What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic

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What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic
What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic

 

What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic

 

This week I have an infographic on what was the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. I had no idea how bad the damage was in some areas. 

After Irma hit I didn’t really hear much more about it. 

It seemed that the predicted damage was less but I had no real way to gauge that. 

With this infographic from Hunting Mark I have a much more clear picture of the damage done. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Survival Medicine Hour: Post-Irma, Floods, Shoulder Dislocation

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Survival Medicine Hour #354

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close shave #1: Gatlinburg, Nov. 2106

This Survival Medicine Hour 9/15: Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and our hosts Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy have now had two different homes survive destruction in a year: Their place in Gatlinburg on Ski Mountain, where 100 homes burned to the foundation last November as part of a huge human-set wildfire, and now their home in South Florida from Hurricane  Irma’s winds. We’ll talk about flood survival and give you some tips on what to do in the aftermath of storms like Harvey and Irma.

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close shave #2: Irma

Also, your shoulder is the most flexible of your joints, but also the least stable and most likely to be dislocated by trauma. Find out more about how to recognize and treat this painful but common wilderness and off-grid injury.

shoulder joint: most flexible, least stable

shoulder joint: most flexible, least stable

To Listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/09/15/survival-medicine-hour-irma-floods-shoulder-dislocation

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones

Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones

We’d like to announce that we’ll be holding an 8 hour class on 10/21 near Knoxville, TN, where they’ll impart a lot of knowledge and teach a lot of hands-on skills! Check doomandbloom.net’s classes page to find out more!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @preppershow, Facebook at Doom and Bloom(TM), and YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy!

52 Percent Of Florida Without Electricity; It Could Be Weeks Before Fully Restored

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52 Percent Of Florida Without Electricity; It Could Be Weeks Before Fully Restored

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Hurricane Irma exited Florida Monday, leaving more than 7 million homes and businesses without electricity – including more than 5.5 million customers in Florida who were still without power the next morning.

A full 52 percent of all homes and businesses in Florida were without power Tuesday morning, according to FloridaDisaster.org.

Damage was so widespread that not even the deployment of 19,500 electrical workers was enough to get things working, Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reported. The damage caused by Irma is the most widespread in FPL’s history, with power off in parts of at least 35 counties, including Miami-Dade.

It will take days and possibly weeks to restore electricity to many of the homes and businesses, FP&L CEO Eric Silagy told the Associated Press. Damage was greatest around Naples on Florida’s West Coast.

“We’ve never had that many outages,” Silagy told The Washington Post. “I don’t think any utility in the country has.”

Even homeowners with diesel/gas generators were finding it tough to cope, as gas pumps were dry throughout the state.

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Another 1.3 million homes and businesses in Georgia and 161,000 electrical customers in South Carolina also were without power on Monday, CNN reported.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical depressions Monday, but was still doing damage. Large areas of the South are still at risk for flooding.

“Intense rainfall rates of 2 inches or more per hour is leading to flash flooding and rapid rises on creeks, streams, and rivers,” the National Hurricane Center warned. “Significant river flooding is possible … Monday and Tuesday in much of central Georgia and southern South Carolina; where average rainfall of three to six inches and isolated 10 inch amounts are expected. Portions of these states within the southern Appalachians will be especially vulnerable to flash flooding.”

Is your neighborhood prepared for an Irma-type disaster? Share your thoughts in the section below:

One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma

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One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma Its sad that we must see the suffering of our fellow Americans before we pump the gas on preparedness. Unfortunately, that’s the situation. These brave people who battled the storm and the aftermath have stories to tell. If you are a prepper you better listen up. First hand survival …

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Seriously, Why Are We Still Having Runs On Water Prior To Hurricanes?

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Recently, due to the onslaught of Hurricane Irma I read an article titled Is Hurricane Irma causing too much panic over water, and other preparedness supplies? Of course, it’s not just water that people rush out to buy at the last minute, people buy batteries, gasoline, and apparently pop tarts to name a few items … Continue reading “Seriously, Why Are We Still Having Runs On Water Prior To Hurricanes?”

Hurricane Irma!

