I just saw a notice about the national weather.
If it’s correct you folks in the North East are about to get some of what we have been getting. Get out your warm clothing and tire chains and make sure everything works and that the chains are in good shape and fit the tires. Have a back up system to heat your home if you can. Get your fuel and/or fire wood now.
Most of us who are remote in the Rocky Mountain regions do these things as a life style. It’s just part of every year’s plan. But I have friends in Texas Arizona and Oklahoma who had come to rely 100% on their usual systems always working, and the time those systems stopped they were in REAL trouble.
Don’t rely 100% of them, Have a back-up system and get ready BEFORE you need them.
If the weather that we just had comes to you, you will be very glad you did a dry run before you need them.
Hope this is a helpful post, even if it’s not related to paddling.
In the Marines I taught my troops the survival pattern, and it’s good even for home living.
Food and water.
Weapons : means a system for security. Friends and neighbors are key, as much or more then the actual hard tools.
First Aid : means any medical concerns you know you have, and some preparedness for unforeseen problems too.
Fire : Meaning heat. It can take many forms but have a few ready to go, AND some back-up for your primary system
Shelter : Meaning anything that is an effective barrier from the conditions that are life threatening. Clothing is part of this group.
Signal : VERY important and all the above can and at times will depend on your abilities to communicate with others.
Food and Water : Self Explanatory, but think in terms of months, not days.
My sincere hope is that it’s a winter vacation, not a survival situation for all of you. Preparing is the real and only difference between those two.