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Food And WaterHomeowners should make certain they have enough food and water to last for one week. Canned food, beans, pasta, and other non-perishables can be stored indefinitely, and most items will not need to be cooked in order to be consumed. Bottled water should be available in case municipal water supplies or private wells have been contaminated.
Emergency SuppliesBlankets, warm clothing, and medical supplies should be readily available. It's always wise to invest in a complete first aid kit that is only meant for emergency situations. Keeping a smaller kit handy for day to day use will ensure that there are always supplies available for emergencies.
Emergency GeneratorIf budget allows, an emergency generator can solve a host of problems. Emergency generators in Columbus will provide electricity that will keep food refrigerated, keep the home warm, and keep devices like cell phones charged even if the power is down in the rest of the city. Experts from Bob Waibel & Son Electric Co encourage homeowners to make certain a generator is wired properly. Wiring a generator incorrectly may result in injury or death to technicians who may be trying to service outside power lines.
LightingIn the event there is no power at all, flashlights, glow-sticks, and candles should be available. While at least one flashlight should be ready in case of a power outage, additional flashlights and batteries should be kept separate from one another, until they are needed.
CommunicationWhen landlines are not available, make certain to have a fully-charged cell phone ready at all times. When there is no power available, always have a plugin charger that can be used in an available automobile. Battery operated radios will also help to stay informed about local developments.
Woodstove and BBQIn homes that have a woodstove available, it's important to make sure there is enough dry firewood to last at least one full week. A small, portable barbeque grill is also handy for heating water and cooking food when necessary. Grills powered by propane are preferred, since wood and charcoal may become wet and ineffective.
Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She writes on a variety of topics, including cars, saving money and the great outdoors. She spends her spare time hiking with her two dogs.
Shock occurs when the body is not getting enough blood flow and oxygen, which can lead to permanent organ damage or death. A sufferer will ultimately need hospital treatment but it’s important to administer as much basic aid as you can until help arrives.
Trauma, heatstroke, blood loss or an allergic reaction can all be responsible for shock; so early diagnosis, medical assistance and immediate treatment are all vital.
Here are the most important things you need to know when dealing with someone who is in shock.
Recognising ShockFirstly you need to be sure of what you are dealing with. The basic symptoms of shock include disorientation, racing pulse, heavy breathing, nausea, pale complexion and clammy skin. A vague expression in the eyes and even vomiting can also suggest somebody is suffering from shock.
Call for HelpTreating someone in shock is very much about making them as comfortable and safe as possible until medical assistance arrives. So as soon as you can; you or someone nearby should call for medical help immediately. You should stay on the phone to the operator until paramedics arrive as they may be able to give you vital help and assistance down the line.
Make the Patient ComfortabeUnless the area the person is in is deemed as dangerous, you should not try and move them; the key is to make them comfortable until help arrives. If you have to move them then simply get them to lie down gently; ensuring you don’t cause any further harm or injuries. If possible elevate their legs around 10 inches above the height of their chest or head area – making sure to keep the head still at all times while you are doing so.
Loosen ClothingMake sure any restrictive clothing is removed or loosened, along with buttons, belts and zips and shoes that may be causing discomfort. If possible cover them with a coat or blanket until help arrives.
Ensure They Are BreathingIt’s vitally important that you make sure the person is still breathing. Look for signs that the chest is rising and falling, or listen at the mouth for evidence of breath. If they have stopped breathing you should carry out CPR immediately.
Keep Airway ClearIf the person is vomiting or bleeding from the mouth and nose there is a possibility they could choke. If this is the case you should turn them on their side and prop up their head with anything you have to hand, like a jacket or bag.
Treat InjuriesIf the person suffering from shock has been involved in some kind of trauma brought about because of an accident you may need to administer first aid. This should be kept to a minimum until medical help arrives, but stemming of bleeding and the securing of damaged limbs should be a priority.
Home security is a top priority of homeowners everywhere. Don't get caught off-guard when a burglar or vandal enters your property: Here are some fun ways to stay safe, keep your home secure, and best of all get some peace of mind this winter.
Keep Your Hedges LowLow hedges are the bane of burglars everywhere. High foliage on your lawn or around your windows can help to hide a culprit, even from a security camera. Trim those bushes low or remove them altogether to keep a thief from hiding in your greenery.
Train the Family Dog - Or Get OneWhile most dogs are naturally friendly, keeping one on your property is a foolproof anti-theft tool. Security cameras can be covered, but a dog will always make itself heard when an unfamiliar person enters your home. Consider training the animal with professionals so it can be a strong and dependable home defense tool as well as a lovable friend around the house.
