California Quakes a Stark Reminder to Have Survival Gear Ready

People, including survivalists, are busy. It is not uncommon for any of us to drop our guard at times, and to forget about our emergency preparations. Occasionally, like now, events take place that will (or should) reawaken us to the possibilities of disasters—man-made or otherwise.

In early October, quake lines in California began to rumble. Within 24 hours, over 200 small earthquakes occurred in the area near Bombay Beach. Three of these quakes were measured at over 4.0. This activity got the attention of many seismologists, and with good cause. The last time this much activity took place in this area of California was 1932. It has been over 330 years since the local part of the San Andreas fault ruptured, and experts estimate that a “big” quake in this area occurs about once every 150-200 years. This means that this area is overdue for a large shakeup, and these new quakes may be a precursor to that “overdue” event.

So, what does this have to do with the readers of this blog? A lot. Natural disasters happen all the time somewhere on the planet. They will happen to you as well, at some point in time. The kind of disaster may vary, but the common issues of finding food, water, shelter, and clothing will be same. You cannot stop a disaster from happening, but you can be prepared for them. In this blog, we want to look at two articles of clothing that do not get much press.

bootsFootwear: It cannot be stated enough that you (and your family) need footwear that is tough, easy on the feet, and will stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Consider that in many emergencies roads will be closed, and that means you have to walk. A good pair of hiking boots, or a good pair of military combat-style boots, will serve you (and your family) well. This is perhaps the one area of clothing that you must not skimp on, if you are serious about your survival gear. When you get your boots, break them in. Do not toss them into your go-bag until you have worn them for several hours, and this means your family needs to do the same.

Coats: To begin, the time of year matters. For some clothing, such as coats, you need one for mild-weather months and one for cold-weather months (choose a good coat that fits your local weather conditions). Coats that are lightweight (for mild months) and waterproof are your best bet for Spring and Fall. Heavier coats that are wind proof, waterproof, and hooded are best for Winter (depending on where you live). If the power goes out, and it often does, you will need some way to keep warm, day and night.

If you, or anyone in your family, is in need of these items, start shopping for them now. Disasters to not happen on your timetable; they happen (usually) suddenly and with force. Get ready now, and you and your family will be well ahead of the game.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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