Warm Gulf Waters


Weather reports are stating that the water in the Gulf of Mexico is warmer than usual. While this does not guarantee a proliferation of tropical storms or hurricanes for 2022, it certainly is something to consider for planning. Warm waters generally release all of that stored energy through storm activity.

In the best case scenario, we will have so many tropical storms along the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. While tropical storms can also be destructive, they aren't quite at the level of hurricanes.

Worst case scenario, we will have several Category 5 hurricanes in 2022.

Obviously, what will actually happen is somewhere in between these two extreme ends of the spectrum.

There is the risk of multiple storms saturating the ground so that when a major storm hits, there is nowhere for that water to go, which would result in flooding.

It's a good idea to have an evacuation plan ahead of time if flooding is a distinct possibility in your area. Here in South Texas, the evacuation routes take us up towards San Antonio and Laredo. Keep in mind that during such an event, lodging may be booked up. Perhaps have an agreement with friends or family ahead of time so that you can stay with them, if needed.

The other risk is prolonged power outage. Imagine having to sleep in sweltering weather without air conditioning. Yes, you'll survive. But, it's going to be a miserable experience. This is another reason to evacuate. But, if you choose to stay in place, it wouldn't hurt to have a generator ready to go. Of course, you'll also need plenty of fuel to run it.

The only other concern is that when power goes out, there are no pumps for the water supply. Anything that comes out of the taps will rely on water towers, until they're dry. You can flush toilets with any water. But, you'll need a source of potable water for drinking and cooking.

Finally, you may find yourself having to cook food that is in the freezer before it spoils as a result of power outage. I would eat that first before cracking open any emergency food supplies.

If we're lucky, all the preparation is a waste of time. However, if the worst happens, we want the minimum amount of inconvenience. It is unlikely that we would die from living in a dark house for a few days. And, even if your home is destroyed, we are generally covered by relief agencies and charities. We'll get fed and sheltered.

But, short of losing all your meager possessions, you want to be as comfortable as possible until live returns to normal. For me, that's the whole point of preparedness. That is to avoid discomfort while the community puts itself back together.