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At any moment and in any situation, disaster can strike. Life-threatening events happen to people every day, and nobody is immune to them. However, these emergencies don't have to spell imminent doom. Here are five life-threatening scenarios and how to survive them.
  1. Lost In The Wilderness

    More than 2,000 hikers get lost in the wilderness every year, a situation that can quickly turn deadly for those who aren't prepared. When you're stranded in the middle of nowhere without shelter, you're open to harm from animals and the elements. Any time you venture into the great outdoors, make sure you're well-stocked for unforeseen emergencies. Bring a map, compass, food and water, waterproof fire source, first aid kit, spare clothing, some basic tools and a survival blanket. Combined with basic knowledge of building a shelter and tending injuries, these essentials can keep you alive until help arrives.

  2. Dog Attack

    According to the CDC, one out of five individuals are bitten by dogs every year, resulting in roughly 368,000 emergency room visits. Although dog bites rarely cause fatalities, they can still cause disfigurement, disability, infection and nerve damage. If you're ever faced with an attacking dog, do whatever you can to keep its teeth away from your neck and head, such as curling into a ball and being still and quiet. If playing possum doesn't discourage the dog, try standing still and loudly commanding the dog to “stay” or “back away”. This may intimidate the dog to the point where it abandons the attack. If nothing else works, yell for help and prepare to fight the dog—running away when this happens will often encourage the dog to pursue and attack.

  3. Shark Attack

    Shark attacks only occur at a rate of about 75 per year worldwide, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for one. When you're swimming at a beach where there are known to be dangerous sharks, follow the beach's guidelines to minimize your risk. This means staying inside of any perimeters and not entering the water with open wounds. In the unlikely event that you encounter a shark, watch it at all times. If it becomes aggressive, knowing its location is your best chance of defending yourself. Don't make any sudden motions as they may trigger the shark to attack. Instead, move slowly back toward shore. However, if it does attack, try to aim for its eyes and gills.

  4. House Fire

    More than 360,000 house fires occur in the US each year, causing approximately 2,500 deaths. The vast majority occur from cooking accidents. If making dinner ever turns into a nightmare scenario and you're stuck in the middle of it, the first thing you should do is remain calm, get on the ground to avoid smoke and call 911. If fire is standing between you and safety, grab the nearest towel, blanket or clothing and drench it in water. Cover head and body and run through the fire as fast as you can.

  5. Tire Blowouts

    Tire blowouts are responsible for over 78,000 accidents, 10,000 injuries and 400 deaths each year due to loss of vehicular control. Should you ever experience a tire blowout, your best bet is to follow these steps. Immediately get a firm grasp on the wheel and apply the brakes slowly to avoid spinning out. Once the vehicle is in control, pull over and turn on your emergency flashers.

Life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at any time, so it's important to be ready. Understanding what to do in these events can help you not only reduce your risk of serious injury but may ultimately save your life.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 3, 2015, 6:15 pm
Your home may be a place where you entertain friends and relax after a long day of work, but at the most basic level, a home is a shelter for you and your family. It protects you and your loved ones from the harsh elements year-round. The ability of your home to serve as a protective shelter, however, will be based in large part on how well you maintain your home over time. With a few steps, you can make sure that your home is able to withstand all weather extremes to keep you and your loved ones safe in even the worst conditions.

Service the HVAC Unit Regularly

The most common type of extreme weather conditions you may face relates to harsh temperatures. Both extreme heat and cold can result in injury or even death in some cases, and you need to be able to easily control the climate inside your home. Servicing your HVAC unit regularly will help you to minimize the risk of having your HVAC unit fail during extreme temperature conditions.

Invest in Storm Windows

High winds can wreak havoc on your home, and they can impact your safety and well-being. For example, high winds themselves can break fragile glass in some cases. In addition, when objects become moving projectiles due to high winds, these objects can shatter the glass and fly into the home. Storm windows are special windows that are designed to withstand extremely forceful wind gusts. You may consider investing in storm windows if your home does not already have them.

Repair or Replace Your Roof

Your roof covers a broad surface area on the top of your home, and it will take the brunt of the force in many extreme weather situations. Because of this, you need it in excellent condition at all times. You can request a roofing inspection periodically to learn more about its condition. By repairing or replacing it as needed, you will be able to help your roof do its job most effectively.

Invest in a Sump Pump

If your home has a basement, it may be prone to flooding during some weather events. A sump pump can be installed in your basement to remove water before it reaches a damaging level. You can invest in a new sump pump or take steps to repair or maintain an existing unit.

Making repairs or improvements to your home as needed will help you to keep it in great condition and will ensure that it can protect you and your family during inclement weather. Take time to follow these tips today so that you are prepared for all weather conditions. Informational credit to T. Simpson Roofing.

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: February 13, 2015, 6:14 pm
Hurricanes, blizzards, terrorist attacks, power outages, epidemics, and so on — you will never know what natural and manmade disasters will take you by storm. Such stressful times necessitate every ounce of physical and emotional strength and it is crucial to have an emergency food supply for at least three days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This survival food storage guide will walk you through how to come up with a game plan. This includes advice for planning your food stock and food storage tips for your emergency survival food to last for as long as possible.

  1. Plan Smart According to You and Your Family’s Needs and Tastes.

    The average American male consumes just less than 2,500 calories a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Practical Preppers consultant Scott Hunt urges preppers to ensure a supply that provides at least 2,200 calories per day and covers basic nutritional requirements. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends including vitamin, mineral, and protein supplements to ensure adequate nutrition.

    Pay attention to individuals with special diets. Babies need liquid formula, in case mothers are unable to nurse. Prepare powdered milk for toddlers and canned dietetic foods, juices, and soups for the ill or elderly. Also, take note of food allergies.

    Try to replicate the diet that you are used to eating. Familiar foods boost morale and give a feeling of security amidst uncertainty. Needless to say, pets should be considered. Store non-perishable food for them.

    Canned Milk
    Photo Courtesy of Kathleen Lupole via Flickr, Creative Commons

  2. Your Survival Food Kits Should Withstand Harsh Conditions.

    Catastrophes often require you to be mobile for safety. Calamity food buckets to help you in cases like natural disasters are highly recommended for being portable, handy, and durable enough make it through any calamity or even mishandling. Some food kits come in sturdy and ready buckets, making it convenient in that you no longer have to deal with packing and worrying about bulky and fragile food containers.

    Another important consideration is space. Choose food kits that take up the least space and are stackable to make things easier for when you need to evacuate.

    Wollaston Lake Evacuation
    Photo Courtesy of Jordon Cooper via Flickr, Creative Commons

  3. Mind Their Shelf Life.

    Know what to consume first the moment the electricity goes off. According to FEMA, use first perishable food items from the refrigerator, pantry, garden, and other parts of your house. After that, use the food items from the freezer. A well-filled and well-insulated freezer can have frozen food that is safe to eat for at least two days. Professors Judy Harrison, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Andress, Ph.D. of University of Georgia add that you should consume the foods only if they have ice crystals remaining or if the temperature of the freezer has remained at 40°F or below. You need to limit the number of times you open the freezer door to conserve the remaining cold of the appliance. Stick a list of contents on the freezer. Also, cover the freezer with blankets to hold in cold. Pin blankets back so that the air vent is not covered. Last to be consumed are the non-perishable foods and staples or those that have the longest shelf life.

    Apocalypse Chow Pantry
    Photo Courtesy of Earthworm via Flickr, Creative Commons

  4. Maintain Food Quality by Storing Them Correctly.

    CDC says that certain storage conditions can enhance the shelf life of canned or dried foods, the ideal location being a cool, dry, dark place. Keep food in temperatures between 40 and 60°F. Keep foods away from ranges or refrigerator exhausts as heat causes many foods to spoil more quickly.

    Some food products absorb strong smells so keep food away from petroleum products, such as gasoline, oil, paints, and solvents. Also, protect your supply from rodents and insects by storing them in boxes or in paper cartons. It will also help in preserving food longer if they are heavily wrapped or stored in airtight containers.

