Severe Winter Weather Warnings

Severe Winter WeatherSevere Winter Weather

I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, on the East Coast. Our upcoming severe winter weather is a taste of what we experience and why we need to be prepared. Invariably, when the wind comes up, we lose our electricity (wires are still all on poles).

Strong Winds – Snow Squalls – Severe Cold

Alerts for: Queens County P.E.I.

Warnings

10:01 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Wind warning in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Northwest winds will gust to 90 km/h overnight Thursday night and Friday. These winds will be accompanied by very cold temperatures, flurries and blowing snow over exposed areas. There is also the possibility of snow squalls giving near zero visibilities in blowing snow.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

Watches

10:04 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Snow squall watch in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Very strong northwest winds coming across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait will give flurries at times heavy and reduced visibilities in blowing snow. There is also the potential for the development of snow squalls occasionally giving near zero visibilities in blowing snow and significant accumulation of snow.

Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.*

Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favorable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

Statements

10:02 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Special weather statement in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Very cold air and strong northwesterly winds overnight Thursday night and Friday morning will cause temperatures to drop to minus 15 to minus 20. Wind chill values Friday morning will be near minus 30 giving significant risk of frostbite.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

*Emergency Kits

In an emergency (severe winter weather), you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight (and/or radio). The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.

It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

More information

Get an emergency kit!

Emergency car kit

Where to buy an emergency kit

Preparing a Family Emergency Kit

It’s your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

I’m originally from another town, in another province, and we had severe winters there as well. I can remember traveling with my Mom, losing control of the car, and ending up in a snow bank and not able to get out of the car. That was pretty scary.

With age, I’ve begun to dislike winter. If we could just get a bit of white fluffy stuff and people could stay safe and not have car accidents or lose their power or have their houses burn down because they’re trying to keep warm with wood heat. Severe winter weather is something I have to deal with because this is where I live, but I make sure I have plenty of water on hand and food that doesn’t need cooking, oh and plenty of blankets too. I also don’t venture from home. I don’t need to add to the risk factors on the road.

 

Outdoor Survival Equipment

Outdoor Survival EquipmentSurviving the Outdoors Using Outdoor Survival Equipment

Various hazards can present themselves in an outdoor environment. Individuals engaging in outdoor adventures and activities should bring with them the necessary outdoor survival equipment to enjoy their experience and to be able to stay safe. Outdoor survival equipment can also be used to help survivalists and soldiers in surviving the various dangers that could be experienced in the wild. Recreational campers can also make use of outdoor survival equipment.

Outdoor Survival Equipment:

  • Blankets, paracord, rope, bedding, cots, tents and tarps are things that can be carried for outdoor activities and camping. This equipment can be used for shelter, comfort, and safety.
  • Materials to make fire are very important. Waterproof matches, magnesium flint, lighters and tinderbox can help bring warmth particularly when spending nights in the wilderness or when staying outdoors.
  • Food utensils and portable burners are only two of the survival equipment items that should be brought with you when camping. Moreover, you should have a portable water purification system with your survival kit. To survive outdoors, staying warm, dry, sheltered from the elements, fed and hydrated should be your top priorities to enjoy your excursion and stay safe. With the help of outdoor survival equipment you can enjoy the outdoors with the security of knowing you’ll be OK should something happen.
  • Multipurpose tools are important outdoor equipment that can be used in survival training and camping. They can be used as weapons and as tools for cutting or grinding food, cutting ropes and for other purposes. A small axe will help with cutting boughs or branches and firewood.
  • Communication and navigational devices should be something you consider bringing with you as well. Communication devices such as walkie talkies and public alert radios can help keep you informed of upcoming inclement weather systems and enable you to stay in touch with others on your excursion with, or even rangers, should you happen to get into trouble. Navigational devices such as compasses, GPS and maps can help campers and hikers figure out their destinations and current locations.
  • Signaling devices are also good tools to have on hand, and even the most ‘normal’ things that you own can be used while camping or for any outdoor activities…

Having multiple effective ways to signal for help can make all the difference in a survival situation where outside help is warranted. Distress signals can take many forms, from high-tech modern electronics to the primitive techniques and materials that our ancestors would have used. Signaling is one of the most under-practiced and under-emphasized skill sets in our survival arsenal, and it’s about time we took it more seriously. Follow my lead and learn how to assist in your own rescue with our roundup of signaling methods and essential gear.
11 Ways to Signal for Help By Tim MacWelch September 25, 2014

Hypothermia Education and Survival

Hypothermia EducationHypothermia Education: Survival in an Extremely Cold Environment

Heat causes hyperthermia*, but today I’m going to share some facts about hypothermia, caused by the cold.

