Earlier this year, Louisianna was hit with flooding that destroyed houses, ruined stores, and put hundreds of people out on the streets.
There is no better time for looters and violent criminal to take advantage of chaos when law enforcement is too busy helping to be policing.
But if you’re in the same boat, your guns and ammo (if they didn’t get completely washed away or soaked) are probably wet from the high humidity levels.
Make sure you continue to stay prepared by doing this what the Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute recommends below:
Following last month’s catastrophic flooding in large parts of Louisiana, the organization that creates safety and technical standards for firearm ammunition published guidelines for salvaging wet ammo.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute along with the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, published the document to help gun owners determine what to do with ammo that has been affected by water and moisture.
The short answer, they say, is err on the side of caution and do not try to salvage ammo that has been completely submerged in water. Using such ammo could result in damage to firearms and serious bodily harm. Instead, contact local law enforcement for instruction on disposing it safely and responsibly.
But for ammunition that has experienced simple exposure to moisture, SAAMI suggests it could still be good depending on the type. Centerfire rifle, handgun and shotshell could be salvaged if exposure is limited and it’s dried immediately, but rimfire is much more susceptible to damage.
Last month, the NSSF, which lobbies on behalf of gun makers, distributors and retailers, allocated $100,000 to aid members whose storefronts or ranges were damaged in the flooding. The state government said the flooding has caused more than $8 billion in damages.
One of the clearest lessons from the Louisianna floods is this: Mother Nature has no bias. She will wreck everything in her path.
The best things you can do to prepare for something like this are to store some of your guns and ammo in a place that’s easily accessible so you can quickly grab them in an emergency, or put them somewhere that’s weatherproof.
Clearly, in the case of the flooding, many people lost everything.
You don’t have to be a victim, though. Have an escape plan for an emergency situation like this where there is some warning.
What do you do to protect your guns and ammo? Let us know in the comments below.