Google Maps and GPS are amazing. But do you know how to use a map and compass to navigate if you suddenly couldn’t use (or trust) any electronics? Even with modern technology, people get lost and die all the time — rescue workers even have a name for it: death by GPS.
For most preppers quantifying is a problem. We buy stuff and we store stuff, but do we have a true definition of what “prepared” is? The truth about being prepared is that we cannot quantify what we will need.I will let you in on a little secret. Worry more about what you don’t have in comparison to what you do. Instead of concerning yourself with quantity, think more about categories.
Lost in the woods? Remember the survival acronym S.T.O.P.! This 4 letter word will help keep you from panicking, reorientate yourself and develop a plan of action to survive and find your way out of the woods. This survival tip also helps in any emergency or disaster situation where you need to keep from panicking and focus on your current situation.
Survival Lesson: S.T.O.P
S: Stop (Stop walking and stand or sit still
T: Think (Think about your situation and how you got there)
O: Observe (Observe your surroundings for hazards and resources)
P : Plan (Plan what direction you will walk in and when to set up camp)
I’m a weather addict. My husband makes fun of my fascination with hurricanes, news of tornado outbreaks, floods, heat waves — he just doesn’t understand my fascination! However, if you look at the top stories of any given year, at least a few will be weather-related, so I know I’m not the only one who is obsessed!
I will be updating our “Apps to help you survive a storm page” after reading this article. The article mentions Game and Fish, which for Michigan is the MiPage app (Android)(iOS). If you have a favorite app which could help during a storm or disaster, please mention in the comments below.
Wayne County residents are invited to register for the free CERT Disaster Preparedness Course. Students enrolled in this course learn disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and more. The three-day course is designed to provide the basic skills needed in major disaster, which increases the ability people to survive until first responders or other assistance arrives.
Lincoln Park CERT and the Ford Amateur Radio League (FARL) will host an nine-week technician-level amateur radio licensing class, taught by Bill Boyke (N8OZV). The Technician license is the entry level license for amateur radio operators, and you do not need to have a radio to take the class.
Preparing for the worst is often looked down upon by those who don’t think there’s any reason to prepare for even a natural disaster by storing a bit of extra food. But when you live in an area where even major blizzards are possible in winter, thoughts often go to the most obscure items and their potential use.
‘We’ve had 17 fires before, but these are impacting communities — and they’re large fires, not small.’
At 12:44 AM a confirmed EF-0 tornado touched down in Taylor. The tornado was on the ground for two minutes, and lifted back up at 12:46 AM. This brief tornado caused damage to three buildings and several small trees near Southland Center on Eureka Rd and Pardee Rd. Tornado damage was consistent with winds of approximately 80 MPH.