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Author: Shane White
Posted: September 1, 2014, 5:00 am
You don't really need to live in a disaster area to be prepared for the unforeseen. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and the albeit unlikely bacteriological/viral threat are all still out there, potentially waiting to happen. Some situations require you to be prepared with a great backup plan and survival kit that keeps you on your toes and ready to go, so you need to focus on preparing such a kit just in case. Although an end of the world scenario is likely, but not necessarily looming over the horizon, you would need to be ready for more than just power outages and water shortages. Creating a good food bank of sorts for such disasters is an absolute must if you want to be ready. The following tips will give you an idea how you can prepare for it:
  • Picking the right location is the first thing you have to consider, since it will largely dictate what you can do with the rations. You must pick a dark and cool place for this purpose, such as your cellar or basement, as it will get the job done well. You must make sure you have secure shelving units and pallets to get it done. Additional cupboards will also be needed if you have the space as well. Do remember that you really don't have to put all your eggs in one basket, since some items will have a longer expiration date and sturdiness than others.
  • Pick a good, balanced diet for your supplies, since the human body will need different sustenance to survive extended periods of time. A balanced and diverse diet is necessary for survival, since not sticking to one can lead to health issues or even scurvy. Eyesight issues, skin diseases, infections, heart and organ failure can all happen due to vitamin and mineral deficiency, so our bodies must receive those through our food supply. You need balanced rations containing grains, cooking oil, legumes, honey, spices, salt and maybe even powdered milk and sugar.
  • Water storage is another thing you have to pay attention to, since the need for uncontaminated drinking water during an emergency will be high. Human beings may be able to survive for weeks without food if need be, but without water you only have a couple of short days before your body starts shutting down. Never underestimate your supply and keep it fresh, looking for long-term storage solution and replacement no matter how calm things look at this moment in time.
  • Military rations are an excellent solution to your long-term storage issues. They are meant to survive the apocalypse in most cases, so they will last a long time. Although you won't really enjoy their taste that much, they will save you when it counts so this makes them a prime choice for such a food cache. The greatest thing about them is that they are compact and lightweight enough to be carried around during reconnaissance. US-made MRE packs have been around for a long while now, so if you live in the US or have access to surplus MRE packs, then you might want to go for it. The greatest thing about them is that you may also have a much easier time moving if the need arises, as they can be packed with ease in compact bundles or boxes.



Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 28, 2014, 5:04 pm
Zombies are not really going to be an issue – most likely. However, a big economic crash, government failure, or other widespread society melt down is definitely possible. In the middle of this catastrophe, money in the bank, gold in your home, or collector’s antiques aren’t going to matter too much. What is going to matter are skills. What goods or services can you provide that will be useful for others?

During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.

First Aid, CPR and Herbal Remedies

With the possibility of illness and injury, knowledge of first aid, C.P.R. and using proven natural, home remedies will be necessary. Medical commodities will be extremely in demand in a national melt down situation. The more you are able to treat on your own, the better.

Keep in mind, if you can go to the doctor or hospital, and use conventional medication- DO IT. You may want to have friends who know how to run a medical clinic.

Water Treatment

Without water, humans cannot survive. The estimated survival period for humans without water is three weeks. Knowing how to store and purify water will be essential. If you can store large amounts of water, not only will you be a good provider for your family, but for friends and local communities as well. Boiling water is one sure way to remove contaminates.

Welding

The ability to build strong structures is relevant across so many different categories. Welders from Advantage Manufacturing Ltd work on everything from auto transport, to home equipment, to other specialized tasks regularly. If you can work metal, you are an asset to transportation, construction, and community defense.

Food Preservation

Not being able to jump in the car and go to the store, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop will be an adjustment for most of us. Knowing how to produce and preserve your own food will be an essential skill. Those who can make this adjustment will likely be the ones who will survive.

Being at the mercy of what the land can yield will be something new to us. Vegetables only grow in seasons, unless you have a greenhouse (recommended).

Canning, jarring, making jams, jellies, and jerky will keep food in the house when food prices drastically increase, and when you lose the fridge and freezer.

Caring for Clothes

Keeping clothes is decent shape is something to consider. Inability to replace a wardrobe because simple items like t-shirts, socks and undergarments could cost a fortune that cannot be afforded could be problematic. Learn how to sew with a single needle and thread, instead of a machine, same with the laundry, washing by hand. Weaving and quilting could also be helpful skills.

Climate Survival

With the climate being as it is, heating, cooling, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather disasters are something to be prepared for. Dressing for the elements using common sense will help. The simple act of knowing how to start a fire, without matches or a lighter will come in handy. Try a magnifying glass or prescription glasses and the sun, if rubbing sticks does not work.

Communication Compensation

It’s widely accepted that the fall back form of communication will be HAM radio in the event of a widespread disaster. Operating one of these puppies is no small task. Special training and hands on experience are required to properly use them. However, the ability to communicate on a massive scale will be extremely valuable.

Most of the information currently available on the Internet will only exist in books. Best recommendation, do the research now and keep reading.


Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 26, 2014, 5:13 pm
These days, the number of victims of home burglary is quite alarming. According to FBI data American homes are robbed every 15 seconds. In any given time, especially if you live in a high-density area, your house may be next.

Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.

No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.

Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.

  1. Make your house a chore to break into.

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  2. Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:

  • Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
  • Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
  • Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.

  • Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.

    If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
    • Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
    • Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
    • Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.

  • Make your house look occupied all the time.

    Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
    • Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
    • Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
    • If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
    • Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
    • Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.

  • Maintain the privacy of your home.


    Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
    • Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
    • Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
    • • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.

  • These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.

    Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.


    Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for PlanItDIY.com. Circle him on Google+

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 20, 2014, 5:40 pm
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    Whether at home or at work, when there is an injury from a small cut to a twisted ankle, it can be frightening. Keeping a clear head and doing a few small things while waiting for help can make a big difference. According to 911 Industrial Response Inc., a leader in industrial safety services in Grande Prairie, you can make a difference in an injured person’s recovery time and severity of the injury by following a few little tips.

    Burns

    If someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.

    Breaks and Sprains

    If you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.

    Cuts, Scrapes and Bleeding

    If someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.

    Animal Bites and Stings

    If you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.

    When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.


    Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 19, 2014, 5:30 pm
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    Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:

    Fire

    Vulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

    Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.

    High Winds

    Vulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.

    Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.

    Tree Collapse

    Vulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.

    While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.

    Flooding

    Vulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.

    Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.

    Hail

    Vulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

    A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.

    Extreme Heat or Cold

    Vulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.

    Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.

    It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.

    Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.


    Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 14, 2014, 5:20 pm


    While unfortunate, a natural disaster has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to a business. Even in areas where natural damage is rare, it is still something that needs to be accounted for. Most of today's leading businesses have developed disaster recovery plans that incorporate the potential for a natural disaster. To prepare for the worst, below are five different ways that you can protect your business from a disaster.
    1. Formal Plan

      The most important action that businesses need to take to prepare for a natural disaster is to develop a formal plan. This plan can be shared with all individuals at a company to ensure that everyone knows what they need to do in the event of a disaster. By doing this, businesses will also protect themselves from potential civil and criminal liabilities. A formal plan can also work to help employees feel more secure at their workplace.

