Getting ready for natural disasters like these always involves having a hurricane survival kit and we have written a brief post on this before as well as some tips. Once you have taught yourself on packing and maintaining a kit, you have taken the first step towards emergency preparedness. The most basic things you will need are food, water, clothing, bedding, first aid supplies, battery operated lighting, and tools.
You will find a generator very useful because electricity is the first to go when a hurricane strikes. A small gas-powered motor can produce small amounts of electricity, providing you with essentials for a few hours at a stretch if power lines are down after the storm. Hurricane survival requires special equipment because it’s always wet and dark because of the power outages.
I highly recommend that you purchase a waterproof back-country type headlamp with LED bulbs. Outdoor furniture and other possessions should be inside to avoid damage or loss of property. If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground. Avoid standing water, which may hide broken glass, sharp metal or a downed power line, and don’t allow children to play in puddles.
Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.
Whether wildfires are man-made or natural disasters is subject to discussion but our concern as a prepper community is to prevent these from happening. Wildfire survival is improved when you leave a space between your house and the wildland area.
The amount of defensible space you’ll need depends on whether you’re on flat land or on a steep slope.
However, more modern homes should — and usually are — built out of flame resistant materials in high wildfire areas. Beyond that, it might also be a good idea to consider brick, stone, and concrete, as they are all more resistant to fire than wood. To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Wear long sleeved clothes, cotton or wool, to protect your face and body from heat, hot ash and falling debris. Turn on the lawn sprinklers and all water faucets so that the house can be salvaged as much as possible. Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in. When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider’s advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.
Stay away from dry, arid fuel potential, such as dead leaves, dry weedy fields, dead trees, etc. After the fire passes, proceed upwind, against the direction the fire is moving and where fuel has been already consumed by the flames.
Those who find themselves trapped by wildfire inside their homes should stay inside and away from outside walls. This entry was posted in Emergency, health, How To, Prepping, Survival and tagged Flame Resistant Materials, Home Built, how to, Natural Disasters, survive, Wildfire Survival by Vince Tuscano. Being prepared is the most effective way to increase your chances of surviving natural disasters.

It is almost always the most underrated and ignored survival tricks, which is a sad thing because these kits are in fact very useful. Also, consider wrapping all of your supplies in plastic sheets, to prevent them from getting wet should flooding occur.
Katrina and Wilma should have emphasized the importance of having sufficient water on hand. Make sure you have small bills because it will often be difficult to get change, I you only have a $100 and water is $10 for a case and you are limited to one case, you do not want to have the choice of paying $100 or having no water.
This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
Have a family communication plan so family members know how to let others know they are safe and have a plan for reuniting if separated.
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting so that food will last longer should the power go out. Make a list of loose items that need to be brought in or tied down such as patio furniture, garbage cans, plants, pool filter, etc. In that case, expect very long lines and seeing empty shelves where generators used to sit in your local hardware store. Invest in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio to keep track of what is going on.
Coastal residents should form evacuation plans before a warning is issued to identify a safe shelter and a route to get there.
Remember, most of the drowning victims of Hurricane Katrina were people who stayed in their homes and found themselves trapped by rising waters with no place to go. If power blinks off and on, turn off all of the circuit breakers except the one that powers a lamp in an internal part of your house. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools, and secure objects that cannot be brought inside, the Red Cross says. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. If there is any chance that you will be off the ground after a storm, invest in safety equipment and learn how to use it now.
Be careful using metal tree trimmers or metal ladders around power lines, and make sure appliances are dry before plugging them back in.
A wildfire can be started by cigarettes, matches, sparks from a train’s exhaust, or campfires. Losing your property or family to this kind of disaster is just as difficult as any other untoward incident. Nobody wants to be caught in the middle of a large fire, let alone deal with the damage after.
From a wildfire perspective, a defensible space is an area around a structure where wood and vegetation are treated, cleared, or reduced to slow the spread of flames towards a structure. Any nearby tree within 50 feet on flatland, or 200 feet if downhill from your retreat on top of the mountain, needs to be thinned, so that you’re pruning branches off below 10-12 feet high, and separating them by 10-20 feet. Still, if you’re building or remodeling and live in such a zone, remember that roof construction is extremely important (go with metal, tile, or slate).
Completely extinguish the fire—by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold—before sleeping or leaving the campsite. Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check.

Remove as much of the flammable materials as possible from within the home, garage, basement and attic.
If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere. In Australia, the fires were said to reach temperatures of as much as 1,200 degrees- enough to cause dry fuel to burst into flames, even before the fire reached the area. Some trees and bushes, like eucalyptus, contain flammable oils that cause burning to intensify. Scary as it sounds to let the flames roar by you, sometimes out distancing a fire is impossible and this becomes a better live saving option. It’s likely you’ll have thermal burns that need to be treated or may be dehydrated, suffering from smoke inhalation or in shock. Clear fuel away from the area while the fire is approaching and then lie face down in the depression and cover yourself.
We all know the destructive power of hurricanes, with the storm surges and flooding as well as the turbulent winds.
Have one ready at all times and remember to check the contents regularly and replace those that have expired. It would also be wise to invest in an inflatable raft large enough to carry your family and some supplies, just in case.
Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. These broadcasts are sent out via VHF radio waves, so any receiver that can pick up such broadcasts will do.
LED bulbs use a fraction of the power, are far more shock resistant, and last far longer than traditional light bulbs, so your batteries (don’t forget to stock spares) last many times longer. Harnesses, lifelines, lanyards, anchors, slip-resistant shoes and ladder safety devices will help.
Read both the label on your generator and the owner’s manual and follow the instructions.
If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open. Wildfires are also called wildland fires and as the name suggests, they take place in the forests and woodlands.
By leaving early, you give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire, while helping firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move more freely and do their job.
Remember, the chaotic days after a storm are a bad time to learn how to use unfamiliar equipment. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use. Electrical components, including circuit breakers, wiring in the walls and outlets that have been under water should not be turned on.
Most of the time, wildfires destroy large areas of land and in the process, some animals and people are killed. These are small fires that ignite vegetation ahead of the main burn, due to small bits of burning debris in the air. If you live in or are visiting a high wildfire threat area, consider a fire blanket for emergencies.

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