Camping Can Help You Survive Natural Disasters. Prepare Now!
We chose to add this page, not because we are hard core, end of the world as we know it survivalists, but because we have had to survive natural disasters and our camping skills paid off.
Last winter we were without power for 12 days due to an ice storm in our home state of Oklahoma. We don't have frigid winters but in this case, the storm affected 750,000 people in our state. These folks were either without power, or had roof damage because of fallen trees or both. It was without a doubt the worst ice storm we had ever witnessed. It was impossible to get to a store to buy food, if they were even open, for several days because the roads were impassable. Many people had to go to shelters which quickly filled up and then there was no where else to turn. It was very frightening for a while.
We have also been flooded out of our home, had a home hit by a tornado, been snowed in by Minnesota Blizzards for several days at a time, but have never yet been in a hurricane. We are not generally unlucky people. Maybe we are just old enough to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time on several occasions. What ever the case, our camping skills and equipment probably saved our lives. We are not trying to sound overly dramatic but we always have our camping equipment in good repair and accessible. We also have what we call our "bug out box". It is a collection of items we know we would need if we had to be ready to survive awhile without all the modern conveniences of home. Check out our sponsors for great deals on necessary items.
What You Need To Survive
You can not always choose where you will be or when you will need to survive because of a natural disaster. Sometimes you will have warning as in the case of a hurricane or tornado. But there might come a time that you just need to be ready to survive or at least stay comfortable for a few hours. That is why we have a BUG OUT BAG or in our case BOX in our car. When we were moving to Florida, the axle on the trailer we were pulling our car on broke and we were stranded on the side of the freeway for seven hours while we waited for the tow truck. It was really nice to have a few of the items that were in our BUG OUT BOX in the back of our car. This video shows you what we suggest you have with you at all times. ENJOY!
SOME OF THE OTHER BASIC ITEMS FOR SURVIVAL IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ARE LISTED BELOW. THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE LISTING BUT CRITICAL.
For our basic survival tent we use a small dome tent. It is compact, easy to set up and easy to stay warm in. You can also use a pup tent. This is not the tent that we take for road trips or vacations. It is strictly an emergency shelter. When you set up your tent, you want to make sure that water will not run through it and that the door does not open into the wind. Make sure that you have sleeping bags that are rated for the climate you are in. Most of the time, three season bags rated to about 20 degrees will do fine. You will also want a couple of blankets to snuggle in around the campfire. For these, we use emergency wool blankets similar to what the Red Cross uses. These are available online and are extremely reasonable in cost.
We use a small single burner multi fuel backpacking stove. Again, this is not what we take on extended campouts. This small stove will accommodate two to four people very well. We also have a 4 person mess kit for cooking and eating. Once again, the small backpacking version for emergencies. Check out the video below for instructions on building a micro-stove out of an Altoid tin using alcohol for fuel.
Freeze dried food is the simplest and is quite tasty and will last for a long time between disasters. You will always be prepared if you have several meals on hand. We advise that you buy several and try them to see what your family likes. Then you can buy those to keep on hand. Canned soups, etc are fine except they are heavy and bulky but still usable. Make sure you have water or a safe water source. Snacks are important especially those that are high calorie and taste good. We keep some hard candy in our "bug out box" as well.