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 Mother […]

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Barbara, OH

“Just wanted to share our story about our Wise food storage. Our son is in the Army and was on deployment. He called us and told us that sometimes he and his buddies were not always able to make it to the chow hall due to the operations they were performing. We got the Wise meals boxed up and sent out in a goodie box. The next phone call we got, he told us how much better they were […]

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Steve, CA

“I have been working for a company for 5 years. One Friday, they unexpectedly let 95% of their workforce go. I wasn’t worried as I had always been hired immediately after looking for a job. One week, turned into two, two weeks turned into a month, a month turned into a year without a job. I had to feed my wife and 3 daughters, all while keeping the house, car, large credit card bill, etc… I am so glad […]

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FEMA Institute Self-Study

 
Did you know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free classes? The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers emergency management training for emergency management professionals, government employees and the general public. As part of the National Preparedness Goal, their free online independent study program offers self-paced courses in nine “mission areas”:

Incident Management
Operational Planning
Disaster Logistics
Emergency Communications
Service to Disaster Victims
Continuity Programs
Public Disaster Communications
Integrated Preparedness
Hazard Mitigation

 

Class titles include:

Intro to Hazardous Materials
A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
Animals in Disasters
Diversity Awareness
Orientation to FEMA […]

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Pickling 101

Most people think of “pickles” as pickled cucumbers and only as a garnish. Did you know you can pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables? Pickles of one kind or another have been made for more than 4000 years and are so popular in the United States that at one time 40% of the pickle production was earmarked for soldiers in the field.
Pickling is great way to preserve food because you create an edible, anti-microbial liquid. It seems […]

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Hand Tool Emergency Kit

 
The hand tools you’ll need in a survival situation may be different than the hand tools you need to maintain your house. Everybody needs a hammer to hang pictures but most people don’t need an ax…that is, until they need one really bad.
Here are the top ten hand tools you need for survival situations:
Ax – Axes have gotten new respect since emergency preparedness organizations started encouraging homeowners in flood zones to keep an ax in their attic. Evidently, the […]

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Three Great Prepper Equipment Investments

It’s rewarding to see new Prepper products continually coming on the market. Not only does it mean that more and more people are paying attention, it means that engineers are busy designing great things for us. The first product that we love is only $25 and we think everyone ought to have one. These three items are investments but they promise long-term returns.
Rain Bladder Tanks
A water storage device made our Spring must-have list: The Rain Brothers Rain Bladder Tank. […]

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