How prepared are you for a natural disaster or a sudden climate change?
When talking about prepping we can easily go into the zombie hype. There are much more evidence-based reasons that you must take preparedness seriously. Climate change, a sudden natural disaster like a flood or storm can take you from normal life to a complete breakdown in just 1 day.
As some preppers are ready to get off the grid if there is a nuclear attack (and escape that off course), you can say that you are ready too. You’ve got a bug out bag and you have an emergency plan setup, so all you have to do know is take your guns and escape the fallout. Easier rules, just apply what you learned and run from the “burned” area.
But what about a real weather scenario?
Mother nature can be really mean and she doesn’t discriminate. A natural disaster is one of the most likely to happen emergencies you’ll encounter, so this is sufficient to be prepared. These kind of disaster are usually sudden phenomenons and they affect fast a large number of population. What is the worst part in this is that hurricane or earthquakes are those scenarios that overwhelm the system. And that is the moment when you simply rely on yourself.
A hurricane is an act of nature of such magnitude as to create a catastrophic situation in which the day-to-day patterns of life are suddenly disrupted. We saw this on Katrina and Irma that simply blasted the U.S. coast with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour (mph). In all situations, people were plunged into helplessness and, as a result the need for food, water and medical nursing become priority.
Above all that, Harvey flooded Houston with more than four feet of rainfall. Irma battered the Caribbean before coming ashore in the Florida Keys and Maria destroyed homes and much of the infrastructure in Puerto Rico.
Total damage: $200 billion
A recent report by the UN called “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, reveals that in the last 20 years, 157,000 people have died as a result of floods.
As you can see in the report, in the last 30 years floods affected around 2.3 billion people, which accounts for 56% of all those affected by weather-related disasters. This means that floods are in top of the effects they cause these days.
Take in consideration that US and China are at the top of the list of number of disasters per country, mostly because of their large size and populations. A major factor is also that more than 15 million Americans live in tornado zones. In these areas there are around 1000 tornadoes/per year and around 15-20 are severe. So this is a good reason to prepare for a hurricane and have a survival plan.
Here are some more numbers:
- 9.7 million live in frequent flood plains. Floods are the deadliest natural disaster for Americans
- Hurricane damage an average of 50,000 homes per year
- US disasters that cost more than $1 billion have tripled since 1980
- Number of wildfires has doubled since 1990
- Sea level rise will flood hundreds of cities
More than 55% of Americans live near the coast. All the major cities and communities from these areas are expected to be wiped out within our children’s lifetimes. Sea level rise caused by global warming is usually cast as a doomsday scenario that will play out so far into the future, it’s easy to ignore.
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Right now, about 90 coastal communities in the United States are battling chronic flooding, meaning the kind of climate change that’s so unmanageable it prompts people to move away. By the end of this century, chronic flooding will be occurring from Maine to Texas and along parts of the West Coast. It will affect Massachusetts, Oakland, California; Miami and St. Petersburg and Florida.
In this scenario, options are very limited: whether adapting to a watery future with seawalls and other barriers, or retreating and finding a new place to move your home. The result will affect a ton of people, their homes and finally the economy.
Surviving a disaster is one thing – but you also have to consider the ripple effects.
What happens when all those homes will be empty? When there is no economy in that area? Where will people go and how will they live?
Big disasters are hard enough to fix when the system is working perfectly. When those systems are failing, you just can’t depend fully on them to save you.
You must me prepared for this. Your family must be prepared for this.
Which sometimes leads to countless hours of prepping, wasting money on things that you can’t use and a lot of frustration on the go. Or worse, you end up less prepared because things got too complicated, you have no clue how to do it and what to do first. You can’t predict what is going to happen.
But you can do this in the right way. This is why, here at nextprepper.com we are focusing on real scenario and real danger that will occur. Take small steps to be responsible and self-sufficient. Prepping should not dominate your life, but act constantly and remember that a great prepping plan is a mix of gear, supplies, skills, experience and planning.
Stay focused and more be practical and make your prepping usable. Don’t fall in the trap to invest a lot in gear that you will not need or buy 2 different tools that do 2 different things. If you live in a city, be more specific and plan what you can do when there is no electricity for example. Or if you live in the country, there is no need to train for system breakdown as long as you will need more like a skill to find or produce drinking water.
What’s the point of being prepared for an EMP attack if you can’t manage a hurricane?
As you Google around you will find a lot of info and you’ll read maybe 1,000 different opinions. You can be more confused, but the idea is a good prepper is always ready. As you go deeper into prepping, remember that just because people are debating something doesn’t mean it’s actually a valid debate.
Valid is what you can use in the SHTF scenario.
Basically, if you stay in the area of Maslow’s Hierarchy you will prioritize things like water and shelter, the foundation of the survival pyramid. Stay smart, trained and hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Hedging your bet with a backup plan is not a bad thing to do. It’s smart.
Please share this article if you know people that need this kind of motivation. As long as you share the responsibility of prepping with the others you will make them stronger and more likely to survive.