    Soup In Containers
    Photo Courtesy of Jody Richards via Flickr, Creative Commons

  5. Be Never Without Water

    One can survive more than three weeks with reduced food intake or even without food (think Mahatma Gandhi). However, it is different with water. Water comprises at least 60% of the adult body and plays a crucial role in every living cell. With this, according to Randall K. Packer, a professor of biology at George Washington University, the longest a person can go without water seems to be a week, which is, however, a generous estimate. The typical period would be three to four days.

    According to FEMA, a normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half gallon) of water each day, though people in hot environments, children, nursing mothers, and ill people will require even more. Prepare at least one gallon per person, per day, for drinking, food preparation, and hygiene purposes for at least two weeks.

    You can buy commercially bottled water, which should be kept untouched in its original container until you need to use it. You can also treat water yourself by boiling, chlorination, or distillation. It is best, though, to combine methods for safer water.

    Avoid salty and spicy food, as these will increase thirst. Instead, have salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content. If possible, reduce activity and stay cool to further minimize thirst. You can ration food, but never water. Drink what you need today, and find more for tomorrow.

    Bottled Water Macros December 02, 20106
    Photo Courtesy of Steven Depolo via Flickr, Creative Commons

  6. Always Practice First-In, First-Out.

    Make an inventory of your food items and the expiry dates. Put the best-before date on each item with markers. Work with the shelf life of your stock by rotating them. Store the older supply at the front while put the new ones at the back when replenishing emergency food.

    Photo Courtesy of isafmedia via Flickr, Creative Commons

  7. Cook Food Wisely

    According to FEMA, for cooking indoors, you can use a fireplace. On the other hand, use a charcoal grill or camp stove for cooking outdoors. Keep cooked food hot with candle warmers, chafing dishes, and fondue pots. To avoid further disasters, use only approved devices for cooking and warming food. Canned food can be eaten straight out of the can, but if you heat it in the can, open it and remove the label before heating.

    CDC adds that having the following items on hand will help you in food preparation despite loss of electricity, gas, and water: Cooking utensils; knives, forks, and spoons; paper plates, cups, and towels; a manual can and bottle-opener and heavy-duty aluminum foil. They also cautions to never burn charcoal indoors, as the fumes are deadly when concentrated in a confined place.

    Photo Courtesy of Ken Owen via Flickr, Creative Commons

Never famish despite whatever challenge life throws at you. Events beyond your control should not unnerve you as long as you prepare to the best of your ability. Nothing is certain in this world, but a practical, survivalist mindset will bring a sense of security and make you feel on top of things.

Philip Masterson is the author of AlarmDefense blog. Circle him on Google+.

Author: Shane White
Posted: February 12, 2015, 6:32 pm
Electricity is a lot like air in that you probably only think about it the moment when you don’t have any. And while the planet isn’t on the verge of having an unbreathable atmosphere in the foreseeable future, some reports suggest we may soon have to deal with blackouts with alarming regularity before too long. The steady rise in global population coupled with the fact that an increasing percentage of that population will be using modern electronics means there will be an unprecedented strain on the grid, resulting in lots of blackouts.

These blackouts, of course, don’t just mean you’ll have to settle for reading a book by candlelight rather than watching a movie on Netflix. No, the results will be far from a minor inconvenience. Blackouts happening as frequently as experts predict can throw systems as diverse as water purification and traffic management out of whack.

That being said, just by reading this article you’re already a little bit ahead of those people who will only start thinking about this problem when the lights start cutting out with some regularity. Now, when things are relatively stable, is the best time to prepare for the time when you won’t be able to rely on that wall outlet working every time you want it to. Here a few tips to get you ready.

Make Sure You Have Surge Protectors

Blackouts are one of the biggest causes of voltage spikes, which can seriously damage your electronics. It’s still smart to have surge protectors right now, but when blackouts are a common occurrence rather than a relatively rare thing resulting from storms or other natural disasters, they’ll be indispensable.

Keep Cash On Hand

Online banking has made everybody’s lives much more convenient, but if all of your money is tied up in an inaccessible bank account when you need to be able to buy key supplies, you’re going to be up the proverbial creek. Barring a total collapse of the U.S. government, cold hard cash is going to be especially valuable when a big percentage of people can’t get to their money.

Store Frozen Water in Your Freezer

You don’t want all your meat to spoil and all of your ice cream to melt every time you lose power. If you keep jugs of frozen water in the back of your freezer, the ice will keep everything in there cold for longer when the freezer is no longer working. Just remember to open and close the door as little as possible to keep the cold air in. If you have space for more than one, move one to the refrigerator the minute you lose power to create the same cooler effect there as well.

Consider Investing in a Generator

As soon as these blackouts become a part of daily life, you can bet generators are going to get a heck of a lot more popular and therefore a heck of a lot more expensive. This, of course, means the time to look into these potentially lifesaving machines is now. Here’s a good place to start if you’re only interested in knowing the ins and outs of renting a generator and aren’t ready to buy one yet. However, remember not to run a generator inside your home; the fumes can cause a buildup of CO2.

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: February 5, 2015, 6:25 pm
It can be easy to avoid preparing for an emergency when a disaster has not occurred for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, it can make it difficult to endure when the event actually strikes. To stock up on essentials that are needed when the power is out, there are a few items to have on hand that will make it easier to stay safe and secure in your home.

  1. Headlamps

    Headlamps are more convenient to use than flashlights and will allow you to perform hands-free tasks in the dark without struggling to hold the light for an extended period of time. This will make it easier to perform tasks in a quicker timeframe and will keep the light secure.

  2. Camping Stove or Propane Grill

    To stay full and cook warm meals each day, a camping stove or propane grill will be an essential item that you'll come to appreciate. You'll be able to boil water, cook raw meat, and heat vegetables with the item. Even with food storage, without a way to heat up your food, you may be in for an unpleasant reality that you don't have as much food as planned.

  3. Spare Rechargeable Batteries

    You'll need rechargeable batteries for both radios and lights that are needed during a power outage, which will allow you to listen to the news and illuminate your home for several hours. Having rechargeable batteries on hand will offer peace of mind, knowing that they won't die or need to be replaced after several days of use. This should come with a battery recharger that can charge multiple batteries. Check out to get started on finding the replacement batteries you need.

  4. First Aid Kit

    It's important to have a first aid kit in the event of any disaster, including one that leaves you without power. Having medication and first aid items in one, easy-to-access location will help you find needed supplies quickly.

  5. Water Filtration System

    A water filtration system is essential to have clean drinking water and to cook with when the power is out and you're limited on your water supply. You can easily rely on tap water without worrying about harmful bacteria and protozoa when using the filter.

When a disaster occurs and the power is out for several days, it can be difficult to survive the harsh conditions with limited supplies. By having the essentials on hand, you'll be able to stay healthy and safe with the help of modern tools or products that should be available in each household.

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: February 2, 2015, 6:20 pm

Our ever-changing world is becoming a more and more hostile climate for growing plants and feeding animals for food. Between natural disasters and food shortages, the possibilities for starvation or dehydration within the next 50-to-100 years are imminent, though one thing remains certain: food storage could save your life.

Natural Disaster

Hurricane Katrina and even Hurricane Sandy taught us the importance of having not only a few staples—but an arsenal of non-perishable emergency food and water saved up in our homes. Canned goods, water and boxed items saved the lives of people who trapped in their homes or apartments for up to a few weeks.

Though tornadoes tend to strike mostly in the Mid-West, they are popping up more and more in other regions of the country too. A stock of food and water will save lives in those minutes or hours waiting out a tornado.

The country has been rocked by some pretty crazy weather over the past few years, and blizzards have become a problem. People can be stuck for days or weeks at a time, without electricity or food and water, depending on their proximity to the nearest store. People in rural areas should stock non-perishables in their cellars and cool, dry places. Even in cities, people can go days without power, so residents should make sure they have enough food on hand to survive until the stores open again.

