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30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 31: A Summary

Over the last 30 days, I shared a tip each day to help you prepare for spring storms and the stinging heat of summer. There are tips for all outdoor enthusiasts from shooters, campers and hikers to preppers and survivalists. Some of the tips are fun, like staying safe during a day at the lake. Some are serious, such as preparing for hurricane season. It is my hope that you have found them all to be informative and practical. In case you have missed any, here is a list of all 30 daily tips.

Satellite picture of a hurricane

Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer DAY 26: Be Ready! National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31, which gives you plenty of time and no excuses not to be prepared. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts May 15. Both seasons end on November 30. Hurricanes cause heavy rainfall, flooding, tornados, rip currents and high, damaging winds. Depending on the severity of the hurricane—measured in categories one to five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale—city officials might make evacuation mandatory. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. When a hurricane watch or warning alert comes through your NOAA emergency weather alert radio, put your bug-out or bug-in plan in place. Whether you choose to leave or stay, you need a plan and supplies for both.

A deer peers out through a stand of bare trees with snow on the ground.

Hunting

Women Afield—Winter Weather Hunting Safety Tips, Part 1

Hunting wild game during any season has its challenges, but hunting during the often brutal and unforgiving weather of winter has its own set of unique challenges. Conditions can change in a matter of minutes during the winter months turning a casual hunting excursion into a survival situation. Knowing how to stay safe while hunting during the winter months is important. Check out this 3 part series on enjoying winter hunting and coming home safe and sound.

Picture shows a topless man laying face down, dripping with sweat in a hot, dry desert.

Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 22: Heat Related Illnesses: Prevention and Treatment

Heat over exposure causes hyperthermia and in turn, heat-related illnesses. Hyperthermia is when our bodies cannot regulate our body temperature in extreme heat. This includes heat cramps, heat rash, heat fatigue, heat syncope, sunburn, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Our bodies cool themselves when it is hot through sweating, but sometimes sweating is not enough. Sometimes, especially when it is very humid, our sweat does not evaporate fast enough and does not allow heat to escape. This is when we can suffer from a heat-related illness.

Dave Dolbee with trophy Quebec-Labrador Caribou.

Camping & Survival

Five Tips for Cold Weather Hunter Safety

This year it doesn’t matter whether you hunt in Texas, Virginia or Michigan, you are dealing with colder weather than you have faced in years when hunting. You need to be sure all your hunting party is well prepared for cold weather hunting with hunter education training for cold weather.

Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 5: Create and Stock a Safe Room

FEMA describes a safe room as a room that offers “near-absolute protection” from winds up to 250 miles per hour, remaining intact, even if the rest of your house or office is destroyed. A safe room can be an already-existing room such as a closet or bathroom reinforced to protect against severe winds due to tornados and hurricanes, or a room build inside the house specifically to be a safe room. Since new construction might be cost-prohibitive for you and your family, you can also designate one room in the house or office as the “safe room.” The main objective is to put as many walls between you and the severe weather event as possible. Read this article to learn how to prepare.