Disaster Preparedness

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. “Wow! That could’ve been you, or me,” we think as we run our eyes across the landscape of nature’s terrifyingly powerful possibilities.
One thing this […]

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Emergency Communication: Phonetic Alphabet and Morse code

Whiskey, Tango, Bravo
If you’re not in the military you probably only hear people use the phonetic alphabet in movies. The phonetic alphabet may seem like useless knowledge, but it’s not – everyone concerned about being prepared in an emergency situation should know it. Technically it’s called the “International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet” and it was developed to avoid confusion between speakers of different languages. In emergency situations it can be used to communicate clearly over bad connections or in times […]

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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 sump basin.
The sump basin is the collection point for rainwater or ground water (most basements east of the Rockies are dug below the waterline). […]

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Four New Awesome Prepper Gadgets for Summer

Some websites are dangerous. You know those with a bunch of awesome items that you can get sucked in lose a few hours before you know it. Our Wise Prepper Pinterest page is like that for me, and I’ve found another one: Uncrate. Uncrate is a super slick website chock full of fascinating gadgets, and many of them will appeal to preppers. Okay, they are a little pricey, but here are some of our favorites:
Hanebrink All-Terrain Bike

This all terrain […]

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Social Media and Emergencies

Last year about this time we wrote about the then-new hurricane alert app from the Red Cross. In just a year, so much has changed. Social media has become an incredibly valuable tool for emergency management, personal safety and communication.
Even though major catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks on September 11th aren’t that far behind us, technology has evolved at such lighting speed that we can’t help but wonder how many lives could have been saved or […]

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Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Part 3: Updated Advice

Lately we’ve been writing about the 2013 hurricane season. AccuWeather is predicting more of the same this year – three or four major hurricanes in the US and about eight other storms that will cause damage and outages. Since Hurricane Katrina taught us that the impossible can happen, and Hurricane Sandy taught us that even our greatest commercial and cultural nerve center, New York City, isn’t immune from devastation, we’ve all been taking hurricane season more seriously. More and […]

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Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Part 2: Why Everyone is Affected

 

In our last post we gave you AccuWeather’s forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season and explained how a downed server in New Jersey can mean suffering in New Mexico. Even if you’re not at risk of being directly impacted by a hurricane or tropical storm, it’s still likely your daily life will be interrupted when supply chains are interrupted.
Computers: Wonderful and Terrible at the Same Time
Remember, businesses and distribution supply lines are entirely reliant on computer servers. Servers […]

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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 dramatically. As we saw in Hurricane Sandy last year, even after the storm passes, residents can be stranded without supplies for weeks.
Forecasters at AccuWeather […]

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Tornado What Ifs

Tornadoes can develop anywhere, without warning and can totally devastate everything in their path. They have been seen on every continent except Antarctica, although most occur in the United States.
Tornados are measured on the Fujita Scale, or the F-scale, with 0 being the lowest impact and 5 being the highest. When the scale was introduced in 1971, an F6 was believed to be “inconceivable” – but if we’ve learned anything in the last few years we’ve learned that […]

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Rain Barrel 101

Rain barrels are an ancient innovation but they should be part of every modern Prepper’s strategy. Using one seems pretty simple, right? Well, yes. But, not exactly. There are some things you should know to use your rain barrel safely, and there are some modern ideas in the marketplace that may give a significant boost to the utility of the rain barrel.
A rain barrel is a 55-gallon drum that is used to collect and store rainwater from runoff areas, […]

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