Tsunami Preparedness

5 Steps to Tsunami Preparedness - By Paul Purcell  | Submitted On April 08, 2011

Indonesia 2004, Chile 2010, Japan 2011: Sizable earthquakes caused Tsunamis that rippled across the Pacific Ocean affecting far more people than just the ones close enough to feel the tremors.

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Tornado Preparedness

Tornado Preparedness - The Six Keys to Safety - By Paul Purcell  | Submitted On May 04, 2007

The US has more tornadoes than any other area on the globe. We get them in the spring, as weather changes in the fall, when summer storms hit, and as byproducts of hurricanes.

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Earthquake Preparedness

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How to Establish an Earthquake Preparedness Plan? - By Mostafa EL-Engebawy, Ph.D.  | Submitted On February 26, 2010

What are the consequences of a Strong Earthquake? Your home may have some level of structural damage to foundations, cripple walls, anchorage of walls to the floor or roof, masonry chimney, and around the garage opening or large window openings if soft story conditions are met.

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Hurricane Preparedness

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How to Survive a Hurricane: The Day After - By Paul Purcell  | On November 08, 2012

An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure, and preparedness always beats post-disaster trauma. However, though our focus is before-the-event efforts, we will not sit back and watch our friends in New England suffer through the negatives they can change. So here are just a very few of the things we can post today to help:

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WildFire Preparedness

Wildfire Preparedness - The Five Aspects of Readiness - By Paul Purcell | Submitted On May 21, 2007

A classic 70’s tune gives us the lyrics, “She ran calling ‘Wildfire’…..” Then a love song, but today, possibly the beginnings of an action / adventure / horror movie. With rainfall low, and temperatures and winds high, the wildfires we’re currently battling across the country are heavily taxing our first responder assets. More fires will surely follow if these conditions continue.

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General Preparedness Articles & Advice

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” Hal Lindsey

75 Bug Out Bag List Essentials

Seemingly, not a day goes by that news doesn't flash across our televisions or computer screens reporting of the latest catastrophic natural disaster, terrorist attack or threat, or even the imminent collapse of some major geopolitical or economic system. Sounds all too familiar doesn't it...

It's because of these increasingly unpredictable, or black swan events that there's a growing movement amongst individuals like you to be sufficiently prepared, come what may.

One of the simplest, most crucial steps in disaster preparedness is to have a well-thought-out and organized bug out bag list to aid in your preparations. This will ensure you have the equipment needed to make your departure from an area of disorder or complete chaos a safe one.

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Emergency Food Storage

Your emergency survival plan will likely include an area where you will store food, water and other basic supplies. This area deserves some special attention; I call it the emergency food supply isle. After all, it is the place that holds the key to you survival. Don't make the mistake of storing your food in an area that promotes the spoilage of the food you have worked hard to collect. The following tips will help you create the best food storage area you can in your home.

1 - Enough space is important. Too often, people try and shove a year's worth of food into a pantry. This makes for chaos. You won't be able to see what is on the shelves and it will be impossible to track your inventory. You want to choose a place like a spare room, basement or a root cellar that allows you to walk in and really get a good look at all that you have.

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Survival Water Purification

Water: the most basic and vital human need. With our modern lifestyles it's hard to imagine a world where water isn't readily available. A world where we turn on our faucet and nothing happens. It's important to remember though that your body isn't going to care what got you into a "waterless" place. It doesn't have to be TEOTWAWKI or a downed power grid. Something as simple (and absent-minded) as losing your way in the wild can put you in a situation where you will probably need to get a hold of water for drinking.

While a good many folks like going for adventures, few actually plan for the need to purify water during a survival situation. If you get lost in the mountains for hours on end, maybe days, and you then find a stream of dirty or stagnant water that looks to be too dirty to be good for human consumption you could be confronted with the dilemma of dying of dehydration at the moment or dying later (or at a minimum getting very sick) from drinking bacteria-infested water.

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Fire Starting Methods

There are a lot of different ways to start a fire if you find yourself in a situation where you need one. What I'm talking about here is survival fires. You find yourself in a survival situation and you need a fire to keep yourself warm, dry out your clothes, or cook something tasty to eat.

Let me first say this. You know if you are not old enough to do this without adult supervision. So just don't do it without adult supervision if you aren't old enough to do it by yourself. You could get yourself into a lot of trouble and either hurt yourself or others or destroy a lot of property. Fire is a great tool if used properly but can be dangerous and destructive if you do not respect it.

The time to learn how to start a fire is not when you are in a survival situation. You need to practice this skill to get good at it.

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