Emergency Survival and Preparedness
We are all asking ourselves whats happening to our climate. The frequency of natural disasters and catastrophic events strongly suggests that climate change or global warming is playing a role and this makes our survival and emergency preparedness even more important. Hurricanes are more frequent and stronger when they occur, tornadoes seem to be more prevalent, wildfires are occurring more frequently, even earthquakes seem to be happening more often. These are all occurrences that could displace your family from your home or leave them stranded in the home without any services for days at a time.
Global warming facts do suggest that climate change may:
• Cause changes in precipitation (a greater incidence of flooding)
• See a higher incidence of forest fires and wildfires
• Have more frequent and intense storms and tornadoes
We are indeed seeing a pattern of increasing weather patterns around the globe. Within the past year, Australia has had a record drought, India had horrific monsoon rains and Greece had forest fires. During the winter of 2010, the Washington, DC area had the worse snowstorm to hit the city in 90 years. Washington Reagan National Airport received 17.8 inches of snow. Many other cities on the east coast received record amounts of snow. Are you prepared in the event that you’re snowed in and stranded in your home? or forced to evacuate due to wildfires, forest fires or floods? Are you prepared for when the next big earthquake hits and all emergency services are blocked from getting to you?
Floods occur all over the United States, from North and South Dakota to along the Mississippi basin to the deep south. Nashville Tennessee, in May 2020 Experienced historic flooding that took the lives of several people. Tornadoes are occurring at an alarming rate, forcing many people out of their homes and leaving them defenseless. What kind of provisions have you set aside for your family in case you’re caught in a flood situation? Are you ready for an emergency evacuation?
A major earthquake is one of the most severe forms of natural disaster. In some cases, cities are entirely wiped out and thousands of people or injured or worse killed. A prime example of such a catastrophic earthquake is the one that occurred in Haiti in 2010. This type of disaster could potentially happen in the US, because of the New Madrid fault system between St. Louis and Memphis, has a history of shaking violently, and has a series of faults several miles below the surface. Experts are saying that there is a strong possibility of a sizeable earthquake similar those in the 1800’s. It is reported that the biggest quake occurred in 1812 that caused 60 miles of the New Madrid Fault to rupture. This caused waterfalls on the Mississippi, and the river to run backward for several hours, in the river bends just northeast of New Madrid. This quake also created Reel Foot Lake in Northwest Tennessee.
A major catastrophe waiting to happen that you don’t hear very much about is the massive Yellowstone Caldera that can possibly blow any minute. The upward movement of the Yellowstone caldera floor between 2004 and 2008 was almost 3 inches each year. It was more than 3 times greater than ever observed since such measurements began in 1923. From mid-summer 2004 through mid-summer 2008, the land surface within the caldera moved upward as much as 8 inches at the White Lake GPS station. The last full-scale eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the Lava Creek eruption which happened nearly 640,000 years ago ejected approximately 240 cubic miles of rock, dust, and volcanic ash into the sky. Can you even begin to imagine the havoc that would bring were it to erupt again?
Experts can only speculate when it’s going to that’s going to happen again. They say it’s not a matter of if, it’s simply a matter of when. And from the history or past occurrences to the present day scenario, it’s could happen again any day. Could this be the year it happens? Fortunately, by the end of 2009, the uplift had slowed significantly and appeared to have stopped. In January 2010 the USGS stated that “uplift of the Yellowstone Caldera has slowed significantly” to the point that the US Geological Survey, as well as the University of Utah and the National Park Service scientists with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, maintain that they see no evidence that another cataclysmic eruption will occur at Yellowstone in the foreseeable future.
Compared to the eruption of Mt St Helen’s where during nine hours of eruptive activity, about 540,000,000 short tons of ash fell over an area of more than 22,000 square miles, the total volume of ash before its compaction by rainfall was about 0.3 cubic miles. Compare this to the 240 cubic miles from the last eruption of the Yellowstone caldera and you can start to fathom the magnitude of catastrophe that an eruption of the Yellowstone caldera could cause.
For Doomsday Preppers this scenario is only too possible of happening, which begs the question what is going to happen to your family if it should happen? Disasters of economic proportions are indeed occurring more frequently, and although we cannot stop the occurrences, we all need to have an emergency preparedness plan along with an essential kit readily available when disaster does strike. We can’t wait until its too late and end up depending on someone else for our vital necessitates. This type of kit is becoming a necessity because simply in the event you are cut off from emergency help, you have to have some means of survival until help arrives.