How Real Preppers Survived Hurricane Irma

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How Real Preppers Survived Hurricane Irma

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Lately, with all the bad weather, I’ve been advising preppers to pay close attention and see how people in harm’s way have coped with their situations. This will allow for the tweaking of personal plans regardless of location or the disaster(s) faced.

Bam Bam at The Survivalist Blog relays and recounts one family’s Hurricane Irma survival story. Read carefully how that family weathered the storm (pun, yes). They were far more prepared than average and benefited from the planning. They also share some of the lessons they learned about making improvements.

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Irma hit Florida with a vengeance last weekend. It could have been much worse, and yet it was still very bad. Millions are affected and may be in the dark for weeks to come. Record numbers of citizens evacuated to safety. Millions more decided to ride the storm out at home.

 

Some were more prepared than others. Here’s the account of one extra-prepared family:

 

Knowing the storm was upon them, and feeling fairly confident, they went to sleep as usual. Then, when tornados threatened, they went into defensive mode.


They grabbed the essentials and headed to their “safe” room – the interior laundry room.

First, they actually planned ahead and had a safe room.

 

And they stocked it in advance for just such an occasion.

 

Bug out bags;

 

Pet supplies;

 

Shotgun;

 

Cases of shells;

 

Food;

 

Water; and

 

Blankets.

 

They spent a week preparing and it all paid off.

 

They lost power and were ready for that too. Power or no, they were still ready to make coffee when the threat cleared.

 

The preps included:

 

Gas cooking rather than electric;

 

Ice and coolers for the fridge;

 

Over 100 gallons of fresh water;

 

MREs;

 

A generator;

 

Propane;

 

Weapons! (just in case).

 

Having secured and saved themselves they were able to explore, assess damage, and help their neighbors.

 

They also noted a few holes in the defenses:

 

Battery backups in home electronics may not always be sufficient to fully power the device(s). Plan accordingly.

 

One can never have enough ice.

 

With the phones and internet out, CB’s and other alternative comm. systems are important.

 

The other preps held up fine. Plenty of water, fuel, coffee, etc. They were even able to share with some trusted and needed friends.

 

I also noted from the original that, in the safe room, they slept on taekwondo mats. That likely means they’re into fitness and self defense. Positives, positives, positives.

This story is both educational and inspirational. Obstacles can be overcome with a little thought and sweat.

 

There are surely more of these stories out there. Look for them and share them with like-minded folks. Use what you learn to prepare for next time. And, if you have a similar experience, share it. Prepping can be the silver lining to any cloud – even from a hurricane.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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