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Hurricane Irma Host: Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio player provided! This weeks show of course will be about Hurricane Irma, another storm that has captured attention of the media & everyone suspected to be in it’s path. No doubt any named storm is a force to deal with, but how much of the coverage … Continue reading Hurricane Irma!

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PREPARED. SPARED. SHARE.

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If you’re into preparedness, odds are you take a long(er) range view of world events than most, in preparation for a day when some disaster will darken your door in hopes of mitigating the impacts from said disaster on your family and friends.

But what about when you’re fortunate enough to be spared by disaster?  Do you just sit on your supplies and be thankful you were spared.  Or do you take a more sinister and darker view, growing paranoid assuming it’s just a matter of time and figure not having to use your supplies this time around just means you’re farther along in your preps for the next time disaster comes knocking?

Courtesy NBC News

 

Well, there is another option you may not have considered.  We have always said that being prepared puts you ahead of the game in most instances and this fact can prove beneficial in a number of ways.  Not only will you and your family suffer less from the impacts of any disaster, but by preparing you put yourself in position to possibly help others.  In turn, this will help community response efforts by taking some of the pressure off the system.

ROCKPORT, TX – AUGUST 26: Jessica Campbell hugs Jonathan Fitzgerald (L-R) after riding out Hurricane Harvey in an apartment on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas. Jessica said is became very scary once Hurricane Harvey hit their town. Harvey made landfall shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, just north of Port Aransas as a Category 4 storm and is being reported as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches of rain to fall by next Wednesday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

One immediate action step you can take post disaster is to help strengthen your community’s resilience by choosing to share some of your supplies to help those in need that were not fortunate enough to be spared by the storm.  Do not fear violating your personal OPSEC (operational security) by stepping up to help others.  This can easily be done anonymously through community agencies such as churches or local governments.

Courtesy IBTimes UK

 

Rotating supplies is a must (FIFO) when you store preparedness supplies, especially food goods.  The easiest way to work through your stores is simply to rotate them into your everyday routine when everything is normal. This concept works for all of your supplies, but especially when it comes to food stuffs.  When a disaster rolls through your area, but you are not directly impacted, you have a tremendous opportunity to bless others by passing along a few of the supplies that you have been blessed enough to have had the opportunity to acquire ahead of time.

The easiest way to implement this positive action step is simply find some of the oldest items in your stored food supplies (and/or other goods if you choose) that you haven’t worked into your everyday meal plan and pull them out.  If possible, you may want to take just a moment to balance your gift with a little variety, but anything you can afford to spare will be a tremendous benefit to the recipient and will be very much appreciated.

Heroes do not always wear a uniform.  They reveal themselves in times of emergency and the reality is they come in all shapes and sizes.  We often call these unseen heroes Nation Makers.  People that saw a need in their community and have taken it upon themselves to do something and help to make the world, no matter how broken and lost, the type of world they want to see.

This is not a new concept, but rather a reminder of an option you may not have considered.  In fact, we have seen it recently following Hurricane Harvey’s disastrous impacts in Houston, Texas and all along the Gulf coast.  Here is a post I saw on Facebook in the days immediately after the category 4 storm made landfall:

 

This is just one example of a scene I am certain played out in many other prepper homes following that storm, and every other disaster too.  It shows the best of what the preparedness community can be in an emergency.

Despite what you may be told by the generic media or led to believe on internet forums, most preparedness minded folks do not view the world as a zero sum game and are not all just out for themselves.  We are normal people with big hearts that care about our families and our fellow citizens.

In a world where you do not have to look far to find the impacts of disaster or feel the anxiety and fear of crisis, there is no shortage of opportunities to step up and help someone.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to secure a comfortable level of preparedness for yourself and your family, I want to encourage you to reach out to help someone in need the next time disaster strikes your community.  In doing so you may find that you can increase your spheres of influence and maybe even introduce someone else to the idea of personal preparedness.  Who knows?  Down the road, they may be the one in position to help another person or family after the storm and in the end, we will all be better because of it.

If you want to better understand my thoughts on personal preparedness, please check out my books HERE and HERE, or wander deeper into this blog.  I hope this website will help you along your way, especially if you’re just getting started.  Keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms as well.

