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San Andreas Movie: Would You Be Ready For “The Big One”?

In the upcoming film, “San Andreas,” the dreaded Big One finally strikes California, nearly tearing it apart completely (thankfully, though, The Rock is on hand to save the day). The film, which premieres nationwide on May 29, stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a tough-as-nails helicopter rescue pilot. After a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake hits California, Johnson’s character heads from Los Angeles up to San Francisco to rescue his daughter, played by Alexandra Daddario—and, as expected, things go from bad […]

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How To Create Extra Space for Food Storage – 14 Ideas To Stretch A Small Footprint

If you’re living in an apartment or small house, finding the room for food storage can be a little tricky. And if you have kids, the problem compounds even more. What little space you have shrinks exponentially. But don’t give up hope! With a little creativity, there are likely some underutilized spaces in your home, that can easily be re-purposed for some extra food storage.
14 Places You Can Store Extra Food

Create False Bottoms in Cupboards: If you have low […]

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Wise Donates Emergency Meals to Aid Ebola Relief Efforts

Wise Company Donates Emergency Food Storage Meals to Aid Ebola Relief Efforts in Liberia
In response to the devastation wrought by Ebola in Liberia, Wise Company, a major producer of food storage and emergency food products, is sending a shipment of 8,640 servings of its long-term emergency food to assist in the relief effort.
Aaron Jackson, CEO of Wise, said the Company would immediately make ready a shipment of emergency entrees and breakfasts. These will be comprised of ready-made meals like […]

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Four Reasons You May Need a Water Purifier

Water is essential to survival and without it things can quickly go from bad to worse. In an emergency situation, whether you’re at home, traveling or camping, ensuring you have a supply of safe drinking water is a priority. Make sure you’re prepared for disaster by figuring out how you’ll stay hydrated in any situation.
 1. You Like to Camp
One of the best ways to ensure a safe water supply on a camping trip is to carry it in, but […]

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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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Can You Depend on Your Car in an Emergency?

A few years ago a friend bought a sporty, good-looking car that seemed to be the perfect vehicle. It was well priced, it got great gas mileage, it was small enough to fit in tight parking spaces and big enough to load everything he needed for a week road trip. He felt like he’d done his homework and finally got it right. Except he forgot to consider one thing: Things That Can Go Wrong.
Our friend lives in flood-prone area […]

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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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