    2. Add a Fence

      In the event of rioting or other civil unrest, having a fence surrounding the business will be able to protect it from harm. In some cases, a quality fence, such as the ones offered by City Fence, may have already been placed around the facility, but adding a second fence can be advantageous. By making the business more difficult to loot than neighboring properties, a second fence can act as a deterrent.

    3. Coordinate With City Government

      Most local governments are willing to work with businesses to ensure that their natural disaster recovery plans are optimized. When these plans are shared with a local government, it will be easier for first responders to coordinate with employees and the business itself. During a difficult time, this has the potential to save lives and even financial costs.

    4. Insurance

      Insurance provides businesses with a way to financially recover in the event of a natural disaster. Problems like flooding, fire, war, and other issues can all be insured. In most cases, even abstract losses related to lost time working and future profit losses can be covered under these insurance plans.

    5. Backup Power

      Even if a natural disaster is not devastating, it is possible that a business may want to stay open. By adding an additional power source, businesses will be able to continue operating even if the power goes out. This can be especially helpful for businesses that deal in information technology were computers are necessary to maintain operations.

    By following these steps, businesses will be more protected from the potential for a natural disaster. Although unlikely, it is always good to be prepared for the worst.


    Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 13, 2014, 5:21 pm


    In a recent report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012, it was revealed that the number of U.S. violent crimes known to public authorities jumped to approximately 0.11% in 2011.



    Given these figures, many Americans have made home security one of their primary priorities in life now more than ever. You can never be too sure about the security of your well-being, everywhere you go. You may find yourself pondering on ideas about how to achieve home protection easily, struggling to make efforts to protect yourself from impending dangers in your own home.

    Worry no more as you can always find ways to secure your home’s safety all day and night. A little bit more experience and exposure sure does maximize your knowledge on how to keep your home safe.

    Keep the Police Updated

    If you’re going to be away on vacation longer than a week, advice the police that you’ll be gone for a while. The police may just drive by your home on patrol and watch out for any intruders.

    Install security systems, and entrust your house key and code with a neighbor. Give the entrusted neighbor’s name and phone number to the police and the alarm manufacturing store. Get involved in a local neighborhood watch area project, if available. Encourage other members of your household to take part in projects that endorse neighborhood crime awareness. You may just get some additional insights from your family you may not otherwise tap into on your own.

    Keep up to date with how things are going while you’re away. Call your entrusted neighbor once in a while to remain in the know about any changes that may take place around your home surroundings.

    Assign a Safe Room

    Reserve a safe room in your home. Inform other members of your household to hide in this room in case burglars or other intruders break in.

    Secure your home and hard-earned property in this room, away from intruders’ sight. This room should have a landline phone and flashlight for easy access to help needed. Propel doors on hinges that swing in an outer fashion. These doors are harder to break into, as compared to doors that swing inside the room.

    Keep the existence of your safe room a secret to other people, even to your entrusted neighbors. Keep the safe room’s door locked and put the key in a secure place. It’s better to take additional safety precaution and think one step ahead of intruders.

    Smartphone as a Security Camera

    You may install alarm systems on your smartphone security camera to easily avoid crimes before they occur. The alarm systems call your attention when an intruder is suspected to have been lurking around in your home.

    A smartphone security camera lets you observe the surroundings of your home, on the go. You may easily spot possible crimes from your bedroom, or even when you’re out of the house! The smartphone doubles as a device you can easily use to make calls to authorities, once you detect a suspicious activity in your home’s surroundings.

    Don’t forget to leave your smartphone’s number to loved ones and friends, too. Doing so will allow these people to easily reach you if they suspect an intrusion in your home that you may not be aware of.

    Secrecy and Hidden Cameras for a Good Purpose

    Avoid talking about a planned vacation in advance with other people. You just never know when word about your vacation will spread to possible intruders’ knowledge. Avoid talking about your vacation plans when eavesdropping is highly possible. Safeguarding hidden home security to ensure family's safety maximizes home security without any extra inconveniences.

    Hidden home surveillance cameras help you outsmart intruders when they attempt a break-in, even while you’re not at home. Not knowing you have cameras in your home disarms intruders from smartly navigating your home for intrusion. Think the way they think, and craft your own strategies to combat their presence.

    Emergency Supply Kit Survival

    Maintain home security against an earthquake by keeping an emergency supply kit. The kit should have 1.9 liters of drinking water, and other water supplies for hygiene and miscellaneous uses.

    Always be prepared in case an earthquake destroys your home. The emergency supply kit tools should give you all the things you need to survive if you lose your home. Prepare the emergency supply kit in advance to have it ready before earthquakes even occur.

    Keep a Fire Extinguisher within Easy Reach

    Place your fire extinguisher, preferably within easy reach. You never know when a fire will strike. Better keep the essentials within easy reach to avoid panicking when it a fire does strike.

    Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with how to use a fire extinguisher in advance to prep yourself in case disaster strikes.

    Halt Mail Delivery



    Look at all angles when implementing awareness on how to keep home safe from intruders.

    Enhance home privacy and security by halting your mail delivery while you’re away on vacation. Cripple the intruders of possibly finding ways to pretend to be a mailman to break into your home.

    Ask your entrusted neighbor to immediately report to authorities any suspicious mail delivery activities detected while you’re away.

    You may want to consider having your mail delivered to a neighbor’s home while you’re on vacation. Make sure to inform all your mail contacts about the temporary address you’d like your mail to be delivered to, if you decide to push through doing this.

    Ensure home security by being courageous enough to learn the ropes of combating disaster-causing events. Your efforts can go a long way in securing your entire household’s well-being on a long term basis. Do what you need to do before it’s too late. Remember, one careless move may instantly cause a lot of severe damages more than you can handle.


    Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:20 pm
    Homes located in low lying areas are prone to flooding if steady rain occurs. Home flood disasters are sometimes unpredictable. In other cases, a person can prepare an advance for an inevitable flood. Here are six ways to prepare yourself for a home flood disaster.

    1. Consult with an electrician. An electrician can help you elevate your furnace, equipment and water to a safe level that is well above the natural water levels in your area should a flood occur. Electrical components like switches, sockets and wiring can all be increased to at least a foot.

    2. If there is a basement in the area, one should hire a plumber. A licensed, experienced plumber can be consulted with to install an exterior or interior backflow valve. The backflow valve can ultimately prevent sewage from entering the basement if significant flood occurs.

    3. It is important to prepare an evacuation kit. This kit should include a wealth of documentation. Items to be included are insurance documentation, copies of prescription and other information that you’ll need when you are far from home.

