How to Open a Food Storage Can without a Can Opener

What if you were stranded in the wild without a can opener or knife? How would you open your food storage? This video will show you a quick and easy way to open a can without any tools, can openers or knives! Check it out! Impress your friends at parties with this simple, helpful trick that might, someday, just save your life!

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What is the Best Gun for Emergency Preparedness?

We often get the question about  what type of gun we would recommend for emergency preparedness. The answer is a bit complicated. It depends on what you’re going to use the gun for. Is it for hunting food that you’d need in an emergency? Is it for self-defense? Each gun has it’s different strengths and weaknesses and the gun you choose should be tailored to your specific needs. Points to consider before you add a gun Before you choose a gun for your preparedness needs, you’ll want to consider a few points: What Needs Will You Have? Will you be using this gun for protection? For hunting? Just an intimidation factor? Whatever gun you choose will depend on what you’re going to use it for. For example, a rifle would  …

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New Emergency Preparedness Commercials

The Ad Council has launched new commercials to remind you of the importance of being prepared for a disaster. “Wingin’ It Is Not A Plan.” They remind you talk with your family about “Where to Meet. Who to Call. What to Pack.” “This is a pretty fearful topic for a lot of parents,” Priscilla Natkins, executive vice president and director of client services for the Ad Council, the private nonprofit group spearheading the campaign along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN. “This is not something they want to think about or necessarily talk about with their kids.” As part of the campaign, the Ad Council conducted some research and found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans said they don’t have any type of emergency plan. Only 19% of  …

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Can Robots Save Us From Nuclear Disaster?

Imagine that a nuclear plant is on the verge of a meltdown. How would we stop it? Anyone who would volunteer to go inside and turn off the reactor would most certainly not make it back alive. That’s where HUBO comes in. DRC-HUBO is a humanoid robot made by disaster researchers and students at Drexel University. He is designed to walk into nuclear plants, locate the necessary valves and turn them off in order to avert a nuclear disaster. “This is supposed to work in human surroundings such as if there’s a lot of radiation in a disaster scene … or clean up waste using tools that humans would normally use, but because it’s dangerous for humans to be there, we want a robot to do those tasks,” researcher Dr.  …

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Are You Less Prepared Than Your Neighbors?

According to new research, the number of natural disasters per year has increased significantly over the last thirty years.  While the scientific community debates what the causes may be, disasters and destruction seem more and more prevalent in today’s world than 30 years ago and it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for emergency. The following table taken from the Natural Disasters Data Book shows the increase in number of natural disasters per year from 1975-2010. (A disaster was entered into the database if at least 10 people perished, over 100 people were affected, was declared a state of emergency or there was a call for international assistance.) How Do You Compare? One year ago, National Geographic initiated a survey conducted by Kelton Research that found some interesting results on  …

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A Bullet-Proof Couch Could Save Your Life

A new invention called the Couchbunker is making a name for itself as a way to conceal a gun safe in an open, accessible area. The Couchbunker was invented by John Adrian, CEO of Heracles Research Corporation. He also has gun safes that are built into beds called Bedbunkers. “Hopefully you never need the panels,” Adrain explained to WFAA News in Texas, adding, “but we never know the situation we’re going to be in. If there’s a home invasion, you can take one of the cushions, and hand it to one of your children or your spouse to protect them. We make them with arm straps, so you can hold the cushion with one hand and fire with the other hand.” The cushions act as bullet-proof shields that can be  …

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Paracord Belt Design

Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope can be tied into tons of different designs including bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind, haul or anything else that you might need. So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert paracord lover, we have a design for you. Check out these paracord designs below. If you don’t want to spend time weaving your own bracelet, you can always let us do it for you. What is Paracord? Paracord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets) is made of  …

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A Tornado-Proof House?

A Hong Kong-based design firm has come up with a tornado-proof house. Design 10 invented a house that retracts into the ground whenever inclement weather is near. This would allow people to be safe from the storm by moving their home below the ground. The system would use a basic hydraulic system that would be easy to install and would be cost-effective.

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Where Are the Deadliest Disasters in the US?

For all of the press that hurricanes and earthquakes get in the news, they aren’t the most deadly natural disasters in the United States. Since 1970, hurricanes and tropical storms have accounted for less than 2% of deaths caused by weather. Earthquakes only account for 2.5% while tornadoes only account for 11.6%. “There is considerable debate about which natural disaster is the most ‘deadly’,” researcher Susan L. Cutter wrote. “According to our results, the answer is heat.” Surprisingly, severe weather such as heat waves, droughts, extreme colds and winter weather are attributed to the majority of the weather-related deaths. More than half (56.5%) of the deaths are attributed to these phenomena. Cutter and her research partner, Kevin A Borden, collected data about weather related deaths in the United States from  …

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Make a Stove Out of a Soda Can

Imagine that you are in a winter storm blackout and all you have is your six pack of soda to get you through the emergency. This article will teach you how to take your favorite soda and make it become an awesome survival stove! Follow the instructions below to see how you can do it! You’ll Need: • Soda Cans – minimum of two • Exacto Knife or Knife • Scissors • Drill with 1/16th Bit Directions: Drill 10-12 holes into the rim of a soda can. These holes will become the gas jets and should probably be big enough to let enough gas out. That means that if you’re using a drill, use at least a 1/16th bit to drill your holes. You’ll then want to drill three holes  …

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