Emergency Preparedness

Top 5 Modern Prepper Movies

Survival. It’s on the short list of moviemakers’ top topics. Whether it’s post-apocalyptic, natural disaster or pandemic-related, or even the over-plagued zombie thriller, Prepper movies make for great story telling and good reminders as to why survival preparedness is key.
Here’s our (totally subjective!) list of must-see Prepper movies*:
The Purge (rated R)
“Reminder all emergency services will be suspended for a 12-hour period during the purge.” The premise of this movie touches on the very essence of prepping. The story line […]

Best Practices for Shelter-in-Place at Home

“Shelter-in-place” means to take immediate refuge at your current location. It is an emergency procedure for people affected by a biological, chemical or radiological attack or accident. Shelter-in-place is typically a short-term procedure of several hours, not days or weeks.
 Research your surroundings.
One key element of planning is to understand the types of disasters may happen in your area. For example, do you live near a manufacturing facility that uses compounds that could leak or explode, resulting in a chemical […]

Seven Things We Learned From Sandy

A year ago Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard affecting 24 states and causing damage from Florida to Main and even as far inland as Michigan and Wisconsin. The interesting thing about Sandy’s timing is that, thanks in part to shows like Doomsday Preppers, prepping had gone mainstream so lots of people got to test their plans. The other interesting thing is that lots of people who never thought they needed to prepare for a hurricane realized they were […]

Risky Business – Are There Options for Safer Banking?

Recently I got a nerdy-looking pair of reading glasses and I decided to read a super nerdy report just to get, well, the full nerd experience. The report popped up in an email and it promised to reveal “how banks are doing post-economic crisis”*.
Of course, many of us still keep  money in a bank and sometimes we worry about that.  Part of being prepared for emergencies means keeping a finger on the pulse of industries that we used to […]

Natural Disaster Map of the U.S.

News headlines announce what seems like a disaster de jour lately, with the Colorado Floods, and California Wildfires taking center stage so far this fall. We all know that certain regions of the country are more susceptible to certain types of natural disasters than others, but graphics like this bring the reality into sharp focus. “Wow! That could’ve been you, or me,” we think as we run our eyes across the landscape of nature’s terrifyingly powerful possibilities.
One thing this […]

Emergency Communication: Phonetic Alphabet and Morse code

Whiskey, Tango, Bravo
If you’re not in the military you probably only hear people use the phonetic alphabet in movies. The phonetic alphabet may seem like useless knowledge, but it’s not – everyone concerned about being prepared in an emergency situation should know it. Technically it’s called the “International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet” and it was developed to avoid confusion between speakers of different languages. In emergency situations it can be used to communicate clearly over bad connections or in times […]

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 […]

Hand Tool Emergency Kit

The hand tools you’ll need in a survival situation may be different than the hand tools you need to maintain your house. Everybody needs a hammer to hang pictures but most people don’t need an ax…that is, until they need one really bad.
Here are the top ten hand tools you need for survival situations:
Ax – Axes have gotten new respect since emergency preparedness organizations started encouraging homeowners in flood zones to keep an ax in their attic. Evidently, the […]

Four Things You Can Learn from a Pilgrim

If you’ve never read a first-hand account of what English settlers endured in the first years in North America, you’re missing some important food for thought when it comes to prepping. If we take away all of our modern conveniences and start from scratch, we become pilgrims ourselves because we essentially would be living in a whole new world. History, after all, is the best educator. Here are a few things we can learn from the pilgrims:
A long-term survival […]