombie Apocalypse.

The real end of the world as each of us knows it will more likely be a personal event such as an illness or job loss. So how you may ask, do we determine what’s going to happen and how to plan for it?

The simple answer is the Threat Matrix, which we will discuss here.  This matrix is not hard or complex; but, will take some effort and thought as you create it, and once it’s completed, you’ll have a map to start you on your journey, with some sort of organization, and perhaps a little less stress.  You can use paper and pencil, or a spreadsheet or word processor, if you’re comfortable with those tools. Here’s how you construct yours.

Start with a list of threats in prioritized order, with loss of your income, death in the family, or sudden acute illness at the top. Add global nuclear war and life ending asteroid strike at the bottom. Fill in the middle with the threats you and your family could actually face. For instance, here in Ohio we can have blizzards and tornados; but, are not too concerned with earthquakes or hurricanes and generally not much with floods or wildfires at my location, so be honest with yourself for your area.

Next, starting at the most likely (highest priority) event, make a list of the resources required to mitigate that threat. A resource in this case would be Materials, knowledge, and skills. Keep in mind also that sometimes people confuse information, knowledge, and skills; but, there is a simple way to understand the differences, and that is the application of them to your situation. A library with all of its books or the internet with all of its pages, text, videos, etc. contains absolutely no knowledge. It is only information. When you apply that information by reading, listening, or watching it, then you gain knowledge; but, that does not make a skill. You then apply that knowledge to create a skill, and then practice that skill to become proficient.

Once you have listed the stuff, knowledge, and skills for a threat, move on down to the next one on the list. What you will find is that as you move down the list, you start needing fewer resources, since they have already been covered in the higher priority levels. Once the matrix is complete, you have a map on what supplies, knowledge (books and other information), and skills to acquire, and like any journey, it gets only better with a map to the destination.

Also, note that as you prepare your way down this list, other things you missed will pop into your head; but, be assured that this is normal, and as you move on this journey in an organized fashion, you should occasionally stop and smell the roses, looking back for just a minute to see how far you’ve come. Always looking ahead will only tend to confuse, because this journey never has a final destination. I’ve been on the journey in a serious manner for more than 40 years, and still on occasion wonder what I’m missing.  Your journey will be not unlike the stories of Scheherazade, who’s never ending stories kept her alive for 1001 nights by telling stories so intriguing, that her benefactor kept her alive, waiting for her new stories every night.  Your extended story and your journey into preparedness will be constantly changing as you acquire new resources or skills, many of which will then equip you to think of and ask questions that might not have initially come to mind.

Often not knowing what we don’t know is our biggest problem; but, as you move forward, often very obvious things will occur to you, at which point you go back and rework the matrix; but, I promise that it will only get easier and you will eventually have at least a little peace of mind.

Another good resource is just reading this forum, and getting pointers and perspectives you may not have otherwise encountered.

Any threat on the list will require some basic starting items, so let’s get started:

Shelter & Clothing

Assuming that you already have a house, apartment or other abode, look around and determine how sheltering in this location would serve you, or if you plan to bug out to another location, look at the resources already cached there, what you need to take with you, your mode of transport, and the safest, least congested routes.

Energy

This can be anything from mains power with battery banks, generators, small-scale solar, wind, and water, as in low-head hydro.

On the low end, it could be simply AA, AAA, C, D, 18650, and other types of rechargeable cells with some way to keep them charged.  I saw an article long ago in The Mother Earth News showing how someone had rigged a small alternator or generator to a stationary bicycle and used that to charge batteries.  Another showed how they used a small battery and a bicycle like this to power a small TV set, so that in order to watch TV, one of the kids had to keep peddling.  I suspect their kids were not couch potatoes.

Under energy, keeping warm, cooking, and having a supply of hot water would also be something to consider.  It could be as simple as a coal or wood cook stove (assuming you have plenty of coal or wood resources available.

I remember another article where someone constructed their own coal mine.  They dug a huge hole on the property, lined it with tarps or some other materials and bought tons of coal that were dumped into the hole.  They then covered the coal with more tarps and then soil, making an out of sight relatively easy to access energy source.

Food & Water

A great starting place for this is the LDS food storage calculator found here http://providentliving.com/preparedness/food-storage/foodcalc/

Google can no doubt find others.

Add the LDS books:

  • A year’s supply in seven days
  • Deseret recipes
  • Dry-Pack Handouts

Many of these are available for free download at

:http://www.ldspreparedness.com/Files/

And:

http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/CANNERY-COOKBOOK.pdf

Dry-Pack Handouts: http://allaboutfoodstorage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/CANNERY-COOKBOOK.pdf

Home Storage: Build on the Basics http://www.ldspreparedness.com/Files/dpEnsign.pdf

Update on milk storage: http://savedbyagun.com/Preparation%20Classes/Handouts/102%20-%203%20month%20Supply/milkstor.pdf

I mention and reference the LDS also known as the Mormons primarily because they are one of the best resources for preparedness, since it is part of their doctrine.  This is no different than referencing the NRA on firearms issues or the Red Cross for First Aid and CPR, since these are the organizations that have the expertise.

Security

Security will depend a lot on your own situation.  It can include everything from firearms (with proper training and practice) to cameras, fences, dogs, etc.  This area will need to be assessed as part of filling in the mitigation on the matrix, and will be up to you to determine what works for your location, expertise, and budget,

What we call prepping, the old timers and the Amish just consider living, so with that thought here is an additional resource

http://www.pssurvival.com/PS/Primitive_Skills/The_Old_Timer_Page_2004.pdf

Good luck on your journey, and I hope this makes you a little more organized and perhaps less confused, fearful, and stressed out.

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Fire Update For My Area…

Lot’s of readers have sent emails asking me about the forest fires in Tennessee, with the most common questions being – how close the fires have gotten to me, and if I’m okay. Thank everyone for asking and caring it means a lot to me and shows that we have a great community here.

First off, I’m fine and my home is fine, the fires got to within about a half a mile from my location a few weeks ago but that was successfully brought under control by firefighters and no deaths, injuries, or homes and or buildings were damaged by that fire.

For weeks there were forest fires popping up at random locations and a constant smell and fog of smoke all over the county but thankfully, there has not been any deaths or injuries or homes and or businesses damaged in my area that I’m aware of.

Unfortunately, Gatlinburg Tennessee which is about 85 miles to the south of me got the worst of it with reported loss of life with three people dead and many injuries and also many homes and businesses lost. The area has been devastated and will take several years to recover from the property damage, but the loss of life those families and loved ones will never fully recover from that.

Luckily, we have had rain here for the past two nights, with last night bringing an all night pour down that soaked everything… For the first time in weeks, I went outside this morning and stood on my porch and did not smell or see smoke.

Hopefully, the worst is over. But this is a lesson for preppers, well everyone really, and the lesson is that fire is a big threat to your property, preps and survival when you live in forested rural areas. Prepping for fire outbreak is a must – see this recent article “Preparing For And Protecting You Home And Or Retreat From Forest Fire” for information on how to do that.

If you’re in my area or the surrounding areas let me know how close the fire got to you and about any damages caused and preps that you are planning to make to combat any future fire outbreaks in you area.

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