Ignore the experts and you could be putting yourself and your family in danger.
I don’t know about you, but I am still getting over last winter. The harsh weather produced a number of consequences, from blocked roads to power outages. We definitely relied on our preparations to keep us comfortable. Now the experts say that the weather that is coming will be much worse, and it will affect most of the country.
Winter is coming. You need to prepare, and you need to prepare now. The sweltering temperatures of summer are misleading. You only have a few weeks.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is compiled in Dublin, New Hampshire, a state not unused to snow, but the book warns that even places that don’t normally see much snow can expect it anyway. Frigid weather, icy conditions, record snowfalls and below normal temperatures are predicted for the country. Despite this and an above normal rain fall in California, the drought will continue, affecting food sources at a time when stores will already be low on supplies.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac makes its predictions based on a secret formula that has been in place for many of its 224 years, and it uses an analysis of solar cycles, climatology and meteorology.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
The NOAA warns us to prepare for the strongest El Nino event in 50 years coming in the winter of 2015-2016. It may wind up being the strongest on record. El Nino is a warming of equatorial Pacific Ocean water. Not completely understood, El Nino can cause harsh weather changes, especially in the colder months, that include major flooding. There is also some scientific evidence that links a strong El Nino to the development of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.
The forecast also predicts above average precipitation and below average temperatures for California, Arizona, Southern Colorado and New Mexico. It will be a wild winter ahead.
Now is the time to get prepared for harsh winter weather. The danger from winter weather varies by location, but nearly all Americans will be affected by it.
The Two Major Winter Threats That Are Coming
There are both primary and secondary threats to human life. Primary threats using cause violent and immediate death, such as a hurricane that tears a house apart or brings a tree crashing down on a vehicle, a lightening strike, or a flood that carries people away. Secondary threats can be equally as deadly. In fact, these secondary winter weather treats are more likely to kill you. The National Weather Service calls winter storms “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to winter weather. Traffic accidents on roads is one example, but loss of power and heat for days or weeks can kill many in a short time. Lack of food and water sources can be another issue. Often, people are trapped in their homes or vehicles with no way to get supplies, and no stores stocked to supply them, even if they could get out. One recent summer storm, small in scale compared to the predicted upcoming winter, left my local community handicapped. There were few ways out, and many empty store shelves.
Make sure that you have plenty of food and water stored in your home, packed bug out bags you can grab in the case of an evacuation, emergency kits that include NOAA weather radios, alternate sources of power and heat, adequate clothing, snow shovels and snow removal equipment, a safe place to shelter during a storm such as a basement or inner room, and a family communications plan. Minimum preparation.
Remember, the more you prepare, the safer and more comfortable you will be, and the experts tell us it is not a matter of if but how you will make use of your preps this winter.
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