Doomsday Shelter

Astrological events, like solar flares, could keep citizens in their homes for up to days or weeks at a time. Nuclear wars would also force people to retreat to basements or sealed bunkers for weeks or months at a time. An electromagnetic pulse could bring down entire city electricity grids or set off nuclear weapons that would render areas unsafe to live in for weeks, months or years. Having enough food and clean drinking water would mean the difference between life or death for your family.

Disease Pandemic

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has worried not just Americans—doctors who were treating Ebola patients returned to home countries all over the world, only to find they had symptoms of the disease. Since the disease is spread by contact to bodily fluids, it can be caught in the blink of an eye. In the case of a major disease pandemic, having a stockpile of food in a shelter would save lives.

Civil Unrest

Possible economic collapse could drive up food prices and make even the most mundane items nearly impossible to purchase. Water, canned goods and non-perishables like crackers, trail mix and cookies will extend a person’s lifespan exponentially during a crisis like this.

Civil war is also another possibility to keep people from getting access to food. A civil uprising or riots could create a dangerous climate outside the home. Citizens with a shelter or other structure to keep out angry rioters or soldiers will need plenty of food to stay alive while waiting out the violence.

Food Shortage

With meat sources dwindling and genetically modified foods destroying our strains of plants, food storage is more important than ever. A food storage seems imminent within the next 50 years, and families who have a solid storage of food have a likelier chance of surviving a food shortage in the near future.

Keeping a stock of food to last for a few years will greatly enhance the possibility that you and your family members would survive a natural disaster, food shortage or civil war. Citizens should aggressively build up an arsenal of canned and boxed goods; clean, filtered water and enough vitamins to survive anything mother earth—or our fellow man—throws at us.

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

Author: Shane White
Posted: January 30, 2015, 6:16 pm
There are several benefits of having an active security system made by a well-known company in your home. If a homeowner is going to select and install a security device, then choosing one with additional features is a great option. Homeowners can choose from alarm systems that are powered by batteries, electrical wiring or both to ensure the devices continue to operate in bad weather.

Preventing Break-Ins

The most important reason to have a security system is to prevent break-ins by criminals looking for valuables such as jewelry, cash and electronics. Criminal activity in many neighborhoods is becoming more common with families suffering from severe losses of items that are irreplaceable. Insurance companies often offer customers a discount for having an active alarm system in their home.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide

Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector installed to prevent deaths from this lethal gas. Each year many people become ill from exposure to carbon monoxide that causes symptoms similar to influenza. Unless someone gets help quickly when there is carbon monoxide in a home, their symptoms will progress from lung and brain damage to death. Choosing an alarm system that has a carbon monoxide feature, like those offered by Astro Guard Alarms Ltd, is vital to prevent emergency health problems.

Home Automation Features

Selecting an alarm system with modern home automation features is a great way to make life simpler. Homeowners can have the alarm setup to turn on outside lighting at a particular time of night to make it safer when arriving home from work. Additional features include turning on surveillance cameras located near doors to determine who is entering a building. Many people also like having a way to adjust their home’s climate control equipment such as air-conditioning or furnaces at a particular time of day or night with a security system.

Smoke Detecting Mechanisms

The first indication of a fire is smoke that reduces the oxygen in a home to dangerous levels before flames spread. An effective security system can also detect wisps of smoke to alert building occupants to leave a building immediately through safe fire exits. Alternatively, if no one is at home, then an active security system is available to contact emergency services to arrive at a building to determine where a fire is before firefighters extinguish it.

Avoiding Criminal Attacks

There are dangerous criminals who want to enter homes to attack people rather than steal items. An active alarm system can alert a building’s occupants concerning an invasion when they are inside a home at any time of the day or night. The alarm’s devices can also alert someone about an illegal entry into a building when they are not at home to avoid surprising criminals in the process of committing a robbery.

Assistance for Medical Emergencies

Manufacturers are making state-of-the-art active alarm systems with more features to protect people from dangers in their own homes. As the elderly population is increasing, more customers are opting to order alarm devices that can contact emergency responders for medical problems such as insulin reactions or heart attacks. Security alarm companies are constantly making improvements and adding new features to systems to help customers protect their property and families from danger.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: January 29, 2015, 6:21 pm
Burglaries happen every day, and few homes are immune to being observed by potential intruders. The good news is that you can take steps to lower your chances of becoming a burglary victim. One of your first steps should be to make your home’s exterior and landscape less welcoming to burglars.

Have a Security System—And Make It Known

Thieves usually do not want to risk being caught and prefer homes without an alarm system. If they see evidence that you have a residential security system, they will be less likely to even attempt breaking into your home. Post the yard signs you are given from the alarm company prominently around the home’s exterior. Often, you will also have access to adhesive notices you can apply to windows or doors.

Plant Thorny Plants beneath Windows

Thorny bushes or clusters of cacti, planted in just the right spots, deter someone from entering your home through a window. Make sure to plant them close enough together so that there is no space for anyone to navigate around the thorny plants.

Keep Shrubbery and Other Plants Trimmed Low

Burglars will take advantage of tall bushes or any other landscape feature that will hide their activities from the street or from your neighbors. Keep this in mind when designing your landscape and trim or remove plants that potentially provide safe harbor for criminals.

Use Exterior Lighting

A well-lit landscape helps prevent nighttime burglaries. To choose and place your lighting well, think like a potential intruder. Motion-detecting lights and solar powered lights are usually best for the landscape, and you need to make sure that side doors, an attached garage and any other potential point of entry will be illuminated upon approach.

Don’t Leave Evidence of Valuable Electronics in Plain Site

If you have just bought a big-ticket item, such as a large television, break down the box it came in and dispose of the box in the lidded trash. Do not place it anywhere in the open where a passerby might notice it. Likewise, if you order an expensive item for delivery, plan to be home when it arrives so it is not left out in the open. For a similar reason, do not leave your drapes open at night as doing so can give burglars a clear view of what might be in your home.

When people fail to follow security tips, it is usually because they feel a crime won’t happen to them. Unfortunately, burglars do not care what a good person you are or that you might have your own financial worries—they just want to steal from you. Securing your home outside and inside is one of the best ways to prevent this.

Informational Credit to Babb Security Systems

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: January 27, 2015, 6:18 pm
Disasters and emergencies, like death, come like a thief in the night. No matter how sophisticated warning devices are or how you much psyched yourself for the worst, emergencies will still stop you cold. Ask yourself now: do you really think you can get out of your home alive when a huge fire eats it up? Do you know where to evacuate your family when floods ravage your town? Do you have emergency kits that will keep your family alive for days? You think love will keep you alive? No, that’s a great song but not really true in times of emergencies. A survival kit and a preparedness guide, not love, will keep you alive.

The Ad Council along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 6 out of 10 American families do not have an emergency plan. The study further revealed that only 19% think they are “very prepared” for disasters. That is alarming considering various threats to life that become even more common everyday: natural disasters brought about by extreme weather conditions, drought, food insecurity and hunger, war and terror, and even home accidents. It should be a no-brainer then that the time to prepare is now.

We all want to be spared

Disasters know no social standing. Whoever you are, you are not safe. The best we can do is to prepare to at least get a chance at being spared. A study by the International Monetary Fund estimated that more than 450 million people were affected by natural disasters from 2010 to 2012. If you are not part of the statistics, lucky you. However, chances are becoming slimmer and having a preparedness guide might just make your chances better.

We want to keep our families safe

Weather seems unpredictable, today. Yes, heavy rainfall during summer is not impossible anymore. Keep your family safe by having a comprehensive guide to disaster preparedness and practicing them at home. Sit down with your family and complete your emergency checklist: from making sure everyone gets to eat and no one gets left behind.

Rescue teams will never be fast enough

For a family in danger, no rescue team is fast enough. You can’t waste a single minute. While waiting for rescue, make sure you have your survival kits ready and your family knows the emergency plan. In times of flood for example, rescuers will find it harder to go to your place so if you have life vests or even rubber boats at home, you are a step closer to safety.

