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 […]
The Wise Company, a leading provider of food and emergency readiness kits, is pleased to confirm that the world did not end following the recent appearance of a “Blood Moon.”
The blood moon, most recently seen on September 27-28, 2015, is a rare astrological event that occurs only when the earth, sun, and moon align, with the earth passing between the sun and the moon. This allows the moon to pass through Earth’s shadow, casting a red hue onto the […]
Afflicting coastal communities around the world, tsunamis are large wave surges that are caused by disturbances such as volcanic eruptions, landslides or earthquakes. Given that they’re typically caused by hard-to-predict events, it’s difficult to know exactly when a tsunami might strike. So, if you happen to live in a coastal region that could potentially be subjected to tsunamis, then it’s important that you prepare in advance. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare for a possible tsunami.
Each year, roughly 1,200 tornadoes touch down in the United States, and these powerful, sometimes devastating columns of fast-moving air cause roughly a billion dollars’ worth of property damage annually. While it can be difficult to predict exactly when and where a tornado will strike, scientists do understand the specific atmospheric conditions needed to create tornadoes. This means that organizations like NOAA can give advanced tornado warnings to residents, allowing them to prepare or evacuate in ahead of time. […]
There are few forces of nature on this earth that are as powerful as a hurricane. Strong hurricanes, like Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katrina, can be life threatening, and they often cause billions of dollars worth of property damage. In fact, according to USA Today, the largest global disaster of 2012 was Hurricane Sandy (it cost roughly $65 billion dollars worth of damages). While hurricanes can vary in strength, any hurricanes that are over a three on the Saffir-Simpson […]
While wildfires can strike nearly anywhere in the United States, they are typically more common in the western United States. In the first six months of 2015, there were nearly 30,000 wildfires throughout the U.S.—these fires burned up a grand total of over three million acres. Whether lightning starts wildfires naturally or they’re created by human action, wildfires can be terribly destructive. One of the most devastating wildfires in the U.S. was the Oakland fire of 1991 in California. […]
Floods are common throughout the United States, and most flooding events are relatively harmless. However, major floods, especially those caused by hurricanes, can be extremely serious. In fact, during Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, and the floods claimed hundreds of lives and caused damage to roughly 70 percent of the city’s occupied housing. Learning how to prepare for a flood can mean the difference between safety and tragedy, so here are a few key points […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]