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Like many Arkansans this examiner has been holed up because of the weather. Little Rock itself was not as hard hit as the rest of the state. It was still slick and treacherous. This examiner only fell twice walking the dog. Regardless of the length of time and the temperature this inconvenient is the winter equivalent of a drought or heat wave.
The severe extremes are going to be debated as part of the global warming debate. The experts on both sides will defend their positions with data that is selected and to present in the best light. That leaves the rest of us on the sidelines. Which fine. Let them settle the big worldwide issues. But the average person needs to prepare themselves and the family for a continuation on these kinds of extremes.

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Some things are obvious. You need food, water, and shelter to survive. The shelter needs to have some form of alternate heating and a cool place that can put perishable items. If you have never lived without power for a long period of time or been stuck in your car for more than a day you should establish a plan for these types of events.

While each person and each family will have slightly different needs the following are something you should consider. Protein bars, water, and non-salty snacks in your car; a camp stove or gas grill for the house. Lighting alternative would include flashlights, Coleman type lanterns, even a real oil lamp would work. Now the field is narrowed somewhat.

The next step is to access where you currently live. Not just the physical facility, but were you are located. For example do you live near a dry or flowing creek bed? If so what would need to do to prevent a flash flood from reaching your dwelling? Would it be more economical to move? Another example is what types of trees do you have in your yard? Are they wind resilient or can the be uprooted by soggy ground? Have they been pruned lately? These are all questions you should be asking yourself. Finding out the cost and work involved will allow you to establish a plan to eliminate these hazards from your home. Do not limit yourself to just these. Check the roof, plumbing, electrical etc.

Whatever you do you want to survive the current environmental change. Then what we need to do is learn how to adapt.



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