Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Get Used To Cold Weather 101

 If you are not used to cold weather, you had better work at it. Climate Change guarantees that you will get weird spells of colder than normal weather for the rest of your life. 

Rain, hail, sleet, snow, frost - we had better get ready to deal with just about everything except oobleck. (Green stuff that falls from the sky in Dr. Seuss books.)

This blog is about disaster preparedness. There is a lot about cold weather  on this blog,since I live in Alaska. I think people who are not used to cold weather might find some of this cold weather information useful when you get hit with unaccustomed cold weather.

This blog is made with tags to help  find different subjects in it. Google will search this blog and find the subject tags for you. Cold weather is one of the tags you can use. Just type in Yvonnes silver linings cold weather into the Google search box and the cold weather posts will come up for you.

One of the worst things about disaster is what happens after them. More people die after the disaster than during the disaster. This can be true of cold weather disasters like power outages.

People often kill themselves tryingt o keep warm. DON'T  BURN BARBECUES OR OTHER DEVICES INSIDE YOUR HOME TO KEEP WARM. This can kill you by causing you to be poisoned by carbon monixide or other gases given off by the fire. This is a major cause of deaths after cold weather disasters.

Don't get killed by lighting your fire too close to windows or doors either. This is almost as bad as lighting a fire inside your home.  The gases given off by the fire will get inside your home this way too.

I already posted a lot about safer ways to keep warm. If you can handle it, you will probably be able to stay in a shelter that is opened to keep people warm during the disaster and afterwards. The Red Cross, governments and other agencies usually open shelters, so you can check with them to find out where the nearest one is.

If you can't find or get to a shelter to keep warm, or don't want to go to one, you can shelter in place at home, but it won't be that easy and not that comfortable either. It may be a really bad idea to try this if you have not already prepared for emergencies ahead of time.

Store shelves are usually emptied before, during or after a disaster. You are unlikely to find food or other necessities in stores.

Once you make it safely through the cold weather disaster it would be nice if you prepare for future disasters, including cold weather ones. We will get more and more weather disasters for the rest of our lives because of climate change. We can also expect to get worse weather disasters than we have ever had before. 

There are lots of posts on this blog with links to information about why this is happening and how we know about it, if you are interested in finding out more about it. If you use the search term, "climate change" on Google, you will get a list of posts on this blog about climate change.

When you get safely through your cold weather disaster, please think about preparedness and get ready for the next weather disaster that will come to your area. It is possible you will not survive it unless you do prepare for it. At the least, you will be more comfortable if you prepare.

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