Supermarkets will close down

Supermarkets and their workers are not spared by disasters. Yes, they won’t be there to serve you when you need them most. So make sure your emergency kit has food supplies enough to last for at least 72 hours.

Relief may not be enough

Food relief may not be what your family needs. If you have an infant, formula may not be readily available. If you have a diabetic member, nutritional needs will also vary so it is better if you have your own flood supplies.

Medicines are not a priority

Food, clothing, and shelter are the priorities in a relief operation. Medicine supplies come next. But maybe to a sick member of your family, it matters most. Check if you have enough medicine supplies because you could be saved from flooding but not from illnesses.

Hospitals get hit by disasters, too

Survival kits should not only be limited to food and clothing. Make sure they also contain a first aid kit. Minor injuries like cuts and fracture may be incurred during rescue and evacuation. Clinics and hospitals, if ever operational, may be hard to get to so it is still best to know first aid.

Power lines are down

Chances are power lines will be cut down so don’t even think about charging your cell phone. Make sure you have a fully-charged communication device on your survival kit so you can get assistance quicker and at the same time let your other relatives know that your family is okay.

Government action will take time

If you are waiting for your city mayor to make an announcement on TV or the radio calling everyone to evacuate, then you are wasting precious time, and probably precious lives. Local governments need to time to coordinate and consolidate. If your family has a preparedness guide, go ahead and get moving.

Disasters happen far from home

Disaster preparedness should go beyond the home. Every member of the family should practice it in all occasions. For example, an earthquake could hit while you are in the office. If one is trained with preparedness skills, there is no need to panic.

Disasters happen in schools

What if heavy rainfall happens while your kids are in school and it gets flooded even before you can fetch them? A 2014 study by Save The Children found that not all schools in the U.S. are prepared, with Georgia being the weakest in the department. The least that parents could do is to make sure their children are aware of the emergencies that could happen and how to address them.

Children are vulnerable

Children depend on their parents in times of disasters. They are the most vulnerable. Make them more confident by assuring them that following a preparedness guide works no matter where they are.

We don’t know what disease will emerge

Aside from natural disasters, there are also emerging and re-emerging diseases. Today, the ebola virus is driving everyone crazy. It is a shame that even a medically advanced countries like the U.S. is poor in public health preparedness. A report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 35 states and even Washington D.C. are not prepared for health emergencies.

Prepare to reduce fear

Fear and anxiety cause panic --- and that is exactly what we want to avoid in times of emergencies. Knowing that your family knows what to do will reduce fear and all of you will have a better chance at survival.

Reduce the impact

Reduce losses by making necessary precautions like making sure your roof is sturdy, your windows have storm shutters and your house is not built on a danger zone.

No one wants to be sorry

The worst disaster knows that you did nothing to prepare for disaster. Having to say: “my child would still be alive had I prepared” could just be the most painful tragedy. You never have to torture yourself with the blame game if you prepared.

We know that the next emergency is coming. It is a matter of what and when. Waste no time and prepare for all sorts of disasters, natural or man-made. Knowledge and preparedness are keys to survival and our family’s safety depends on it.

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: January 20, 2015, 6:28 pm
Life is uncertain, and the times we live in are uncertain. In this day and age where we aren't able to predict what can happen to us, or the loved ones in our life, or the people we work with, it is more important than ever to find ways to prepare for a variety of situations that could threaten our life. Granted, there is no such thing as a fool-proof way of dealing with such threats, but there are precautions you can take, in addition to having 911, or a service like 911 Industrial Response Inc, on standby. Let’s illustrate a few examples of how we can protect ourselves:
  1. Car Accidents

    Perhaps one of the most common forms of dangers is the threat of getting involved in an accident. There are a variety of types of accidents, notably those caused by an accident on our part, or an accident on someone else's part. We can certainly take a variety of precautions for ourselves, including ensuring we are insured, we are sober, we are of a focused mind, and we are well-rested. Of course, that doesn't safeguard against accidents from another. Thus, it's important to take heed when we are driving, what time of day, what our level of alertness is, and the obvious -- whether we are wearing our seat-belt or not.
  2. Home Electricity

    There are numerous dangers within our home based on the electrical appliances we use every day. Common devices such as a toaster kill dozens of people every year. This generally occurs by sticking a utensil in it to remove a jammed piece of bread. An electrical appliance accidentally dropped into a full bathtub can result in severe injury as well. Keeping yourself vigilant is key, and keeping protections and child locks is important. Best to unplug electrical devices when not in use as well.
  3. Violent Crime

    It is a great nightmare and violation to experience violent crime, both physically and psychologically. When walking on streets, consider the neighborhood, the time of day, and the location of street lights. If possible, carry your money and important items in different pockets, preferably in a security wallet you can tie around your neck inside your shirt or blouse. Consider even carrying pepper spray, and considering learning self-defense techniques, though keeping in mind the best defense is staying out of trouble and avoiding conflict in the first place.
  4. Terminal illness

    No matter how well we take care of our minds and bodies, we could eventually succumb to a life-threatening illness. The chances of acquiring such diseases are mitigated by a healthy lifestyle and regular visits to the doctor. However, more important than that is maintaining a healthy attitude and outlook. This not only can possibly lead to a recovery from the disease, but it also allows us to find the appropriate solutions to mitigate its effect on our overall well-being.
Taken as a whole, these preventative measures center on one principle: keeping a level head. When we are equanimous in our approach to threats, we are able to respond in the most effective manner possible. There are no guarantees in life, but there are solid approaches to handling life.

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

Author: Shane White
Posted: January 12, 2015, 6:10 pm
Aside from food and first aid supplies, one of the most popular items for preppers to keep in their homes is a firearm. It is important, however, for all preppers to keep any and all firearms safely stored, no matter what other precautions they’ve taken. Weapons should be kept in a secure location so they cannot be accessed by unauthorized people like strangers or children.

Legal Ownership

The first thing to do is research the weapon laws in your area. The right to bear arms is extended to many citizens, but there are laws that govern licensing and restrictions for those with criminal records. In some places, it's legal to openly carry a firearm without a specific licensing procedure as long as it doesn't cause a public disturbance. In other states, it's unlawful to carry a concealed weapon. Edmonton lawyer Rod Gregory, who works with illegal weapons possession cases, recommends that all firearm owners refer to their local gun laws to make sure they’re in compliance with all regulations.

Family Safety

A weapon is often kept with the intent of keeping a family safe. Unfortunately, there are many instances where a child has found a gun and caused deadly harm to themselves or another. Children don't always listen, even if you've taught them about the consequences and dangers of firearms. It's better to keep the gun out of little hands with the use of secured weapon storage.

Unsecured Locations

While you may want your weapon at the ready in case of an emergency, it will only take a few extra seconds to access a secured location. It might save the life of a child, too. Don't leave your weapons stashed in unsecured locations like the top of a closet on a shelf, hidden inside books or under a couch.

Secure, Well-Hidden

Keeping all your weapons in a gun safe is the best way to keep your family safe from accidental shootings but it's not convenient when there's an emergency. Weapons should be within easy reach when you need them to secure your home or your family's lives. Most large weapons should be kept in a gun safe, but for other secure, hidden guns, a microvault is the answer. This is a safe small enough to conceal in various locations throughout the home, but is safe from unauthorized users since it has a coded lock.

You want to keep your family safe from emergency situations, but you don't want your child or someone else's child to end up with a serious injury from a firearm. A small vault that can be bolted to the floor, under a couch or hidden under a desk is the perfect solution for keeping your family safe.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: December 18, 2014, 6:13 pm
The winter holidays are coming and you should know the do’s and don’ts to survive the hectic schedule and to truly enjoy what the celebration is all about while keeping safe. There will be a lot of traffic, stampede on shopping malls and a great hike on cholesterol levels when you cannot refrain from eating excessively during the parties you’ll attend. Above all, you need to be on red alert when guarding your house because this is also a busy season. Burglars take advantage on empty houses around these times.

