Emergency Preparedness

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)
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Laundry Without Electricity

Oh how we take for granted the magically clean clothes, sheets and towels that come out of advanced machines that do everything but fold and put things away. Today’s appliances virtually think for themselves – which has left most of us pretty clueless on how to get things clean without them.
Whether you find yourself in a short-term outage from a storm or a long-term outage, doing laundry by hand is something you’ll have to face. It’s not quite as […]

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Top 5 Prepper Books

In many parts of the country February is a slower time of year – great for catching up on your reading. Here are our recommendations for five books that will give your prepping plans a boost:
1. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster by Bernie Carr – This small guide encourages readers to make a sensible evaluation of potential risks then make incremental preparations that don’t break the bank. […]

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5 Survival Myths

As more and more people become interested in being prepared for long and short-term emergencies, the quantity of survival information seems to multiply. However, we all know not to believe everything we read on the Internet or watch on TV – right? When it comes to planning for life-or-death situations, it pays to be discerning about the information you’re basing a survival plan on.
Here are five survival myths that may surprise you:

You can go for weeks without food. Sure, […]

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The New Portable Generators

If you haven’t seen the new generation of portable thermoelectric generators, be prepared to get excited. These little powerhouses convert heat from buring small debris or boiling water into power for USB devices such as smartphones, GPS units, cameras, lights, radios and water purifiers. One of the main benefits of these devices is that unlike solar panels they work in any weather at any time of day, indoors or outdoors.
A favorite of campers, the $129 BioLite CampStove uses heat […]

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Off the Grid – Not Out of Power

Portable solar charging panels allow you to charge and power electronics even when you’re off the grid. Trekkers, boaters and RV’ers have been testing them out and giving feedback to manufacturers for a few years now. That’s good news for Preppers who want reliable, compact, lightweight portable power in a disaster, emergency – or if they just decide to slide off the grid for a while.
Depending on the size, portable panels can power cell phones, tablets and laptops, while […]

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Village Construction Kit

One of our favorite topics to pop up this year was the DIY modern village kit from Open Source Ecology. Marcin Jakubowski announced that modern life could be maintained with 50 basic machines. Now, Jakubowski is a physicist, but he’s also a farmer. As a farmer / physicist, he decided that science wasn’t really solving any of the world’s problems so in 2003 he founded Open Source Ecology, a network of farmers, engineers and supporters whose main goal is […]

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