    4. The sump pumps in the home should all be inspected to make sure that they are prepared to handle sudden flooding. The sump pumps and drains should ideally have a battery backup. There should be extra batteries on hand.

    5. The fuel tanks around the home should be anchored. The unanchored fuel tank can contaminate the home with oil if it drifts. It could also float downstream and cause damage to nearby homes in an area.

    6. All appliances located in an area should be elevated. This can be done with masonry or cylinder blocks. Appliances like washers and dryers should be at least one foot above the level of water anticipated should a flood occur.

    If there is an evacuation order issued, you should definitely leave the area. When preparing for a flood, take the evacuation kit and only the essential items. Remember that timing is of the essence when it comes to preparing for an area flood. If the home happens to have a garage, then consider having a flood barrier and seal kit installed for the home. Companies like The Garage Door Co Ltd offer products like these that can be easily added to a home.


    Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 7, 2014, 5:11 pm
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    When you know the boating safety rules and have the proper safety equipment on your boat, you and your passengers can feel confident and relaxed out on the water. Required boating safety equipment may vary from state to state. Following is a list of seven safety items that should be on every boat at all times.

    Floatation Devices

    Life jackets for you and every passenger may seem obvious, but many boaters don’t wear life jackets or have one for each passenger. All passengers must have a properly fitted jacket. Arm floats for small children are an extra safety measure. Jackets should be inspected each time you take your boat out and replaced if they’re damaged or show signs of wear. Life preservers and sturdy rope designed for marine use will aid you in rescuing someone who has fallen overboard or gotten into trouble while swimming. Rope can also be used if you need to be towed or to tow another boat.

    Emergency Kits

    You should have a first aid kit designed for boating. General first aid kits may not be waterproof. Your boating first aid kit should contain:
    • Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide wipes
    • Waterproof adhesive bandages
    • Tweezers
    • Elastic bandages
    • Sunscreen for skin and lips
    • Lotion for sunburn
    • Insect repellant
    • Products for insect bites
    • Dramamine
    • A sterile knife or scalpel
    • A sterile needle and thread
    • A tourniquet
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Burn cream
    • Sterile gauze pads and rolls
    • Cold packs
    • A first aid manual

    You almost certainly have some tools in your tackle box, but you still need a separate tool kit. A boating tool kit should include:
    • Needle-nosed pliers for removing fish hooks objects
    • Wire cutters to assist in taking fish hooks out of skin
    • Duct tape
    • Electrical tape
    • WD-40
    • An all-in-one screwdriver set
    • A ratchet set with sockets in metric and English sizes
    • Spark plugs and an extra socket
    • The manual for your boat’s engine

    Eyewear

    You should have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts for yourself and a couple of extra pairs of sunglasses for yourself or your passengers. It’s a good idea to have safety glasses in case you have to work on some part of your boat. Binoculars can help you spot dangers like sandbars, judge whether distant clouds are storm clouds or see other boaters behaving dangerously.

    Fire Extinguishers

    Never go out on the water without a fire extinguisher designed for use on boats.

    Lighting

    Make sure that your boat has the front and back lights required by your state. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on board, and flares in case you get into trouble on the water.

    Bottled Water

    Bottled water in a cooler can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke if you’re stuck and waiting to be towed.

    A Kill Switch

    A lanyard worn around your wrist and attached to a kill switch can stop the boat if you fall overboard.

    These items can help save lives or get you back safely to shore if you run into trouble while boating. Always make sure that you have any other items required by your state.


    Aubrey Moulton is a writer for strobesusa.com. In her spare time she loves to read and go hiking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 6, 2014, 5:16 pm
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    Disasters occur without warning, so it’s important to always have a plan in case catastrophe strikes. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or other act of nature, your essential documents and records can be destroyed in an instant. This is why it’s a good idea to store your vital documents in a safe place. Being able to easily access your documents after a disaster will speed up the recovery process and return you to normalcy as fast as possible.

    Choosing Which Documents to Safeguard

    If you were to permanently lose your most vital documents due to a catastrophe, it could be difficult and time-consuming to make insurance claims. You may also need to jump through hoops just to have new records drawn up. To avoid complications, be sure to safeguard any records which provide identification, including but not limited to birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports and marriage certificates.

    It’s equally important to protect financial documents. These include insurance cards and policies, bank account information, mortgages and other loans, credit cards, Social Security data and income tax records. Track down any titles, deeds and registrations for vehicles or properties as well. If you have investments, trust funds or wills, you’ll also need to preserve any documentation of those.

    Storing Your Records Properly

    When securing valuable documents, keep all original paperwork and irreplaceable items in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution. If you want to store your will this way, place a copy in the box and leave the original with your attorney. Give him or her the key, or leave it with someone else you trust. You can also give that same person printed copies of your essential records.

    If you choose to keep your documents at home, an Alberta safe specialist from Dial Locksmith Ltd recommends storing them in a fireproof safe. To do this, place the essential documents in plastic covers for water protection, and leave the safe key with a trusted person or in your safe-deposit box. For added peace of mind, scan important documents and create digital copies. Keep these files on a CD or flash drive, and store them securely. You can also back up files with cloud storage or your own email.

    By taking the necessary precautions and preparing for any disastrous scenario, you can make things easier for yourself and your family in the end. The key is to keep your documents accessible while protecting them from damage. Knowing exactly which records are important enough to safeguard and storing the copies in a variety of places is one of the best ways to prepare for a calamity.


    Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 5, 2014, 5:14 pm
    It seems like every day the news throws up a new potential threat to the human race. Anything from the Ebola virus to a super volcano has the potential to cause catastrophic damage and turn our fragile societies upside down, leading to death and destruction at every turn.

    It’s important to get prepared for any oncoming apocalypse – which is why I created this handy guide!

    Step One – Initial Threat

    The majority of the western world would treat any serious initial threat with apathy. The constant inertia and bombardment through media has made a lot of people weary over news of potential doom. Any threat would initially be dealt with by scepticism from the masses. People would still post selfies of themselves at this point.

    Step Two – News Spreads

    Depending on the speed of the threat, a groundswell of real panic and first-hand accounts would have most right-thinking people in a panic. The beginning stages of mass panic would cause flights to be delayed and traffic jams. A scramble for resources at the local supermarkets ensues and large riots would form. Preachers and homeless people would claim that the end is nigh.

    Step Three – Media Blackout

    The sight of news reporters hurriedly leaving their desks screaming for their lives would be a common occurrence and news reports would ground to a halt as realisation of the oncoming threat reaches. It’s every man for him-self at this point. Prisons and hospitals become deserted. Social unrest creates chaos in all the major cities. Some people, however, would still take selfies.

    Step Four – Global Epidemic

    Whatever the threat is, this is the point when the mass population dies a slow and painful death.

    Step Five – The Scramble for Survival

    The few survivors are left to pit their wits against each other. A few people band together against the threat of other dangerous folk. Anyone with weapons or transport would mow other humans down in the street.

