Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid Summer Storm Lessons

So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could see that it was beginning to hail. The hail got bigger and harder, and lasted for about 30 minutes. All the while, the rain came down in buckets.

As our party of stuck in the store onlookers watched the storm, with no exit, and no sign of the storm letting up, I began to mentally kick into prepper mode and started taking inventory.

I asked myself: "What if the roof comes off, where is the safest place to be? - What are my exit points/strategy? - Is there any food or water available? - How many people are there in this location?" And many more. I knew that I had my emergency bag in my car. But I looked again out the store window and saw a scene very similar to below:

Flash flooding is seen at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ont., 
on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Courtesy Driveseat Kitchener)
This was a mid summer storm, so it was still warm out, and the hail that had piled up several inches deep like mid winter snow was now melting and combining with the rain to cause flash flooding around the area. Now note in the picture the difference in depth of water at each end of the parking lot. The cars near the left have bumpers under the water, while the cars near the right you can still see the full tire.

Well, to compare my scenario to the picture above, I was parked on the left side. I realized that the large parking lot was paved into a bowl type shape with a drain in the middle. Of course this drain was plugged/inundated and couldn't handle the flow, so the parking lot was a good foot to foot and a half deep in the middle - where my car was.

It had only been raining for 30 min or so and my car nearly escaped having water inside it. My bigger concern was that was where my nearest emergency supplies were, and should I have needed them, I would have to wade into deep water to reach them.

I had never before considered prepping in relation to where to best park in a parking lot. Thankfully, a little patience in this scenario took care of everything. But what if...

Next time you are pulling into a massive box store parking lot, or anywhere for that matter, take a look at the lay of the land, and if your a true prepper, the extra few seconds of walk time because you parked in the safest area will be all worth it.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  

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