Dear Fellow Survivalist;
The Coronavirus pandemic has definitely brought about some real changes in everyone’s lives. Regardless of whether you are in the camp of those who believe that it’s been blown out of proportion and it’s no worse than the flu or you are locking yourself in your homes, even without a government order, it has managed to change your life.
One of the ways that COVID-19 has changed our lives is in our EDC (everyday carry). While I’m sure there are exceptions around the country, many of us are carrying a mask and hand cleaner around with us all the time now, either on our person or in our cars.
But I was recently treated to the opportunity of going through a hurricane in the midst of COVID, as I mentioned last week. While this hasn’t been my first hurricane, one thing that was different was that I couldn’t just hunker down in my home, as I normally would. I had to keep an eye on our home, my mother-in-law’s home and my brother-in-law’s homes, all at the same time. Since those three homes are all separated from each other by several miles, that meant driving around quite a bit.
As I headed into this, I realized the need to modify my EDC so that I would be ready to handle situations I might run across, driving around town in the midst of a hurricane. Some of this equipment I kept on my body, as a normal EDC, while other things were kept in the SUV that I was driving. As I was driving my wife’s vehicle and not my own, I ended up transferring some items from my vehicle to my wife’s, as well as taking a few things that I keep here at home for survival use.
Granted, several of the items I had in the vehicle were things that I would normally keep in my own vehicle for emergencies. But I wasn’t in that vehicle, so I needed to think through what problems I might encounter and make sure I was prepared for them. There was always the chance that I would end up stuck at one of the three locations or even somewhere in-between them. I was trying to be prepared for those eventualities.
In my after-action review, I came up with several observations from this experience, which I think could be of use to you in the event you are faced with a potential disaster:
If you can, it can be extremely helpful to have a contact in your city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), so you can find out what’s going on. I have an advantage here, in that my wife works for the city and her position requires that she be in the EOC during emergencies. So I have a direct line into finding out what’s going on.
Another option, if you don’t have an in at the city’s EOC is to get a police scanner and program in the police and fire department’s frequencies. They’re the ones with the boots on the ground, dealing with whatever problems are occurring. Tracking their communications will give you some of the best information available about how the crisis is unfolding.
That’s just one more tool for your tool bag. You can put it there, right next to your powder you’re keeping dry and your survival kit that you keep close at hand.