Author - Brian Neville

Four New Awesome Prepper Gadgets for Summer

Some websites are dangerous. You know those with a bunch of awesome items that you can get sucked in lose a few hours before you know it. Our Wise Prepper Pinterest page is like that for me, and I’ve found another one: Uncrate. Uncrate is a super slick website chock full of fascinating gadgets, and many of them will appeal to preppers. Okay, they are a little pricey, but here are some of our favorites:
Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike

This all terrain […]

Social Media and Emergencies

Last year about this time we wrote about the then-new hurricane alert app from the Red Cross. In just a year, so much has changed. Social media has become an incredibly valuable tool for emergency management, personal safety and communication.
Even though major catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks on September 11th aren’t that far behind us, technology has evolved at such lighting speed that we can’t help but wonder how many lives could have been saved or […]

Emergency Organizations 101

With tornado and hurricane season in full swing, you’ll be reading and hearing about all sorts of emergency organizations. Why are there so many and what do they all do? It’s a fair question and it’s easy to get confused. Unfortunately, scam organizations also pop up every time there is a disaster so it pays to know whom you need to contact in case you find yourself in need of help. Here are the basics:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA […]

Preparing Your PC for Emergencies

Your desktop or laptop computer likely contains critical information that helps you run your life. If you’re like most people, you’ve got photographs, financial records and other important files that you don’t want to lose. In an emergency, if you have time to evacuate, the family car is going to be stuffed with kids, suitcases, pets; you probably don’t have room for the desktop computer. If your home is struck by disaster, you’re in danger of losing all those […]

Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Part 3: Updated Advice

Lately we’ve been writing about the 2013 hurricane season. AccuWeather is predicting more of the same this year – three or four major hurricanes in the US and about eight other storms that will cause damage and outages. Since Hurricane Katrina taught us that the impossible can happen, and Hurricane Sandy taught us that even our greatest commercial and cultural nerve center, New York City, isn’t immune from devastation, we’ve all been taking hurricane season more seriously. More and […]

Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Part 2: Why Everyone is Affected


In our last post we gave you AccuWeather’s forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season and explained how a downed server in New Jersey can mean suffering in New Mexico. Even if you’re not at risk of being directly impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm, it’s still likely your daily life will be interrupted when supply chains are interrupted.
Computers: Wonderful and Terrible at the Same Time
Remember, businesses and distribution supply lines are entirely reliant on computer servers. Servers […]

Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Part 1 – The Reality

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. An average season sees 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, but as more and more people flock to the coasts to live and work, each year the number of people who are affected during the season rises dramatically. As we saw in Hurricane Sandy last year, even after the storm passes, residents can be stranded without supplies for weeks.
Forecasters at AccuWeather […]

Tornado What Ifs

Tornadoes can develop anywhere, without warning and can totally devastate everything in their path. They have been seen on every continent except Antarctica, although most occur in the United States.
Tornados are measured on the Fujita Scale, or the F-scale, with 0 being the lowest impact and 5 being the highest. When the scale was introduced in 1971, an F6 was believed to be “inconceivable” – but if we’ve learned anything in the last few years we’ve learned that […]

FEMA Institute Self-Study

Did you know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free classes? The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers emergency management training for emergency management professionals, government employees and the general public. As part of the National Preparedness Goal, their free online independent study program offers self-paced courses in nine “mission areas”:

Incident Management
Operational Planning
Disaster Logistics
Emergency Communications
Service to Disaster Victims
Continuity Programs
Public Disaster Communications
Integrated Preparedness
Hazard Mitigation


Class titles include:

Intro to Hazardous Materials
A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
Animals in […]

Pickling 101

Most people think of “pickles” as pickled cucumbers and only as a garnish. Did you know you can pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables? Pickles of one kind or another have been made for more than 4000 years and are so popular in the United States that at one time 40% of the pickle production was earmarked for soldiers in the field.
Pickling is great way to preserve food because you create an edible, anti-microbial liquid. It seems […]