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When your home gets broken into, you don't just lose your material possessions; you can also lose your sense of security. Feeling safe again after a break-in isn't easy, but taking these steps to secure your home and keep your property protected is an excellent way to regain a sense of control while improving the security of your home and preventing future break-ins.

Improve Your Lighting

Burglars often love dark areas, so make sure that they can't find these areas around your home. By installing additional lighting around the perimeter of your lawn, you can make your house a lot less appealing for those who are looking for vulnerable, hidden areas. Plus, this lighting can allow you to feel safer and more secure when walking in and out of your home at night, and it's one of the most cost-effective methods of making your home feel safe and secure.

Change Your Locks

Changing your locks and ensuring that your windows are in good shape is both easy and inexpensive. You can buy a good deadbolt to replace your current lock and install it yourself, or you can hire a handyman or locksmith to do the job for you. If possible, consider spending a few extra dollars on a sturdier deadbolt that is more difficult to open. Also, if necessary, consider repairing or replacing your windows if they don't lock securely.

Talk to Your Neighbors

It's important to inform your neighbors about what has happened. Not only will doing so allow them to take necessary precautions to take care of their own homes and families, but it can also encourage your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity around your home. In fact, it might even be a good idea to start a neighborhood watch group so that you and all of your neighbors can look out for one another.

Install a Security System

Installing a security system is a great way to deter break-ins. Many would-be thieves won't even attempt to break into a home if they know that a security installation has been done, and the alarm itself can stop a burglar in their tracks.

Get a Dog

Getting a dog is a pretty big responsibility, but you might find that having one will make you feel safer. You don't have to have a vicious dog in order for it to deter would-be thieves; the noise that even a smaller dog can make will often be enough to call attention to suspicious activity and to scare away someone who is contemplating a crime.

Moving on after a break-in isn't easy, but following these tips to secure your property against future invasions is an excellent way to both take action and reaffirm your control over your own home and belongings.

Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 23, 2014, 5:07 pm
Life is full of surprises and, unfortunately, many of them aren't the good kind of surprises. We're all forced to deal with unexpected occurrences sooner or later, so it's best to prepare ahead of time for what could possibly happen down the road. After all, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Here are some emergency situations that you could find yourself in one day and how you can get ready for their coming.

  1. Home Invasion

    The home is supposed to be a safe place, but the truth is that no place is totally safe. When people get desperate, they can break into your home to steal or worse. You and loved ones could get hurt or even killed. Prepare for a home invasion by always keeping the doors and windows locked. Keep your cell phone on you at all times, and keep a flashlight by your bedside since invasions usually happen at night. If you have a firearm or other defensive tool at home, keep it at arm's length.

  2. Heavy Snow Storm

    Not everyone has to deal with the inconveniences of snow and cold, but unusual winter conditions have been reported in areas that don't normally experience them. If a bad snow storm hits your area, you could be trapped at home or wherever you may be for a while. Stock up on nonperishable food, clothing, medications, and medical supplies for the house. Keep a small amount of the same in the car as well. Having a lighter on you would be useful so that you can make fire when necessary. Heat will be crucial to survival in such a situation.

  3. Car Accident

    Auto emergencies can injure and take lives, and they continue to occur in alarming numbers. In fact, driving is one of the most risky things that a person can do, yet most of us have to daily. To prepare for a car accident store food, water, extra clothing or blankets, and first-aid supplies in the car. Make sure to have a cell phone and flashlight handy as you may have to spend some time fending for yourself until emergency responders can locate you. You can avoid most accidents by making sure your car is in good repair with quality parts from and being a safe driver at all times.

  4. Power Outage

    Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, winter storms--any natural disaster can knock your power out. Get ready for a blackout by buying flashlights, candles, matches, and lighters so that you can see. Invest in a portable generator if you have the money. Buy coolers and ice to preserve perishable food, and make sure there are lots of extra clothes around so you can stay warm when the heat is out.

  5. Societal Collapse

    When a major disaster such as war or viral outbreak destroys society as we know it, all of the survivors will do everything they can to continue surviving. When there's no one around to enforce laws, crime will be sure to run rampant. As far-fetched as it may sound, a societal collapse is very possible. Prepare yourself by stocking up on everything that might be needed for survival. Put an emphasis on acquiring clean water as well as guns, knives, and other tools that can be used for defense and hunting.

With all the unpleasant surprises that are sure to come your way in life you should really consider preparing for the worst. With this preparation for emergency situations you can be sure to stay safe because if you are caught unawares it's too late.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 20, 2014, 7:13 pm

Being a prepper requires learning some of the old ways of doing things like building shelter, hunting, and making fire. But if you want to survive in an emergency situation, you've got to constantly update your supplies and skills. If you've been preparing a shelter or compound for years, you've got the drive. But have you kept up with new options for a safe and comfortable bugout? Go through your complete supply list once a year and replace or update everything you can with newer or better versions.


Whether you've got a one-week emergency supply of rations or have put away enough non-perishables to get by for months, your food supply won't last forever without spoiling. The average makeshift grocery supply will only last you a matter of months. If you're storing MREs, the commercial variety have an average shelf life of three years, while military grade is rated for a couple years more. Heat and cold will shorten the shelf life of all your foods, so trade them out and eat the older ones after renewing your storage supply.


When it's time to bug out, the odds are good your family will not all be together in one place. It's important for each of you to be able to communicate with each other, and independent technology is the key. In many emergency situations satellites will still be up and operational, so satellite phones will eventually be of use, even if the cell towers are jammed right away. If the electricity goes out you'll need to be able to charge your phone wirelessly, so keep a wireless charger or car charger on hand. Switch out your equipment for newer and tougher models as they become available, and invest in the new tough covers that render a phone waterproof and shock resistant.

Skills and Knowledge

You owe it to yourself to continue your education to improve your chances of survival once an emergency happens. As new and advanced methods for tasks arise, make it a point to learn these new ways of doing things. As you family grows and your environment changes, adjust your escape plan to account for new routes, roadblocks, or starting points. When new emergency tools are invented, buy them and practice using them until it becomes second nature.

With the worldwide bee shortage, you should learn about ways to pollinate future crops in your compound. If your family is growing, carpentry skills are valuable and easy to learn. Are there new types (or old) of weapons you can practice with? Is there a better type of vehicle to use on your land? Constantly look out for a better way to do things, from small entertainments to major life issues. You've only got one chance to get it right, so spending time now to improve could be the valuable way you ever spend your time.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 20, 2014, 12:43 am
The goal behind home improvement is mainly to beautify the house. What may not always be obvious is that in undertaking a lot of upgrading projects, major possible threats can be blunted. Any lengthy observation of the news shows that extreme occurrences can hit without warning. Often times, something completely unexpected can be minimized through an improvement. Here's a few ways this can unfold.

Washed Away

Relentless rainfall has sent the nearby river over its banks and into the home's basement. In a warming climate with increased humidity, this can turn into a frequent event. The homeowner just has to accept that their basement could wind up an indoor swimming pool. A home improvement project like turning the attic into additional living space can compensate for the loss of one living space with another that's out of harms way.

A Hole In The Roof

When shingles get old, they become brittle and can break apart in high winds, exposing the underlying roof to leaks. In the event of a passing hurricane, this is almost certain to happen. Not only will the high winds do damage, the torrential downpour will definitely make its way indoors. A new replacement roof stands a better chance of laying flat in the face of 70 mph winds and forms a solid barrier against battering rains.