Keep the Lights Close to HomeIt cannot be stressed enough: Concentrate your light fixtures close to the building you live in. This is not only cost-effective but vital to security. Lights adjacent to your home will help you gain a priceless strategical advantage: any approaching intruder will be clearly illuminated.
Adjust your Lawn LayoutYou'd be surprised how much a few changes in your lawn ornamentation can adjust the security level of your home. Large or bulky items such as hedges, hedge mazes or statuary are an obvious advantage to burglars. Keep your ornaments to a minimum or make them low to the ground, suck as a flower garden or ground-level pool, and minimize the amount of large trees on your property.
Consider Automating Your SecurityAutomating your home's security removes the fallible human element from the process altogether. You might forget to lock your garage door, but an automated security system will never forget, and it will remember tirelessly three hundred and sixty five days a year. Consider a system such as Vivint home automation for this advantage.
Monitor Your HomeMonitoring your house through a video feed or by using home security monitoring is one of the best ways to catch predators. Use video, motion sensors and even heat sensors to your advantage by placing them strategically around your home.
There are many ways keep your home safe, but the best is this: Don't be afraid to invest! This is your home, and the safety of you and your loved ones.
Family heirlooms are unique and irreplaceable items handed down from one generation to the next. Families who want to keep these items for decades or centuries more need to take steps to protect the heirlooms from damage and decay. There are five ways to safely protect and store precious family heirlooms.
Use Waterproof and Acid-Free ContainersAny container, clip or bag that is not specifically archival and acid-free could be causing damage to family heirlooms. The acid in plastics, papers and even fabrics could be slowly destroying an heirloom each year. Heirlooms should be stored in boxes or bags that are archival quality and that are acid-free. It is also a good idea to wrap or place the archival containers into a waterproof container for the most protection.
Avoid Sunlight and MoistureHeirlooms should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times, especially photographs. Ultraviolet light can cause dyes, inks and photographs to fade very quickly. Direct sunlight can damage fabrics, papers, adhesives and many other materials. Family heirlooms should be stored in areas that never see directly sunlight. The heirlooms should also be kept away from areas with high moisture like basements, attics or kitchens.
Rent Climate Controlled Storage UnitsClimate controlled storage units can protect family heirlooms from many dangers, and free from the chance of theft. Renting heated and cooled storage units will prevent damage due to drastic temperature changes, sunlight and varying humidity levels. The storage units keep items out of the home so they cannot be damaged when moving furniture or shuffling items in closets. Storage units provide an optimal environment for family heirlooms.
Keep Heirlooms SeparateFamily heirlooms should be wrapped separately and should not be placed together in a pile inside of a box. Some items can actually cause damage when coming into contact with another surface. Metals can cause oxidation, fabrics can transfer dyes, and papers or photographs can leach acids. All items should be individually wrapped.
Handle With Clean Hands or Cotton GlovesDelicate or old family heirlooms should be handled only with clean hands or cotton gloves. Hands should be washed for at least 30 seconds in warm water without lotions or harsh soaps. Cotton gloves are good for fabrics, woods and other items although they are not helpful when handling papers or some photographs. This will prevent the transfer of skin oils and chemicals that could damage the heirlooms.
Every precaution needs to be taken in order to protect and store family heirlooms correctly. The smallest particles can slowly destroy an item over the course of several decades. The best environment for family heirlooms is a dry and temperature controlled environment, free from direct sunlight.
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.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew the 25-year-old Undetectable Firearms Act on December 3rd. The Senate followed suit on December 9, the day the bill was set to expire. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches his desk. The law stipulates that all firearms must have enough metal components to be noticed by x-ray machine and metal detectors. The City of Philadelphia took a proactive step of its own on November 21, passing a statute banning 3D printing of firearms in its jurisdiction.
The federal law was already in place when Defense Distributed (DD), a non-profit 3D firearms maker, reported more than 100,000 downloads of the open-source blueprints for its plastic gun, called the Liberator, this past May. Federal officials stopped downloads from DD's homepage, but the blueprints were already widely disseminated at that point. 3D printing is a relatively new phenomenon, but with hardware becoming more affordable everyday, lawmakers will have a difficult time stopping it completely.
The Evolution of 3D Printing
Technology research firm Gartner declared 3D printing peaked in 2012. The new technology had failed to catch on quickly with the general public, and was relegated to obscure hobby status. The price of hardware had also held back the industry, with the cheapest printers going for around $25,000 in 2007. Today a decent 3D printer can be had for around $500. These machines, however, lack the precision to create mechanical parts, like the more advanced and expensive MakerBot, which goes for about $1,800.