    Step Six – Mass Starvation

    Resources are in short supply. A large proportion of those left behind don’t have the knowledge to survive. Any reserves of food are kept for the super rich who have managed to set up vaults of reserves. They would be the only people eating cereal at this point.

    Step Seven – Total Chaos

    Animal populations grow out of control. Nature would take back the city streets and the rule of mankind is all but over. Cannibals would begin to prey on their own kind. The fashion-conscious people would wear human bone jewellery and animal skins. To emphasize the chaos Tina Turner and Mel Gibson would inexplicably still be alive.

    Step Eight – The Last Pockets of Humanity

    Groups of humans in the far reaches of the world may continue to grow and survive depending on the nature of the epidemic. Basic societies would begin to form once more. Mankind might just survive...

    Step Nine – Weapons

    The difference between a modern humans starting again and our ancient ancestors is the technological advances in warfare. Could the remaining humans cope with weapons of mass destruction before any form of state and law could arise?

    Step Ten – Further disasters

    Any further environmental disasters would leave the few survivors to fend for themselves and ill equipped to do so. Knowledge and civilisation would drift away and become something of a distant memory. The remaining people would need to learn different survival skills other than taking selfies.


    Author Bio

    Richard is a writer from Manchester who is working with the experts at snorecentre. If thoughts of the end of the world are getting you down and giving you sleepless nights, a trip to this London sleep clinic could cure you, but not from any upcoming pandemics.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 4, 2014, 5:13 pm
    For August 2014, we want to give someone another $50 Amazon Gift Card. The July giveaway was a hit so we are doing it again. Pick out your own survival gear to help you get ready for the ever nearing end of the world. Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!



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    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 1, 2014, 5:00 am
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    They ability to manage a large-sized vehicle in challenging conditions is important, especially in survival situations. This will enable you to safely transport more cargo, navigate different forms of terrain and even overcome partial or full barricades. Following are 7 reasons why you want to know how to drive a truck in emergency situations.

    Moving Your Stockpile

    The most important step in disaster preparedness is to stock up on food, potable water, medical supplies and an array of durable items for creating a basic shelter when necessary. Having these things on hand, however, does not automatically mean that people will be able to survive challenging and unexpected developments. Changing locations could be critical for avoiding contamination of food and water stores and for the preservation of life. The ability to drive a truck will make it much easier to fit all people and goods into a single vehicle so that families are not split up and rations are not unnecessarily divided.

    Extreme Driving Conditions

    Chances are that you will be facing extreme conditions in survival situations. According to Valley Driving School in Richmond, B.C. extreme weather conditions include extreme cold, extreme heat, wet roads, icy roads, extremely dry environments, snow, high winds and fog. Larger, more rugged vehicles are equipped to handle these types of conditions, however expert training is advised for some conditions.

    Going Off Road

    The ability to go off road in a 2wd vehicle is an important skill to master. Learning how to do this in a 4wd vehicle, however, will get you and your group where you need to go far faster and much easier. Larger trucks make great bug-out vehicles, even though they are more conspicuous than smaller autos with fewer navigation abilities.

    The Ability to Transport Your Own Fuel

    Small-sized autos will rarely be sufficient for transporting all people, water, food items, clothing, medical supplies and shelter materials. They will also lack adequate space for storing extra fuel. A large-sized truck, however, will allow you to take several fuel cans in tow. This will make it possible to drive further without having to plot a route that is heavily reliant upon having access to gas stations.

    Overcoming Blockades

    Many trucks will also have the ability to overcome or move past temporary blockages that have been established by authorities or private parties. In emergency events, creating feasible routes to safety will often require people to travel off the beaten path. Small obstacles that might cause problems for small-sized vehicles could be easily bypassed when riding in a large-sized truck.

    Picking People Up

    In the interest of self-preservation, most survivalists will not be eager to add to their group when leaving potentially life-threatening circumstances behind them. When time allows, however, it could be advantageous to pick up like-minded individuals who have stored resources and tools that will compliment your own. This can even enhance the collective skill set. With a larger vehicle on hand, you will invariably have more options in terms of who and what you are willing and able to transport. Trips into densely populated areas to replenish fuel, food or medical supplies can be more productive as well and these can therefore be limited.

    Safe Shelter

    When all else fails, a large-sized vehicle will provide safe shelter from the elements and will not require any modifications in order to do so. This will create a comfortable space for performing a wide variety of activities and could be far preferable to building a temporary shelter outside. Trucks as shelters will even provide limited access to a fairly reliable power and heat source. Using the truck as an alternative means for shelter will additionally make it easier for groups to quickly pack up camp and head to new areas when problems arise.


    Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 30, 2014, 5:13 pm
    Emergency preparedness is neglected in many homes, but it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for different events. Emergencies can involve anything from being stranded on the road in cold weather to natural disasters requiring immediate evacuation. Here are five tips you can use to make sure you’re ready in case the worst happens.

    Keep up with Car Maintenance

    It doesn’t matter how great your first-aid kit is if your car breaks down because the oil wasn’t changed. Keep up with regular maintenance so that you can count on your car working when you need it the most. This includes changing the oil, checking the battery and contacts, replacing worn windshield wipers, the cabin and engine air filters, having the tires rotated and replacing spark plugs.

    Fix the Cars

    In the event of an emergency, you may need more than one car to get out of town with the entire family, your pets, the possessions most important to you and some basic living supplies. When evacuating for a tornado, it’s impossible to know when the area will be safe to return, so you’ll need to take extra clothes and items along. If you have a broken down car, this is the time to get it fixed.

    Basic Comfort

    People in northern climates routinely keep at least one extra blanket in the car in case they’re trapped on the road during a snowstorm. However, this is a good item to have in all regions. It can become cool at night even in warmer climates, and you need to be prepared for anything. Include some basic comfort items in the emergency bin that will stay in your car. Consider blankets for warmth, work gloves, a complete change of clothing for each family member and a few rolls of toilet paper.

    Necessities for Survival

    In an emergency, everyone in town may be heading in the same direction as you are. Stopping at the grocery store may not be an option. Leave a case of water in the trunk of the car along with some food like trail mix, protein bars and other items that can take the heat. Purchase new supplies every few months and cycle them out so you don’t wind up with stale water and spoiled food.

    Other Items to Consider

    In addition to the standard first aid kit, remember a few other items. Even if cell service goes down for a while, it will hopefully come back up. Keep an automobile phone charger in the car so that you can maintain communication with loved ones. Pack flashlights and extra batteries. You should also have a basic tool kit and a set of jumper cables. Even though your car is in top condition, someone else may need your assistance with theirs.

    Make sure that every car you own is packed with an emergency kit. If you have to leave the area in an emergency, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something essential in your rush to leave. If you’re stranded in a traffic jam or break down in bad weather, you’ll have the supplies on hand that you need.


    Chaleigh Glass is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from tow truck companies in Kamloops that sell recycled truck parts like: Mike's Auto Towing. Other topics include things like how to spice up your love life to how to live off the grid. In her spare time she likes to golf, snowboard, and take lifestyle photos.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 29, 2014, 5:11 pm
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    1. Over Communicate

      This one is so basic it should be second nature, but so many people leave out this one thing that could save their lives. If you are traveling alone make sure you have a check-in buddy. This person should know how to contact you (if possible), where you are going (as specific as you can be down to trail), when you are going and when you are expected to be back. Every detail that you can give them is important and could be the piece that leads to your rescue should you become lost, injured or incapacitated in the wild.

    2. Carry a Handkerchief

      This simple and classic item should be in every preparedness-minded person’s pocket or within easy reach. It is the very spirit of the multi-tasker, and it is one survival item that is appropriate and accepted anywhere. Your handkerchief can serve countless purposes:
      • Bandage
      • Carry Container
      • First Stage Water Filtration
      • Fuel for Fires
      • Dust/Debris Mask
      • Signal/Marker
      • Oven Mitt
      • Cold Compress
      • Sling Shot
      When you start thinking about it, you will come up with 100 more uses for the simple handkerchief that will make you appreciate it in a whole new light.

    3. Use Everything

      When you are in survival mode, everything is useful and nothing is sacred. Understanding that things can be replaced will help keep you in the mindset that you are staying alive and ensure your priorities are in order. Whether it is stripping out the interior of your car for materials that can be used for clothing or shelter or busting up a dead phone to get a fire-starting spark from the battery; nothing you own is more important than staying alive. Many people have failed to survive catastrophe while they carried the very keys to their salvation literally on their back.

    4. Don’t Ration Water

      Many a stranded man and woman have been found dead of dehydration, their bodies found parched- next to a half-full canteen. Sound crazy? It’s more common than you might think. It’s a commonly held belief that you need to make the water last as long as possible, so you start to ration out whatever supply you have. This mistake is 100% fatal. Your body requires 2 liters per day- minimum. Taking a few sips to preserve the supply will do nothing but quench the superficial thirst. The saying is true, once you are thirsty- you are already dehydrated.

      Water is one of your critical needs, and you should always be on the lookout for a clean or cleanable supply. Drink what you have to stay hydrated, or your brain and body will cease to function at a high level. Eventually, they will cease to function at all.

    5. Relax, Seriously

      The last thing that most people in a survival situation think about is relaxing. It is a critical life and death struggle; there is absolutely no time to stop focusing on survival, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. Your mental well-being and morale are critically important. Most experts will tell you that your bug out bag should include a book, or a notebook and paper or some playing cards. It is these small things that will allow you to keep your mind from going into panic mode. Just like you take breaks from any work or project, so much you from survival. It has been said that survival is 90% mental, and that has been proven in survival stories time and time again. Take some time to breath, take a nap or hum a song- anything to clear your mind. Your focus will be stronger, and your morale higher- giving you the greatest chance of survival.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 23, 2014, 5:10 pm
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    Whether you live alone, are walking through a big city, or driving in an unfamiliar area, it is important to always remember safety procedures. Most of the time, actions taken to ensure personal safety fall into the "common sense" category, but there are also several pieces of equipment which are helpful to have on your person at all times.

    In the Car

    Many car accessories manufacturers sell kits containing a lot of tools that become necessary in the event of an emergency. For example, there are window-breaking hammers which can be mounted to your dashboard. These come in handy when you are trapped underwater or in an overturned vehicle.

    Another piece of equipment important to car safety is a fire extinguisher. If your car catches fire, it can move to the fuel or oil lines and cause an explosion. Fire extinguishers remove that possibility.

    First aid kits are also important to have at your fingertips. Wounds from car accidents commonly become infected, since most victims do not immediately stop the bleeding or cover the wound. To limit the ill effects of car accidents, first aid kits are a necessary part of your emergency equipment.

    On Your Person

    Flashlights are always a good thing to have immediately available. Small flashlights that can be connected to your key chain are good to bring around with you wherever you go. Walking along roads with a flashlight will also alert cars to your presence, so they will not accidentally hit you.

    Pepper spray or mace is also important to have in case of animal attack or attempted assault. These, like flashlights, come in keychain form and can be easily carried anywhere you need to go.

    A pen and paper are surprisingly useful tools in emergencies. You may need to write a note on a car you've accidentally backed into, write down your contact information for police or others involved in an accident, or even signal for help with a hastily-scribbled note to a stranger. In these circumstances, you'll be glad you remembered to bring your pen and paper.

    In the Home

    Extra batteries are always good to keep in the house. If the power goes out, you'll be relying on batteries for light and heat. Gallons or bottles of water are also important to have, in case your water turns off in the middle of a disaster. For a long-term water supply, keep a filter or chemical purifier in your home, so you can get clean water from natural sources, if it comes to that.

    Always make sure you keep these essential pieces of safety equipment readily available. The world can be a strange, exciting and dangerous place, so be safe out there!


    Informational Credit to Nutech Safety Ltd


    Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 16, 2014, 5:16 pm


    You see them in safari-related movies, on hunting tours and even on the roads nowadays. It's not a Jeep, although their heavy-duty design allows them to compete against other off-road vehicles. With a legacy originating in Japan back in the early 1950s[1], the Toyota Land Cruiser has become a popular vehicle in countless countries all over the globe.

    But why is this particular vehicle so highly desired, and how can it work for you?

    Today, many use the Land Cruiser as a regular civilian vehicle due to its SUV looks, seating capacity, speed and superior engine size as well as its overall availability around the world. Newer models even allow buyers to choose unleaded or diesel engine options.

    However, unbeknownst to many, there may be a bigger punch underneath the vehicle's V-8 diesel or petrol engine. Many security companies (or their clients) specifically request this vehicle for transportation because of its unparalleled safety and customization capabilities. Specialty businesses offer the ability to transfer a vehicle’s drive shaft from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, which makes it perfect for international use in locations where the road systems are vastly different to how American transportation infrastructures function.

    When considering an armored car company, what features do they offer that can boost security for a standard Land Cruiser model? Here are some of the most popular customizable safety features:
    • Bullet resistant glass
    • Reinforced steel frames
    • Added composite steel for doors and roof
    • Roof escape options
    • Self-sealing gun ports
    • Run flat tires
    Did you know that, when shot at, bullet resistant glass acts like a giant piece of plastic wrap, and its layers of glass and plastic safely envelop each bullet fragment? Furthermore, by reinforcing the vehicle’s body with composite steel plates, it makes the vehicle able to withstand dangerous collisions as well as more impervious to blasts caused by improvised explosion devices (IEDs).

    These aforementioned features can be combined to create an exceptional level of road protection, making it much more difficult to damage than a standard vehicle. Even in relation to bullet spray, a customized Land Cruiser can offer extra protection for its inhabitants. Perhaps this is why so many law enforcement agencies, security companies, and private military organizations request this type of vehicle as they go about their duties.