Extra Privacy

Home improvement isn't limited to the house itself. Surrounding the home in a privacy fence enhances appearances and value. In the event of a wildfire, it can do one more thing. If the fence consists of a high concrete wall, it provides the best protection against wind-borne embers that could set the house on fire. It not only blocks the flames, it's fireproof itself. The key is to avoid wooden or vinyl stockade fencing.

Window Accents

A great improvement to the exterior of any house is window shudders. If they happen to be storm shudders, though, they'll provide both beauty and safety. Originally designed to guard against hurricanes, storm shudders are versatile in many different situations. Imagine if a house was hit by the pressure wave from a detonating nuclear warhead or impacting meteor. Just by closing these decorative steel or aluminum additions, there's no chance of shattered glass flying throughout the interior.

More Than Pretty

People usually like to initiate home improvement projects to give their houses a brand-new look. As these examples show, there can be more vital reasons to make some changes in a home.

Rianne Hunter is a wife, mother of three, and a writer that covers a broad range of subjects like home improvement, family, and health. She recommends talking with professionals such as a San Rafael roofing supply company to decide what you should do to best prepare your home for disasters.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 18, 2014, 7:18 pm
food storage
In the event of an emergency, it is important to have planned ahead for food and drink storage. Some ways of storing food and beverages, such as water, are relatively easy; others are more difficult. It is our goal to keep things relatively simple, which provides a greater chance for survival in an emergency situation.

Food Storage For Mobile Use

In a serious emergency, it isn't always convenient to stay in your location. Sometimes a person simply has to grab what they can and move out of an area quickly. In the event of a major tornado storm, or hurricane, you may have to travel a long distance. Taking food on your journey to a safe zone will be essential. To keep food from spoiling, it is always a good idea to keep a cooler around to pack food in and a freezer full of ice.
  1. Fill the bottom of the cooler with ice packs or free ice.

  2. Pack the food on top of the ice.

  3. If you have any room left over and more ice, pack the top with ice also to create a barrier against heat.

Even if the electricity goes out, you can transfer the food and ice to a cooler and take your food with you. A separate location may provide more adequate food storage facilities than your current location. In any case, a cooler is perhaps one of the best ways to store food in a serious pinch. It is not the longest storage option around, but it might be the best option given the type of emergency one is faced with.

water storage

Water Storage

Staying hydrated is perhaps one of the most important things to keep on top of during an emergency situation. One can store water in a variety of ways. Here are some ways to do it:
  1. Order and store commercial size bottles of water from a company like Cooksey Culligan

  2. Fill gallon jugs with drinking water from your faucet in preparation for an emergency.

  3. Buy 50 gallon water tanks from a specialized dealers, clean out the barrel with water and bleach. Rinse and fill with water again and put a slight amount of chlorine bleach in the tank to keep the water sanitized over a long period of time.

Dehydrate Fruits And Vegetables

When it comes to maintaining adequate food stores during an emergency, dehydrating food can often be a life saver. Dehydrating food can be done in preparation of an emergency as follows:
  1. Slice fruits or vegetables into thinly sliced pieces

  2. Add any sort of seasoning you want to the slices.

  3. Place in a dehydrator and dehydrate the slices for several hours until they get to a leathery or hard consistency.

  4. Remove the slices from the dehydrator and store the dehydrated food in vacuum sealed bags with an oxygen absorber to improve the longevity of the food during storage. More will be said on Oxygen absorbers later.


Making Jerky

One way to keep meat around for the long term is to make your own jerky. Beef, turkey, deer, bison, and salmon are perhaps the best meats to use.
  1. Choose a piece of meat to use. The leaner the meat the better.

  2. Remove any fat on the meat and then freeze for many hours. Next either shave into slivers of less than one twentieth of an inch, or have a butcher thin slice your meat for you.

  3. Marinate the meat for an entire day in a solution, such as vinegar, brown sugar, and olive oil. A person can add liquid smoke, if they prefer this flavor. After 24-hours, dust the meat with a liberal amount of salt and any other herbs, spices, or hot peppers, which flavor one might enjoy.

  4. Lay the meat strips uniformly separated on the trays of your dehydrator to ensure proper air flow. Dehydrate for two hours initially. Then check every 30 minutes after until the meat gets as dry as you want it. Make sure to check that the meat is not raw. The meat should look a brownish color inside.

    Alternatively, preheat an oven to 175-degrees. Put the strips of meat on an open wire rack in the oven, with something to catch drippings beneath. Let cook for an hour to ninety minutes, then check in half hour intervals. Look to make sure the inside is not raw as mentioned before. The process of drying the meat can often take longer than three hours, so be patient.

  5. Place the finished product into a plastic packing bag with an oxygen absorber. Then proceed to vacuum seal for long storage./LI>

Note: Oxygen absorbers typically come in two types. The B and D types. B type oxygen absorbers are used when the product you are storing is not fully dry or brittle, being activated by the moisture that still remains in the food. On the other hand, the D type absorbers contain their own moisture, and hence work better with fully dried products.

Storing Dry Beans

In an emergency, dry beans can often be one of the easiest food sources to store and keep around long term.
  1. Take the dry beans and put them into a durable plastic container

  2. Remove any debris, such as rocks, broken beans, or other foreign materials.

  3. Close the container and store in a dry cool place. Try not to expose the container to any excessive heat or sunlight, if possible.

Beans should keep like this for at least 12-months, if not longer.

Though emergency may strike at any given time, it is helpful to know that one can prepare to preserve food for a long time, if needed. Of course, there are many other methods by which long term food storage can be accomplished. Consequently, it is always a good idea to learn as much as one can.

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: April 17, 2014, 5:33 pm
We all love our children and would give our own lives to protect them. Unfortunately, life doesn't always allow us to be there with our children, and it is very important that all children are provided with the skills they need in order to protect themselves when their parents aren't around. There are several skills your child should know that could potentially enable them to save their own life or the life of those around them.
  1. Three Little Numbers

    Children as young as two have been taught to dial 911 in an emergency. Just being able to dial the number and tell the operator that their mommy won't wake up or they are lost somewhere will cause the 911 operator to activate a trace and get help on the way to you and your child. Older children should have their address and phone number written down next to the phone so they can give the 911 operator more information for quicker assistance.

  2. Choking Hazards

    Your children should be taught the universal sign of choking, clutching hands to the throat, so they know what to do in order to let someone know they are choking or can help someone who is choking. This should be a part of classes that teach the Heimlich Maneuver, which will enable them to save themselves or another choking victim. A general first aid class can be combined with this as well.

  3. Swimming Lessons

    A large number of children die each year from accidental drowning in backyard swimming pools or trips to the lake. Give your child the gift of private swimming lessons so they will be sure to get individual attention and come away from the lessons fully capable of saving their own lives if they should find themselves in deep water. CPR classes can be incorporated with this as well if you feel your child is ready to learn this lifesaving skill.

  4. Firearm Safety

    In a perfect world, your child would never be near a potentially deadly firearm. In your own home, you can make sure the guns stay locked up, but you never know what may be happening when your children are playing at the home of another child. Whether you own guns or not, you need to teach your children about gun safety, and make sure they know to always tell an adult immediately if they find a gun or a friend has access to any firearm.

  5. Self-Protection

    Far too many children are abducted every year. Let your children know they are allowed to question an order from an adult that seems strange to them. Give them a password that only you and the child know that must be given by anyone you authorize to pick them up. Empower them by signing them up for seminars dedicated to teaching them how to defend themselves if needed.