Crimes during holidays hike up since many of the houses are left empty. There will be many expensive gifts prepared such as jewelry sets and even stashes of cash kept at home. Be alert and be prepared on anything that might happen along the way. Here are tips that will help you how to have a safe and sound holiday celebration.

When at home

Spending your holidays at home does not guarantee that you will be totally safe. There are many possibilities that might happen during these special occasions. Home safety precautions such as these should be practiced:
  • Access the outreach materials and educational programs of the US Fire Administration Center.
  • You can read these materials online to ensure that you know what to do when fire happens. According to the US fire administration, most of the causes of residential building fire are cooking, heating and electrical malfunction. Since during the holidays, a lot of cooking is involved as well as putting up of Christmas lights and electronics, it is necessary to know the precautions in the modules provided.
  • Install a lock up safety system in your home.
According to U.S. Department of Justice, 60.5 percent is forced entry in residential homes, 33.2 percent are unlawful entries which means they have entered without force and the remaining percentages are the failed forced entry attempts. This statistics show that there should be a lock up safety system followed and one should be alert at all times.

When leaving the house for a holiday vacation

It is very important that you keep your house or condominium safe while you're on extended holiday vacation. There are many cases that when the family leaves their home for vacation, burglars easily break in their house and clear out their valuables. From the FBI NCIC statistics 70 percent of the burglary happens while the tenants are away from their home.
  • Before leaving, secure locks and close all windows. Windows with grills are best to be installed in your home for added safety.
  • If you have glass doors, ensure a secondary blocking structure that will make your house closed even after glasses are broken.
  • Install a security system comprising of CCTVs and warning devices.

When shopping

Shopping during the holidays at the mall is like being in the middle of a battlefield. The area is congested; the people come and go as fast as they can. The common crimes involved would be kidnapping, bag slashing and pick pocketing. The congestion is a good factor for robbers because they can easily infiltrate the bag of a victim. Many robbers would also take advantage of using their strategies on ATM machines to steal money right from your ATM card.

  • Bring a safety pack where you can put all of your credit cards and ATM cards in one place and make sure you can access it all the time.
  • Avoid using your gadgets especially smart phones in congested areas.
  • Secure your bags and be alert.
  • Never trust anyone with your belongings.

When with children

Going to theme parks during the holidays is a trend for many families. However, surprisingly, studies show that in every 40 seconds, an innocent child is being abducted and 20 percent of these children unfortunately die. This is according to the FBI National Crime Information Center. This is just a sign that when you are with your kids during the holidays, make sure that you follow these holiday safety tips.
  • Always remind your children how dangerous it is to talk to strangers.
  • When in a crowded area, make sure that you hold your kid at all times.
  • Always survey the area if there are any suspicious individuals.
  • It is better to go to secure areas where children’s safety is prioritized.

When hosting a party

When you are hosting a party at home or at a venue, there is a huge risk involved because of food safety issues including crowd control. When you have invited over 30 people in your party, it is a known fact that you may lose control of the party you are hosting. Alcohol and drugs may come in and out of the party without you knowing and you will be at risk since you are held reliable as the host of the place. If hosting over 30 people, make sure you do the following:
  • When the setting is in your home, make sure that all of your valued items are in a safe locked up place.
  • During the party, check the food you serve several times to avoid food poisoning.
  • When alcohol is served in your party, make sure that you have trusted people to deal with the crowd with you to be in control all the time.
  • It is also good to serve healthy food in beautiful plating to avoid any health complications for all of your guests.

When strangers intrude you

When you will have a face-to-face scenario with a stranger that would intrude you, make sure that you know what to do. Always be alert and be aware of your surroundings. Being much more aware of your surroundings compared to the intruder is an advantage that you should utilize.
  • Know the nearest exits around the area.
  • Always have an emergency self-defense item with you. May it be a pepper spray or an electric taser, any of which would still be useful.
  • Always put the emergency numbers to call on your phone.
  • Be mentally and physically prepared.
These are only a few tips that you may follow to ensure you and your family’s safety on threats during holiday season.

Emily Harper is a writer and a full-time mother. She often writes about sustainability, parenting and issues concerning families and women. She runs the blog

Author: Shane White
Posted: December 17, 2014, 1:36 am
A cold weather home is a home that is used only part of the year by people who would rather hang in the sun. During the winter months you might migrate to states with warmer weather, and usually during this time you’ll enjoy yourself at a luxurious vacation home. Many people own cold weather homes they allow to sit vacant during the winter months in this way.

But there are some problems with cold weather homes that need to be attended to before going on vacation for the winter. Included are some tips for the major things to check before leaving. 

Make The House Secure

One thing that is very important with any vacant home is making sure that the home is secure. Vacant homes are easy thief bait. Get ahead of the game and install a security system in your home which can be programmed to alarm when thieves try to break in. Many new security systems have monitors which allow you to view your home long distance by computer. 

Whether or not you choose to install a security system, you should notify a trusted friend or neighbor that you will be away. In many localities you can also notify the police, who will keep an eye on your home during the winter months. Don't forget to leave a forwarding address and phone number, in case a contact is needed. Having someone stop by intermittently to check on the house is a good idea.

Plan Ahead For Winter Weather

Cold weather homes take a battering in the winter, as all homes do, so prior planning is needed. Plan for harsh winds by removing anything from the outside that could blow away. Plan for snow and cold by making sure windows and doors are properly insulated with weather seal products. Check to make sure your heating system is working properly, and put in a fresh filter. Have a roofer come to your home and do a visual check of the roof for any vulnerable areas that could develop into leaks. 

Turn Down Or Shut Off Utilities 

Heat should remain on at a temperature that will keep all live systems operating properly, somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees. Shut off unnecessary lights and electricity, but retain some lighting with an electrical timer for security purposes.  It is very important to shut off the water at the main shutoff valve during the winter months, since below zero temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. A Plugged Piper Drain Service recommends purchasing RV antifreeze to pour into toilets, which will keep the water in the bowl from freezing. 

Make sure your plumbing system is in top condition before you leave. Have a plumber or drain cleaning company visit for an annual inspection to check for possible leaks and make repairs as necessary. A plumber can also set your boiler on a vacation setting, which will slow down the action of the boiler in the winter months when it is not being actively used. Just remember to have him come again when you get back from vacation to change the setting. 

Vacationing over the winter is only enjoyable if it is worry-free. Remove worries by making sure to prepare your cold weather home for the winter before you leave.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: December 13, 2014, 3:32 am
If you’re sitting at home, and suddenly the power goes out, your car stops working and you can’t get any stations on your radio, then you can be fairly certain that one of three possible scenarios has just occurred:

  • Your region was just hit by an unusually massive X-class solar flare.
  • The U.S. was just hit by a high-altitude EMP device.
  • The U.S. has just been engaged in nuclear warfare.
All three scenarios listed, require three different courses of action and therein lies the problem. If suddenly this type of catastrophic event occurs, then you’ll be happy that you had a way to monitor radiation levels because option 3 would certainly be the most severe of them all.

So, how do you keep track of another highly likely crisis occurrence of the biological nature? How do you ascertain whether or not it was an attack or just an extremely contagious disease? What warning systems can you trust? Because we’ve seen time and time again …

Trusting the public is often like following a company of brainless beings off a cliff.

Why Public Perception Can Deceive You

It’s not the average Joe that we need to be worried about. If anything, the one quality that word-of-mouth has going for it ... is the fact that it’s a decentralized source of information, and that can’t logistically support a single propagandized agenda.

However what your neighbor’s cousin’s ex-wife told you by word-of-mouth, might be completely and totally inaccurate and listening to it would be tantamount to betting your life on a rumor, which is a major gamble. Though you don’t necessarily have to gamble on word-of-mouth with this crisis.

One of the biggest differences between a pandemic and just about any other crisis, is the fact that society’s infrastructure is still left intact. That means you’ll still be able to flip on the radio or TV and receive news about what’s going on.

But there’s two fundamental problems with trusting in major news networks during a biological catastrophe.