Is It Illegal To Print Guns?
Despite Congress renewing the aforementioned law, building guns for personal use is perfectly legal and you don't even need blackout shades on your windows to hide your activities. The Gun Control Act of 1968 specifically authorizes Americans to build any firearm they want (including AK-47s and AR-15s), as long as no more than 10 parts are imported. Further, 3D-printed guns are still legal as long as they contain at least one metal part for a detector to pick up.
But you'll likely need to own a printer to have one. A San Diego UPS Store became the first company to offer 3D printing services in August, but specifically bans the printing of guns. You can always search directories like MakeXYZ.com and 3Dhubs.com to find people in your area with printers who will allow gun printing.
Congressman Wants Tougher Regulation
Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced a separate bill on December 3 that would add more concise language to the Undetectable Firearms Act. Specifically the bill would require all 3D-printed hand guns to contain at least two metal, non-removable parts. Rifles would require three such parts. The bill has little chance of passing, however, as House Republicans have indicated any amendments to the current bill would not be accepted.
Harry is an accomplished hunter and archer from Idaho.
A first aid kit is one of the most important things any home (or vehicle) can have and provides that valuable first line of defence until medical help arrives.
But a kit with nothing in it but a few old bandages and some rusty safety pins is simply no use to anyone.
So do yourself a favour. Go and find your medical kit in that kitchen cupboard or in the back of the car and check that it contains these items – you might just be glad that you did.
PlastersProbably the most obvious one on the list and a staple of any emergency supply, but you’d be surprised how many first aid kits don’t contain them; usually because no one thinks to replace the trusty old plaster. So next time you use a band-aid; make sure you replenish your stock.
ScissorsScissors are a vital part of any medical kit. They can be used for trimming bandages to size or even cutting away clothing from an injury. Make sure the blades are sharp and free from rust and metal fatigue; as this could cause infection.
BandagesIdeal for wrapping a dressing, applying a splint or supporting a sprained joint; the bandage can perform a number of roles and should never be left out of your “starting eleven.”
Antiseptic OintmentNot a life-saver, but some antiseptic ointment or cream can quickly clean a wound and prevent it from becoming infected before a dressing is applied.
Hand SanitizerWhen dealing with any kind of medical emergency; preventing infection is a top priority. If you’re attending to someone who has cut themselves badly while at work or when handling machinery for example; you will need something to ensure your hands and the area you are treating, are sterile and germ-free.
GauzePerfect for dressing cuts, wounds and burns; gauze can be cut to size (assuming you have remembered to pack your scissors) to fit those awkward areas of the body that can be difficult to cover.
Adhesive TapeAny form of tape (even duct tape) is a very useful addition to your emergency kit. It can be used to secure dressings, apply pressure to bleeding wounds or even add support to a sprain or strain. So make sure there’s room for this key-player; you won’t be sorry you did.
Pain KillersVery useful for pretty much any medical emergency, the pain killer can cure a multitude of ailments. Be sure to pack standard paracetamol or aspirin though, as some people can be allergic to Ibuprofen and other stronger pain relievers.
Eye Wash SolutionIf someone has something in their eye – trying to remove it with your fingers can lead to a scratched cornea or infection. So make sure you keep saline on hand to flush out the affected area. This solution can also be used to wash out wounds or be gargled with to treat sore throats.
Surgical GlovesThe safest way to ensure you and the person you are treating remain free from infection is to use latex gloves when administering treatment. Hand sanitizer can only do so much and can’t protect small cuts or grazes you may have on your fingers becoming exposed or coming into contact with someone else’s blood.
Safety PinsSeeing as safety pins only really have two functions (the other being keeping trousers up when the zip has broken) a first aid box wouldn’t be the same without any. So keep a few of these first aid favourites to hand, they are ideal for making temporary slings or just tidying up those hastily tied bandages.
A simple survival kit and contingency planning costs very little money and just may save your life.
Have you prepared for life after a disaster? Have you even put some thought into what you would do? Do you have a plan to be able to provide for your family? If you or anyone in your family has a serious medical issue, are you equipped to manage it for a few days without the aid of a drug store or access to an emergency hospital? These are big questions, and just the thought of what we will do when we do not have access to all the benefits of our modern lives may be so troubling that it can make us want to avoid the subject altogether. This is understandable, but ultimately, we need to have a plan and supplies to get us through a brief yet catastrophic moment.