Symptoms of Hypothermia

Hypothermia can be distinguished into three stages – mild, moderate or severe. The signs and symptoms can be approximately grouped with the temperature ranges of the different stages:

For mild hypothermia (35-32 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • pale and cool to touch as blood vessels constrict in the skin
  • numbness in the extremities
  • sluggish responses, drowsiness or lethargic
  • shivering
  • increased heart rate and breathing.

For moderate hypothermia (32-28 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • decreasing conscious state
  • may have been incontinent of urine as a result of an increased workload on the kidneys related to blood being shunted to the major organs
  • no longer shivering
  • slowed heart rate, breathing rate and low blood pressure.

For severe hypothermia (below 28 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • unconscious and no longer responding
  • the heart beats more slowly and may become irregular before ultimately stopping if the person gets too cold
  • no response to light in the pupil of the eye
  • rigid muscles – the person might feel like they are in rigor mortis
  • pulses and respiratory effort may be present but hard to detect.

Treating hypothermic patients can be done by providing shelter and applying gradual heat. Close body contact with a companion and sipping warm sweet liquids can help the patient get re-warmed. Hospitalization may be needed for moderate to extreme conditions. Medication should only be administered by qualified medical personnel.

As is the norm with any type of situation, prevention is key:

Hypothermia Prevention – Mayo Clinic:

  1. Cover. Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. …
  2. Overexertion. Avoid activities that would cause you to sweat a lot. …
  3. Layers. Wear loose fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. …
  4. Dry. Stay as dry as possible.

Wearing dry suits when engaging in water activities – particularly scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking – can bring warmth in cold water environment.

Education is needed, particularly for individuals engaging in outdoor activities. This could help individuals survive an extremely cold environment, especially at night, in the wild.

Managing the risks that can come with outdoor activities can be a part of the education and survival training. Individuals should realize that aside from fearsome creatures and hostile environment, harsh and cold weather conditions can also be an adversary in the wild.

Hypothermia education includes information about the condition, causes, signs and symptoms, risk factors, complications, treatment, and prevention. It will also teach you when medical intervention is needed. You can ask a specialist or can consult a website for hypothermia education.

*Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation** that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Extreme temperature elevation then becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.

**Thermoregulation is a process that allows your body to maintain its core internal temperature. All thermoregulation mechanisms are designed to return your body to homeostasis.

It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake – Link Love

As members of the supposedly superior race, what have we done to our planet and essentially ourselves?

We’ve been raping our planet to meet our needs and in the last hundreds of years, seem to think that our rights and privileges far outweigh the health of our planet.

I came across the titled post and was once again horrified by what we do to Mother Earth

Here is an excerpt of the post, and I highly recommend that you read the rest of it:

“The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of that extremely rare earthquake struck near a known fracking operation.”

You can find the rest of the post by clicking here:  It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

For the love of all that’s good, we need to smarten the hell up and take heed!

Earthquake Advisory Issued for Southern California

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The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) issued an earthquake advisory warning residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties that there was a greater possibility of a major earthquake through Oct. 4.

More than 140 seismic events have been recorded near Bombay Beach along the Salton Sea – a lake that sits on the San Andreas fault northeast of San Diego – beginning Monday and ranging from magnitude 1.4 to 4.3, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismologists.

“California is earthquake country. We must always be prepared and not let our guard down,” said OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “The threat of an earthquake on the San Andreas fault hasn’t gone away, so this is another important opportunity for us to revisit our emergency plans and learn what steps you need to take if a significant earthquake hits.”

Read more:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/salton-sea-earthquake-advisory-southern-california/

Different Types of Disasters

Types of DisastersThere are many different types of disasters that may occur and can happen anywhere. Some areas are more prone to particular types of disasters than others. This post provides a list of the more common types of disasters that can happen in most places and how you can effectively deal with them: Continue reading Different Types of Disasters