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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ant or Grasshopper? Choose well…

In my last post I talked about New England weather and how changeable it is. In fact, I referred to it as a fickle bitch. As if trying to prove my point, the weather turned nasty this past weekend and beat the Northeastern seaboard with a freak October snow storm. Today, we had a high of about 55° Fahrenheit.

From LehighValleyLive.com
Sure, we’ve had snow in October before, but not like this. Some areas of Massachusetts accumulated more than thirty inches (0.762 meters) of snow. Millions were left without power. Four days later millions of people are still without power.

Preparing early and well for severe and inclement weather should be part of everyone’s survival strategy. Regardless of whether you are trying to survive a normal winter or Das Über Winter, planning and getting supplies early is paramount.

Common items you’ll need are:
  • Bottled water
  • Canned goods (vegetables, meats, soups, pastas, etc.)
  • A non-electric can opener
  • Extra clothing and blankets (hikers' sleeping bags would be even better)
  • Tinned milk or powdered milk
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Candles
  • Matches or lighter
  • First Aid Kit

Preparing yourself and your home ahead of time could save your life. Think of all the people who rush to the store to buy essentials just before the storm hits. Nothing more than dumb luck saves them from being caught in the full force of the storm. By planning ahead and getting your survival gear and food before trouble starts or becomes imminent, you will have the luxury of staying home and avoiding the pre-apocalyptic rush.

Uncommon items you may want to have on hand are:
  • Power generator
  • Taser
  • Water filtration system
What other items would help in the face of a major and unexpected storm? Tell us in the comments!

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