Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weather Emergencies Make Vehicle a Survival Boat

Whether it's evacuations in California ordered as a result of tsunami waves caused by the Japanese earthquake, flooding in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania this week, or the unexpected break-down in the desert or mountains, many people wind up on their own or even stranded in their vehicle, which becomes a kind of lifeboat.

But what is in that lifeboat to help an individual or a family cope with adverse conditions? Too few drivers keep basic tools and other necessities and helpers to endure a night or more alone in a car, or the basics to get a damaged car back on the road.

There are a few small things you can carry to make life on the road easier. Click here to learn more!

Use a Trash Bag for a Quick Emergency Shelter

I first noticed trash bag shelter use at an Iowa State University football game in the early 70s. The weather got really bad during the half, with snow, rain and wind.
But one row of die-hard Cyclones pulled out a roll of plastic trash bags, cut holes for their heads and arms, and weathered the storm. I don’t recall how the football team did!
Since then, I’ve taken shelter in trash bags on a variety of outdoor activities. Trash bags are particularly valuable on hunting trips, because a large bag gives you a place to lay meat while you’re butchering.
Obviously, if you anticipate bad weather, be prepared for it, stay home or take along a  lightweight, four-season backpacking tent.
But you can adapt a trash bag into a very effective emergency shelter. Here is how to choose the right one for your survival kit and how to use it.

FEMA Projects Earthquake Disaster on Oregon Coast

Roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure will be severely damaged by the Cascadia earthquakes.
The Number One concern of all five Red Cross Chapters in Oregon is how to react to the  inevitable earthquake that is bound to occur about 75 miles off the Oregon coast. Projected to be as bad as a level 9, it will have a profound impact on some 13 million people along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts.
Read this Associated Press story about what computer experts project will happen when “The Big One” hits!