    If customizable vehicle manufacturing is something you want to pursue to strengthen your security from any potential threat to you and your passengers, please feel free to contact the international leader of armored cars, The Armored Group, today!

    [1]Toyota. “Toyota Land Cruiser Chronology.” 2013, September 2013. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+land+cruiser+chronology.htm.


    Author Bio: The Armored Group offers the capability of converting civilian vehicles into armored personal carriers to protect a wide variety of individuals from road crimes. Whether you are traveling into or reside in hostile territory, the types of features and protection armored vehicles possess provide a deeper sense of security. Find out what we can do for you by calling 1.855.824.7233 or visiting our website!

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 14, 2014, 5:03 pm
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    We preppers are well aware that the world is not a perfect place. A whole lot can happen in a very short amount of time: like how a hurricane can gut an entire city overnight. An earthquake can topple bridges and large buildings in minutes, and even a solar flare can send society tumbling into anarchy within days.

    But let’s not forget about how we can also be caught off guard, away from our preps and gear. You’ve probably played this scenario in your mind a few times already…

    The Scenario

    You leave for the weekend to visit the in-laws without your gear, thinking, “There’s no way something crazy is going to happen while we’re gone.” And then, the unthinkable happens.

    You’re suddenly in a crisis scenario …possibly miles from your stash of survival goodies and just no way to get to them.

    So, what are you going to do?

    I’ve always said that a prepper is someone who gathers knowledge and supplies to survive a crisis. A survivalist is someone knowledgeable who prepares to have no supplies when the crisis unfolds.

    No ‘survival supplies’? Oh contraire, my friends. I can already think of 4 that would certainly be stored at the in-laws' place.

    Cotton Balls & Petroleum Jelly

    Want to know a cheap, easy way of starting a fire –even if you left your trioxane tablets back at home?

    Go to the upstairs bathroom and open the linen closet or mirror cabinet. Grab the Vaseline, about 15 cotton balls and a prescription pill container.

    All you need to do is take a cotton ball, dip it in the petroleum jelly, and shove it into the pill container. Then, repeat until the container is completely full.

    When you need to start a fire, simply hit that puppy with one of the in-laws' 5,000 matches (because his mom loves her candles), and it will burn consistently for a good 3-5 minutes. At that point, starting a fire is idiot-proof.

    Oh, and don’t wipe the stickiness off your hands. You can also use the Vaseline that was inevitably left on your fingers for lip balm. Waste not; want not!

    Duct Tape

    Let’s face it, this one’s a given. Here’s just a short list of all the things you can do with the wonderful loveliness of duct tape.
    • Repair nylons and plastics from tents to patio furniture covers, which can also act as a water resistant bag.
    • Rip it into strips and create a synthetic rope (which is surprisingly strong)
    • Rip it into very thin strips and create yet another fire starter, which will burn for up to 15 minutes.
    • Temporarily patch clothing
    • Secure dressings on a wound with a cotton bandana or ripped-off swaths of the living room drapes
    • Burn the duct tape to use as signaling, if there’s snow on the ground. It will burn with a smelly, dark black smoke that will contrast against the white landscape.
    And that isn’t even close to scratching the surface, as to how useful duct tape can be. If anything, it’s probably the most important supply in the home and in your preps.

    Newspaper

    This one is often overlooked, but there are some fantastic uses for the New York Times. And yes, even the one that’s been lying on your in-law’s front porch since last autumn.

    For instance, newspaper can provide excellent insulation for cold evenings. Simply crumple up the lose papers and stuff the loose wads under your clothing. You’d be surprised as to just how warm this can keep you.

    Just make sure to have a layer under the crumpled wads, because that gets itchy quickly.

    Also, if you’ve got a whole ton of newspaper and other junk mail just lying about the house, then you can actually purchase a device that will turn it into logs for burning.

    It’s basically nothing more than a compressor that uses water to break down the fibers in the paper. Once you’ve got full compression, you can remove the wet log and let it dry.

    If the in-laws have a chimney, then you’re in luck. If they don’t…

    Who cares if your neighborhood doesn’t allow bonfires, use the backyard anyway. It’s not like you’re going to get reprimanded by the homeowners association.


    Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 10, 2014, 5:34 pm
    While some storms can be dangerous and devastating, there are many ways to prepare your home and family before it reaches your home. Residents are often informed ahead of time of the storm before it reaches them, giving them time to prepare and find shelter. These are the storms that can cause extensive damage to your home. Preparing for a devastating storm’s aftermath is just as important as getting ready for the storm. Here are some things to take care of after the storm passes:

    Utilize Your Emergency Kit And Food Storage

    Even if the storm wasn't that damaging, using what you have in your emergency kit and food storage can be quite helpful. Instead of frantically running to the store for food and water, use what you have in your home for less stress, and a simple way to save gas in your car. Following a natural disaster, stores are filled with long lines and out-of-stock essentials, so avoiding that mess if you can will help your situation and give you time to focus your attention on other important matters.

    Insurance Information

    After the storm passes, you will probably be without power and Internet service. You will not be able to open your laptop, go online and find your insurance information. Before the storm arrives, take the time to organize all of your insurance information such as policy numbers and phone numbers and put them some place safe. Once the storm has calmed down and everyone is safe, make a call to insurance company as quickly as possible to get the ball rolling and find out what other information they need from you.

    Take Photographs

    If your home has some unique features like a stained glass window or doors with intricate designs carved into them, you will want to photograph them in case they are damaged or destroyed in the storm. You might think that you could easily describe them for someone trying to recreate them, but this is not as easy as you think. Having a picture handy will help get these features replicated. If you have some expensive electronics in your home such as a brand new flat screen TV, take a picture of yourself in front of it. If you have photographic evidence of items that were damaged or destroyed during the storm, it will help you get an insurance claim processed quickly.

    List of Professionals

    The aftermath of a storm can leave your house in need of professional help. Your pipes might be damaged or electrical wires exposed. Take the time before the storm to organize a list of professional services and their contact information. If your septic tank begins to leak in the storm, you will want someone to look at it right away.

    Keep Dry

    It's very important to know how to stop a flood and dry out your home after a storm. Flooding can quickly cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you don't remove the water quickly enough, it will be too late for repair. Flooding can cause mold, mildew, structural damage and host of other problems. Be sure to turn off the electricity if you are dealing with water, and begin relocating as many items as you can to a dry area. Use towels and vacuums when you can, and call a professional for major flooding to take care of the problem.

    Emergency Plans

    After weathering the storm, your home might need a lot of repair work and it could be unsuitable for your pets and small children. Make arrangements for a safe place for your pets and children to go after the storm in case your home is unsafe. Relying on your neighbor wouldn't be the best idea, since they are likely in the same situation you are. Give yourself some options to keep your family safe if you can't stay in your home.

