Over a Thousand Motorists Stranded by the Flood: Are You Prepped for Something Like This?

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By Daisy Luther

As the waters in Louisiana continue to rise, over a thousand motorists stranded by the flood have been stuck on Interstate 12 for more than 24 hours. Southeast Louisiana has been hard-hit before with flooding, and a decade after Hurricane Katrina, people are still trying to rebuild.

Some families were trying to evacuate, as flood waters crept closer to their homes, while others were going about their day-to-day business. The National Guard has dispatched helicopters to drop food, water, and supplies to the folks who are waiting in their cars for rescue.

Being stranded in your vehicle is not as rare as you might think. A few years back, a freak snowstorm in Georgia and Alabama resulted in a gridlock that left motorists heading home from work stranded in their cars overnight. And in an even more dramatic event, one family was stranded in the frigid wilderness for days after an accident, surviving on what they had with them in their Jeep.

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There are several preparedness lessons to be learned from this disaster:

  • Your car kit should see you through at least 48 hours.  Do you have enough water and food that doesn’t require cooking to get your family through an event like this? Do you have a way to keep small children entertained? Go here to see what I keep in my car kit. Yes, it’s extensive, but in a situation like this one, we could last for days without waiting for a helicopter to drop supplies to us.
  • Whenever possible, evacuate before things get this bad.  Timing is everything when it comes to an evacuation. If you get out early, you won’t get stuck in traffic and are less likely to encounter insurmountable hazards. (This is an excellent guide to evacuations.) Of course, you can’t always make it out ahead of the crowd, especially in a situation with conditions that strike suddenly, like wildfire (check out the videos here to see how fast it can happen) or flash floods.
  • Keep your gas tank above 3/4 full.  If you get stranded, you may need to run your vehicle for warmth, to keep the cell phone battery charged, and to listen to news updates. You’ll be glad you kept the tank topped up.

If you were stranded in your car, would you have to wait for supplies to be dropped?

None of these steps take a whole lot of money or effort. Go to your pantry right now and choose some supplies to add to your vehicle. It can’t hurt, and it could possibly make a miserable experience a lot less unpleasant.

Hat tip to Ellen!

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Daisy,
    Very relevant article (especially, per weather-mod systems employed)..but that’s another story in itself.

    Have watched your website prowess grow…from the beginning. Thus, kudos to you, ma’am.

    ..that said, please have a plan “B” …call it E & E…

    Methinks, time is short….below is a solid resource site, for those who operate apart from “the herd”.

    Enjoy………& GOD Bless you / yours 🙂

    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/

  • This is an important thing to be prepared for. It’s something I think about, from time to time. I need to get glass containers for water, as I really don’t like water out of metal and plastic is bad for the summer, when you need water the most.

    This road flooding happened near me. I started writing about it here but then I got to be a full blog post. I’ll post it on my blog and link people to your article.

  • We were traveling from Springfield MA, to Texas several years ago, and in the pocono’s we ran into snow, in a matter of 30 minutes traffic was stopped. We were camping on the trip, so we had plenty of stuff, just by chance. But several people were stuck with nothing, so out came the bread, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were distributed as lion as the bread held out. one couple the lady was especially grateful, she was going into the hospital for surgery and had had nothing to eat that day. Lesson learned, now we have a car kit in each vehicle.

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