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      Live threat modeling exercise this Friday evening, May 3, on Discord at 6PM Pacific / 9PM Eastern. This is a good way to think about what we’re preparing for and ensure we’re addressing the most important issues. Learn more about the technique from this article.


      Join our Discord now at this link so you’ll be ready when the event starts:


      Prepper Chat Nights are on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month. Last time our chat spontaneously turned into a threat modeling session. We learned a lot and had a good time, so we’re going to try another round this week.

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        Notes from last Friday’s flood-themed threat modeling session:

        = threats =

        surprise you’re in flood zone and don’t know it
        insufficient drainage
        dips in road flooded
        standing water flood
        running water flood / mudflow

        = assets =

        basement home
        life (drowning)
        house in low lying neighborhood
        house damage
        house contents damage
        access to hospital
        access to store
        access to gas

        = protections =

        higher foundation
        house on stilts
        quick dam – quick deploy inflatable sandbags
        plastic liner around sandbags
        pruning trees
        buy home with fewer risks
        no large trees near house
        move horses to high spots
        sump pump – maybe multiple – battery backup
        drainage for water to flow around house
        parks that soak up water
        french drainage
        evacuation plan
        stay with friend in safer home during storm
        signup for local/county alerts
        watch local news
        don’t drive during storm
        don’t drive through high water
        know the low spots in roads and avoid them
        know how to evac car safely if car caught in flood
        plastic (waterproof) containers for items in garage
        keep garage items off the ground
        roof tight
        downspouts lead away from house
        clean roof gutters
        windows have no leaks
        doors secure
        move important stuff to high spots
        backup copy of documents to cloud
        list of plumbers/handymen/etc for emergency contractor help
        cats in carrier upstairs
        review topographic map
        bioswale – pit for collecting water
        HOA monitors and improves drainage
        monitor nearby storm grates for trash buildup
        green space to absorb water
        widen river channels to allow more swell before homes/businesses impacted
        alternate routes to clinic/store/evac/hospital for when lowlying roads flooded
        get to know your area – topography/resources
        don’t build/buy/rent on edge of river
        checklist for storm prep
        acclimate to discomfort
        physical fitness
        life jacket
        check in on neighbors before/during/after storm and exchange numbers