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What might preppers learn from winter storms like Pax?

These submerged cars show the aftermath of Winter Storm Pax.
These submerged cars show the aftermath of Winter Storm Pax.
Dan Vale

Winter Storm Pax resulted in 17 deaths and more than 700,000 homes and businesses being left without power. It was on the same scale as the February 9-11, 2010 Blizzard, called “Snowmageddon.” This article will not discuss what city, county, state, and federal government officials should have learned from Winter Storm Pax. Instead, this article will discuss, in the format of questions, what individual preppers might learn from winter storms like Pax.

Some such questions might be, “Does my family have a:

1. Get home bag, in case our car becomes disabled, and we need to leave our car?”

2. Bug in bag, in case our car becomes disabled, and we need to hunker down in our car?”

3. Bug out bag, in case we lose heat in our house, and we need to leave our house for a warm shelter?

Questions regarding the potency of the contents of these bags might be:

1. “Are the contents of these bags already packed, or will we have to hunt throughout our house to find some of the needed contents?”

2. “Do we understand how to use all of the items in our get home, bug in, and bug out bags?

3. “As an example, do we understand how to use all of the items in our first aid kits?”

4. “As another example, do we know how to safely ignite and deploy the road flares , if necessary?”

5. “Have we tested all of the battery operated lanterns and flashlights to make sure the bulbs are not burned out and the batteries are not dead?”

6. “Have we programmed into our cell phones all of the emergency phone numbers we might need?”

7. “Do we have a solar cell phone charger and know how to use it?”

Even if preppers can say yes to these questions about prepper skills, knowledge, and preparation, their less motivated family members might not have as many skills or as much knowledge. When preppers’ family members experience an event such as Winter Storm Pax, however, they might be in a more receptive frame of mind to learn these prepper skills and acquire this prepper knowledge. When, for example, during winter storms, they experience a power outage, long lines at gas stations, and empty store shelves, they might have an epiphany. If so, you could use this “teachable moment” to do some cross training with them.

What questions do you think preppers should ask themselves after an event such as Winter Storm Pax? Please comment below.