Thursday evening witnessed Hurricane Arthur climbing north along the Atlantic coastal regions. The Brevard Times charts NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) storm tracker, depicting Arthur's northeasterly direction stemming from the southeastern Georgia border. Escalating winds and the full force of the storms' impacts had the DC Metro region scurrying for a back-up plan given the impending July 4th holiday celebrations on the National Mall. Yet, the true furor can be more acutely experienced by the Mid-Atlantic's coastal inhabitants from Cape Hatteras to the DelMarVa Peninsula. In fact, today's storm damage is evidenced through the loss of power for thousands across Maryland, DC and many parts of Northern Virginia. CBSLocal even depicts a damaged roof from an apartment building in College Park after last evening's onslaught. NOAA charts a less than easy picture over the next few days, putting a probable air of caution on an otherwise celebratory holiday weekend.
Preppering minds remain on the ready for embracing those essential challenges of best managing unexpected natural disasters. Yet, technology and other modern-day resources enable far greater self sufficiency, particular as the storm's hyperactive state takes a nosedive. Let's take a look at those critical and essential must-haves in the face of this storm's life cycle:
- Maintaining a solid fresh water supply is crucial. Without appropriate hydration, the human body and any other living entity cannot survive for a long duration. Water is critical also for maximizing strong hygiene, thereby keeping disease at bay.
- Maintaining enough generator power. While these summer temps lessen the blow in the midst of any oversight, our power remains our lifeline towards communication with loved ones, community resources and the ability to maintain healthful habits both, in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
- Access to a VHF-FM radio. These Coast Guard recommended radios are amazing tools providing up-to-date information via Channel 16 on the latest weather patterns and trends impacting the designated region. Notably, Channel 16 is the user's open window to the world, ready and able to provide on-the-ready assistance in times of dire need.
As we greet Independence Day tomorrow with the slight abatement of Hurricane Arthur's dominance, it's advised to remain cautious and prepared in the event of an emerging disaster. Here are some great resources from DCist and the National Park Service (NPS) to have on hand for those still actively making holiday preparations for those annual out-of-town guests.