Every emergency kit should feature at least one basic communication tool. From signal mirrors to cellphones, it’s important to have at least one tool that can help you to communicate with others in the event that you’re stranded or in need of assistance. Radios, like basic two-way units, are especially popular with “preppers.” A small group of individuals can use some basic two-way radios to stay in touch with one another over a short distance, and other units can […]
Many throughout the West Coast and the South West are eager for rain this winter. This year’s drought has been particularly hard, and the popular consensus is that incoming El Nino storms might bring some much-needed rain to the two regions over the next few months. However some of those storms are also predicted to be rather strong, and the chances of flash floods are fairly high throughout California, Utah and a number of other western states. In fact, […]
The entirety of the West Coast is currently in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recent history. In fact, in California, the U.S. Drought Monitor notes that over 70 percent of the state suffers from extreme drought, and in Nevada, 76 percent suffers from severe drought too. However, scientists and climatologists are hopeful that the upcoming winter (and the accompanying El Nino, which is expected to peak later this fall) will bring plenty of rain to […]
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 […]
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. […]
Floods are common throughout the United States, and most flooding events are relatively harmless. However, major floods, especially those caused by hurricanes, can be extremely serious. In fact, during Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, and the floods claimed hundreds of lives and caused damage to roughly 70 percent of the city’s occupied housing. Learning how to prepare for a flood can mean the difference between safety and tragedy, so here are a few key points […]
Whether you live with others, have a family or you’re on your own, it’s important to have a first aid kit on hand in your home. In the event of an emergency—ranging from a serious natural disaster to a common household accident—a basic first aid kid can be a tremendous boon. While camping supply stores and emergency preparedness companies offer pre-assembled first aid kits, you can also make your own.
According to the Red Cross, it’s a good idea […]