- A number of people decided not to evacuate; some of whom haven't been heard of since the storm and may be among the fatalities that searchers are finding now (lesson: when there is a mandatory evacuation, LEAVE).
- Some of the missing may be unable to communicate with loved ones who have filed missing persons reports on them because the power and phone lines/cell towers are down (lesson: have the ability to use HAM radio to communicate during a disaster).
- People are scrambling for food and water which is slow to reach many of the people in the disaster zone (lesson: have enough food and water to take care of you and your family for a few weeks AT LEAST and don't rely on anyone else to help you. Second lesson: if you live in a hurricane-prone area be sure to store food in a place where it won't be blown away in such a disaster or won't have an entire house collapsed on it).
- Many of the people who didn't prepare for the storm are poor and elderly (lesson: no matter who you are, you need some sort of preps; ask for help from friends and loved ones if you can't do this on your own).
- Grocery stores, hardware stores, and other stores are either destroyed or emptied out and the roads are closed so supplies can't get to these stores (lesson: again, prep prep prep for a long-term disaster so you don't need to go out to a store that probably won't be there for necessary supplies).
- There won't be any power or water in the area for the foreseeable future (lesson: have alternate power and water sources to keep yourself self-sufficient for at least a month or longer).
- Most structures in the area were damaged in some way (lesson: know how to determine the extent of the damage to your home and have the skills and supplies to make repairs if possible to make your home habitable).
- Many roads are impassable (lesson: have alternate modes of transportation such as bicycles or motorcycles).
- People are calling around for help but there is no help to be had (lesson: don't rely on the government or anyone else to come help you--there are hundreds of thousands of other people asking for the same assistance--instead be as self sufficient as possible).
- Much of the assistance with food and water that the region is seeing is from regular people (lesson: help out during a disaster when and where you can; it's the right thing to do and people's first line of assistance when it can take day, weeks, or even months for FEMA help to arrive).
- "Without electricity, the wells don't work" (lesson: have alternate ways to reach your well water).
- Rural areas are the last to receive any assistance (lesson: again, being prepared ahead of time is your best alternative to waiting for help that may or may not come).
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
According to this article and this article, there are several lessons that preppers can take away from what is currently happening to victims of Hurricane Michael, including: