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 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 into the center of the  …

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How to Perform CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a great skill to know in case of an emergency. In fact, CPR doubles a person’s chance of survival after a sudden cardiac arrest. Modern methods of CPR help the body maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart, keeping these organs alive until more help can arrive. With sudden cardiac arrest, the heart changes from a normal beat to a fluttering beat called ventricular fibrillation (VF). This happens in nearly ⅔ of all cardiac arrest incidents. VF is fatal unless an electric shock can be given. CPR does not stop VF but it does extend the window in which a defibrillation can be effective. Check out these instructions on the basics of CPR. You can also find a pocket guide to CPR  …

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First-Aid with Natural Remedies and Essential Oils

You don’t know when disaster will strike, and neither does the health care system. The emergency room may seem the epitome of preparedness, but Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and author of The Edge of Disaster; thinks that medical care in the United States may be unprepared to cope with a catastrophic emergency, wide spread pandemic or a large terrorist attack. During the economic downturn, hospitals have been doing what everyone else has been doing, says Flynn. “The medical community has been moving in the direction of much of our economy,” he says, “which is wringing out the extra capacity in order to essentially focus on the bottom line.” In the event of a major crisis and the likelihood that you may not have access to immediate medical  …

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Use a Coconut Tree to Survive

In the fall of 1964 a group of tourists were shipwrecked on an island in the south Pacific. When they realized that no rescue was coming, they worked toward surviving on this small remote island. What was supposed to a short 3-hour tour turned into a dire survival situation! One passenger on the ship, who had been a professor, was able to use coconuts and bamboo to create many tools and resources to help the group survive. In fact, he even used coconuts to create a radio and a car! OK, while making a radio or car out of coconuts might only happen on Gilligan’s Island, you can still use the helpful resources that the coconut tree provides to survive if you’re in a real emergency situation. Coconut trees are  …

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Paracord Rifle Sling 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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Signaling for Help in an Emergency

Imagine you are driving across the country and your car breaks down in the middle of the drive. What are you going to do? If you’re prepared and know how to signal for help, you can create signs and signal aircrafts for help. Most people know the SOS sign, but here are other things that emergency personal will recognize as messages. Three Fires Building three separate fires is an international signal for distress. Ideally, they should be placed in a triangle at equal distances. However, if you are injured or fuel isn’t available, you might only be able to build one fire which is a great start to signaling for help. Many people have even built small rafts that they build fires on. This allows them to float their three-fire triangle in  …

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Best Knots for Emergency Preparedness

Knowing how to tie some basic knots could be the difference between life and death in an emergency. Below, we’ve listed some basic knots that you might consider learning in order to help yourself in an emergency or any number of other situations. They include the bowline, Prusick loop, double fisherman’s knot, square knot and figure eight knot. Bowline The bowline is great for emergency situations because it doesn’t slip or jam. It’s very easy to make and can be used in a lot of situations to pull without tightening. Video Instruction Here 1. Take the right end of the rope and curl it over itself to make a small loop. 2. Insert the right end of the rope through the initial loop making a larger loop. 3. Continue around  …

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How to Homestead

Homesteading has a rich history in the United States. The idea was used to populate and explore the wild frontiers of our country. However, in recent decades, the idea has transformed into something new. Below, we explain a little about what homesteading is and how you can do it. While you might not be able to apply all aspects of homesteading, there are many activities involved in it that will make you and our family more self-reliant and self-sufficient. What is Homesteading Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency that typically involves subsistence agriculture, food preservation, creating your own clothing and textiles, and maintaining your own house and property. In history, philosophers like John Locke, wrote about a homesteading principle. The idea was that someone could gain ownership of something solely  …

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Hunting with a Homemade Bow

If you are stuck in the woods and need to hunt for food, how are you going to do it? Knowing how to make a bow and arrow would definitely come in handy! Obviously a simple 22.-caliber rifle would have more accuracy from a long distance, but you might be able to use a homemade bow and arrow to snag a meal from 10-50 feet. Remember though; don’t rely on a single method of hunting. You can use a combination of bow and arrow, snares and scavenging to survive in the wilderness. – How can you make a simple snare? -  Check out this tutorial below to find out how you can use simple supplies in order to create a bow and arrow in the wild. Remember to be careful  …

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