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In the Eye of the Storm – Preparing for Disaster

Insurance, according to the dictionary, means “a guaranteeing protection or safety.”  We buy car, house, and health insurance. Yet, a majority of people lack an important insurance: food insurance & extraction insurance.  So, preppers manufacture their own insurance because if something happens it will be too late. The stores will empty out quickly and unless you want to stand in a parking lot waiting for an Army truck or the Red Cross to feed you, a smart person will have food and supplies securely laid away.

We all recall the horrors in the aftermath of the Katrina Super Dome fiasco where 26,000 people were virtually held prisoner for their “safety”.  The lack of personal sanitation was horrendous and the stench and heat unbearable.  The people were not permitted to leave.  Armed bandits roamed the flooded city robbing and shooting randomly.  The police had deserted the city.  Lawful guns kept for personal protection were confiscated by the National Guard and LEO’s.  However there are reports that some units disobeyed that unlawful order.   Supermarkets were under water.  People drowned because they were not prepared… there were reports of rape, theft, and murder inside of the Dome.

Although the government tried to supply enough to eat and drink the people were still hungry and thirsty.  Hurricane Katrina was a horrific, yet, local event.  Most of the country was not affected by this life and death drama.  The government still worked; it had not been shut down, trucks still came in, but they still met extreme difficulties.  Some of those trucks were turned away and the supply line broke down because of a lack of communication by the authorities…

Although most had lived in the area their entire lives, they had never completed a risk assessment (more about that in a later column).  Family homes were below sea level and they knew it.  Yet they were not prepared – they were oblivious to the danger.  How hard would it have been to keep an axe, crowbar, and life jackets in their attic if they knew that would be their avenue of escape?  The attic was an escape to where? A confined space where they would drown?

"Fat Max" by Stanley Tools

They knew the danger because they had to look up at the top of the levies everyday.   They knew the storm was coming, but they chose to ignore the danger, they chose a death trap to ride out the storm.  They had years to prepare yet they whistled past the graveyard on the way to Mardi Gras.  They died because they could not get out of their attic refuge.  They had no food, no clean water, no plan of action and nowhere to go.  The people were waiting for help because that was the plan.

An easy solution for these people would have been “Fat Max”.  The Stanley Fat Max Demolition Tool is an excellent, inexpensive and reliable tool for self rescue.  This aggressive tool has a crowbar, hammer, and a broad grip for ripping wood planks.  A perfect tool for escape or rescue, it also doubles as a great weapon.

A prepper should have a well thought out plan:  

  • How is your risk assessment?
  • Do you live in a danger zone?
  • If a hurricane or tornado hits how safe is your food insurance?
  • How is your escape plan?
  • Can you cut through the roof or wall of your house if you had to escape?
  • What do you do after you escape?
  • Will all of your hard work be washed away in a flood?
  • Do you have a nice, neat, and well stocked above the ground food pantry that will be gone in an instant?

Think about it!

  • Homes will be destroyed, areas laid to waste and good plans will be useless.
  • Do you have a back up plan to the back up plan?
  • Is your food pantry strong enough to withstand the destruction of a tornado?

There are ways to build a food bunker with vacuumed packed food containers in sealed 55 gallon drums.  Your food insurance is your life!  If a storm hits your house and your well supplied food pantry – it will be useless if it is scattered all around the county.  If your roof gets blown off will your food be unusable, a wet soggy mess?  We prepare because we see the storm on the horizon.  Yet, we tend to think that we will not be in the storm, that the storm will somehow pass us by.  We think that we will be safe and the bomb will go off in a far off city, well, what happens when the bomb goes off in downtown?   What if we are the ones trapped in out attic?  Are we truly prepared? Have you given any thought what to do if you are in the bulls-eye of the storm?

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  1. Chris Watson says:

    Thomas, Phil directed me to this article and may I say, Sir, excellent writing. I was a guardsman in an engineer unit down there for Katrina. 2 weeks in Gulfport and a month in NOLA. We had to supply personal tools down there. When I got home and saw the FUBAR for the first time in a local store, my first thought was, “MAN we could have used those suckers down there.” I bought one as a result of my experiences in Katrina. They are basically a mini Halligan bar. They are the leatherman of hammers.

  2. A great article that really makes a girl think. I had never heard of that tool before, but i will definitly be telling my hubby to get one :) Thank you!

  3. Ken says:

    Don’t waste your money on the fubar. It is unbalanced and half the tools do not work. The tool for Demo is Dead on Annihilator.

    • Thomas Kemmett says:

      The point is you need something, a FUBAR is not needed, but something is. Something is better than nothing. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Janice Maund says:

    Excellent article! I now have my Fat Stanley…the smaller version because it is lighter and easier for me to use. I never really thought about getting trapped in my own home. Keep the articles coming please…they really help!

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