Day 271: Survival Preparation Area Study Continued: Tasks 12, 13, 14

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Area Study

Let’s resume our preparation Tasks.

To recap, you already have your emergency supply of water and you’ve made your home safer. This makes sense since we spend the majority of our time there.

Now we expand outward to our immediate Area of Operations. This really starts to tighten things down for your Area Study and for your preparation that will soon be doing, especially as fear as skills and gear needed.

Area of Operations (AO) is a fancy way of saying the area around your home, your work, your school, etc. At HomeFacts you will get a listing of the following which will help: crime rate, environmental hazards, crime stats, drug labs, air quality, radon, UV index, brownfields, registered polluters, tanks and spills, average monthly temperatures, probability of earthquakes, hail, hurricanes and tornadoes; closest airports, FCC towers, fire stations, hospitals and police stations.

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Here is a partial list of natural disasters:

Tornado, Hurricane, Heat Wave, Drought, Wildfire, Blizzard, Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano, Mud/Landslide, Flooding, Tidal Surge.

Below is a partial list of man-made disasters. While some of them are truly accidents and can’t be anticipated, others might have a higher likelihood depending on where you live such as a dam failure or industrial accident. Some also depend on your lifestyle, such as where you work or whether you own firearms.

Car accident, boat/ferry accident, train/subway accident, tall building evacuation, fire, power outage, burglary, robbery, carjacking, civil unrests/riots, terrorist attack, active shooter, firearms accidents, nuclear power plant accident, nuclear weapons, dam failure, biological weapons and infectious diseases, chemical weapons/accident, industrial accident.

Are your power lines buried? What industries are in your area? What are you downwind, downstream of? What toxic materials and/or gases would be emitted if there was an accident? Where is the closest nuclear power plant or storage area? Are there labs in your area that work with dangerous biological agents? What about the local university? Are you in the flood zone of a dam breaking? What rails lines are near you? What is being transported on those lines? Is toxic material being carried? If a train derails and that material is released, what should you do? Under survival, the proper response for a chemical agent is covered — your first instinct to run is usually the wrong one! The same is true for evaluating potential problems on waterways and roads.

Where is your hundred year flood line? You can use the FEMA flood map search to determine this by entering your address:

Also, note that recent surveys indicate flood data is changing rapidly. Here is the link to an article indicating where things are changing updated in 2020:

This is becoming more and more important!

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By doing this task, we can now focus on what is important for your specific situation in this manual.

As a side note, both survival guides make excellent and thoughtful holiday gifts. Especially given current events.


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