Submitted November 6, 2008

I did not feel at all prepared for the situation

Sir,

I am a police officer on an island in the Texas Gulf coast. Yes, I was directly affected by the past years hurricane season. Our department was ordered by the chief of police to stay on the island while all other citizen were mandated to evacuate. A level 5 hurricane was heading straight for our city. I did not feel at all prepared for the situation. I had a small cooler and some extra clothing on hand. I had about half a day to prepare for the situation. I was able to go to the grocery store and purchase some canned goods and dehydrated food. Maybe enough for 3 to 5 days. I had 3 to 4 gallons of drinking water that I was able to bring. I think a survival kit would have helped ease some of the tension in my mind. It would have been nice if I were more prepared and possibly had some MRE's on hand, however I did not have time to obtain any. Luckily for us, the situation was not too bad, the hurricane diverted at the last minute. However it was unfortunate for New Orleans because they caught the full force of Hurricane Katrina.

I am glad there are websites and sources such as yours available to order such necessary equipment. I don't know where else I would go to find so many of the things you offer. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Ryan Stevens

A Note from Survival Authority, Tom Sciacca of CampingSurvival.com:

This is great info. The reason I like this so much is that I wonder if his level if preparedness has changed. I often get the question "Tom, do you see that with everything going on over the past years that people are getting better prepared or not?". My answer is usually no. Not until the next thing happens. As I write this, business is amazing. We can barely keep up. A few months ago it was hurricane season, then the banking crisis and now the new president. Peoples fears are up and then they get better prepared. But in between these things that causes people to think about preparedness, are the slow times. What I notice is that people say to themselves, "Hey, they or we made it through that fine, why bother? We'll be ok.". I wonder if this police officer has increased his level of preparedness or if he says "I was fine, no biggy.".

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