- 1 Survivalist Tips And Tricks For Handling Winter, Cold And Storm Without
Survivalist Tips And Tricks For Handling Winter, Cold And Storm Without
How can preppers survive or handle cold, winter, and storm if it was powerful enough to make their city or state lose electrical power?
When there is electricity, dealing with cold and low temperature as a result of snowfall can be a challenge even though it is manageable.
What do you think would happen in a situation when there is no power or the weather got so bad that it damaged power lines?
I am sure that you know that this is not an unrealistic scenario because unlike most people think, power grid are more fragile than how we just see them.
What History Thought Us About Managing Cold When Electricity Fails
Cold weather that makes electricity very important in this situation can also take out a large chunk of electricity grid in your neighborhood.
Let us take for example what happened in United States in early February 2010.
On February 2nd, Baja California was hit with a violent storm that headed across northern Mexico and then out into the Atlantic.
It gained more strength over the ocean and swung back 2 northeastern part of the United States on February 6.
On its arrival, it dumped up to 3 feet of snow across the mid-Atlantic states and by the next day lost power, but the drama was far from over.
On February 9 another storm came crashing in from the Atlantic ocean and drop about 2 feet depth of snow on these same states while there are were still working to dig themselves out of the 3 feet it earlier dropped on them.
The effect of this return was catastrophic as cold temperatures were so low that it froze electric cables until they were too heavy to hold and their weight brought them down.
It was recorded that more than 200,000 homes lost access to electricity in the Baltimore and Washington areas alone.
For other areas, it took days before power was restored and throughout these happenings, many homes were not prepared for this power outage and the fact that it was going to last that long.
Temperatures were at a freezing state that many homes looked for desperate ways to keep their homes and family warm.
Death tolls were recorded and most of them were as a result of families using dangerous means to keep warm.
There was a report of a man and his daughter dying from carbon-monoxide poisoning in McKeesport, PA because they ran a diesel generator in their home in a desperate effort to keep warm.
There were also dozens of cases reported of similar poisoning in Pittsburgh area but most of them survived. It was caused by same reason, they were using generator and burning solid fuel to stay warm.
There were two more reported cases in Bladensburg, MD, and it was because they left their engine running to stay warm after they got trapped by the snow. Both of them did not make it because their car’s tailpipe was blocked by snow and carbon monoxide escaping through the cabin killed them.
Apart from carbon monoxide related death cases, dozens more were reported dead as a result of accident because they lost control of their car on the snowy road and three other cases were as a result of hypothermia because they got caught up outside their homes.
Among all these deaths, what was alarming was the rate at which people died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning because they were desperately trying to keep warm.
Those that had enough money with them checked back into a hotel that had power because their homes have become inhabitable for them due to power failure.
If you live in an area where there are always repeated yearly occurrences of severe snow or possible effect from storm from the Atlantic, you should make preparations for situations and the possibility of power outage.
If you have a generator, make sure you set it up in a protected outdoor location. You can also get yourself a wood stove but make sure your home has a chimney before you can use it.
Burning wood without a chimney will fill your home with poisonous carbon monoxide so make sure you have one built in your home.
You should also have reliable lanterns ready in your home that you can start using the moment the lights go out.
You don’t need to wait for winter or a storm to arrive or catch up with you before you start making preparations for emergency situations. The best time to start is late fall or possibly now.
It is very possible that you might not use them, but who is to predict when emergency situations might arise. These simple things can become a life saver for you and your family members.
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