Make sure your children are taught these life-saving skills, and you can breathe a little easier when they are out of your sight. Having these skills will also make your child feel safer and be much more confident in themselves.

Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family issues. She is a mother of one and spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 16, 2014, 5:10 pm
hiking bear
Camping is an awesome outdoor experience that allows you to enjoy nature's beauty and pick up some essential survival skills too. Being that it typically takes place in the woods where wild animals may roam, it's not uncommon to run into a non-human creature during your camping trip. Unfortunately, not all animals are friendly. Predatory beasts such as bears and mountain lions can cause serious harm to you and your loved ones if they are hungry or feel threatened, so here's what you should do in case you come face-to-face with an unexpected animal:

Keep Your Cool

If you encounter a potentially dangerous animal, always try to stay as calm as possible. If you allow fear to consume you, there's a good chance that you could make a mistake that might result in your own injury. Keeping your cool not only allows you to think more rationally during a dire moment, it'll also allow you to have more control over your motor functions in case you need to act quickly and precisely.

Create Lots of Noise

In many cases, wild animals approach a campsite simply because they're curious. Maybe they got a whiff of the delicious stew that you were cooking over the campfire. They may have also noticed movement from behind the bushes. Most of the time, wild animals aren't planning to attack humans. If they're not desperate, causing a ruckus should scare them off without issue.

Try to Appear Larger

Intimidating a predatory animal can get you out of a bad situation, and making yourself look bigger should make you appear more intimidating to the animal. Stand up as tall as you can, and raise your arms above your head to create the illusion that you're larger than you really are. Grab a coat, blanket, or other items in the vicinity to scare off the animal.

Use Bear Spray

If you are backpacking in the back country in bear territory, it's always wise to bring bear spray with you. If you feel like a bear isn't interested in leaving any time soon or begins to show aggressive behavior, use your bear spray. It is a powerful deterrent that can save your life. Be sure you know how to use it before bringing it with you in the back country, and be sure you are close enough to the animal for it to be most effective.

Do Not Flee

Running is the last thing you'd want to do when facing a predatory animal. If it's hungry, it will chase you down when you're acting like prey. Even the fastest humans cannot outrun a bear or cougar, so don't even attempt it. Fleeing is a surefire way to make the beast more interested in you.

Be Ready to Defend Your Life

If you're unlucky, you'll encounter a starving animal or one that feels seriously threatened. Such animals are not likely to back down. Always be prepared to defend your life. Grab a stick, wood hatchet, survival knife, or whatever you have on hand to use as a weapon. You may have to fend for yourself until help arrives. In some cases, playing dead is the best thing to do. Know how to react with different animals to stay safe.

Camping is a very popular outdoor activity during the spring and summer months, but always keep in mind that you're outside in the wild. Even designated campgrounds aren't entirely safe because animals can wander wherever they'd like. For wildlife enthusiasts, places like Yellowstone National Park, the Gunflint Trail or The Everglades are ideal options for the best opportunities to see wild animals. Even in popular parks and trails, danger remains present with wildlife. Remain aware of your surroundings at all times if you don't want to get ambushed by a wild animal.

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: April 14, 2014, 5:14 pm
If there's one thing you can count on as much as death and taxes, it's emergencies. From natural disasters to house fires, emergencies are an inescapable part of life. In order to remain as secure as possible, we recommend you keep the following things on hand:

  1. First Aid Kit

    It goes without saying that every home should have a basic first aid kit. Your kit should include bandages, small splints, a pain reliever, iodine or antibiotic cream, gauze and water purification tablets.

  2. Fresh Water

    At the first sign of a potential disaster, you should have spare water receptacles you can fill to capacity. The experts from Bruce MacKay Pump & Well Service, INC say if the pipes run dry, at least you will be prepared.

  3. Canned Foods

    What would you do if the food supply were interrupted? Keeping a few day's worth of canned foods in storage answers that question. Cured meats and dried fruits and vegetables also work well.

  4. Solar Powered Radio

    Commercial radio is still one of the best forms of communication during an emergency. So keep a solar powered radio in your home. Some newer radios come with hand cranks to keep them going through the nighttime.

  5. Warm Blankets

    Did you know that hypothermia is a real possibility even in moderately warm weather? Avoid hypothermia by making sure you have warm blankets on hand.

  6. Cash

    Though it's never good idea to keep large amounts of cash in the house, it's important to have at least a little bit in the face of a pending disaster. Without electricity, your credit and debit cards might be worthless.

  7. Hand Tools

    Nothing is more frustrating than being in an emergency situation without the right hand tools. Keep a small toolbox with several screwdrivers, a hammer, a utility knife, etc.

  8. Gasoline

    A disaster capable of knocking out gasoline delivery could leave you immobile. Keeping a little gas in storage will ensure you can drive during an emergency.

  9. Computer Backups

    Every computer owner should be creating regular backups of important data. This data could be a lifesaver if your computer is destroyed.

  10. Important Documents

    It's always a good idea to purchase a high quality personal safe to store your important documents in. Those documents include birth certificates, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, etc.

Keeping you and your family secure during an emergency requires a bit of planning. If you implement a safety plan, including the 10 items listed above, you should be able make it through most disasters.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn't writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 13, 2014, 10:06 pm
snowy neighborhood

Disasters can strike at any time, and you want to be ready for them. Sudden winter storms can knock out power, and you might be in the dark for several days or longer. When the lights go out is not the time to wonder how you and your family will stay warm. There are six important items you should make sure that you have before a transformer blows in your area.

Emergency Generator

When a storm hits the radar for your area, generators around you will sell out and the prices on them may skyrocket. Buy a generator now so that you’ll have it ready to go. You can have it hard wired to the panel in your home, but that isn’t necessary. Ensure that your generator is ready to power your refrigerator and a few other key appliances of your choice by getting a long extension cord. You should also have plenty of gas on hand to run the generator. Finally, start the generator every few months to ensure that it’s still in great working order and ready for an emergency.

Extra Gasoline

The gas isn’t just for the generator. In the case of a widespread power outage, there may not be gas available in your area. You may still need the car to go places, and you’ll certainly need to feed the generator at some point. It’s wise to have a few extra cans on hand.

72-Hour Food Kit

How much food should you have on hand in case of a power outage? Some people would tell you a week or even a year. This is really a very personal answer, but most experts agree that the bare minimum is three days. In addition to food, you should also have water. If you have items that need to be warmed up to be more palatable, then invest in a little camp stove.


What happens when your electricity goes out in the middle of winter? How will you heat the home? Even gas furnaces have an electric switch that allows them to start. You can use the generator to run this switch, but it’s also wise to have firewood on hand. This can be used for heat and for cooking if necessary.

Consider the Electronic Files

Protect your electronic files regularly by backing them up. If you lose power while working on something important, you don’t want it to be lost forever.

Hunting Supplies

You like to think the that power will come back up the same day, but horror stories abound of people going weeks without power after a hurricane. In extreme weather situations, the widespread damage to infrastructure can take weeks or even months to fully address. The grocery stores may not be up and running, and you probably won’t have the gas to drive in and out of town every day. This is where your own hunting skills come in. With basic hunting supplies, you can go out and bag a deer or even a squirrel to keep your family fed while everyone else is in chaos.

It’s important to be self-reliant and depend on yourself in an emergency. While you may have complete faith that the power will eventually come back on, you want to be ready to keep your family safe and secure in the meantime. Add these six items to your emergency preparedness kit to ensure that your ready when the lights go dark.

