Emergency Preparedness - External Hazards

Emergency Preparedness – External Hazards

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Emergency Preparedness Blog Series

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Emergency Preparedness – External Hazards

So far, we’ve covered a lot of things that you have complete control over. Today we’re going to discuss the external hazards that you don’t have control over. We’re talking about bugs, the sun, predators (including other people making poor choices), weather, and accidents.


If you encounter an emergency during the warm months, or if you live in a climate where there are bugs year round (raising my hand right here!), you will need to arm yourself (because yes…it is a battle) with a good bug spray to avoid getting eaten alive!

After the storms here, there was a massive amount of standing water on the island. That meant a veritable boom in breeding grounds for any and all bugs – especially mosquitoes. As I had learned from my first encounters with bugs here, I didn’t want to repeat that agony…so I made sure I had my nightly bug barrier. I used these bug wipes each night before I went to bed and each morning when I got up. I’m sure I’m going to end up dying from exposure to too much Deet….but it was worth it.

Other options we have found to work for keeping them off your body are: OFF Deep Woods Spray, Cutter Skinsations Spray, REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Spray. For keeping them away from your house: Pic Mosquito Coils, or any lemongrass candle. And to take care of them if they are in your house: a Bug Zapper (SO AMAZINGLY HELPFUL!!!!).

If you do end up getting bitten (which is inevitable, when there are certainly more of them than there are of you), then you will want some relief. These things REALLY helped: Benedryl Itch Sticks (not goopy and fast acting), Benedryl Anti-Itch Cream.

Here Comes the Sun

When disaster hits there is a lot of clean up that happens after. We spent hours outside cleaning up debris and clearing branches from the roads. Sun exposure was a real thing. So make sure you have some good sunscreen that is going to keep you covered up! We’ve been currently using: NO-AD Sun Care Sport Sunscreen Lotion, The Honest Company Sunscreen, and Banana Boat Sun Comfort.


Ok, so maybe the disaster you are possibly going to face isn’t the Zombie Apocalypse (though if that scares you enough to prepare…great!) …but predators are something you SHOULD think about. Do you live somewhere that might have larger animals that you would need to protect against? Do you live in an area where looting could be an issue near your home? You may need to protect yourself and your family from others who did NOT prepare who are looking to take advantage of those who DID. Whatever that looks like for your family – firearms, knives, karate…whatever – get prepared. This was something I was worried about (because I’m a worrier) so I made sure we knew where our machete or our large cooking knives were in the house.


Whether the weather be cold, whether the weather be hot.
We’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not.

Once the immediate disaster has passed, you may still need to deal with the after effects of the storm. If your roof is damaged or destroyed how will you deal with rain or snow? If your windows are damaged how will you keep out the elements? Do you have proper clothing for the particular time of year or if you need to evacuate to a different climate?

Due to the fact that many in our neighborhood lost their roofs, there was a great need for tarps on our island. Those who have flown onto the island since the storms have told us that when you look down at the island it is amazing to see all of the blue roofs – still there even after so many months!


Like the old adage – accidents happen…and when they do, you will want to be prepared for them.

Do you have a first aid kit? Do you have a good supply of band-aids? Do you have ace bandages? Do you know how to treat minor cuts or bruises? Do you know the difference between a sprain and a broken bone? Do you know other basic first aid skills?

The day after the storm, we were cleaning up around the house and we looked at our porch lights. They were full of water. Stewart decided to empty the water. There is one light that is in a somewhat precarious place. He climbed on the railing in order to get to it and on his way back down landed on the edge of a stair and twisted his ankle. We thought it was broken. I started to swell a little and he said it hurt a lot. All I could imagine was me hauling water by myself, cleaning up debris by myself, and taking care of our children in the dark by myself. I was a little panicked.

We had an American Red Cross First Aid booklet that I went to and looked up information about sprained and broken ankles. Typically I would just Google it and figure it out that way but that resource was not available. We were on a curfew and so going to the hospital or a doctor wasn’t even really an option either. So, an old First Aid booklet and a whole lot of praying is what we did. Miraculously, after a good night’s sleep and again…a whole lot of praying….he was able to walk on it again.

So, make sure you have a little First Aid knowledge or a hard copy of a resource you could use in the event of an accident.

No matter the external hazard that you experience, if you prepare,
you WILL be able to handle anything that comes your way!

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