Preppers Bug Out Bag: Prepping for El Nino

by Mac Hanks

Preppers Bug Out Bag: Prepping for El Nino

Check out our guide for prepping for El Nino

1983, Laguna Beach, California, USA — Floods from the El Nino Storm of 1983, engulf a blue Volkswagen Bug, parked on a shopping street in Laguna Beach. California, USA. — Image by © Vince Streano/CORBIS

It’s January and it’s possible that on the US west coast we’re in for an extremely wet winter due to the meteorological phenomena known as El Nino. While you probably should have been thinking about this and prepping for El Nino before now, it’s not too late to get some things together and do some preparation for some of the possible El Nino consequences such as flooding, getting stranded, power and gas outages and more.

In this article we’re going to focus on emergency preparation steps that you can take for your family as opposed to your property, although we’ll have some tips for a couple of property related issues as well.

Preppers Bug Out Bag: Prepping for El Nino At Home

First up lets talk about prepping for El Nino around the house. .

  • Flashlights and spare batteries – We recommend a couple of, waterproof, quality flashlights, these should be placed in a central location and the entire family should know where they are and how to operate them as well as how to change the batteries and bulbs should the need arise. It’s also not a bad idea to keep a small flashlight in each bedroom in the night stand or within reach of the bed. Don’t forget to have spare batteries for each flashlight.
Preppers bug out bag flashlight

We recommend this SOG DE-06 LED Flashlight. It’s a high quality light that is rugged and at 750 lumens it is very bright for its size

  • First Aid Kit – don’t skimp on this. Do yourself a favor and get a professional quality first aid kit. Be familiar with the contents and how to use the majority of what’s in your first aid kit. Make sure that everyone in your home knows where this is stored.

    Elite First Aid Fully Stocked GI Issue Medic Kit Bag, Largepreppers bug pout bag el nino

    The Elite First Aid Fully Stocked GI Issue Medic Kit Bag is a professional first aid kit that contains just about anything you’ll need at a great price

 

  • MacGyver Tool Kit – this is basically a few tools like standard and phillips head screwdrivers, a sharp knife or a leatherman type multitool, heavy duty gloves, duct tape, some paracord, a small pry-bar or multi purpose tomahawk and a crescent wrench and/or channel lock pliers. Know where your main gas and electric shut-offs are and how to turn them off.

    The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk does triple duty as an axe, a hammer and a pry bar. It's perfect for a varoety of emergency situations el nino prepper

    The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk does triple duty as an axe, a hammer and a pry bar. It’s perfect for a varoety of emergency situations

  • Radio – yes a good old transistor radio – or check out this digital version that has a hand crank charger built right in – just as a backup for getting important information and updates if the power and cable are down for extended period of time. Don’t forget the extra batteries!
  • Dry Sack with a change of clothes
  • Cash – keep a VIP (Very Important Papers) bag with any important documents and a couple hundred dollars in cash in a safe place because if the power’s out you may not be able to access important info stored on computers and tablets. The cash is in case you can’t access an ATM machine due to power outage or other issues.
  • Food and Water – You should have a three day supply of food and water available for each person in the house. This can be as simple as bottled water and pre-packaged MRE type meals. Don’t forget about food and water for your pets! If you’re using dehydrated or freeze dried foods factor in the water you’ll need to reconstitute that food in addition to drinking water.

    The Mountain House Just-In Case 3 Day Emergency Food Supply is prefect for riding out an El Nino event preppers bug out bag

    The Mountain House Just-In Case 3 Day Emergency Food Supply is prefect for riding out an El Nino event

  • Camp stove – a backpacking or survival camp stove will ensure you have hot meals and coffee etc if power and gas are out for an extended period of time. Don’t forget to have extra fuel for this if required. If you have a gas bbq you may be able to use that as well (but not indoors!). Don’t forget to top off your gas cylinders and have a spare if possible
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies
  • Important prescription and over the counter medications.
  • Backup Power for your cell/mobile device – a back up battery that will charge a dead cell phone can literally be a lifesaver. There are lots of these available, choose one that can charge all of your devices and or charge a device multiple times before it is exhausted.

    The Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank will charge an iPhone 6s a total of 7 times! this is the perfect battery back up for El Nino Preppers

    The Anker PowerCore 20100 – Ultra High Capacity Power Bank will charge an iPhone 6s a total of 7 times! this is the perfect battery back up for El Nino Preppers

  • Backup Generator – a backup generator is a bit of an investment but very handy to have if you can swing it. If you have a person in your home who relies on a powered medical device then it’s high priority. It’s also a good idea to have one of these if you rely on medications that are perishable and need to be refrigerated. If you have a backup generator make sure you have a fuel supply for it and take the time to understand how to operates it and how to connect it to whatever you’re going to be using it for.

Another good preppers tool is to have emergency alerts sent directly to your cell phone. In many areas you can sign up to have emergency info sent as text or audio alerts right to your cell phone. Check with your city and county to see if there’s an emergency alert system in place that you can subscribe to.

Preppers Bug Out Bag: Prepping Your Car For El Nino

Some things to consider if you need to be in your car a lot:

  1. How are your tires?
  2. Windshield wipers and washer fluid. Check these and have a spare set of wipers with you. Learn how to install/change your windshield wipers, in most cases this is a fairly simple procedure that doesn’t require any tools and can be done in about five minutes.
  3. Are all of your headlights, brake lights, turn signals in working order?
  4. Does your horn work? I know this seems obvious but many folks don’t use their horns much and can be surprised when they attempt to use the horn and nothing happens!

If you’re a commuter, you may find yourself in a situation where roads are closed or blocked due to El Nino weather consequences such as washed out roads or fallen trees. You can prepare for this by familiarizing yourself with alternate and backup routes to and from your home. If you’re not one hundred percent sure of alternate routes, print some maps or driving directions out ahead of time in case cell service is unreliable when you need it. Store these documents in a ziploc or a waterproof map case.

You’re going to want to have an emergency car bag with you if you don’t already keep a bug out bag in your car or at work, especially if you’re a long distance commuter. Every car in your household should have its own kit. You car kit should include the following:

  1. Dry sack with change of clothes
  2. Flashlight, whistle or air horn, road flares or emergency glow sticks
  3. Water and snacks
  4. First Aid Kit and Sanitation supplies
  5. Car escape tool and a multi tool

    resqme Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker 2 in 1 Quick Car Escape KeyChain Tool

    The resqme Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker 2 in 1 Quick Car Escape KeyChain Tool

  6. Rain Gear (consider throwing a brightly  colored reflective safety vest in with your rain gear)
  7. Back up battery for your cell phone

Preppers Bug Out Bag: Prepping For El Nino Year Round

Prepping for El Nino will help you and your family weather the storm should things get particularly ugly in your area. As with any good emergency preparation, have a plan and talk about it with everyone in the house. Take the time to familiarize yourself and family members with all of your emergency supplies. Make sure that everyone knows where everything is and how to safely and properly use the items you’ve stored. Always remember that if you’ve taken the time to assemble these items that you need to periodically inspect everything and make sure it’s in working order/fresh batteries etc.

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