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: April 10, 2014, 12:31 am
keep calm and carry on

When in an emergency, you might feel frazzled, stressed, and reactive. Remaining calm throughout an emergency can help move the emergency out of crisis mode. Keep your cool and move smoothly forward by following these six simple steps, which, though ordered, may be repeated.
  1. Breathe

    The first, and perhaps most important, step is to breath. Take several deep breaths. Inhale, reminding yourself that you can be calm. Exhale, telling yourself to release your anxieties and fears.

  2. Think

    A natural tendency and instinct in an emergency is to react, or overreact. Often our bodies act before our minds catch up. Though sometimes this is important in the face of personal danger, other times it can be detrimental to self and others. The short time that you take to think before you act could be lifesaving.

  3. Ask Questions

    If others are involved, ask what has happened, what is happening, and how you and others are doing and feeling. These questions and answers will help you to understand the situation more fully and best respond.

  4. Prioritize

    With more information, you can wisely prioritize your next steps. Ask yourself what needs to happen first to keep the situation and everyone involved safe. Then, move toward a solution that will redefine the emergency from being a crisis to a situation simply needing management.

  5. Take action

    With priorities, your actions can take shape. These include informing others of the situation and its progress, caring for someone else, clearing unnecessary and unhelpful spectators, and delegating responsibilities. Not only will these help you to remain preoccupied so that you stay calm, but they will also help you handle the emergency effectively and appropriately.

    Say that you’re locked out of your car but need to take someone to the hospital immediately. First, you could dial 911, and then try to get ahold of a locksmith to come unlock your car.

  6. Express and Process

    You have navigated through and past the emergency. Now you will most likely feel a variety of emotions, including questioning what happened and how you responded. You might even viscerally relive the emergency for some time. This can be a difficult process. Find someone to express and process your experiences with to help you heal and move forward.

Emergencies vary in severity and the effects they will have on you and others involved. Familiarizing yourself with these steps will help you prepare for when you find yourself in an emergency and will decrease the negative effects you might experience both during and after it. Just remember: breath, think, ask questions, prioritize, take action, and express and process.

Tricia is a mom and a blogger from Beverly Hills. She recommends for your locksmith needs.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 8, 2014, 5:18 pm
Head trauma is a dangerous condition that can result in permanent injury, disability or even death. Among the most common types of head injury is a concussion. This occurs when a bruise forms on the brain due to an injury of the head. Although the majority of concussions heal without issue, a lack of first aid can greatly increase the risk of complications. Here's how to treat a head injury or concussion.

Inspect the Victim

Look at the victim's wound closely, but keep in mind that scalp injuries aren't necessarily a reliable way to determine the extent of the damage. Small injuries like cuts can appear more serious than they are, while less-visible injuries could be hiding extensive brain damage. There are typically two ways you can tell if the victim has sustained brain damage.

Physical Symptoms

  • Visual abnormalities, blurred or doubled eyesight
  • Impaired coordination
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Poor balance
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Dizziness
  • Headache, nausea or vomiting

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Difficulty concentrating or making sense of things
  • Amnesia
  • Irritability or sudden changes in mood
  • Loss of interest, apathy
  • Displaying inappropriate behaviors or emotions
  • Fatigue or sleepiness
  • In the case of a concussion, one pupil will be larger than the other

Evaluate the Victim's Consciousness

It's critical to analyze the victim's consciousness and and cognitive function. You can do this by following a trick called the AVPU method, which stands for “Alertness, Voice response, Pain and Unresponsiveness”:
  • A: Does the victim seem "alert" and able to answer your questions?
  • V: Is the victim able to respond to your "voice?"
  • P: Are they showing sensitivity to "pain?"
  • U: Are they "unresponsive" to any of the above methods?

Stay Calm and Focused

If the victim is awake, keep asking questions. This lets you determine the level of injury and also helps prevent the victim from losing consciousness. Common questions used for this purpose are:
  • What day is today?
  • Do you know where you are?
  • What is your name?
  • How do you feel?

See a Doctor

All head injuries, especially those resulting in loss of consciousness, cognitive impairment or concussion, must be addressed by a doctor as quickly as possible. Even a seemingly insignificant injury can be life-threatening. If the victim doesn't appear to be in serious condition and is able to stand, drive them to the nearest medical center right away.

In an Emergency

If the victim loses consciousness, does not wake up or exhibits other signs of brain trauma, you're advised to call 911 immediately. Describe the situation and symptoms to the dispatcher as calmly and accurately as possible. This will help emergency personnel know what to expect. Whatever you do, don't move a person who is in this condition. Jostling someone with a brain injury can worsen the damage and potentially result in death. Emergency personnel will provide a neck collar and backboard to support the patient during transport to the emergency room.

Informational Credit to Owl Now Urgent Care

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 6, 2014, 1:09 pm
emergency kit

Disasters happen, there's no getting around that. Thinking "it won't happen to me" won't stop it from happening to you! It's best to be prepared and never have to face anything worse than a rainstorm than to not be prepared and face a hurricane, earthquake or civil unrest, to name a few possibilities. 

You may want to provide duplicates of some things. Storage units are excellent places to keep copies, duplicates and extras if you carry the key with you at all times. Don't assume that you can get to your vehicle, or that you'll be home or can get home when a disaster occurs.

There are five things that are critical to surviving and recovering.


Food and water are the two most talked about things when the subject of preparing for disaster comes up because they are critical to survival. Everyone should have a system of water storage or know where to get it. Whether you buy hundred gallon containers or simply fill gallon jugs as you come across them, have an adequate supply for drinking and sanitation.


Food storage has become big business lately, but you don't have to buy it. Make your own dehydrated and canned food and keep it handy.


Depending on the disaster, you may not be able to stay in your home, or you might be away from home and not be able to return. Don't rely on emergency services to provide shelter, especially if the disaster is widespread and long lasting. Keep a few "moon" blankets and some warm clothes on hand. Two Mylar type blankets can be set up as a small tent as well as keep you warm in cold weather.

Learn to build shelters from vegetation, but don't just look at the pictures and listen. Go out and build one so if a disaster occurs and you need shelter, you have the confidence to do it.

Personal Care

Prescription medicines, over the counter medicines and first aid items need to be on hand so you can grab them or find them in the dark. Scissors, a small hammer and a saw can be included in this stash. 

Vital Paperwork

Documents are critical for recovery. Insurance papers, automobile titles, real estate deeds, driver's licenses, Social Security cards, health insurance papers and more are needed to not only get help, but to establish who you are when everything else is unavailable. Keep copies at home and another safe place away from home.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 5, 2014, 12:43 pm

To a survivalist, every yard of paracord is like a hundred dollar bill. That's because they understand the value of a piece of rope during an emergency situation. Ropes can be used for a wide range of tasks when survival is the goal, and here are a few tricks that every individual should learn in case something goes horribly wrong one day.

  1. Figure-eight on bight knot

    If you need a rope that can handle a lot of weight, this simple technique is exactly what you want. The figure-eight on bight knot is one of the strongest and sturdiest knots out there. All you have to do is create the figure-eight pattern, then pull the loop through the top hole until everything's tightened. The loop end is meant to be attached to a hook, carabiner, or pulley system for added hoisting force.

  2. Figure-eight follow-through knot

    If you find yourself in a situation where you need a longer rope, you can use this technique to tie two ropes together. After creating a figure-eight on one far side of the rope, pull the end of the rope through the bight of another rope, and trace the first figure-eight with that end. You should see three pairs of strands when done properly. This knot could be used to reach a hiker or climber who's been injured after falling down a high rock face.

