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, […]
Believe it or not, but a smartphone can be an extremely useful tool during an emergency situation or event. If you have access to either WiFi or a cell signal, you can call or text for assistance, check weather or news reports or use the GPS to help you and your family evacuate to a safer location. So, when you’re preparing your emergency kit for your home, make sure to pack away a cell charger as well.
However, what […]
If you’re preparing an emergency kit for your home, it’s important that you remember to pack away something that you can use for signaling for help. While a radio is always a good way to go, sometimes a basic signal mirror is all you need to signal for help if you’re ever stranded or in need of assistance. However, in order to use a signal mirror effectively, you need to be able to use it during the day. Without […]
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 […]
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 […]