For those of us that don't watch the news, apparently, we are on the brink of World War 3 or the end of times, or...well, it's hard to keep up. It seems each day there is something new that we need to be aware of, from spy balloons over Montana to whatever virus is going to kill us next.

I'm not sure where you lean politically, and honestly, I don't care.

Here in Montana, we have all kinds of people with all kinds of views.  We have those that are stockpiling food and ammo and are just waiting for the green light to go all "Red Dawn". We have those that believe that there is no need to worry because our government will take care of us, no matter what happens.

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Then there are those of us that are in the middle. Those of that really don't trust either side and are kind of on our own island.  Here's the good news, we're not alone. So what are our options? If tough times are indeed in our future, what do we need to do?

To quote that old Boy Scout motto, be prepared. Now, I'm not suggesting that we're getting ready to enter the end times, but what I am saying is it isn't a bad idea to make sure you have some things you might need in case of some sort of disaster.

Ready for disaster - checking off the items on the emergency preparedness form

The flood of '22 showed us what can happen when we're cut off from supply lines. Many Montanans were struggling to get the supplies that they needed, especially things like bottled water and non-perishable food items.


Here's a list of things that everyone should have or have access to in the case of some sort of disaster.

  • Water (One Gallon Per Person, Per Day)
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Extra Clothes, Blankets, and Winter Gear
  • Extra Batteries
  • Access to a Generator
  • Radio
  • Flashlight/Lanterns
  • First Aid Kit/Medical Supplies
  • Duct Tape/Trash Bags/Plastic Sheeting
  • Tools
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Access to Firearms
  • Extra Cell Phone Batteries 

While there are several other things that could be added to the list, it's a good idea to have the above supplies ready in case the need arises to use them. Hopefully, you won't, but once again, being prepared is key when it comes to a disaster, whether it is natural or man-made.

What is something that you would add to the list?  Let us know by sending us a message on our station app.

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Winter can be brutal here in Montana with lots of wind, snow, and temperatures well below zero. In fact, that alone should be a word of warning for those thinking of moving here from warmer climates.

A lot goes into being prepared to live in a state with rough winters and if you've never done it before, you certainly need to make sure that you are prepared. You need to make sure you have the right tires, vehicle, and winter clothing. Plus, I would highly suggest you learn how to drive in winter conditions before moving to a state that celebrates winter 6 months out of the year.

And while winters can be very rough here in Montana, we don't even crack the Top 5 for States With The Most Brutal Winters.

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