  3. Bowline knot

    This trick is often used by rock climbers and emergency personnel who must strap themselves in to be lowered down somewhere. The knot creates a loop that won't continue to be tightened with force so that it can support weight without injuring the person wearing it. After creating a simple loop, pull the end around the back and through. Continue pulling the working end down and around the standing end, then thread it back up through the original loop and tighten. Adjust to form the desired primary loop size, then pull the leftover rope around the string to create a simple knot that retains that exact form.

  4. Two half-hitches

    If you ever need to secure yourself, somebody, or something to a tree, this knot is what you'd want. First, wrap the rope around the tree, then slip the working end through that initial loop to form the first half-hitch. Then, wrap around the standing end again, but pull through the new hole created to form the second half-hitch.

  5. Mule knot

    First form a bight, then pull the working end around it. Thread it through the newly created loop, then tighten it down to section off the original bight. This technique is used for securing a rope-based transportation system that can transfer people or objects between two different locations.

  6. Sheet bend knot

    Used to attach two ropes of unequal thickness together, this basic knot can come in very handy when length is a must. First, create a bight with the thicker rope. Then, thread the thinner one through the bight, wrap it around both ends of the thicker rope, then pull it back up through the hole created by both thin and thick ropes.

There are few items more useful during a survival situation than some type of rope such as a shock cord or paracord. Even if you don't plan on using one for your next mountain climb, camping trip, or drive to the grocery store, it would be a good idea to have one with you just in case. You never know what could happen, so it's always best to be prepared for the worst.

Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family issues. She is a mother of one and spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 4, 2014, 1:20 pm

Millions of citizens worldwide dream about going off the grid. Not only does going off the grid offer you the freedom of feeling like a self-made individual, but in the long run it helps you to save thousands of dollars. If you're looking to achieve greater independence, think about incorporating these five tips for moving your home off the grid.

Incorporating Solar Energy

In recent years advances in solar technology have made solar energy a viable alternative to power from utility companies. Some homeowners now cover their roofs in "solar shingles"; these alternatives to solar panels look just like regular shingles, but with a blue tint.

Creating Your Own Water System

Using a well is a great way to avoid paying an outrageous water bill. However, you'll need a well pump. Companies like Pumping Solutions can help you better understand the available options for well pumps. Once installed, you'll have access to water for all of your home's needs.

Harnessing the Wind

Home wind turbines now start out at under $1000, making them ever more viable alternatives to energy from the grid. Although these turbines require large, open spaces to realize their full energy production potential, even in cities these turbines can act as a good supplement to your energy needs.

Growing a Garden

Instead of stocking up with food from the grocery store every few weeks, try growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruits. Picking plants directly out of your garden will help to reduce storage costs associated with store-bought food. Additionally, growing plants helps to keep you healthier as well. Gardening is great for reducing stress and the plants you harvest may have higher nutritional content than the ones on the store shelf.

Heating with Propane

While wind and solar energy are great, their efficiency is at the mercy of the weather. With propane as a backup heating source, you don't have to worry about restricting your energy usage on cloudy, still days. On top of that, propane is more efficient for heating than electrical heaters. You can also use propane as a backup gas source for cooking.

Getting off the grid requires a large upfront investment. However, if you follow these tips to move your home off the grid, you stand to gain not only a greater sense of independence, but a thicker wallet as well.

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: April 2, 2014, 11:44 pm
April is paracord month. This month we are giving away 100 feet of the good stuff. Genuine MIL-SPEC (MIL-C-5040 Type III) Paracord. This comes in your choice of colors (Black, White, OD Green, Foliage Green, Tan, Coyote Brown, and Orange). Just let me know what color after you win and you will get one 100-foot piece.

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Paracord, especially MIL-SPEC is something that no prepper can do without. We want to help you get some. This cord is tested for over 550 pounds. Also, many people use it for crafts such as bracelets, keychains, belts, etc.

All you need to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, follow this blog, or any of the other easy entry options. On May 1st we will select the winner.

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Good luck!

Author: Shane White
Posted: April 1, 2014, 5:00 am
From early childhood we are told that a college degree is the answer to all life's problems. Armed with that diploma we can avoid social and economic disparity, achieve a better understanding of the world around us, learn to think rationally and critically, and achieve anything we put our minds to. While there is a lot of truth within the propagandic message of the 'American Dream', how useful is a degree outside the realm of everyday society?

In the recent economic crisis, a degree was hardly a saving grace. Stories ran weekly on CEO's turned coffee baristas, showing that a piece of paper couldn't save anyone. What about real survival? Does a college degree give you an upper hand in natural disasters, war, apocalyptic events or simply getting lost in the woods? Let's look at whether or not a degree is truly beneficial when it comes to the most basic human need- survival.

Mother always said 'get your degree just in case of zombie apocalypse'.

It Depends on the Degree

I have two scenarios for you. The first is set in 2023, aliens have taken over the planet and enlisted all humans as their slaves. The second is next Saturday, your car breaks down on the middle of a dark mountain road and you get lost trying to find help. While one of these may seem more likely than the other, they represent a bigger picture.

Your degree in ballet studies will help you no more as a slave to an alien race as it will building a fire to avoid freezing in the forest. If, however, your degree was in agricultural engineering, the result may be slightly different. With your knowledge on agricultural machinery design you may prove useful to the aliens and get a promotion from slave duties. In the forest, all those classes on land profiling could help you find your way to the nearest town for a tow truck.

The type of degree that will help you survive in an emergency will probably vary greatly by situation, but check out the degrees that help most in an apocalypse to get a better idea on which ones may be more prevalent.

The diploma- a weapon for whatever life throws at you.

Booksmarts vs. Streetsmarts

If we have learned anything from the characters in the Walking Dead, it's that those with street smarts are better equipped to survive. Booksmarts certainly play a role in such scenarios, although the educated are more likely to become leaders or planners than they are swoon worthy survivors.

In a natural disaster, booksmarts won't help you take shelter any better than someone without them. The difference is in the handling of the disaster. A degree may have given you lessons in elocution and taught you how to talk with people. This can be an indispensable skill in a disaster and people who are scared will always turn to the one with confidence for direction.

Doctor turned survivalist.

Find the Balance

The real answer is probably somewhere in the middle, a healthy balance of education and real-life skills. Michigan State recently held a Zombie Apocalypse course for their students which taught them how to survive in catastrophic events. The course was largely a silly elective, but perhaps there is something to combining what-if scenarios into the classroom.

The truth is, a degree in itself can not foster survival. The usefulness of the degree is entirely situationally dependent but the result could be one of the 4 benefits of getting your bachelor's degree. If you are serious about surviving any disaster that comes your way, get your education but strengthen it with skills such as first-aid, wilderness survival techniques, and mental preparedness. At the end of the day, only the smart survive.

Jessica Galbraith is a writer and author of the travel blog The Fly Away American. You can connect with her on Twitter at @flyawayamerican.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 31, 2014, 5:03 pm
It would be so convenient if you could carry all your survival gear with you every day, but dragging a bug-out bag everywhere is impractical. There are a few essential items you can pop into a regular backpack, just in case the unthinkable happens.

A good knife is a must-have for survival.


The first item is an easy one: the knife has been the main tool of survival for millennia, and it's still a great choice. It can be used for hunting, digging, peeling bark, building or even self-defense. When putting a knife in your backpack, choose one you're comfortable with so it won't feel awkward when you need to use it. Know how to sharpen it, keep it clean and handle it without endangering yourself or others. If you travel with your backpack, know the laws regarding acceptable knife length and storage methods.