A tough survival situation can take many forms, and can last anywhere from a few hours to a week or more. America is a large nation with a multitude of climates that play some role in the lifestyles of residents. People in the coldest climates understand that the prospect of being snowed in means that you should never let your pantry become bare in the winter, and heating must always be accounted for. People in the southwestern desert regions usually understand the importance of bringing water with them whenever they venture far from home. However, we are all susceptible to some major events that due to their relative infrequency, we are not as vigilant in preparing for.
Hurricane Katrina was a shocking moment not just for the people of the Gulf Coast, but for the country as a whole. Here we were seeing American citizens going without the basic, life sustaining services for longer than we have ever been used to. Blackouts and blizzards simply do not compare to the widespread devastation and desperation these people experienced. It was a worst case scenario actualized right in front of our eyes, and our government was unable to do anything about it. Those experiencing the worst were people with little food or potable water in storage, and whose medical conditions were not manageable on their own. If there is one thing we all should take from this, is that a disaster may make it so that government, first responders, and hospitals may be inaccessible to you for about a week or so. You need to be able to handle your most important needs and responsibilities on your own for at least a few days.
Whether you call it a survival kit or a bug out bag, every home and even some vehicles should have one. This kit will contain emergency items, such as bandages or medications for someone with a chronic illness. You should even put a little food and water in there as well. It just may get you through a brief moment of need.
Beyond the bug out bag, you may want to consider adding some solar or crank powered devices like radios, flashlights, and lanterns. Lighting will be a big issue in survival situations, and radios will keep you informed on what your local authorities are doing and what they want you to do to. In your home, storing some canned food is a great idea; dried rations or meals ready to eat are an even better idea since they are made to be prepared in less than optimal situations.
Some automotive-specific items that would make for a great car survival kit would be a mini air compressor and an automotive escape tool for breaking the windows in case the car is under water, cutting seatbelts, a safety whistle to get the attention of rescuers, and an LED flashlight.
You do not need to become a survival expert; just taking a few precautions will have already made you much safer.
Miles is an ever vigilant prepper who wishes to help others prepare for any survival situation that may occur. More than any piece of gear or survival kits, knowledge is the real power and little goes a long way.
You have seen all of the movies. You have read about it in books. The apocalypse is upon you, but are you prepared? There are some things you can do to protect your family and yourself if the time were to come in the near future. Don’t be afraid because if you follow these tips, you can survive almost any natural disaster.
FoodIf the power is out, you won’t be able to keep cold foods from spoiling, and you certainly won’t be able to cook a steak on top of the stove. You need to stock up on foods that are nonperishable these include canned items like beans and fruits as well as boxed foods that don’t need to be refrigerated after opening. Store these extra items in a large plastic tote that you place in your secure area. You also need to get a supply of powdered baby formula if you have a baby. Keep a supply of three gallons of water for each person that will last for at least three days with your food.
ElectricityAfter you have the food set aside, you need to determine how you will be able to see in the dark. Buying a few emergency generators is ideal for this type of situation. The generators are normally run off of gasoline, so you need to have some on hand before the disaster strikes. Only use the generator when necessary because you don’t want to waste the gasoline in case you can’t get to a store.
CommunicationMake sure you have a radio that operates on batteries and perhaps a television that operates on batteries so that you get important news updates. You should also make sure your cell phone is fully charged before the disaster so that you can call family members or emergency personnel.
Where to GoCreate a plan with your family of where to go if there is a disaster. Make sure everyone knows how to get to your shelter at any time of the day or night. You also need to make a plan so that everyone knows where they will go if they are at school or in town. A basement is a safe place to stay, or you can build a storm cellar that is specifically for disasters.
TravelA few days before the disaster, if you know ahead of time, fill your car up with gasoline. You don’t want to wait until the day before because everyone in the city will be lined up to get gas, and gas stations could run out. Keep cash on you in case you have to leave your home because if the power is out, you can’t use an ATM machine.
Stay updated with your local news station so that you receive notifications of impending disasters. If you know something is headed your way whether it is a hurricane or snow storm, you will be ready to keep your family safe. Start making a disaster kit now before the disaster arrives so that you have everything your family needs including food and water.
But thankfully for the rest of us there are those who will offer assistance in any way they can. But if you don’t know what you are doing – it may be that you are actually causing more harm than good.
It’s pretty difficult to stress just how important simple first aid skills are, and attending the most basic of courses can only increase your chances of being able to administer vital aid if it’s needed.
Until then it’s worth knowing some basic knowledge so that, if the time should come, you are able to lend a helping hand.
Here are five first aid techniques well worth remembering, but remember – always call for an ambulance or medical help before attempting any of these procedures.
