The West Coast had a particularly trying summer. California, Washington and Oregon were all hit by a number of different forest fires, and collectively, thousands of acres burned. In California, according to CNN, more than two-dozen separate wildfires burned more than 130,000 acres—that’s just about three times California’s typical five-year wildfire average of nearly 50,000 acres during the usual fire season. In the Northwest, hundreds of Washington and Oregon residents were forced to evacuate their homes—in one town in […]
Raising chickens can be a lot of fun. If you raise them properly, you and your family can have a nice steady supply of organic eggs for years to come. Also, chickens make decent pets too. If you’re thinking of raising chickens, then you’re going to need to pick up a chicken coop. You can always buy your own pre-fabricated chicken coop, but they’re actually simple to build, so you can make your own pretty easily. Here are a […]
When it comes to sleeping outdoors, you have a few different options. Sleeping in a tent is a popular option for a reason—a tent offers you an element of seclusion and privacy, and it also ensures that you’ll stay nice and toasty during the night. If the weather is pleasant, and you’d like to sleep out under the stars, you can always simply sleep out on the ground. As long as you have a sleeping bag, you should be […]
On November 18th, according to Fox News, Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after several days of torrential rain and strong winds struck the Pacific Northwest state, killing three people, flooding rivers and cutting off power to well over 350,000 residents.
Allen Kam, a representative with the National Weather Service in Seattle, noted that the steady rain that fell over the course of last week caused local soil to become oversaturated, causing trees to become unstable, therefore […]
This past September, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, claiming 11 lives. That particular quake, according to the BBC, caused tsunami waves to occur as far as Japan, and it’s considered to be the strongest quake on record for the year. Coquimbo, a coastal town in Chile that was close to the quake’s epicenter, witnessed tsunami surges as tall as 15 feet, and hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate, spending the night in temporary shelters (tens of thousands in […]
The Wise Company, a leading provider of food and emergency readiness kits, is pleased to confirm that the world did not end following the recent appearance of a “Blood Moon.”
The blood moon, most recently seen on September 27-28, 2015, is a rare astrological event that occurs only when the earth, sun, and moon align, with the earth passing between the sun and the moon. This allows the moon to pass through Earth’s shadow, casting a red hue onto the […]
Afflicting coastal communities around the world, tsunamis are large wave surges that are caused by disturbances such as volcanic eruptions, landslides or earthquakes. Given that they’re typically caused by hard-to-predict events, it’s difficult to know exactly when a tsunami might strike. So, if you happen to live in a coastal region that could potentially be subjected to tsunamis, then it’s important that you prepare in advance. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare for a possible tsunami.
Each year, roughly 1,200 tornadoes touch down in the United States, and these powerful, sometimes devastating columns of fast-moving air cause roughly a billion dollars’ worth of property damage annually. While it can be difficult to predict exactly when and where a tornado will strike, scientists do understand the specific atmospheric conditions needed to create tornadoes. This means that organizations like NOAA can give advanced tornado warnings to residents, allowing them to prepare or evacuate in ahead of time. […]
There are few forces of nature on this earth that are as powerful as a hurricane. Strong hurricanes, like Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katrina, can be life threatening, and they often cause billions of dollars worth of property damage. In fact, according to USA Today, the largest global disaster of 2012 was Hurricane Sandy (it cost roughly $65 billion dollars worth of damages). While hurricanes can vary in strength, any hurricanes that are over a three on the Saffir-Simpson […]
While wildfires can strike nearly anywhere in the United States, they are typically more common in the western United States. In the first six months of 2015, there were nearly 30,000 wildfires throughout the U.S.—these fires burned up a grand total of over three million acres. Whether lightning starts wildfires naturally or they’re created by human action, wildfires can be terribly destructive. One of the most devastating wildfires in the U.S. was the Oakland fire of 1991 in California. […]