Water Purification Tablets

Water is essential for life. You can exist for days without food, but you won't last long without water. Bottled water makes a backpack heavy and bulky, and there's the chance of leaks. Water purification tablets, however, are almost weightless, take up much less space and can be used to create safe drinking water from streams, springs and other free-flowing sources. Tablets are usually made with iodine or chlorine, and have a limited life once they are opened.

There are also non-chemical water filters like the LifeStraw, which can be reused but has a limited store life of a few years. Whichever method you choose, read all the instructions carefully when you pack your backpack, and occasionally check the integrity of the container.

Paracord bracelets are stylish and handy.

Paracord Bracelet

Emergency bracelets made with paracord are the latest trend, and they come in a wide variety of colors. Their main purpose is to provide you with a strong, light length of rope in emergency or survival situations. While they are easy to find, make sure you're getting real 550 military spec paracord when you buy a bracelet, and it should contain at least ten feet of cord. Use them to build a shelter, create a net trap for wild game, make a splint or tourniquet, tie your supplies up on a high branch, and other survival scenarios.

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Portable Shelter

Think you don't have room for a tent in your backpack? Think again. While there are some great money management tips for saving emergency funds, keep that cash aside for other survival gear needs and create a make-do shelter by measuring out several feet of clear plastic sheeting. Bring the two ends together and create a large tube by sealing the plastic together with a warm iron set on "low."

For best results, use tissue paper between the iron and plastic. Once it's cooled, fold the tube into the smallest square possible, wrap it in foil or a small bag and pop it into your backpack. In an emergency, you can slip the paracord through it, tie the cord between two trees so the tube hangs down to the ground, and you have a quick shelter from the elements for sleeping or resting.


It seems like a no-brainer to keep food in your bag for emergencies, but you need to select edibles that keep well under adverse conditions and provide you with maximum nutritional benefits, like protein trail bars or even a couple of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) if you have the space. MREs take up more room, but since they were originally developed for the military, they are amazingly shelf-stable at extreme temperatures and come with their own safe heating devices so you can have a hot meal.

Protein or meal bars take up less space, cost less but may need to be switched out of your bag more often due to expiration dates. Whatever food items you choose, include a small bag of corn chips. Not only are they tasty, but they contain oil and a few chips make decent firestarters.

Space in your backpack is always limited, so consider creating a tiny essentials kit for your backpack as well. If you've ever seen mints or throat lozenges in a small tin box, then you've seen the perfect container for assembling a go-anywhere survival kit. Include waterproof matches, Band-Aids, a small tube of your preferred antibiotic or treatment cream for first aid, needle, thread, safety pins, fishing line and a couple of cotton balls.

You can also buff the paint or print off the outside until the box shines, and use the outside as a signaling mirror when needed. This kit will give you the very basic tools for first aid, repairs, fishing and starting fires. You can even seal the box with wax or drop it into a weatherproof bag to keep the contents dry and fresh.

Beth Bartlett writes about business, travel and modern culture for magazines and websites.

Photo credits:Mike Petrucci and GA-Kayaker

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 30, 2014, 3:13 pm

No matter how thirsty you are, it is not good to drink dirty water. The problems it will cause can last for years and, in some cases, even kill you. If you are in a situation where there is no clean tap water or bottled water at the local shop, you need to know how to purify water to make it potable. This is not as strange as it may sound. There are instances such as during a major flood or hurricane when drinking water is scarce. Also, people who spend a lot of time camping or in the wilderness should know basic water usage safety tips.


Boiling water for one minute will make it safe to drink when it has cooled. About 99.9 percent of bacteria in the water will be killed if it boils for 15 – 20 minutes. Boiling will not remove metals, minerals or solids in the water. After the water has boiled, it can be taken from the fire and left to cool. During this time, the solids, metals and minerals will naturally sink to the bottom of the pot. The pure water will be on the top. Very hot tap water may also be safe to drink if it has been in a water heater tank for a while.

Purifying System

A water purifying system can be created in the wilderness. It will not make the water 100 percent pure, but it will reduce the amount of microbes in the water. It should only be used in extreme emergencies. The system requires a strip of birch bark or another type of bark that can be removed in sheets and is flexible. Twist the bark into the shape of a cone and tie a piece of string, rope or durable grass around it, so it will keep its shape.

Fill the cone with layers of sand, charcoal, gravel and grass. First, put in the gravel or small stones, then the sand and then the charcoal. If you have a fire, it is easy to get charcoal. You can crush burnt pieces of wood. The water should be passed through the filter several times.


Sunlight will disinfect clear water but not cloudy water. If a clear plastic bottle is filled with water and put on its side on a reflective surface such as aluminum foil, it will be safe to drink after a minimum of six hours in direct sunlight.

Creek water, rainwater and bore well water can be made potable with a few simple procedures. After a natural disaster, you likely will not be able to find the kind of modern water tanks that are thoroughly prepared for holding healthy water for a prolonged period such as Covac GRP water tanks. Therefore, it behooves you to learn various methods such as the preceding tips for purifying the water that you are able to find.

Rianne Hunter is a wife, mother of three active kids, and an aspiring author. She enjoys writing about all things health, fitness, and family safety and well being.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 29, 2014, 9:52 pm
country house

There are many reasons why people go off grid. Some individuals seek to be away from the danger of other people in the event of a disaster. Others simply cannot take the stress of the daily grind anymore. Others enjoy braving the elements and seek to prove that they can live off the land. Whatever the reason, it is important to be aware of a few necessities before pulling the plug.

Adequate Shelter

The first concern to address when going off grid is the type of shelter you will need. Some rough and tumble survivalists can get along fine for weeks or months with a tent in the wilderness as adequate shelter. If you are single and your interests are not that mobile, then a one room log cabin or small traditional house might suffice. Alternatively, some people design and build elaborate energy efficient dome homes, because they feel going off grid doesn't necessarily mean one has to sacrifice comfort.

Nutrient Dense Food

No matter how far one moves away from civilization, they still must have nutrient dense food to live. Traditionally, ancient tribes solved this problem by hunting and gathering berries and other plants to supplement their diet. Building on this foundation, the advent of mail order catalogs and the internet has provided people with the option of acquiring prepackaged meats, long-term bulk storage containers filled with dehydrated meals, and bulk seeds for planting a massive garden. Hence, there are many ways to acquire food, even off grid.


Due to advancements in solar technology, it is easier to live off grid today than at any other time. Inexpensive solar panels, cost effective ready-made solar power stations, and even solar appliances, have made it possible to obtain all the electricity a person might need. Alternatively, wind power is another inexpensive choice when looking for ways to generate electricity off grid.


How a person will adequately heat their home, off grid, is certainly an important concern to address. One method may be to install a wood burning stove. However, a more efficient approach might be to install a rocket stove. A rocket stove uses up far less wood than a traditional wood burning stove, burns cleaner, and leaves less residue. The amount of heat that can be generated is massive and makes this type of heating option an efficient choice for many who live off grid.

Septic Systems

If you are ready to get off the city sewer line, the easiest way to make this transition is to install a septic tank. A septic tank collects waste water. Bacteria in the tank breaks the waste down, forming three layers. As more waste water comes into the tank, it pushes out old waste into underground pipes that transport the waste byproduct to a drain field. It is recommended to have a septic tank serviced and emptied once annually for homes with a garbage disposal and once every three years for homes without a garbage disposal. Many people think it is acceptable to ignore this advice, if their toilets are not backing up. However, it is often a costly mistake to neglect one's septic system maintenance. Schedule an inspection from a professional like David Brantley & Sons Raleigh in NC, that can make sure your septic system is working.


