Author - Brian Neville

National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers on Emergency Food

Patrick J. Kiger from NatGeo guest-blogs today:
Americans like to eat. The average adult male consumes 2,500 calories a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we’re accustomed to an abundant supply of food no matter what the season. But Scott Hunt, an emergency survival consultant who is one of the advisors on the National Geographic Channel reality show Doomsday Preppers, warns that in the event of a disaster that disrupts our food system, we […]

Preparing Your House for Evacuation

There are several emergency scenarios where you may need to leave your house until danger passes. If you live in a hurricane or fire zone, this can happen frequently. Other scenarios are blackouts, biological attacks or floods (among others). In these situations we all like to imagine having a house to come back to – and it would be nice if our belongings were still there, too.
Requirements are interesting in hurricane or flood zones because the guidelines are meant […]

Disability Emergency Planning

One in five people reading this post have a disability. We talk a lot about leaving the house quickly or being forced to stay home for long periods and the things you can do to stay healthy and safe during emergencies. However, for people with disabilities, the basic precautions are different. The CDC reported this story:
“In 2008, a rare winter storm buried Portland, Oregon under more than a foot of snow. The city was gridlocked. Nickole Chevron was stuck […]


Let’s face it, it may be impossible to prepare for every single situation you’ll encounter in an emergency or widespread cataclysm. You’ll have to barter for some things, but that’s the way commerce has worked from the beginning. Thinking about recent history and the shortages that the World Wars caused, we have first-hand accounts of what people want desperately when things go bad. Some aren’t surprising – alcohol, tobacco, pain relief, Some are surprising – in mass supply chain […]

Banking Blood for an Emergency

Blood transfusions are routine for those involved in serious accidents or requiring invasive surgeries. The trouble is, you don’t know whose blood you’re getting and some statistics indicate that one in ten people who receive a blood transfusion contract hepatitis from infected blood[1]. Another problem with blood transfusions is that they depend on your type of blood being available, and there are hundreds of subtypes.
In the era of blood-borne disease and pandemic that idea leaves many people uneasy, which […]

Your Car as an Emergency Shelter

Most of the time when we think of evacuating in an emergency we imagine ourselves at home with at least a few minutes to grab the essentials. However, that’s not always the case. You may be at work or traveling when disaster strikes, preventing you from getting home. In this case it makes sense to keep a small emergency kit in the car in case your car temporarily becomes “home” in an emergency.
It would be easy to load up […]

Basic First Aid

Unless you’re in the medical profession, chances are your kids know more about basic first aid than you do at this moment. Kids usually get some basic first aid training and refreshers as part of their school curriculum but adults rarely have the opportunity to learn or refresh their skills – and some things have changed. Did you know you’re supposed to sing the Bee Gee’s tune “Stayin’ Alive” while doing CPR now? I’m not making that up! A […]

Top 5 Prepariphenalia

I believe it was the Oregon Disaster Response team that coined the term “prepariphenalia.” We liked it so much that we decided to share our Top 5 list of favorite emergency preparedness gadgets, more affectionately known as prepariphenalia:
1. Emergency Mylar Blankets – we appreciate anything that has more than one use and Mylar blankets are a must-have in every emergency stash and every emergency kit. Mylar resists ultraviolet radiation so they are very effective at making shade and serving […]

Hydroponic Gardening

There are two kinds of emergencies: short-term emergencies and long-term emergencies. More and more people are starting to think about preparing for long-term emergencies and creating a life-style Plan B that would allow them to carry on in a ‘new normal.’ Dehydrated food plays a big role in short-term emergencies and bridging the gap for a very long time in a “new normal” – however, nobody’s going to argue that fresh vegetables and herbs aren’t going to be an […]

Medicinal Plants

Just like most people, I’ve got a convenient cabinet full of bottles and bubble packs of pills that come in hand when my head hurts or my GI system gets upset over something. I’m not terribly interested in giving up the stuff in my medicine cabinet, but like any good Prepper, I know there may come a day when allergy pills and aspirin aren’t being churned out and distributed around the country by the semi load. Part of learning […]