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When the Lights Go Out: Short-Term Power Outage

This info will be broken into two posts covering short-term power outage (less than 12 hours) and extended power outage (more than 12 hours).
Interesting title and I wish the rest of this post were that exciting. Power outage is a serious problem for many people across the United States. Every day people lose electrical power... Read More

Priority 3 – Gather Shelter in Place Supplies

After you have completed priority #2 which is to gather Grab and Go supplies, your next priority is to gather Shelter in Place supplies. Over the years, I have found it very helpful to divide my emergency supplies into two broad categories: Grab and Go supplies and Shelter in Place supplies. My definition of these... Read More

What to Look for in an Emergency Radio?

Finding the right emergency radio for your needs will depend on the type of situations that you might find yourself in. Communication during a disaster is critical for your survival. Getting timely, accurate information from local authorities will more than likely come through either your radio or TV. Here are some items to consider when... Read More

How to Start a Fire Without Matches

If you find yourself in need a fire, but you don’t have a lighter or matches there are a number of options you can turn to in order to get a fire started.
The most common match-free method used involves magnesium, flint and steel. Lens-based options are common, too. Fires can also be started using... Read More

What is a NOAA Weather Radio?

People who are unfamiliar with what a NOAA Weather Radio is might first think of an old guy with a long beard going into a big boat with a whole bunch of animal friends. This is a different type of NOAA. NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA falls under the United... Read More

Priority 2 – Gather Grab-n-Go Supplies

After you have completed priority #1 which is to make a plan, your next priority is to gather Grab and Go Supplies. To do this, let me first explain what Grab and Go supplies are designed to do. Like we have discussed in other posts, you should anticipate that following a disaster you will not... Read More

Tired of Rotating Your Water All the Time? Me Too.

Storing water is a huge part of every emergency plan. As we have discussed on this blog before, you've got to have water and preferably a lot of it.
But storing a lot of water presents a major problem: Rotation.
As most of you know, water is very heavy. It weighs a little more than... Read More

Priority 1 - Make a Plan

Sometimes it is hard to know where to start with your emergency supplies. If you aren’t careful, you can end up spending a lot of time, energy and money on items and in areas that really won’t help you and your family be prepared. Because there is a lot of information to cover in how... Read More

Chemically Treating Water for Drinking

It is never safe to drink water from a source that has not yet been treated or you are unsure of. (For Example: water from a stream, lake, river, pond etc.) These sources of water especially could be contaminated with a variety of biological or chemical contaminates, including bacteria and parasites (such as Giardia) that... Read More

How Much Water Should I Store?

One of my most commonly addressed subjects that the general public doesn’t seem to know much about is water storage. Storing water is one of the most overlooked items in emergency preparedness, but it is easily one of the most important. Water is commonly one of the first things to become contaminated after a disaster... Read More

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