Woke up this morning to be welcomed by a chilly misty morning. Anybody that pays attention is aware that changes are afoot to our climate and although I still believe our weather is not too extreme and thus easily survivable I look and prepare so that it does not impact me too much.
The normal average is fine for humans, imo, it is just the extremes where we are at risk. In the UK though we still don’t get hot extremes that are likely to kill us. The extremes that kill the old, the infirm and the homeless are the cold snaps. Not that long ago temps of -10 were few and far between. Now it seems we get them every winter. Cold is the extreme we need to prepare for.
As a society we have the technology to protect us from the cold but it relies on power. That isn’t likely to be the solution available to us. We may have the capability to generate heat but we don’t want to rely on our limited power generation for that. We would aim for using fire to resolve that issue for us. Fire though also has a disadvantage of raising our heads above the parapet and we might not want that.
The solution in my opinion is much easier. We stock up on clothes and bed coverings. Clothes designed to keep us warm are relatively cheap and readily available. We should put aside enough cold weather clothes so that we all have several outfits we can wear, ensuring cover for when one gets wet so we can wash one, have one drying and have one to wear. Get everything from boots, socks, hats, gloves as well as underwear and make sure we get plenty of layers. That will cover us for when we are out as well as when we are in. This also uses no power and protects OPSEC.
In addition to this we should also stock up on bed coverings. We can buy cold weather duvets at reasonable prices and they can be used to keep yourself nice and toasty. You can layer then as required and even utilise quilts, blankets and the like to keep warm overnight when it is coldest. Even ordinary sleeping bags can be bought cheaply and layered as required. It is how animals prepare for winter, they don’t have the luxury of electric or gas fires and we can learn from them. Stay in bed in the cold, keep warm, it’s not like there is much else to do anyway outside when it is -10.
It is coming to spring and the winter clothes and blankets can be bought on sale. Soon it will be the time to stock up on your warm weather clothes and bed coverings at a lower price than they normally are.
Using no power except your body they can be layered to protect us from much lower temperatures than we get now. So buy plenty, clothes and bed coverings, so you can add them as it gets colder. It will be the cold that kills off most of the people that are not prepared. Make sure that isn’t you.