From meeting concerns about adequate shelter to waste management, living off grid can be a satisfying lifestyle for some. It is a lifestyle that demands both planning and a hard work to ensure that everything runs smoothly. It is important to take the time to anticipate how one's needs will be met before committing to this lifestyle. With proper forethought and preparation, it is certainly possible to live off grid.

Marlena Stoddard writes on emergency preparation and energy independent homes. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn't spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 28, 2014, 9:14 pm
sunker storage

One of the things that you can do to ensure your, your family's, and your possession's safety during a catastrophe is to build a survival bunker. This bunker can be used as secure shelter in the event of anything from a tornado to an air strike. More common crises, like local chemical leaks and ice storms, can necessitate the use of a bunker more often than you'd think. There are many resources available for bunker blueprints and even services to build custom bunkers to your specifications. After building your bunker, there are some essential items that you need to keep on hand.

Nonperishable Food This is one of the first things that you should stock your bunker with. You can build shelves to keep the food on, or you can get a cabinet to place on the wall. Keep track of how old the food is because you want to use the older items before anything that is newly purchased. Examples of foods that are good to keep on hand include crackers, canned foods and foods that are in boxes that don’t need to be cooked.

Water The minimum amount of water you'll want to keep stocked is three gallons of water per person. This should last for about three days. Bottled water is good to keep for drinking, but try to keep the gallon sizes for washing hands or faces. Buying bulk bottled water is best—a large pack is less expensive than purchasing several individual bottles and comes packed tightly, so it will take up less space in your bunker.

Battery-Operated Electronics If you need to use your bunker, then there is a high probability that the power is out or that it will go out soon. Keep a supply of batteries on hand, and test them often to be sure they are still charged. Stock your bunker with items that can be used with batteries like flashlights, cordless radios and portable televisions. It is important to have a way to access the news so that you know what is going on in the area, so keep these electronics and any batteries they require on hand.

Vaults If you have weapons, essential documents or valuables which you'd like to keep secure, especially during a catastrophe, you should equip your bunker with a vault. When you need to head to the bunker, try to get as many important documents as you can, including social security cards, credit cards and money. These can be stored in the vault so that they aren’t ruined or stolen if any looting occurs during a catastrophe. Ted Barnes, a Mission Viejo vaults and safes specialist, advises bunker builders to opt for a built-in vault, ideally placed in the floor of the bunker, for maximum concealment and security.

Clothing You need to keep clothing in the bunker for all seasons. In addition to everyday wear, keep a coat for each person, along with gloves, socks and shoes. You may not be able to wash clothes if trying to conserve your water supply, so you'll need to have a few outfits for each person. Diapers should be included in clothing if you have a baby or toddler.

A bunker can provide the safety needed to outlast a catastrophe, but you need to make sure it is well and securely stocked. Store enough supplies for each person, and check your stores regularly to make sure everything is intact and operational.

Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 27, 2014, 5:05 pm
snowy mountain

We are lucky to live in a world with so many beautiful mountain ranges to explore. Whether your preference is for walking, climbing, or snow sports, mountains offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy their slopes. Going up into them, though, at any time of year and in any weather conditions, always calls for a great deal of preparedness and sensible caution. Mountains, like the sea, must always be treated with great respect. We never know when a sudden change can occur, and we should never venture forth without being appropriately dressed and equipped. To do so is just to court disaster.

Types of Avalanche

This is especially true in the winter (which is not to disregard the other seasons), when avalanche risk in snowy mountains is at its most prevalent. There are two main types of avalanche risk: slab avalanche and loose snow collapse. A slab avalanche is by far the most dangerous but can be preceded by the fall of a wet avalanche, where wet, loose snow which is beginning to melt makes its way down from a trigger point. Excessive wind and rain contribute to the risks, but there are many variables, such as terrain, steepness and sunshine, which alter the weight and shift of the snowpack. It is almost never possible to be certain that an avalanche will not be set off.

Essentials to Take

It is essential to pack a backpack with the necessary equipment in the event of getting caught up in an avalanche scenario. Warning signs will indicate high-risk areas, and these are usually in the form of a yellow triangle. Of course, you will stay away from any such parts, but this does not ensure safety. Some mountain lovers will make the mistake of going up into the peaks on a fine day without wearing lightweight base layer clothing. This is always, to put it bluntly, stupid. It may be hot at the bottom, but this is no indicator of conditions at the top, and the temperature can plummet at any moment. Hypothermia is a terrible consequence of being under-dressed. High-calorie snacks and water should also be carried.

Practical Gear

The other items in the pack should include a beacon, a shovel and an avalanche transceiver. Every member of a group should carry these items — not just one of them. In the event of being caught in an avalanche, the main risks are being crushed by the weight of the snow and being buried alive. If you see one starting to come your way, you should shout immediately to alert others. If caught, fight hard to stay on top of it. An avalanche airbag can be an asset here as it assists buoyancy. Try to grab hold of a tree or rock.

Survival Techniques

If the snow does cover you, punch to make an air hole if possible and try to raise a ski pole or arm as an indicator for the rescue teams. Try to remain calm to conserve oxygen — this may include not shouting out if you hear rescuers on the surface, although this urge may be impossible to suppress. The Avalanche Transceiver (aka beacon) will alert the rescue team as to your whereabouts and could save your life.

The moral of the story is to always be prepared for the worst case scenario. Ever heard of The Seven P’s? This adage, often used in life or death situations, came about by the British army and stands for: ‘Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.’ Often used in project planning for near death situations, this is something we should all take into account when thinking about our activities.

Sally Bunce is a snowboarding enthusiast and writes for The Board Basement, an online store stocking snowboarding equipment and apparel. She offers advice about essential checklists for winter sports and how to get the most out of your experience.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 26, 2014, 5:07 pm
flood house

A flood can happen to anyone, and it doesn't always have to be a result of severe weather. Problems with pips in the home can cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes. If you suffer from a flood, here are some smart tips to help your family cope and stay afloat.

Have Flood Insurance

It will be much easier for you to cope if you do not have to face the financial nightmare of recovering from a devastating flood without flood insurance. Make sure that your home insurance includes flood coverage. If it does not, then add it on or purchase a separate flood insurance policy.

Make an Emergency Kit

Like having flood insurance, making an emergency kit is a crucial part of getting through a devastating flood that must be planned for ahead of time. Start today by gathering items that your family can't be without for too long. One of the most important items to include is any medication that family members take on a regular basis. Include a normal first aid kit and stock other important items like blankets, flashlights, food and water as well.

Get Your Family to Safety

Sometimes people try to fight too long to save their homes from flooding. Do not be one of those people who gets trapped on their roofs as the flood waters overwhelm them. You need to get your family to safety immediately if a flood evacuation order is issued.

Stay Away Until Your Home Is Fixed

You do not want to live in a flooded home. Make sure that you stay somewhere else while your home is being repaired after a flood. Floods can cause mold to quickly grow, which can be a serious health threat to you and your family.

Remove Water as Quickly as Possible

The most important key to repairing your home after a flood is to get the water removed as quickly as possible. This includes not only the removal of the standing water, but also includes drying the walls and floors with fans. If you get the water out as soon as possible, it will help to prevent mold from forming in your home after a flood.

