National Emergency Preparedness Month is a good time for preppers to imagine what they would do to survive the most likely disasters that they might someday encounter where they live. For the purposes of this article, imagine that a prepper family lives in a geographical area that is vulnerable to a disaster such as a flood, especially during weather disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.
The most important task for a prepper is to convince his family members, as much as possible, regarding the importance of prepping for such disasters. Since there will be newscasts and editorials about National Emergency Preparedness Month, preppers can “strike while the iron is hot” and use these media reports to give more authority to their efforts to convince their families of the necessity to prepare for disasters. This probably will be an ongoing task. The more that family members accept prepping as a realistic necessity, the more decisively and effectively the family will be able to act before, during, and after an emergency such as a flood.
It also is important for this prepper family to make sure they have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Preppers should not expect their homeowner’s insurance policy to cover flood damage.
Floods usually require vulnerable residents to bug out. The prepper family should have not only bug out bags, but also bug in bags. If they become stranded in their car, these bug in bags would make it possible for the prepper family to survive for a few days.
This prepper family also should have an NOAA emergency radio that they should set for their specific area code. If they do not have an NOAA emergency radio, they should at least have regular portable, battery operated radio to monitor weather reports. Getting such reports early enough could enable the prepper family to be alerted and to bug out before most of the population in the flood endangered area does so.
The advantage of this bug out head start is that this prepper family will minimize their chances that they will be caught in the flood, or in road rage dangers when thousands of other frightened motorists create massive traffic jams as they attempt to bug out. This head start also will give them a better chance of finding a vacant room at a hotel or motel that is at a safe distance, but not too distant from the flood.
September of 2014 is a good time to imagine scenarios such as the one above, to prepare for them, and to motivate your family to prepare with you