Your Preparedness Depends on Information

Let’s think about what we would be able to assume if we began to hear news about a fast-spreading pandemic, which could have been the result of a biological attack …
  • First, we’d at least have an idea that we could be under attack, but we wouldn’t know from whom it had originated (considering that the news media itself could be compromising with the enemy to coerce the population).
  • Second, we wouldn’t know if the government is pushing a nefarious agenda in hopes of driving public fear. Although it wouldn’t be the first time a government has engaged in that type of behavior.
  • Third, if local and internet news sources are telling people to run to the hills, whereas the major news networks are telling people that everything is fine ... then you can be fairly certain that either CNN hasn’t the foggiest as to what is happening … or the government is cutting its losses, because it has depleted its resources on combating the spreading disease.
  • Fourth, the news is giving accurate, helpful information, and assisting the government in keeping as many individuals out of harm’s way as possible. Though, after Hurricane Katrina, Waco, 9/11, and just about every other disaster that the U.S. government has attempted to handle … I think I’d rather trust my gut.
Either way, your preparedness depends on good information; if your information source hasn’t proven itself to be exactly credible over the years, then perhaps you need to count on a different source.

Your Information Depends on Good Sources

I’ve generally stopped trusting in the public’s ability to look after my family and me. That’s why I lean toward using a private sector, a third party service or I rely on my own knowledge and technical capabilities when I’m trying to access good information.

For instance, companies like DataTech911 would be a fantastic choice for two main reasons:
  • They’re centralized enough to provide consistent, accurate information.
  • Yet they aren’t a government agency which could have an agenda, or a tendency to be infested with complete and total incompetence.
Another great option would be to have an insider source within emergency medical services, a crisis-management arm of the government or even local police. If you were able to maintain contact with someone, or several people, who have eyes on the developing situation, then this would be a huge advantage.

Of course, there’s always the option of purchasing a police scanner but listening to reports about gas station robberies all day could get old quickly.

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: December 7, 2014, 4:22 pm
Although many households are prepared for a natural disaster, fires are often a second thought when it comes to getting the right equipment. To keep your family safe and know what steps to take with the event, there are a few ways to prepare ahead of time. By having a plan established and using the right fire safety equipment, it can work to save the lives of residents in the home and reduce the amount of damage that occurs.

Keep Fire Extinguishers on Hand

Fire extinguishers should be used in a fire, and located in key areas of the home that are easy to access. Although the extinguisher may not put the entire fire out, it can still be used when trying to exit the home, and keep the fire at bay. Keep an extinguisher in each room of the home and review how to use it at least once a year.

Create an Escape Route

An escape plan should be established and practiced in the event of a fire. Residents in the home should review the escape route every six months and practice crawling low while moving towards different exits to escape the house. For residents who are on second or third levels of the home, emergency escape ladders should be available to reach the ground level outdoors. Residents should practice deploying the product and practice using it to become familiar with the item if a fire occurs.

Delegate Different Tasks

Different residents in the home should be responsible for caring for pets or elders who are unable to care for themselves in the event of a fire. A first aid supplier in Kam Loops, Nutech Safety Ltd, suggests assigning different members of the home to each person who will need assistance to ensure everyone escapes the home safely and is not left behind.

Choose an Outside Place to Meet

To get a head count of who makes it out of the home if a fire occurs, it's important to choose a place to meet for each resident. This will make it easy to know who is safe, and who may still be left in the building.

With over 14,000 people injured in a home fire each year, it's important to prepare for the disaster, and review what steps to take every six months. It will work to equip each resident in the home both mentally and physically to ensure they increase their chances of escaping the property safely.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: December 3, 2014, 6:10 pm
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Author: Shane White
Posted: December 1, 2014, 6:00 am
It is no surprise that people in urban environments lock their doors more regularly and take a defensive posture more readily than those in suburban and rural environments. Unknown is whether or not this behavior is associated with higher crime rates per capita in cities or the fact that one is more likely to encounter more strangers than familiar faces in cities. Regardless, there are proven tactics to better secure living spaces in urban areas.

Layering Security

Think of security as an onion. The core of that onion is the family and belongings being protected from accidents and criminal behavior. The layers surrounding the core are each independently functioning security protocols and equipment. Security protocols include things such as not walking down dark alleys at night and making sure to see who is at the door before answering it. Security equipment comes in all types and varieties, from early warning equipment such as alarm systems to defensive equipment such as custom locksmith-made door locks.

Alarm Systems

A serious crime committed in a neighborhood gets other homeowners primed to add to their own home security setup. This usually involves a call to an alarm company. This is a great first step in securing any home or apartment. Alarm companies today install perimeter and motion detection systems as well as smoke and carbon monoxide warning devices. They are all connected to a central alarm system that is monitored around the clock. Basic systems are often low cost or free with a monitoring agreement. Being connected to a monitoring agency is a layer of security unto itself because someone is there to send help to occupants who cannot help themselves.

Home Fortifications

Going beyond early warning of criminal entry, a developing fire or an appliance leaking deadly carbon monoxide is fortifications to deny or resist forced entry. The costs for these types of fortifications really have the sky as the limit, but even homeowners on a budget can install devices that help keep the criminal element on the outside. For apartment dwellers, a specialist from Davies Lock & Door Services Ltd. says that simply changing out the old locks upon moving in will improve security. There is no knowing who has a key for old locks. Also, some older locks are easy to defeat while custom locks made by a locksmith are not.

Additional Home Defense Measures

Even meager budgets can afford more elaborate security upgrades if they are added a little at a time. Security grates added to ground floor windows may not be affordable to add all at once but may fit into a tight budget adding one at a time. The addition of outdoor lighting that have motion detection switches is a good deterrent. Nothing startles intruders like a bright light suddenly announcing their presence. A well-trained pet dog is also a deterrent. Not a guard dog, but just a common canine who is part of the family and knows when and when not to bark.

Security Protocols

Leading in home and family protection is all family members following standard safety and security protocols without fail. Locking doors and windows should be routine. Everyone who answers the door should know who is on the other side before opening it. Surveillance cameras are a great help here. Children should have clear instructions as to how to respond to strangers to prevent luring and abductions. Adults should not take unnecessary risks just for the sake of convenience.

As a planted onion develops its outer layers a little at a time as it grows, so should the layers of security for a family. It should be adapted according to risk and budget. However, above all personal security protocols should be things the whole family is willing and able to participate in. Add protocols and equipment a little at a time, and reassess the entire security system in place on a regular basis.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 24, 2014, 6:11 pm
If you are an adventurer, you must know how to distill clean drinking water. Hikes, expeditions and all sorts of thrilling adventurers in the wild require survival knowledge and experience. Drinking water is one of the most important life supporting necessities. Without food we can survive for quite some time, but without water we can not last long because our bodies are made out of it. Therefore, it is more than important to know how to prepare yourself water that is safe enough for consummation. Learn your lesson because it can save your life.

Actually, everyone should have at least basic understanding of drinking water distillation because this is one of the most important things in life. There is no guarantee that you won't find yourself in a situation where life sustaining skills and knowledge would be determinative. After natural disasters, transportation accidents, and many other unfortunate events, there is a very high possibility that the water supply won't be enough to ensure your safe being till you get out of the situation. In crisis, our bodies tend to dehydrate really fast, therefore we should always have a descent supply of drinking water.

Using water with uncertain purity for drinking, cooking or even washing may put our health at risk. Taking water from random sources is very dangerous because it could have infectious character. Water that hasn't been distilled could contain various micro-organisms, germs, bacteria, parasites or chemicals. Splendid Deep Cleaning would like to give you some survival advices which everyone should know.

The easiest and most common method for drinking water preparation is boiling. All you need is a water container and a heating source that will warm the water till it reaches the boiling temperature. Once the water starts boiling distinctly - with nice big bubbles, leave it for about five to ten minutes. It would be wise to filter the water before boiling. A t-shirt fabric will do the job. After boiling you could pour it several times from one container to another. That process with add more oxygen to the water content, so it will taste better and it will have more life sustaining qualities. Boiling kills almost all of the dangerous bacteria and micro-organisms but it doesn't remove all the heavy metals, chemicals and salts. Bear that in mind if you are planing to boil water with poor quality.