    The aftermath of a storm can be a chaotic time filled with uncertainty. With a little pre-planning, you can make it easier to deal with any damage or repercussions of the storm.


    Informational credit to Kamloops Septic Service.


    Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 3, 2014, 5:12 pm
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    The basic necessities of life—those things we all take for granted every day, are always what becomes most important to us when faced with a serious survival situation. These situations, whether they arise from incidents of extreme weather events, natural disasters, or some chaotic disruption in society itself, require intensive planning on the part of those who wish to survive them. Foresight, in this matter, can include a plan to convert your home into a functioning survival shelter.

    Food and Water

    We can't know for sure that the retail stores we depend up on for food will be open for business in an extreme survival situation. To this end, it's advisable to learn as much as one can about safely storing food and water. Although survival meals can be purchased ahead of time, they are meant to solve temporary food supply outages. Long-term planning requires being knowledgeable about the bulk storage of beans, rice, freeze-dried foods and canned goods. Canned food can be stacked on shelves, but items like rice and beans need to be stored in air-tight plastic drums impervious to moisture and pests such as insects, rats and mice. Water can also be stored in steel or plastic drums with liners or in bathtub bladders made for that purpose. However, if one chooses to store fresh water, their plans should also include the means to capture and purify rain water to be used for drinking and cleaning purposes.

    Living off the Grid

    It should surprise no one to hear that, when it comes to survival, simple strategies are almost always better than complicated ones. Complex tactics have a greater number of failure points, making them volatile and unreliable survival plans. A complex strategy is also likely to rely too heavily on things that might not be available when they are most needed. A good example of this is the sewing machine--it's always better to own a treadle-powered sewing machine (and know how to use it) than to keep a modern electric-powered one that will do nothing for you if the power goes down. One way to survive comfortably without electricity from the power company is to generate your own. This can be done by hooking up a generator to a stationary bike and pedaling whenever you require electricity. Surplus electric power can be stored in series of linked car batteries, which can be bought and stored at any time.

    Guard Against Intruders

    What's worth preserving, storing and caching is worth protecting from intruders. In a survival situation, a reliable home security system is a must. A Vancouver home alarm systems specialist from Astro Guard Alarms reports that, while most systems require alternating current to run, certain systems will operate perfectly under backup battery power. In the absence of a functioning electric-powered security system, your best bet is to create the perception that your home is not worth breaking into. You can create this impression by leaving a very large dog bowl or an empty box of shotgun shells—anything to create an intimidating façade to make potential intruders think twice.


    Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 2, 2014, 5:14 pm
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    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 1, 2014, 5:00 am
    At present, residents craft a home that has a hard-to-miss curb appeal, and is an energy-efficient space that marries beauty and sustainability. However, people seem to forget or forego the idea that a home should first and foremost secure a family in its every sense. These days, home improvements lack the commitment of fusing home security function to make a home’s value in a more sustainable and more realistic sense. While doors with a personalized marble knob are indeed pretty and Pinterest-worthy, doors must be planned and constructed to guarantee home security and family safety.

    This is where practical prepping comes in the picture. With all the disasters and emergencies from social uncertainties, a preparedness guide is now a lifestyle rather than a mere way to prevent damage in families and properties. Here are some items that may help you fortify your walls, just in case a zombie apocalypse comes:


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    America’s Gut Talent

    Did you know that when you feel there’s something unsafe in your surroundings, you are most likely right to some extent? Humans are wired with nature’s fight and flight mechanism that has been tried and tested since the beginning of our existence. How many times were you able to avoid terrible traffic because you mindlessly took an alternate route to work? Are there times when you chose to stay at home because you anticipated that the storm that was supposedly manageable turned monstrous?

    Befriend Cooper’s Safety Color Wheel

    What does Jeff Cooper, the father of modern handgun technique, have to do with your life as a prepper? He identified four colors to make situational awareness easier to remember. In a nutshell, situational awareness is the manner by which you and your household can identify risks and dangers in your environment. This way, you stay alert as you deal better with panic and stress.

    White means you are totally unaware and unprepared. This usually happens when you nonchalantly switch channels when you hear a breaking news about a protest turned sour, or a storm that damaged a state that is nowhere near yours.

    Yellow, on the other hand, is much like the alertness level you have when you are driving a car. As you exit your driveway and take your usual route to work or the kid’s school, you know that while there is no chance of coming across an unlikely situation, you should be prepared, still. An example of yellow-level prepping is having a spare tire or the number of people you’d call should you meet an accident.

    Red and Orange for Driveway Safety

    The other two colors call for more serious preparedness. Orange alert is when you find yourself in a specific emergency-related situation. For instance, you hear your neighbor’s driveway alarm go off in broad daylight. Considering that you’ve done all checks in your entire home’s entry and exit points, you instantly think about how a burglar can still find a way in your sealed garage. This is the time where you scour your brain as you decide on what to do. Will you contact the police or would you stay inside your home instead? Guided by the orange alert, you must remember that studies revealed that a single incidence of car theft in a neighborhood usually means that there are other burglars lurking within your vicinity.

    On the other hand, red alert means that you should be ready to defend your family and property. Should you find your very own driveway alarm go off on a storm-stricken night with no light in sight, get your security gears ready. Driveways are highways of burglars, as many police officials and security experts say; but it must stupefy you. In essence, a safe driveway must be a factor of a safe residential area; so you must work for it at all costs, at all times. Strategically installing driveway entry alarm systems don’t only buy you more time to plan your self-defense tactics (since the police are inaccessible), it also distracts intruders who only take 3 minutes to pry your car open and drive off to his hideout.

    How will these be linked to preparedness, you ask? Treating your everyday emergencies preps you for worse emergency situations. Knowing how to act, and when not to attack is essential in preparedness. If you can’t guard your car under normal circumstances, you will most likely lose your battles when you’re dealing with a car thief during an earthquake, a prolonged power outage, or a zombie apocalypse.


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    Stick Your Home Security Head Out and Shout

    A cheap yet proven way to deter thieves and trespasses is to make the most of your alarm sticker decals. Yes, you may have high security fence, or security trees in place, but you have to think like a burglar. More often than not, burglars get a thrill when they climb, tamper or trespass. This is much like a right of passage to them. As most homes have no fences, alarm stickers that can be seen from 2 or 3 feet from all angles, will instantly up the ante of your home security.

    During floods, netizens usually alert friends, families and the public that their area is already in a wreck. While you are posting that you’ve already left your home to evacuate, chances are people who are not prepared for emergencies might think of breaking in your home to get a quick fill and perhaps, easy cash that would come in very handy. A good tip is to post your walls and windows that brandish your home security decal stickers.

    Pet Door Might Be Your Home’s Trap Door

    Whether your pet door is meant for small breed or larger breeds, it is still a possible point of entry to your home. These days, collars that signal your pet doors are better as compared with just letting them in and out of your house freely. Since dogs are also friendly and sturdy companions during disaster, do not neglect your pet’s preparedness, too. As soon as batteries drain, phones die, and fuel runs scarce, your dogs will still be up and running as you go on to live and tell your own survivalist success story.

