*Editors Note: This is part 1 in the series “Prep 101” look for the tag to read the rest. The Northeast part of the United States is no stranger to bearing the brunt of Mother Nature’s jokes. For example, in 1999 the Northeast experienced a heat wave that resulted in a death toll of 271 unlucky individuals. In 2013, a blizzard claimed the lives of 18. Why? Because the number one reason that people perish in the event of a crisis is because they are just flat-out unprepared. The “it won’t happen to me” attitude can quickly walk you into a dangerous and potentially deadly situation. For those living in one of the 11 Northeast states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and New York, it is time to prepare for the specific disasters that rear their ugly faces within this region. Here are the threats that target the Northeast region, why they are dangerous, and how you can make sure you and your family is taken care of during a crisis situation:
1. EXTREME WINTER STORMS
Heavy snowfall and unrelenting blizzards can shut down roads and cut off access to food, water, and shelter. If you do not have available resources for this situation, it could be fatal. Storms can cause power outages that often last for days and even weeks. People who live in this region should stock their emergency kit with items that will help them through the extreme cold, such as warm blankets, clothing, and food. Keep in mind that your emergency food supply storage should be filled with items that can be consumed without requiring the use of a stove or microwave.
2. EXTREME HEAT
Winter is not the only season that threatens the Northeast. Summers can be brutal, scorching, and dangerous. Heat pushes the human body beyond its limits and causes it to work overtime trying to maintain a normal temperature. These conditions are especially threatening to seniors, young children, and individuals who are sick or highly overweight. Having a working air conditioner is a key factor during a heat wave. Adding weather-strips to doors and window sills will help keep cool air inside your home. Cover your windows with blinds and drapes to keep the sun from baking your home into a saucy-heat pie. Make sure you have plenty of food that does not require you to turn on your stove (duh, it’s a heat wave) and limit your intake of beverages that contain high amounts of caffeine or alcohol, they will only exasperate dehydration. Most importantly, make sure you have plenty of water storage, the colder the better. Keeping water bottles in your freezer can help you stay hydrated and help keep your core temperature from becoming an inferno of discomfort.
3. FLOODS AND TSUNAMIS
Floods are caused by a variety of factors. Heavy rain, crazy storms, and levee/dam failures can all become reasons you wished you owned a boat. Although rain is generally welcome, it waters the lawn, fills our rivers, and gives us puddles to splash in. However, when it comes down in bucket-loads, it becomes a threat to your home and safety. Make a plan, have an exit strategy, and you’ll avoid sloshing around in large amounts of muddy rain water. Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. Educating yourself about the threats that are specific to your region of the world can turn a catastrophe situation into something that you and your family are ready to face head on with confidence. Start today and prepare for tomorrow.