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Stay Safe-Lightning

Lightning strikes kill more people in the United States than hurricanes and tornados combined. Lightning can occur before, during, and after the storm. It can even reach outside the storm limits making it incredibly dangerous. Lightning is unpredictable in nature so there is no way to guarantee safety 100 percent of the time. However, following these safety guidelines will... Read More

How to Clean a Bolt-Action Rifle

Bolt-action rifles have been around for a long time. They are my personal favorite gun to shoot. Bolt-action rifles tend to be more accurate than semi-automatic rifles. Having a rifle should be part of your emergency preparations. Rifles are great for hunting and can also be used for personal protection. Guns need to be cleaned regularly... Read More

Coping Strategies for Mental Health

One in four people will suffer from mental illness in one form or another at some point during their lives. 450 million people are currently suffering from mental health issues worldwide. Treatment is widely available, but many of those who suffer never seek professional help due to the stigma associated with mental illness.  The World Health Organization suggests that mental... Read More

Emergency Alert Systems

On January 13th a text message was sent out to the residents of Hawaii using their emergency alert system. The text message read "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." Of course, the message was taken seriously and caused widespread panic. In reality, it was only a false alarm... Read More

Surviving a Lightning Strike Outdoors

Getting stuck outside during a lightning storm can be very dangerous. Head for shelter at the first sign of thunder or lightning, do not wait for the storm to get closer to take cover. Lightning can travel far and wide. If you can hear thunder, you are within the lightning's striking distance. When you see lightning pause... Read More

Stop the Bleed

Bleeding can be caused by a wide variety of issues. Minor injuries such as a scraped knee will need to be cleaned and bandaged. More major injuries could lead to hemorrhaging or massive blood loss. These wounds will need to be treated immediately if the person is going to survive. If possible head to a hospital right away. Call 911 for... Read More

Preparing for a Mudslide

Mudslides are a serious natural disaster. Southern California has been hit hard this past weekend. Homes have been destroyed and at least 15 people are dead. The death toll is expected to rise. At least 300 people are trapped in Romero Canyon of Montecito. Rescue crews are working tirelessly to get to those stranded in... Read More

How to Prepare for an Ice Storm

Winters can be cold and long. Snow and ice can turn a magical winter wonderland into a fridged nightmare very quickly. Freezing rains coat everything in a layer of thick ice. If the ice doesn't melt and it continues to grow it may become very dangerous indeed.

1/4 inch of ice is a nuisance. Windshields will... Read More

Tropical Storms--What You Need to Know

Topical cyclones are incredibly destructive and dangerous. They form over tropical and subtropical waters. Often bringing violent storms and severe weather conditions towards land, hurricanes in Atlantic Ocean and typhoons in the Pacific Ocean. Cyclones comprise of a warm-core which forms in the low-pressure system. They are characterized by organized circulation. The word Cyclone comes from the... Read More

How to Prepare for a Cyclone

Cyclones cause millions of dollars in damages. Hurricanes are rated from 1 to 5 based on their intensity or wind speeds and indicated time, A category 1 hurricane will have winds of 75 miles per hour. A category 5 hurricane could have winds as high as 190 miles per hour. The faster the wind speed the... Read More

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