Tag - disaster preparedness

Family Disaster Preparedness Plan: Things to Consider

The latest natural disaster to impact the U.S.—Hurricane Matthew—emphasized how important it is to create a family disaster plan. It seems like every time Mother Nature invokes its fury on communities across the country, there are people caught unawares. In some cases, people don’t have the resources to plan ahead, while in other cases, they rely on those in charge of their care to take necessary precautions, e.g. residents of nursing homes.
The most important part of disaster preparedness comes […]

A Dozen Items to Include in Your 72 Hour Kit

According to FEMA, in 2015, there were 79 natural disasters in the U.S. in which 94 people lost their lives. As of June 25, 2016, there were already 43 disasters with a loss of 79 lives, including the severe weather that devastated parts of West Virginia during the fourth week in June. According to meteorologists, this latest incident is the worst flash flooding in the U.S. since 2010. Torrential rains and high water destroyed more than 100 homes, washed […]

Long Shelf Life Foods to Keep in Your Pantry

If you are thinking about setting up an emergency pantry in your house, that is a laudable goal. However, you need to keep in mind that selecting the right foods is just part of what it takes to be a successful food prepper. It is just as important to pay close attention to storage methods and be aware of things that can decrease the shelf lives of products or even render them useless. Shelf life is defined in two […]

Wilderness and Disaster First Aid and Medical Care

There are many situations where you might need to receive or administer immediate first aid without the benefits of high-tech medicine. Learning basic first aid as well as CPR is a good idea for anyone old enough to take a class. You never know when these skills will come in handy, and in some cases, be lifesaving. Perhaps you are an avid camper and come across a fellow camper in the midst of a medical crisis—there are no doctors […]

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U.S. Earthquake Facts – What You Need to Know

The 7.8 magnitude quake that ravaged part of Ecuador’s Pacific coast on April 16 injured about 12,500 people and more than 650 people lost their lives. The power of that earthquake is a stark reminder of the dangers in the U.S. posed by the San Andreas Fault and others … in fact, scientists are continually predicting when the “Big One” will hit.
A fault is a fracture or zone of fractures between two blocks of rock, which enables the blocks […]

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 […]

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 […]

What To Do During An Earthquake

The recent earthquakes in Nepal were truly devastating, as thousands of people lost their lives and countless homes were destroyed. Because parts of the United States are susceptible to earthquakes, such as the entirety of the west coast, it’s important for people to understand how to stay safe during an earthquake. Here are a few tips, sourced from the CDC, concerning what to do when you’re caught either outside or indoors during an earthquake.
Outdoors: If you’re outside when the […]

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 […]

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 […]