It’s starting to seem that every year in California, wildfires are displacing thousands of people, and forcing thousands more to be under evacuation orders. On top of that, to prevent wildfires (to avoid law suits), PG&E have shut off power to approximately 2.1 million people in 2019 (in some places, up to two weeks!). Although the casualty rates for these types of problems are relatively low, they can be a massive pain in the ass and be extremely stressful. Fortunately, with a little basic emergency preparedness, the damage, stress and inconvenience can be greatly minimized!
Solar flares are an umbrella term used in the prepper community to cover CME’s (coronal mass ejections), and solar storms. Solar flares in themselves aren’t actually that bad, even the strongest one’s ever recorded haven’t caused much damage. A CME is the thing to be worried about though, it’s basically (without getting technical) a cloud of super charged plasma that got shot out of a solar flare and was thrown out into space. A solar flare can be observed right away but a coronal mass ejection can take up to 2 days to reach earth (so we’ll have warning of it before it hits).
A drought by definition is a period of time ranging anywhere from several months to several years in which an area experiences a deficiency in its water supply. Nearly every part of the US will go through periods of reduced rainfall but droughts are increasing worldwide and becoming more common. By having a better understand of the types of damage a drought can cause, we can better prepare and make plans to counter the disaster situations created by droughts.