Disaster Preparedness

10 Survival Skills to Learn in 2013

You may be looking to military books for survival training but if that’s your sole source of information you’re likely missing out on tried-and-true, gadget-free survival skills that can carry you through a long-term emergency. One of the best sources for information is history – in fact, you might be able to learn as much from an archaeologist as an Army Ranger. Here are 10 survival skills to consider learning this year:
Start, control and use fire – If you’ve […]

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10 Keys to Surviving a Disaster

A Guest Blog Post by Jeff Ordonez
Note: Author, researcher, and teacher Jeff Ordonez has studied world religions for over 25 years. He’s traveled extensively throughout North America and South America seeking the truth and now appears on nationally syndicated radio. To learn more about Jeff and his book, Seven Predicted Disasters, visit: http://7predicteddisasters.com
Fiery words of doom and gloom have existed for millennia and predictions of global cataclysms have seized the mind for ions. Almost all faiths and cultures have […]

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Health Hazards After Disasters

Clean up crews who began putting New Orleans back together after Katrina reported a hazard nobody anticipated: an abundance of snakes – everywhere.
As we have seen recently from the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy slammed New Jersey and New York, the initial dangers of a natural disaster may pass in a day or two, but other dangers can linger long afterward. Here are some post-storm dangers to watch out for:

Animals, insects or reptiles where they aren’t supposed to be. Fire, […]

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National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers on Emergency Food

Patrick J. Kiger from NatGeo guest-blogs today:
Americans like to eat. The average adult male consumes 2,500 calories a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we’re accustomed to an abundant supply of food no matter what the season. But Scott Hunt, an emergency survival consultant who is one of the advisors on the National Geographic Channel reality show Doomsday Preppers, warns that in the event of a disaster that disrupts our food system, we […]

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Managing Food Supplies: Sanitation & Cooking Without Power

It doesn’t take a large-scale disaster to cause large portions of the population to be without power for days. In fact, last fall a surprise October snowstorm in Boston caused 43,000 homes to go dark – some for nearly a week.
Being without power for days probably means the loss of all food in cold storage. In the case of the Boston snowstorm, it may mean no access to a grocery store. Clean water may be also be limited. If […]

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Flood Preparation and Safety Tips

Floods cause more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event and can happen anywhere in any of the states or territories in any season. Floods happen fast; winter storms and snowmelts can cause mild to extreme flooding. Here are some tips for staying safe in a flood and getting prepared for a reduction or halt of normal services due to a flood emergency:
Assemble an emergency kit – the Red Cross recommends an emergency kit with these […]

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Stuck, Stranded, Safe

If your part of the world endures winter storms, or you have to travel through winter storms this season, a little preparation can go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe. In addition to carrying a bag of sand, rock salt or non-­clumping kitty litter to combat ice should you get stuck, the Red Cross recommends that your car is always stocked with warm coats, gloves, hats, boots, extra blankets, and warm clothing for all household […]

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Preparing for Winter Storms

Winter storms have a thousand ways of interrupting dinner. Power outages are common as ice builds up on power lines, car slide-offs regularly take out transformers, deep snow and ice can either keep you or supply trucks from getting to the store and hazardous conditions and dangerously low temperatures make it a bad idea to even try.
Forty-nine US states experience winter storms. That means, wherever you are, at some point you can count trying to figure out what to […]

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