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Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling

How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to

Food Storage and Preparing for Disasters – Back to Basics

It’s the start of a new year and a time when many of us make plans for the coming year and beyond. Last year brought increasing media coverage about people and families who are very serious about being prepared for emergencies, people affectionately referred to as “Preppers”. At Wise Company, we have all kinds of

Storing and Using Root Vegetables

The days of fresh summer fruits and vegetables are behind us yet again and it’s time to make friends with the root vegetable. Summer produce is tasty and decadent in a way that only fragile, temperamental things can be. Root vegetables, however, are dependable. They can last us through the winter with very little nurturing

Staying Calm in Emergencies

Some people undergo amazing transformations in emergencies: They can make a solid plan and tell everyone what to do in calm voice. The rest of us freak out, yell and drop things. The good news is, the rest of us can learn the ability to stay calm in an emergency. Here are some tips from

Natural Disaster Map of the U.S.

News headlines announce what seems like a disaster de jour lately, with the Colorado Floods, and California Wildfires taking center stage so far this fall. We all know that certain regions of the country are more susceptible to certain types of natural disasters than others, but graphics like this bring the reality into sharp focus.

Burglar Proofing

Having your home burgled (yes, that’s a real word) is traumatic even if you have insurance to cover what’s stolen or the thieves don’t make off with much. Protecting your safety and sense of security is even more important than protecting your stuff.  During an emergency or power outage, thieves can take advantage of downed

Saving the Honeybee

Preppers talk a lot about gardening because the ultimate preparation is being self-sufficient, or mostly self-sufficient, in a way that lasts for generations. However, we’re never truly self-sufficient because we are always dependent on Earth’s systems. For example, we need it to rain, we need sunshine and we need worms to break down organic matter

Choosing the Right Compass

There comes a time in life when you realize that trying to give directions using “right” and “left” is confusing and ineffective. It’s especially ineffective if you’re trying to navigate outside of an urban area. Learning to read a compass and to build compass terms into your vocabulary is a critical survival skill. Direction 101:

New Top 10 Prepper Apps

New smartphone apps are rolling out all the time and it can be difficult to keep up or sort out what is useful for emergencies. Here are our top ten favorite apps – right now anyway! Life360 Family Locator lets you send and receive check-ins (whether during an emergency or not) and take part in

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