 

 

Irma Eyes The U.S.: ‘Everybody Is Panicked’; Shelves Empty; Gas Pumps Run Dry

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Irma Eyes The U.S.: ‘Everybody Is Panicked’; Shelves Empty; Gas Pumps Run Dry

Image source: NOAA

Hurricane Irma had not reached Florida yet on Thursday, but it already was creating a major crisis in the form of empty supermarket shelves and lines at gas pumps.

Shelves at some Publix supermarkets in South Florida were empty on Tuesday, The Miami Herald reported. Twitter and The Herald’s website were filled with pictures of empty shelves. Bottled water had disappeared from many stores days before Irma’s anticipated Sunday arrival.

Even Walmart was out of bottled water in College Park, Fla, Channel 6 in Orlando reported. Home Depot stores in the Orlando area were running out of flashlights, generators and water, too.

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“[It was] a little bit of a pandemonium,” Costco shopper Diane Williams said. “Getting here was worse than being inside. It’s just that everybody is panicked, so they are preparing, which is wise, but it’s just, like, crazy.”

Water was not the only essential missing from shelves, as some markets in the Orlando area were out of bread, Channel 6 reported. Nor was it just big box stores. CVS drugstores in the Miami area were out of water. A clerk at CVS told The Herald that water disappeared within five minutes of stocking.

‘Everyone’s Out of Gas’

Experienced hurricane survivors in Florida recommend shopping at lesser retailers like office supply stores.

“Tip: People always forget that office supply stores like Staples are a great place to find water when Publix inevitably runs out,” Casey Ayers tweeted.

Fuel also was in short supply, especially in the Florida Keys. Very few stations in the island chain off Florida’s south coast had fuel on Wednesday, The Keys Reporter noted. The fuel shortage was so bad that Gov. Rick Scott told residents to limit gasoline and diesel purchases.

“Everyone’s out of gas, so you might as well get some while you can,” Key Largo resident Bill Burkhart said.

Do you think your neighborhood is prepared for an Irma-type crisis? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Hurricane Irma: This is why we PREPARE.

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I’m preaching to the choir but it had to be stated.  If you take a look at what is going on right now in Florida it is a classic case of why preparedness should be a critical part of one’s life.  Folks are lined up around the block for bottled water that they will never get a chance to buy because the shelves are already empty, the next opportinuty to collect supplies probably coming when the National Guard sets up a distro point.

Long lines form at Costco in Florida as residents brace for Hurricane Irma. Image @ KITV Channel 4

Think about these components of preparedness and how they could apply in this situation.

Bugging In:  Having the necessisary supplies (food, water, even gasoline) on hand to stay in place for weeks even without power and without having to rely on outside sources.  Even if the water supply became unusuable for a period of time it would not be a major factor.

Bugging Out:  Having all of the necessary supplies to quickly displace, be self sufficient while on the move knowing that critical items were along for the ride.  Ability to move without having to stop to refuel until out of the danger area, secondary location already identified and ready / willing to accept visitors.

Security:  Understanding that in long term power down scenarios there will be no shortage of folks looking to take advantage of thin law enforcement coverage.  Having a security plan in place in order to address this.

First Aid: Folks could get hurt, not only having the equipment on hand (not just a first aid kit, but things like IFAKs, IV kits etc) but the training in order to employ these properly.

Communication:  Cell phone coverage most likely will go down, having a secondary and tertiary plan (HAM radio).

I could go on and on but the main point is this:  taking initiative and remaining proactive while times are good so that when the tough times come, the only difference is this is now a time for execution and not rehearsals.  I’ve stated this many times, if one is primarily prepping for EMP strikes and WW3 / Martial Law, priorities are misplaced!  The greatest threat all of us face come in the form of localized or even wide spread natural disasters.  Hurricanes, flooding, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes etc.  It’s too late for the folks who are just now lining up hoping to catch a case of bottled water at the grocery store but hopefully many will learn from this experience….sadly most will not.

 

Preparing for Hurricane Irma!

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma Host: Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! In the first segment I am going to cover the equities markets, metals, the dollar, Shanghai metal prices, BDI, VIX…All of the Indicators that we’ve been following. I believe that it is critical for us to closely monitor all activity at … Continue reading Preparing for Hurricane Irma!

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