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Local Disasters and Evacuations: are you prepared?

La Palma

In the crosshairs?

There is a mountainous Island off the coast of Africa called La Palma, in the Canary Island chain.  This is a potential disaster waiting to happen, and we know it is coming, but we don’t know when!

This event will make the Sumatra tidal wave that killed 150,000+  people look like a pebble in child’s bath.  The volcanic island of La Palma is splitting in half due to volcanic forces and when it does, every single nation in the North Atlantic will be hit.  A billion cubic feet of rock will slide down a chute into the Atlantic waters, pushing a wall of water west towards the American  seaboard and the Caribbean Islands.  We know from history that something like this happened once before, but on a much smaller scale.

In 1958 an earthquake measuring 8.3 on the Richter Scale caused forty million cubic feet of rock to plunge into the waters of Lituga Bay, Canada.  This slide caused a wave nearly one-half kilometer high, destroying everything in its path.  Luckily the area was sparsely inhabited and loss of life was minimal.

When La Palma goes nothing will be able to stop it, it will be a million times worse.

The tsunami will be between 160 ft, perhaps to a mile high.  It will rush westward with the speed of a jetliner.  The first to go will be the Caribbean Islands, then the entire state of Florida will be washed away in a flood of biblical proportions.  The water will roll over Florida into the gulf of Mexico causing destruction and havoc in its path.  Every single city on the eastern seaboard will be washed away.  The water will rush inland up to twenty miles killing every man woman and child in its wake.  This, if you choose to stay, will not be a survivable incident.  Power plants, oil refineries, military installations, power lines, commercial areas, banking centers, and shipping facilities from the tip of Florida to Maine will be annihilated.  This will not be the end of the world, but it will be a nightmare on a scale unimaginable.  This event will change America, and the world as we know it.

If you live in these areas all is not lost as you will have some warning, at least 7 to 9 hours of evacuation time, but so will everyone else, and every panicked and unprepared person will be trying to evacuate along the same road with you.  Millions of people will head inland placing a strain on everyday survival.  Based on other natural disasters, riots and looting will most likely occur.  With luck it will be like a routine hurricane evacuation but without the bad weather to slow things down.

But as a prepper there are things that you can do:

  • Have a plan with two or more routes of escape.
  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full, it is good to have a few full five gallon cans just in case.
  • Have a bug out bag ready.
  • Always keep a few hundred dollars in cash that you can get to quick.
  • Bring water and food.
  • If you do not have copies of your financial records on CD or thumb-drive, do it now and keep it pass-word protected in the go bag.
  • If you live in a state with a concealed carry permit I advise you to get one.
  • Have a go-bag in your vehicle also, just in case you are not home and have to bug out.
  • Do a practice drill at least once.
  • Pick a safe inland rendezvous spot to meet up with family members.
  • Think ahead, do not panic, keep calm, think!

The reason why we prepare is that we want to survive.  Your family and your life come first.  Nothing in your home is worth your life, you can always start over!  You have worked hard and have food, firearms, and survival gear in your home.  Grab what you quickly can and go!  Speed matters now more than anything, you have to get to safer high ground.  You most likely planned to shelter in place, but when your home becomes a death trap; sometimes you just have to leave it to survive.

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3 Comments on "Local Disasters and Evacuations: are you prepared?"

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  1. Chris Watson says:

    When living in coastal urban areas, avail yourself of some GIS tools (geo-spatial information systems) to help map your evac routes. Realize that primary and secondary feeder roads will be impassable and give yourself options.

    • Thomas Kemmett says:

      Good advise. The problem is that people are not aware of real dangers. They worry about basketball scores more than the world around them.

  2. Janice Maund says:

    Good information Tom! I never heard of that wave threat…Wow!

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