Many think that since it’s 2015 our modern life style will save us from any disaster. When we take a look at history we will quickly realize that we are just as susceptible today as we were back then. In fact there are many ways that we are more at risk then ever thanks to our dependency on technology. It has never been more apparent that there is a great need to store supplies. What better teacher do we have then just by looking through the past 100 years of disasters and abnormal weather phenomena, many within the last 25 years. We will see that there are many things we can learn that will helps us all be in a better position to come out of any ordeal unharmed.
Below is a list of major weather and financial crises that we all need to be ready for. As you go through the list think of how these situations would be affected if we had food, water and supplies. We encourage your household to set aside some money for storage supplies. To help with any budget, we have great budget plans for those of you that are interested in getting started.
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We are drawing on a personal experience here for this first one. The Blizzard of 2006 is considered to be one of the worst blizzards ever recorded in Colorado history coming in at 9th place according to the Denver Post. Before that, there was the Blizzard of 2003 which comes in 2nd. I personally remember experiencing both of these blizzards. I lived in Conifer Colorado, a small town located along the 285 corridor in the Mountains. Approximately 135,000 households across the state lost power for several days. I had 3 friends from school who had their roofs collapse on them, and many more who had their pipes freeze. Many people were caught off guard with the sheer amount of snow that fell across the entire state. Many people were unable to leave their homes to buy food or other personal items. Many houses in the area where I lived, had driveways that were quite long. My own driveway was a quarter of a mile long, which then connected to a private road that never saw a snow plow. We were trapped in our home for over a week. Many of the states own plows were stuck in their shelters due to the 10-15 ft. snow drifts. It had become apparent to many people that we needed to be better prepared for any sort of situation like this, especially for where we lived. For my family of 7, we could have really used a long term food storage back when this happened.
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Hurricane Katrina mercilessly pounded the Southwest portion of the United States in 2005. We all remember seeing thousands of people cross bridges after such an intense storm. They had nothing, and there were no stores to supply relief. Many, including the US government, were caught off gaurd and were ill-equipped. Over 500,000 people were directly effected and were woefully under prepared. This is interesting, considering the same area has been hammered 6 times in the last 100 years in 1915, 1940, 1947, 1965, 1969, and 2005.There is so much pain and suffering that could have been avoided if people had kept a survival bucket or backpack with them. Remember, it took days for the National Guard to get there and who knows how long it could take for a disaster affecting you and your family. For more information see this YouTube video.
Japan Earthquake and Resulting Tsunami
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In March of 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the north-eastern part of Japan, causing a massive tsunami. The waves crippled the coastal areas and left many without any support for weeks. The statistics themselves are staggering, more than 127,000 buildings destroyed causing more then 270,000 people to become homeless. 4.4 million homes were left without power and 1.5 million without any water at all; even more had their water contaminated. It took emergency services days, even weeks to respond.
Tornado Outbreak 2013
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During a 5 day period in May 2013, a tornado outbreak brought an astounding 93 tornadoes to the U.S. Great Plains States. It was caused by a slow-moving and powerful storm system that caused tornadoes to form in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. There were a total of 27 deaths and severe damage to several homes and business. One of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded occurred in El Reno, Oklahoma with wind speeds of 295 mph and a width of 2.5 miles. These storms knocked out power and water to much of the area and left many stranded without electricity for days. The intensity of these storms is amazing; for video coverage, check this out.
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On May 2, 2008 Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Myanmar, sending a storm surge 25 miles up the Irrawaddy delta. It caused catastrophic destruction and at least 138,000 fatalities in the densely populated area. However, it has been speculated that Myanmar’s government official death toll may have been under-reported following allegations that government officials stopped updating the death toll after 138,000 to minimize political fallout. This rare, eastward moving tropical cyclone caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar. When including unnamed storms like the 1970 Bhola cyclone, Nargis is the eighth deadliest cyclone of all time. To see a video report, click here.
The Great Depression
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The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and rising levels of unemployment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its rock-bottom, some 13-15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed. Though the relief and reform measures put into place by President Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930’s, the economy would not fully turn around until after 1939, when World War II kicked American industry into high gear.
All of these major events happened within the last 100 years and it doesn’t include all of the numerous smaller storms or events that can knock out our modern life style for days at a time. Please take our advice and learn from our history and get started on your 72 hour kit, skip a couple nights out and you will set your self up to be ready and set yourself apart from everyone else. Call us today with any questions, we would love to create a custom kit designed for your budget and needs.