Archive for October, 2012
Yesterday President Obama stated that they are working with FEMA to get aid to people as quickly as possible. He urged everyone to listen to state and local officials and evacuate when told to do so. He reminded all that those who do not evacuate when asked are putting emergency personnel lives at danger. He also said that transportation and power are going to be down for a while, as it will take time to get things back in order. For additional preparation and guidance throughout this particular storm check out the official government website on national preparedness at Ready.gov. Most importantly he noted that working together would help us get through the disaster faster.
Today in another address on hurricane Sandy he asked that the public monitor the conditions and follow instructions given by officials. He said that the better-prepared individual families are the easier it will be for them to deal with it. What we do as a community and as neighbors is equally important as government aid. Since government aid is swamped, he asks that people check on their neighbors to make sure that they are okay. Also, people not affected by the hurricane need to show their generosity by contributing to the Red Cross. This will help tremendously by getting help to others who have been hit hard by the hurricane. He closed his statement by encouraging everyone to sustain spirit of resilience until everybody is back on their feet.
According to FEMA, as of October 8, 2011 they had a total of 7,272 employees working for them across the country. For hurricane Sandy, only a little over 1,000 employees were able to reach the affected areas to show aid. This means that individual families must not depend on government aid for disaster situations like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina. It is crucial that each family is prepared ahead of time with supplies and a sound evacuation plan in order to survive. Being prepared on your own can help save not only your lives but also the lives of rescue workers and even neighbors. Please take time now to reach out and help those who are in need at this time. In addition, start thinking of how to prepare your own family for similar situations in the future.
Something horrible has happened and you’re in survival mode. There has been a breakdown in communications and maybe even the government. You’re on your own. Do you have a survival kit? Do you have a weapon in your kit?
What do you do now?
If you are putting together a survival kit in case of emergency, what weapons should you choose? This question can be answered in two different ways, for two completely opposite scenarios. If you’re going to be staying in one specific place, your base, then obviously you can afford heavier, bulkier gear and more of it. But, if you’re going to be mobile, you have to choose carefully. This is what we are going to take a look at.
The best choices for weapons in a survival kit are those with multiple uses. An ax, for example, can be used for self-defense as well as wood cutting and even preparing the carcass of an animal you have killed for food. Multi-use knives and tools are fantastic to have on hand, make sure they are durable and geared for the uses you may need. Hunting knives are essential – they need to be kept clean and sharpened. Ropes, snares and the like are also good to have and be familiar with for hunting as well as laying traps for defense.
Firearms can be tricky. First of all, nobody can just pick up a .44 and automatically know how to use it. You must have trained in the use of the weapons you will be carrying. Also, unless you will be traveling alone, make sure each member of your party is also familiar with the types of firearms you have and how to load and fire them.
In more urban situations, you may have to defend yourself against the most intelligent animal on the plant – human beings. In these cases, a smaller caliber, light weapon would be easier to handle, fire and find ammo for. Many would choose a 9mm for this type of survival situation.
Though many do not like a .22 rifle because it is light, it is probably the easiest to handle, aim and fire. For this reason, a wilderness survival situation would likely be best served with one of these. If you are going to be in the wild with larger predators, like bears and mountain lions, you may want to also consider a larger caliber rifle or shotgun.
Also, ammunition is not usually an infinite supply. Buy plenty, buy it in advance and store it in a safe, easy to reach place and according to the manufacturer’s suggestions.