    Home Security Tricks for Intruder Threats

    A preparedness plan can always turn to the adage, “Fake it, until you make it.” Still remember how the movie Home Alone gave kids and parents wicked and witty ways to keep the bad guys out? Keep an alarm system disguised as a shiny object on top of a table that knocks over easily and make sure that it distracts the burglar. Similarly, fake floorboards that are flood-proof can securely hold your emergency food supplies. This does not only save you space, but it also tricks burglars as they come across an empty basement or pantry with good old perishable food.

    Seal your Food and Water Safely and Wisely

    During disaster situations, people tend to break in stores and homes in search for safety, and food & water supplies that run low during these times. Make sure that your bug out car or your home can hold your food and water requirements for more than a week.

    Learn to use bleach to make cloudy water safe enough for drinking. As a rule, a gallon of cloudy water could use 4-8 drops of common household bleach—after sitting for 30 minutes. You can always put canned goods and food inside glass jars in your bug out bag; but in reality, you need a survival food kit that can allow you to move faster sans the literal and figurative weight. Foods that are already packed per meal would easily secure you and your home’s energy needs without minding portion estimates. For larger households, compact emergency food kits that take up the least space are the best options for evacuation. Seek food storage that easily fit in your car. There is nothing worse than having to leave behind your disaster food stockpile just because they don’t fit your current stance and circumstance. Another scenario you wouldn’t want to be in, is when you find out that your food supply do not match the dietary needs of your family members that may stem from allergic reactions or medical conditions.

    A Secure Home Should be Where the Heart Is

    Remember, a secure home is a home away from damages of all sorts. Families must look at weaving the basics of home security in their preparedness plans. Starting with tweaking your home’s current curb appeal is a good way to make transition from an unprepared pack to a practical prepper in no time, and without exerting much effort that may seem unimaginable and uncalled for.


    About the Author: Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: June 30, 2014, 5:26 pm
    by Shane White

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    I was parked in a parking garage Monday and found an unpleasant surprise waiting for me when I left work.

    I approached my car visually inspecting the tires and such as I typically do before I get in the car. I just checked the passenger side and saw nothing unusual and walked around to the other side and noticed that my driver door was opened. A split second later, I noticed a man laying in the floor with his legs hanging out of the car door into the parking lot.

    Paraphrasing, here is the conversation that followed this discovery.

    "What are you doing?" I asked

    "I am trying to get my car started."

    "This is my car."

    The thief then paused and said, "I will be honest with you. I was going to steal it. But just for a little while."

    While this conversation was going on he got up and was maneuvering himself so he could get away. The last thing he said was, "Don't tell anybody." and then he ran away. (obviously I didn't not tell anybody)

    I stood stunned and shocked for a few moments amazed at what had just happened and then began to inspect my vehicle. It looked like he had been there for a while. He had taken the time to go through my glove box and center console and then organize what he wanted to keep and left what he wasn't interested in. He also spent some time on the ignition switch trying to force it with a screwdriver or something. After this he took the assembly under the steering wheel apart and started working on the wiring when I had found him.

    The only thing that I noticed that he took was my rescue tool/pocket knife.

    I got in the car and went home.

    ---

    I spent Monday evening and the next day thinking about everything that had happened.

    What if it had gone down badly.

    What if he pulled a knife or a gun on me. I know he had one. He just stole one from the center console of my car.

    What if he was high on drugs or reacted violently when he saw me.

    I had handled the whole situation poorly. But then in my defense, I had not really thought through what to do when

    something like this happens. Here are my thoughts.

    If you see someone in your car, don't alert him to your presence. Get security or the police before confronting the criminal. If you should alert him to your presence, keep a good distance from him. Watch his hands and eyes closely for signs that he is going to make a move towards you. If you are attacked, do something to draw attention to yourself. Yelling or screaming would be effective.

    ---

    Note that the parking garage companies are not in business to do more that give you a place to park. Beyond collecting your daily or monthly parking fee, they have little interest in protecting you or your car. They will tell you that it is not their responsibility if something happens to your car. Their security is basically sending a man through the lot once an hour and they have cameras at the exits. It is your responsibility to keep your car safe even though it is in their garage.

    What are your thoughts?

    Be safe.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: June 25, 2014, 5:07 pm
    Clean water is essential to humans, but many of the sources for water became contaminated by natural forces, industrial runoff and other activities. The types of contaminants fall into several different categories. All of these can be hazardous for humans in different ways, even if our present society happens to crumble.

    Common Microorganisms

    Many types of microorganisms are found in untreated water. Bacteria, viruses and protozoa are the main types. These microorganisms usually enter the water supply through fecal matter from animals or humans. An effective water filtration system like those found at www.filterwater.com can remove these contaminants from water for safe drinking. Some gravity water filters do not require power to function, making them ideal for emergency use. Here are some microorganisms to watch out for:
    • E coli – A coliform bacteria, E coli causes intestinal illness and general malaise.
    • Giardia lamblia – Giardia, a protozoon, also causes vomiting, nauseas and diarrhea, which can become a chronic infection.
    • Cryptosporidium – This is another type of protozoa that causes headache, diarrhea and low fever.
    • Hepatitis A – This is a type of virus that causes liver enlargement, lethargy, weakness, anorexia and jaundice. It can be fatal in some cases.

    Inorganic Chemicals

    Inorganic chemicals in the water can occur because of natural forces or can enter the water through runoff or deliberate dumping of waste. Some common inorganic contaminants found in water include the following:
    • Arsenic – This chemical can be found naturally in groundwater and may runoff from agricultural fields or electronics manufacturing.
    • Asbestos – This chemical leaches into water from decaying cement-containing asbestos and from naturally occurring sources.
    • Barium – A byproduct of drilling activities, this chemical can increases in blood pressure.
    • Copper – This mineral is often caused by corrosion of plumbing materials found in buildings, but it can also result from erosion of natural sources.
    • Lead – This mineral also results from plumbing sources and also is found in nature.
    • Mercury – Mercury can result from runoff from industrial processes or from natural deposits.
    • Selenium – This mineral results from petroleum refining and from discharges from mining activities.

    Organic Contaminants

    Along with inorganic materials, organic compounds can also be found in untreated water, which can cause a number of health problems in humans:
    • Atrazine – This chemical occurs in water because of runoff from herbicides to control weeds in agriculture and in home lawn care.
    • Benzene – Benzene finds its way into the water supply through discharge from industrial processes and leaching from gas tanks.
    • Dioxin – This chemical leaches into water from waste incineration and other types of combustion, as well as from chemical manufacturing discharges.
    Due to rising toxins levels found in humans seemingly by the year, you should be aware of the potential contaminants in drinking water, and protect yourself by testing your water and taking measures to address any present toxins.


    About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: June 23, 2014, 5:22 pm




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