25 Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life In A Catastrophe


There are some ingenious survival hacks here. My favorite, which I hope I never need, is the one in case you’re caught in a snow avalanche. It never occurred to me you might not know which way is up.

Have you ever had to survive a natural disaster? Do tell!

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  1. Great stuff for any author. Who knows what your hero or heroine may have to get up to 🙂 I’ll have to bookmark this post. In fact it might be cool to write a story involving everyone of these tips – like ’24’ on speed.

    • Mike: I think tv writers already do that. It reminds me of the old MacGyver tv show where he fashions all these hacks to get out of the most ridiculous situations. I don’t think he ever used a condom for a slingshot though. 😉

  2. That avalanche direction-finder is very cool.

    I’m a veteran of about twenty hurricanes, and aside from basic personal security during the event, the most important thing you can do is to be prepared to survive after it strikes. Water, nonperishable food, batteries, what medications you must take, a first aid kit and a battery-operated TV or radio are absolutely imperative. If you have pets, stock up on pet food. Keep a supply of board games, coloring books and other no-power-required distractions for young kids.

    After a hurricane you can cook food and heat washing water on a gas grill, flush toilets with pool water (ours was the community go-to for that) and temporarily stop roof leaks with a tarp and fishing weights. When downed trees prevent you from driving out of your area, a bike can come in handy (you can get off and lift it over the road debris.) It’s important to know where any downed power lines are, and make sure you and the kids don’t go near them.

    Here’s a trick I learned when you don’t have running water: stock up on baby wipes and hand sanitizer. Wipe yourself down with the baby wipes instead of using your stored water to wash every other time you need to bathe. Use the hand sanitizer to clean your hands instead of washing them in water, too. Also, have some dry shampoo on hand, and you won’t need to wash your hair so often. 🙂

  3. Lynn: You have me beat. I think I’ve weathered maybe a dozen hurricanes, four tornadoes, and one fire. Of them all, the fire was the worst. We lost two of our dogs on that horrible day.

    You’re right too in that too often people focus on safety for that minute but they don’t plan for what comes after. The worst hurricane we endured was Hurricane Rita. We were on our own for 21 days. Cell reception and radio was non existent in the beginning, and that was the hardest thing to bear.

    No one in the outside world knew what we were going through. We, in turn, didn’t know what was going on past our immediate circle. We just kept clearing debris and fixing what we could. In the end, repair crews got to us dead last because they had been told the storm didn’t reach as far as we lived. In truth, Rita hit us and 60 more miles beyond us. It was more violent than anyone expected.

    re: baby wipes
    That’s a great idea. We used Wet Wipes but I imagine the baby wipes are probably bigger and less harsh on sore skin.

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