When you think about survival gear do you plan on using it to deal with natural disaster? Preppers have a strange fantasy that often involves a total collapse where they reach for a loadout of elaborate gear to survive the collapse.
What about regional disasters that happen on a regular basis? What about tornadoes and hurricanes?
These things happen every year and every year people are unprepared. That said, there are pieces of survival gear that might benefit you in the wilderness but will also benefit you when dealing with a natural disaster.
Lets look at a few situation specific situations and the gear to assist you.
Managing Fallen Trees
Most natural disasters bring down trees. It can be blizzards in the cold or hurricanes in the searing summer. Trees come down in disaster. These trees block roads, down powerlines and on occasion they need to be dealt with by homeowners.
In this case you are going to want access and fuel for a chainsaw. However, you might also want a high quality ax, hatchet and maybe even a folding saw to deal with branches.
You might think of these tools as something for building wild shelter but they are great for dealing with down wood and processing them down to be moved or used or another purpose.
Cordage and Tarps
Water is the enemy in a number of natural disasters. You need to have a means of shielding your home from rain if the home takes damage. One of the best ways to do this is using cordage and tarps.
You could use utility tarps for this or you could a rainfly for smaller holes.
Whether you store bank line or paracord, or both, you want to have lots of cordage both to use as survival gear and for natural disasters. This cordage is so vital. Tying down these tarps is the key to having success.
When the lights go out in a natural disaster, they go out for a while. Sometimes you get lucky and your power comes right back. If thats not the situation, then you need to be ablke to see at night.
Headlamps, high lumen flashlights and solar powered lights are great options for this.
You should also invest in some batteries to assure your lights are ready for the darkness.
The shemagh is a piece of survival gear that really assists you after the strom has passed. Wahtever the natural disaster its good to have a means of dealing with the after affects.
The shemagh is large multiuse scarf that can assist you in a number of ways.
- It can protect you from the sun
- As a face cover it can keep you from breathing in dust and debris
- It can be a sling to deal with injury
- Worn wet it can actively cool you in a hot environment
- Its a great backup swaddle for kids
- You could also use it as a blanket for children
- It can even be a preliminary water filter in the worst of cases
The shemagh is lightweight and highly effective. There is no reason not to have at least one for everyone in your family.
Repellents and Sunscreen
I don’t mean to poke fun but only a beginner would head off into the woods or face down a natural disaster without these two pieces of survival gear.
Granted, they are not a cool ax or a ferro rod but they are certainly going to go a long way in flooded areas when homes have been destroyed.
You might not look at something like sunscreen as a piece of survival gear but its as important as most other things. After hurricanes the sky clears up in a way that is very strange and the sun is absolutely relentless.
Most people just go back in their home but what happens if your home is gone, or the roof was taken? What happens if you are outside working in your neighborhood all day to aid in recovery?
If you think that survival cgear should be resered for that next wilderness adventure or an SHTF situation, youd be right! However, thats not all you want some quality survival gear for.
Do yourself a favor and start considering regional disaster. Regional disaster and natural disasters are as letitmate as anything else.
Every year people lose loved ones to run of the mill natural disasters. Stop shrugging them off and start storing survival gear for these disasters.