Happy Hurricane Season!
Every year, June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season on the East Coast. Even though things got off to an early start this year, thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind everyone to take the proper precautions and stock-up now, rather than waiting until you have to fight over the last 24 pack of water bottles at the supermarket.
A brief aside – my family has always followed hurricane season with a rather odd sense of fascination. Growing up, we never lived close enough to the coast for hurricanes to be a concern, but there’s something about tracking the storms that intrigues us. Plus it’s a bit hilarious to see what news reporters will do to get a good shot of the beach during a category 4.
The National Hurricane Center, which is wrapping up its annual Hurricane Preparedness Week, offers a handy guide to the how hurricanes form, their effects, and how to properly prepare your household to ride out a storm.
Once you’ve prepared yourself adequately with the basics – bottled water, packaged food, extra batteries, etc. – spend a moment to think about how a hurricane or other severe weather event could impact your survival plan. For example, if the apocalypse is brought on by or occurs during a hurricane, you won’t be able to bug out until the risk of flooding has subsided. No one wants to be caught by a zombie because their car stalled in an underpass.
For those of you not situated on the East Coast, take this as an opportunity to refresh your apocalypse survival kit and see how it can be adapted to other extreme weather scenarios – excess heat, wildfires, tornadoes, etc. Summer brings with it a host of wacky weather and you can increase your chances of surviving the apocalypse by taking advantage of it.