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The storm of the century…that wasn’t

November 9, 2014

Typhoon NuriMaking his way to the bridge the captain felt the painful sting of the icy water as the waves crashed over the bow of the crabbing boat. He had weathered many other storms out here in the Bearing sea but the weather reports of 50 foot waves and wind gusts nearing 100 MPH made him think it was more prudent to head for safe harbor.

This posting was created when the storm was approaching Alaska.
It has proven to not have the intensity that was originally predicted
I have however left the posting as it was originally written.

A storm equal to hurricane Sandy is about to inundate the Alaska peninsula. Fortunately the first islands to be effected are sparsely populated and the people there have learned to deal with major storms and being cut off from civilization. Unlike the tens of thousands of people in the path of hurricane Sandy these people, these Alaskans are always prepared for any eventuality.

Over the years I have written a number of postings on ‘prepping’ or being prepared for any emergency. These postings come from years of self-imposed living, cut off from electricity, communication or nearby access to food and water. I have found however that here in Alaska many people, even those living in our cities, ‘prep’ just in case. When you consider what little effort it takes to stock some extra food, water, medical supplies and even extra batteries, to me it is a wonder everyone is not doing it.

I understand for someone say living in the city of Minneapolis or Baltimore, it is hard to imagine a need for having these extra supplies around. But what happens if a major snow storm hits Minnesota and many feet of snow fall for days on end making driving impossible or in Maryland if a slow moving hurricane comes and you can not get out to buy the food you need, and the electricity is cut off. Or the unthinkable happens when an x-class solar flare gives the earth a direct hit and the pulse shuts down all communication and power to our country?

I urge you all to check out my posting, “Food fight in Dixie”, to see what could happen to those not prepared for natural disasters. Or the posting, “The end of civilization”, for a look at how someone new to Alaska views our way of life. There are a few other postings like, “Natural disasters and common sense”, with some simple steps to take to getting ready and I urge you to read them.

Having a closet with extra food and water in it
may at times be in your way
but someday it may indeed save your life.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2014 7:57 am

    Just good old common sense at the foundation of this posting, Pete! I think Alaskans are much more aware of the power of Nature and especially of the fragility of our technology and hence are all ’round just better prepared for the kinds of events you mentioned. I really am not as well set up as I should be but I have a full range of Alaska tested camping gear, firearms and hundreds of rounds or ammo, two weeks worth of freeze dried food and a comprehensive medical kit along with the knowledge to utilize it. I also keep five gallons of potable water on hand although given the well on my property and the fact the pump is one of the circuits I can run from my generator getting water isn’t a huge chore. Of course from having now spent 14 months living up here I have all the clothing and accessories required to deal with Alaskan weather. By the way; what happened to the ‘Like’ button? I couldn’t find it anywhere but then I am using Firefox and maybe that’s the reason I do not see the option..?


  2. November 10, 2014 1:23 pm

    I often watch a TV show called “Doomsday Preppers”, and laugh uncontrollably at the antics of some of these people who live in suburban America and insist on stock piling supplies of food ,water, gas masks, and ammunition for all sorts of calamity’s that they believe will one day hit them. Whilst they are extreme in their views I can see a point to this type of activity, particularly with the harsh Alaskan environment. Failing to plan is planning to fail? or something like that! Thanks Again Pete!


  3. Jon permalink
    November 10, 2014 1:38 pm

    Funny you should mention snow, Pete, when we were supposed to get 6-16″ here around the Twin Cities but the storm shifted north so we ended up with 2-3″ of slush when the main part of it went to central Mn. Going to be in the 20s the rest of the week thanks to that storm in the Bering Sea which shifted the jet stream to drag the air off the arctic down to us. People were out buying shovels, snow blowers all over the place yesterday.
    As far as feet over several days around here it would really take a lot to shut down this city. The Halloween blizzard of ’91 dropped almost 30″ of snow during a work-day but nothing really shut down other than some runways at the airport for plowing.
    But you’re right, nothing wrong with having some extra on hand just in case.


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