Be Patient

The flood recovery process will not happen overnight. It could be several weeks before you are able to get back to your home. Make sure that you have patience to avoid the stress from overwhelming you.

A flood is never fun, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If you follow these tips, you and your family can work through it. Keep your chin up and take necessary steps to get your home back.

Informational credit to Quick-Dry Flood Services.

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: March 25, 2014, 5:08 pm

The most important rule during an emergency, whether it's a natural disaster or a government collapse, is to stay put. But sometimes keeping safe in your home just isn't an option and you're forced to flee. Different vehicles offer different advantages and disadvantages in survival situations. Getting out the fastest is hardly the only factor when considering which form of transportation is the best for you and your family to make a safe escape in a time of crisis.

Dirt Bike

Dirt bikes are relatively inexpensive, easy to ride and can navigate rough terrain. They use substantially fewer moving parts than cars or trucks and third-party retailers sell enough parts to practically build one from scratch.

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  • Easy to maintain and repair
  • Navigates rough terrain
  • Cheap to build


  • Only 1-2 people can ride
  • Not ideal for long distance

Hybrid Car

A hybrid vehicle can get you far away, as long as you don't have to go off-road. Assuming you have a full tank of gas, a hybrid car could make it to the next city/safe town without stopping once to refuel. The Toyota Prius can drive more than 800 miles on a single tank under the right conditions. But if the car breaks down, there's not much you can can do. Hybrid engines are very specialized and it's even worse if the electric side of the motor goes haywire.

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  • Can drive long distances
  • Fits a family of 4-5


  • Difficult to maintain
  • Not very fast


The SUV is the most balanced option for an escape. It fits at least five and a good amount of cargo and can navigate some rough terrain if necessary. Look for sites that are dedicated to aftermarket accessories designed for off-road use. So if you have the means, there are some pretty sweet mods you can add to this ride.

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  • Holds at least five passengers
  • Carries lots of cargo
  • Can handle rough terrain
  • Lots of off-road accessories


  • Poor gas mileage
  • Difficult to navigate through wreckage/cramped space on the road

Jeep Wrangler/Hummer H1

These are bonus vehicles, mainly just for fun. But if you happen to keep a Jeep Wrangler or Hummer H1 in the garage, you're not going to have much of a problem owning the road on the way out of the neighborhood.

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Jeeps and Hummers are the ultimate off-road vehicles and have dozens of features that make them both practical and repairable. The Hummer, for example, can deflate and reinflate its tires based on the terrain while the Jeep has a transmission and drivetrain designed to handle multiple surfaces. And since the whole family can fit in either vehicle, it's hard to see why you wouldn't want one.

Just carry extra cans of gas because these tanks are guzzlers.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: March 24, 2014, 5:05 pm
Don’t give an intruder even a chance. To begin with, protection of your own home is a number one priority. The famous saying “My home is my castle” exists for a reason, right? During a lifetime we spend a lot of time and energy on the creation or improvement of home. Let’s admit, each of us has dreamt billions of time how our own “nest” will look like. Nevertheless, every “nest” must be protected from other “birds”.

Modern security systems allow you to resolve this difficult issue completely. The composition of these systems includes not only secure locks and door intercommunication system, but also monitoring devices like cameras. To make your home “smart” and safe is absolutely necessary.

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All elements of the security systems are designed not only to protect your life and property, but also save you and your beloved ones from unnecessary emotions or bad experience. Tranquility and comfort of your home does not begin with stylish and comfortable furniture, the essential is a reliable protection from undesirable invasions on your property. Security systems is a general concept that includes both alarm and video surveillance systems and access control devices. All of these systems are provided for the personal safety and the safety the business, for instance, protecting against theft. Protection system security today is very important in our time is not easy, when any property may be jeopardized to risk. Today, security is popular almost everywhere: in cottages, in houses, inside of apartments and commercial. What important is each of these systems can be used both alone and in combination with other protection systems, thereby increasing its efficiency.

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Be wise and don’t spread information about your leaving for a vacation on your social media pages. Certainly, it’s pleasant to boast about vacation in Spain or Maldives, anyhow, this may be a wake up call for thieves, who will be glad to enjoy your apartment or house, while you enjoy a vacation.

As a measure of precaution, make an extra key or several keys and give them to the persons you completely trust, like mother, or sister or the best friend, and put another key in the bank box.

Pay attention to the details, a thief may calculate if you are not home, by uncut grass in front of your house, or by fresh newspaper. As an option, you may buy a dog or a parrot and teach him several easy words, this alive “alert system” won’t let you down for sure. However, ask neighbor or friend to come and feed your pet and to collect e-mail, newspaper and to check if everything is ok inside the house of apartment.

Nota bene!

One should remember that security system works both ways; what I mean here is that security system instead of thief may find out and trap your close ones. For instance, if your friend came to take your e-mail and accidentally does something wrong – system may take him for a criminal and activate the measures of absolute necessity, like electroshock web. The less what may happen is injury and offended friend may to sue the producer of security system.

Security system is necessary thing in house or apartment, nevertheless one must take into consideration all possible consequences of its usage. Protect yourself and don’t do much harm.

About the author: Melisa Marzett is a hard-working write, who collaborates with college paper writing service. Besides, she experts in security, modern technology, medicine, sport and travels. If you are interested, you can find her on Google+.

Author: Shane White
Posted: March 20, 2014, 5:15 pm
In the Newberry Award winning book "Hatchet," by Gary Paulsen, the main character struggles to survive in the Canadian wilderness following a plane crash in which all other passengers died. While ingenuity, vigilance and a positive attitude all contributed to his survival, his most vital tool -- used for everything from protection from predators to carving spears -- was his trusty hatchet. While hatchets are often the fodder of horror movies and old expressions about making nice after an argument, these small, single-handed axes continue to be indispensable tools both in everyday and emergency conditions.

From the Frontier to the Contemporary Home

The pioneers used hatchets for a variety of domestic tasks, such as splitting and cutting kindling, as well as hunting, killing and field dressing game. While life has grown more sophisticated since then, hatchets still maintain a prominent domestic role. In a pinch, these lightweight and malleable tools can substitute for a kitchen knife and be used to chop vegetables!

In the Wilderness

In addition to the above chores, hatchets can also be used in the wilderness -- both as a camping accessory and in extreme survival situations. The ability to build a fire is one of the most important survival skills needed; if you are in need of warmth or light, a hatchet can be use to shave wood for kindling; the same wood can be chopped into a splint to treat broken bones.

Meanwhile, the hatchet's metal head can also be used as a reflector to signal for assistance in an emergency.

During the winter months, a hatchet can be used to dig and cut through snow in order to build a fire pit or shelter; this is not only an effective means of getting the job done, but also spares your hands from dangerous exposure to the elements.

While hatchet-wielding mass murderers may abound in the movies, in real life a hatchet can be a useful deterrent against threats in the field. Whether hunting or being hunted, a hatchet is a powerful defensive weapon.

In all of these situations, the hatchet is particularly useful because of its compact dexterity, making it easy to manipulate and transport. When choosing a hatchet, seek out a lightweight, durable model, such as the popular Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet or other hatchet options, depending on your specific requirements.

No one likes to consider the worst case scenario, but taking the time to do so now is a critical part of surviving in the event that the catastrophic does occur. A hatchet is an invaluable tool that offers a multitude of everyday applications as well as unparalleled utilitarianism in the event of an emergency.

Joanna Hughes writes on all subjects, ranging from lifestyle and home to sports and outdoor activities.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: March 19, 2014, 5:23 pm

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