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The Care and Feeding of Your Sump Pump

The Care and Feeding of Your Sump Pump Your sump pump is a lot like your pancreas; nobody thinks about it until it stops working. And, if it does stop working you’ll have to call a bunch of professionals and paying a really big bill. If your house has a basement you probably have a

Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Part 1 – The Reality

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. An average season sees 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes, but as more and more people flock to the coasts to live and work, each year the number of people who are affected during the season rises

Village Construction Kit

One of our favorite topics to pop up this year was the DIY modern village kit from Open Source Ecology. Marcin Jakubowski announced that modern life could be maintained with 50 basic machines. Now, Jakubowski is a physicist, but he’s also a farmer. As a farmer / physicist, he decided that science wasn’t really solving

Preparing Your House for Evacuation

There are several emergency scenarios where you may need to leave your house until danger passes. If you live in a hurricane or fire zone, this can happen frequently. Other scenarios are blackouts, biological attacks or floods (among others). In these situations we all like to imagine having a house to come back to –

Disability Emergency Planning

One in five people reading this post have a disability. We talk a lot about leaving the house quickly or being forced to stay home for long periods and the things you can do to stay healthy and safe during emergencies. However, for people with disabilities, the basic precautions are different. The CDC reported this

Banking Blood for an Emergency

Blood transfusions are routine for those involved in serious accidents or requiring invasive surgeries. The trouble is, you don’t know whose blood you’re getting and some statistics indicate that one in ten people who receive a blood transfusion contract hepatitis from infected blood[1]. Another problem with blood transfusions is that they depend on your type

Your Car as an Emergency Shelter

Most of the time when we think of evacuating in an emergency we imagine ourselves at home with at least a few minutes to grab the essentials. However, that’s not always the case. You may be at work or traveling when disaster strikes, preventing you from getting home. In this case it makes sense to

Meals Without Wheels

A recent study funded by the Meals on Wheels organization revealed that 5 million senior Americans, that’s almost 12% of the senior population, face hunger every day. Half of those 5 million are living above the federal poverty line and two thirds of them are younger seniors between the ages of 60 to 65. These

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