Water distillation is a more efficient method for processing water for direct consummation. In camping or emergency conditions, you will have to find heat source and two containers – larger one and smaller one that fits inside. You will also need a flat lid that will cover the larger container. River water, spring water, rain, snow or even sea water can be distilled for drinking. Pour the water in the larger container and place the smaller one inside. Leave it floating above the surface or hang it somehow to the lid. Place the lid to cover the container and let it boil. The steam which evaporates from the boiling surface cools on the lid surface and condenses. The condensed water is pure and falls - drop by drop - down inside the smaller container. The collected water will be good enough for drinking. The distillation method kills the boiling resistant bacteria and removes even salt, heavy metals and some chemicals. The overall process requires more time and preparation but it is more effective than boiling.

Every human being must have basic survival knowledge. We have to know how to sustain our lives, if we find ourselves in a natural environment. Since we are made out mostly out of water, so we should learn how to prepare drinking water in case of emergency.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 23, 2014, 5:47 pm
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With more reports of extreme weather affecting every region of the world, it’s important to be prepared now more than ever. Most weather and disaster preparedness experts agree that the more prepared you are when disaster strikes the better your chances are of coming out unscathed. Whether camping with your family or preparing your home for an extreme weather scenario there is a portable generator that meets your needs.

Many companies including Westinghouse, Honda, and Champion are making high quality quite generators for RV’s, small generators for camping, and duel fuel portable generators, that can usually be converted to tri fuel portable generators with an easy to install conversion kit.

The conversion might be an added expense but can come in handy when a disaster strikes or when resources are hard to come by. By converting your generator from a duel fuel portable generator to a tri fuel portable generator, you’re adding the ability for your portable generator to run off of natural gasses, and propane as opposed to just gasoline. Gasoline is great option if you use all of the fuel in your tank and use your generator often. However when gasoline sits for long periods of time it can become gummy and cause your generator to malfunction when you need it most. Many natural gasses and propane can sit undisturbed for longer periods, and are often used by professionals for their emergency generators.

Gasoline also becomes one of the most sought after resources after a disaster, and can be extremely hard to allocate between your vehicles and your generator. Using natural gases and propane assures you will have fuel when it’s needed most and will probably assure you are the most popular person in your neighborhood if extreme weather does affect your region.

Generators are hopefully a last resort in a weather emergency, but can enhance camping and outdoor experiences, so having a generator can serve a number of different purposes from powering appliances in your RV, keeping the lights on while in the outdoors, or just adding an additional source of portable power around your home.

We hope you never have to use your generator as an emergency survival device, and can use it as another way to enhance your daily and special activities. However there is no denying that when disasters do occur that having a generator at your disposal can be the thing that makes the difference. If that day comes having a tri fuel generator can be a huge advantage in making sure you and your family are safe and comfortable.

The article was written by Henry Habgood. Henry is an Amazon Affiliate and is the owner of Generator Gator.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 22, 2014, 3:53 pm
Whether it is a first-timer on a short hike near their home or a multi-day excursion on the other side of the country, safety should always be a hiker’s number one priority. Many outdoor enthusiasts may have a general knowledge of safety tips and tricks when out in the wild, but it is also important to have a healthy dose of respect for nature and just how dangerous it can be. Here is a closer look at five safety tips that should never be ignored when heading out on a hike. 

  1. Pick a Location and Stick to It

    A little improvisation to catch a view or explore an interesting area is not a terrible idea in most situations, but those heading outdoors should stay relatively close to their planned hike. This is necessary for a couple of reasons, beginning with the fact that family, friends, and park rangers should know where the hiker plans on being and for how long. Heading off of the trail could also mean finding oneself in an unsafe situation such as an area prone to animal attacks. 

  2. Bring More Water than is Needed

    Water is often the heaviest item brought along during a hike, and this leads to many under-preparing with their water supply. In addition to hydrating before and after a hike, it is also vital to pack quite a bit more than one thinks they will need, preferably in shatter-resistant bottles. Anyone that is going on a hike that will take longer than a few hours should bring a secondary source of water and never drink untreated water. Some of the most popular options include purification tablets or a filtering stick. 

  3. Learn How to Treat All Basic Medical Issues

    Medical kits that are designed for the outdoors are lightweight and will include tools to treat all of the most common issues that may take place. Instead of using a heavier and larger kit, such as those designed to be stored in the trunk of a vehicle, hiking kits should include basic items such bandages of different sizes, burn treatments, lip balm, sunscreen, a multi-tool, and cleaning pads. When creating these kits, it is also a good time to begin considering medical wristbands that could prevent mishaps if one is injured and in need of professional medical attention.

  4. Stay Loud, Stay Visible

    Staying visible and noisy to both humans and any wildlife that may potentially be around could help hikers prevent some serious issues. For wildlife, heavy footfalls or even whistling will scare almost all animals off, even predators in many situations. Having bright clothing and something like an emergency whistle to make noise could also help a hiker be found by a search party if they are lost or in need of help. 

  5. Don’t Panic

    No matter how prepared an outdoor enthusiast may be, accidents can happen and adrenaline is sure to set in if they do happen. When this takes place, it can be all too easy to succumb to fear which will result in bad decision making skills and wasted energy. While no one will understand how they will react until they are put in one of these situations, it is important to always take a moment, relax one’s nerves, and then think through the problem logically. 

There are countless variables that will affect the safety of a hiker, and not all of these variables can be controlled by those that are enjoying the great outdoors. With some forward planning, researching the area, and knowing one’s limits, many potentially dangerous situations can be easily avoided. 

Karleia is a freelance blogger and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow Karleia on Google+.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 21, 2014, 4:12 pm
Knowledge is power when it comes to surviving a scary auto emergency. Try to remain calm and level-headed when faced with the unexpected. Here are some common emergencies and advice to help prepare you before you need it.

Brake failure

Shift the transmission to a lower gear to slow the car down. If you see a curb, rub the tires against it to further slow down. Shift into neutral if you haven't already. Apply the emergency brake. Steer to the side of the road, then switch off the engine. Call for a tow truck.

Flat tire or blowout

Take your foot off the gas, but don't apply the brakes. Turn on your flashers and slowly move to the side of the road, then brake. If you do not know how to change a tire, call for help. If you do know how, proceed only in a safe location.


Take a deep breath and turn on your hazard flashers. If possible, pull over to the side of the road. Assess your injuries before leaving your vehicle. Do not move anyone who is badly injured unless necessary for their safety. Call 911 and begin to document the scene.

Locked keys inside

If you don't keep an extra set of keys on you, call 911 if you are in an unsafe location. If you feel safe, call a locksmith or your roadside assistance service. Check your insurance policy as some cover this emergency.

Out of gas

As soon as you realize you are running out of gas, get your vehicle to the side of the road. Shut off the engine to avoid seizing up the fuel pump. Turn on your emergency flashers, then call an emergency road side service or friend to bring you gas. If those aren't possible, call a tow truck.


Turn on the heater full blast to drain heat from the engine. Pull over to the side of the road, and turn off the engine. Unless you see steam, open the hood to release the heat. Wait 30 minutes before adding coolant. Call roadside assistant or a friend if you don't have coolant. If these options aren't available, call a tow truck.

Keeping your car properly maintained could prevent an emergency altogether. Auto care centers, like National Transmissions, can help identify potential problems during a factory recommended maintenance check such as tire and battery condition. Drive safely.

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

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 12, 2014, 6:12 pm

Your privacy is in important especially in a modern age where information on almost everyone is readily available. Maintaining you online and physical privacy is one of the most important things that you have that you need to protect with a conscience effort. Just how do you protect your privacy when it seems like the world is becoming less and less private, though? What are some steps you can take to ensure that you always hold onto your privacy? Keep reading to find out just a few ways that you can protect yourself and your family from invasions of privacy.

