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Once again winter is upon us. This year the cold weather and inevitable winter power outages are coming early. Several arctic type systems are forecast to roll across the Pacific Northwest through the Midwest, all the way to the East coast. Arctic weather is also predicted down through the central states, reaching even Texas. Is your family prepared for survival in these situations?

In the past few years hundreds of thousands of people found themselves without power during this time of year when temperatures dip well below freezing. If your family is not prepared for survival, it could be catastrophic.  In the last two years alone here are some of the numbers:
  • Oct-2012, Connecticut, 800,000 power outage
  • Dec-2012, New Jersey, 612,000 power outage
  • Dec-2012, Seattle, 20,000 power outage
  • Jan -2012, Idaho, thousands without power
  • Oct-2012, Billings, 12,000 power outage
  • Jan-2013, Illinois, 40,000 power outage
  • Mar-2012, Portland-OR, 17,000 power outage
A Power Outage in your area is not a matter of if; it’s more likely a matter of when it will hit your region.
Your family can be prepared for survival during these outages with the right preparation.  Most em ergency survival kits pr ovide some kind of a flashlight, usually one with batteries that will last for a few hours. A better kit might add some long burning emergency candles. A deluxe kit however, would not only contain these items, but also some type of dynamo flashlight, or even a combo with a radio. A basic radio might keep you informed, but deluxe kits may come with a weather band radio, which can provide more detailed information about conditions, and any state of emergency, or instructions.

That takes care of light and communication, now what about staying warm? An emergency blanket is a standard item in most emergency survival kits. A better choice would be an emergency survival sleeping bag. Both of these items are made from a mylar type material that are designed to reflect your body heat back to you. Most people will also have extra clothing, and blankets around their homes that they can use, if they are stranded at home. 

Food and water are also concerns for extended situations. Even those that are prepared for survival will have some food, but probably no way to heat it. Dry foods can be enough to keep you going. Some emergency survival kits or survival supplies that are available offer meals that heat themselves right in their containing bag. In other instances Coast Guard rations or MRE’s will sustain you as well. Most survival kits come with some drinking water. Many times if you’re at home the water may still be running. Either way it would be a good idea to have a filtration pump, to remove contaminates from alternate water sources. Do not confuse these with your home water filters that typically do not filter for anything other than flavor.

Good emergency survival kits will also come with some tools, and supplies that could come in very handy. Waterproof matches, in the case of flooding or inclement weather. A multi-function pocket tool, good for cutting, opening cans, pliars for gripping, and many other uses. Rope which can be used to hang things, pull things up, or across. Emergency ponchos can help you stay dry.  Some emergency survival kits even come with an emergency camp stove, that burns fuel tablets for heat or cooking ( in a ventilated area).

Don’t let these inevitable winter storms do you in. Make sure your family is prepared for survival and the unexpected. Purchase or assemble an adequate emergency survival kit for you and your family today!
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