The storm of the century…that wasn’t
Making 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.