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Earthquake & Tsunami Destroys Chilean Towns, Tsunami Occurs After Chilean Earthquake

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 […]

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The World Doesn’t End (Yet) Following This Year’s Blood Moon

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 […]

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DIY: First Aid Kit

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 […]

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What Are Powdered Eggs?

Powdered eggs are particularly popular amongst campers, hikers, survivalists and preppers. But what exactly are powdered eggs? Well, to put it simply, powdered eggs are eggs that have been dehydrated and turned into an easy-to-store powder. Fresh eggs, which are obviously very tasty and also rich in protein, need to be refrigerated properly and quickly in order to prevent them from spoiling. If you’re in an emergency situation or if you’re camping somewhere fairly remote, then it’s entirely impractical […]

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5 Basic Must-Have Camping Safety Items

Whether planning an adventure in the African bush or just making a weekend outing with the family, some supplies are must-haves for a successful and safe camping trip. Everyone remembers to grab the tent and sleeping bags, but no camping trip is complete without some other basic tools. Here are a few of our favorites:
 Headlamp
Flashlights are a no-brainer when it comes to traipsing around the woods at night, but headlamps leave your hands free, which can be critical in […]

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Top 5 Books We’re Reading This Summer

Summers are always surprisingly busy and go peculiarly fast. One of the best ways to slow it down is to steal some time for yourself and do something you can’t do fast: Read. Here are some of the books we’re reading this summer:
The Monocle Guide to Better Living  – (multiple authors)
Skip the eReader version of this book and go straight for the bright yellow hardcopy. The Monocle Guide to Better Living analyzes some of the things that contribute to […]

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7 Easy Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Bills

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling make up 43% of the total utility bill for the average homeowner. After the winter we had, you probably won’t hear anyone complaining about the heat – but you may hear friends and neighbors complaining about the air conditioning bill! Here are seven easy ways to reduce your summer cooling costs:

 Plant shade trees – Trees or leafy shrubs that shade your windows keep direct sunlight from pouring in and […]

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The #1 Thing to Add to Your Emergency Supplies (Besides Food)

The Red Cross and other disaster preparedness sites have excellent advice they can help you get prepared for an emergency. In the past the Red Cross and FEMA recommended the households have three days of clean drinking water per person set aside for emergencies. At a gallon per day per person, and a little more for pets and hygiene, a family of four would need about 50 gallons stored water during three days (or the potential to purify that […]

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10 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

A community garden is piece of land collectively tended by a group of people. Some gardens, called allotment gardens, give individuals their own small plots and each person plants what they want and keeps their harvest. In other types of community gardens, a large garden is tended by all members of the group and the harvest is shared equally.
These days it’s common to find community gardens outside of rural areas. In fact community gardens are most popular in urban […]

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How To Survive an Emergency Shelter: 13 Essentials to Take With You

Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t have a lot of time to gather supplies, which is why it’s a good idea to keep an old duffle or suitcase packed and […]

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