Block Third Party Cookies When Online

Adjust your internet browser's settings so that it does not allow third party cookies to track you when you are online. Company gather and sell the information that is accumulated after you visit sites. You can do this simply by accessing your browser's settings. Always do this on each browser that you use as those with malicious intent can get ahold of private information with a little effort if cookies are left active on.

Install a Fence in Your Backyard

Your home is one place where you should always feel safe and secure, where you shouldn't have to worry about your privacy being invaded. You should be able to relax at home without any worries, and a privacy fence from Lynx Brand Fence Products (Alta) Ltd helps you achieve that. Having fence can protect your land and your privacy by keeping those nosey neighbors at a distance. Installing a fence in your yard is a great way to ensure that your privacy is respected.

Use a Personal Email Address for Personal Emails

Don't give in to the temptation to use your work email address to send out personal emails. Because your company basically owns your work email address, they will be able to monitor anything that you send out. Using your work email for personal use can have a really negative affect in your personal life. If you don't want everyone at your company knowing your business, make the decision to always use a personal email account for sending personal emails.

Ignore Spam Emails

As tempting as it may be to open the types of messages that claim that you have earned an inheritance that you weren't expecting, it is best to just let spam messages be. Don't open spam messages, and never download anything that is sent in them. Don't click the "unsubscribe" button that appears in spam messages, either, as it can lead to trouble.

Invest in a Paper Shredder

You don't want just anyone to read your mail and other important documents after you throw them away, so it is smart to purchase a paper shredder and use that to destroy all paper before it leaves your home. You will be happy that you made the investment as it can protect a lot of sensitive information that you would not want others to be able to access.

Privacy isn't just a dream, it is attainable. You can lead a private life if you just work to attain it, and you can rest in peace knowing that you’re safe and secure both physically and electronically.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Retirement communities are places with various necessities and amenities that cater to elderly people. There are many activities that these people get involved in every day. It seems like a relatively safe place to stay, but no place is 100% safe. Even the workers and residents in a retirement home must prepare for the worst. Make sure when you look for a retirement community check it out for emergency plans before deciding on where to live.

Falls and Accidents

It seems simple enough to handle a fall, but you could cause more damage if you handle it incorrectly. There are good and bad ways to lift and move injured patients. All nursing home workers must know how to respond quickly and within the scope of their abilities. Based on information from the Sunshine Retirement Living company, all workers need to follow valuable guides. They must avoid getting into trouble with their superiors or the patients’ families.

Theft and Burglary

Every senior resident needs to check out the overall security of the facility. The building managers hire staff members who are not likely to steal from the residents. They install a security system that prevents unlawful entries that lead to thefts and burglaries. Thefts are likely to occur to people with bad memories because they leave things lying around. So, putting careful security measures into place is important.


Every building needs a proper fire prevention and protection plan that includes a regular drill. However, evacuating everyone in an assisted living center is difficult. There are many people in wheelchairs and hooked up to oxygen tanks that need careful assistance. If these people do not know how to get out fast enough, they are likely to die from burns or smoke inhalation.

Natural Disaster

It is not common, but when a storm or tornado comes, it causes more damage than imaginable. Every residential living area needs a detailed disaster plan that includes emergency evacuations and temporary relocations according to Sunshine Retirement for seniors. A major hurricane could do damage that varies from creating a big flood to causing long-term power outage. The patients must still be tended to and receive their medical treatments. No matter what the issue is, there must be a solution written down.

There are all kinds of horror stories that haunt anyone interested in joining a retirement home. Anyone with an ailing parent must ensure that the home and surrounding communities are completely safe. If you work in a retirement community, put a few, good disaster plans into action. The elderly people need as much help as they can get from the workers. Whether you encounter thefts or fires, stay prepared from the very beginning.

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: November 10, 2014, 6:16 pm
It’s certainly unfortunate that we live in a world where we even have to worry about how we can protect our families in the event an unthinkable tragedy takes place. But with wars seemingly popping up all over the globe and tensions continuing to rise, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before the next catastrophic event occurs.

By deciding to build an underground bomb shelter, you’re taking proactive steps to ensure that your family will be safe no matter what events happen in the outside world. As you go about designing your shelter, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What kind of tools and equipment does my project need? In order to build the most effective and secure shelter possible, you’re going to have to dig deep by using an excavator, and you’re going to have to haul away a lot of boulders, tree trunks and other organic material. Once you make the decision to build a shelter, it’s probably in your best interest to finish construction as quickly as possible. So you’ll likely need some heavy machinery—not just a shovel.
  • What kind of features do I want my shelter to have? Believe it or not, today’s shelters are essentially underground homes. As you design your shelter, you’re able to choose exactly what kind of features it will have. From a fully functional kitchen to bedrooms with closets, you’ll have to figure out exactly what your needs are so that you can meet them as best as you can. On top of these kinds of features, you also have to consider what kinds of safety features your shelter will have as well. NBC air filtration systems, for example, will make sure contaminated air does not get inside your shelter in the event a nuclear, biological or chemical attack occurs.
  • How big does my shelter need to be? For starters, of course, you’re going to have to determine how big your shelter actually needs to be. You’re then going to have to make sure that your property can withstand that kind of construction. The more you plan ahead and do your due diligence, the easier it’ll be to build your underground bomb shelter.
  • What kind of materials should I store inside my shelter? Shelters are constructions that you hope you never have to use. But in the event the unthinkable takes place, you’ve got to make sure that you can actually live in the space you created. It might be worth your while to stockpile a bunch of canned food and bottled water to make sure that you’re able to eat and drink in your shelter. You also might want to outfit the bunker with board games, televisions, DVDs, books and other items that can be used for your entertainment if you’re forced to live underground for some time.
There’s a reason we are all aware that it’s better to be safe than sorry. By taking the proactive steps and deciding to break ground on an underground bomb shelter, you’re doing all that is within your power to make sure your family is protected no matter what happens. While you can’t prevent a catastrophic event from occurring, you can put yourself in the position to weather any proverbial storm that may come your way.

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: November 9, 2014, 4:23 pm
Camping is a favorite pastime of many American families. When enjoying a family trip, roughing it in a tent is a thing of the past. Now a camping trip entails sleeping in a Motor home, or relaxing in a luxury cabin. It seems now more than ever we are getting used to comforts in even the most uncomfortable places. Let’s explore some of the features that make us feel like we are being pampered while enjoying the great outdoors.

Pullight Dynamo

This is an item that will work as a flashlight, but also is a way to charge the many electronics you need later. Don’t leave all your connections to the civilized world at home on a camping trip, since this device will help you keep in touch without outlets. The device has a yo-yo string to generate energy, as well as a way to convert all movement into usable energy to charge your devices.

Self-Stirring Mug

Every camper enjoys a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or a cup of hot cocoa at night, but dealing with spoons around the campfire is a hassle. This self-stirring mug will take care of the stirring needs of any beverage, and keep your drink mix and frothy until the very last drop.

Biolight Camping Stove

Most campers seem to never have enough outlets. What if you are camping where there is no electricity? Devices that need to be charged would soon become useless. With this stove all that is needed is some wood burning to make sure you can keep a charge. As says, energy conversions are making technology possible in even the most remote places. Even big appliances like fridges and Kele fans are becoming more portable and self-sufficient.

Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen

This gadget stores everything you write with the pen electronically. This is a great camping tool, use paper to write down important information, then automatically access what you wrote through your computer. This luxury item makes taking a laptop a need of the past. Some pens even broadcast a Wi-Fi signal. You’ll be able to remember everything you saw without a camera dangling off your wrist.

Three in One Breakfast Maker

This is a perfect camping item that allows for a delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, and coffee using only one appliance.

Portable Ice Maker

Drinks are a necessity when it comes to camping, and no one wants to have warm beverages. With this device you will have easy access to enough ice to even make some scrumptious margaritas.

Camping is a fun adventure to spend quality time with your family. Consider all the small luxuries you enjoy on a daily basis, and explore the possibilities of taking them camping for added comfort and enjoyment.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: November 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

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