CPRPlace the heel of one hand on the centre of the chest and place the other hand on top. Keeping your arms straight, push down on the chest with the heel of your hand to a depth of around 4-5cm. Keep your hands in place, release the pressure, and allow the chest to rise. You should try to do one to two chest compressions a second and do this 30 times at a steady rate. This should be followed by rescue breaths or the “kiss of life,” which is performed by pinching the person’s nose, placing your mouth over theirs and blowing until the chest rises. You should do this twice, before administering more chest compressions.
The Heimlich ManoeuvreMost partial blockages of the airway can be cleared with four or five blows to the back. But if this doesn’t do the trick you will have to attempt abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich manoeuvre. Stand behind the person and put both arms around their waist and bend them forward. Then place a clenched fist above the person's navel and the bottom of the breast bone. Place your other hand on top, and pull sharply inwards and upwards with both hands. After each thrust, check the mouth for signs of the object.
Severe BleedingThe aim objective here is to prevent blood loss, minimise shock and prevent the wound from becoming infected. Check whether there is an object embedded in the wound - If not then press on the wound with a clean pad, cloth or bandage. Keep pressure on the wound at all times and if possible, get the person to raise the area that has been cut above their heart in order to try and slow the flow of blood.
BurnsIf someone scalds themselves you must act quickly to alleviate the pain and reduce the damage caused. First you should take-off any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin. But don't try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin as this may cause more damage. Cool the burn with lukewarm water for around 10 minutes, but never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances like butter. You should then cover the burn with cling-film or plastic wrap – making sure you don’t put too much pressure on the affected area before seeking urgent medical assistance.
Nose BleedOne thing to remember when someone has a nose bleed is not to tilt their head backwards. This will only encourage the blood to go down the windpipe and possibly cause choking or vomiting. Pinch the victim's nose just below the bridge with your fingers on the soft tissue as well as the bone. There shouldn’t be any bleeding while you are holding the nose as blood vessels that supply the nasal membrane are pinched against the bone. Hold the nose for at least 5 minutes, check if the bleeding has stopped and repeat if necessary.
In these contemporary times, technological devices have made it much easier for us to access the information and help we need in emergency situations. Indeed, devices such as smart phones enable us to look up information via internet or contact friends and family members if we're stranded on the road. Despite these types of technological advancements, however, there are still emergency back-up items that we should carry to keep our lives convenient and hassle-free. Here are five:
Thumb DriveThis is a piece of emergency back-up equipment that is particularly useful for students and individuals who work in the academic field to have. There's nothing worse than preparing an essay or article only to find that your thumb drive is full, broken, or was stolen. To prevent yourself from having to save your work to a public place, keep at least one spare thumb drive with you at all times.
SnacksBecause of the unpredictable and organic nature of life, it is often difficult to predict when you'll be hungry. Moreover, growing hungry in a place where there are no vending machines or restaurants can leave you feeling irritated and daft. To prevent this from happening, keep an ample amount of snacks in your backpack, briefcase, or handbag.
Sanitary NapkinsWet wipes and other related products are great to have no matter what the situation. Many have disinfectant properties and they work great when you need to clean hands or wipe down the surfaces in your car. For women, no matter how predictable your menstrual cycle is, you can never be fully certain when it will arrive. Since this is the case, it's important to keep whatever form of sanitary napkins you use in your purse or handbag at all times.
TiresOne of the worst situations a human can encounter is getting a flat tire and finding that there is no spare in the trunk. But this doesn't have to happen! To ensure that it doesn't, be sure that you keep a fully functioning tire in your trunk at all times. If you need to purchase one now, consider Simpletire. They are one of the trustworthy companies that give you an easy way to purchase cheap tires online.
AspirinIrrespective of how healthy you are, it is likely that you still experience the occasional headache. Since this is the case, it may be advantageous for you to keep an emergency back-up bottle of aspirin with you. You never know when you'll run out!
ConclusionTo live a productive and powerful life in which you always have the very best, you must be prepared for the worst. This means keeping an emergency back-up of items that can make your life fun and problem-free. By carrying some or all of the items listed above, you will likely find that you encounter fewer unnecessary challenges in your life. Good luck!
Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She writes on a variety of topics, including cars, saving money and the great outdoors. She spends her spare time hiking in Oregon's state forests with her two dogs. This article was co-authored by Rhett Stone.
Whether you rent or own a residential home, you want to ensure you are as self-sufficient as possible.
What is "Being Self-Sufficient"?It means making your home a place where you can access all basic needs without relying on external sources for help.
Becoming self-sufficient is no means an easy task for most people, especially first-timers. It takes numerous forms: providing your own food, generating your own energy, being your own repairman, painter and technician. By learning a few tricks, you can save thousands of dollars while working toward this goal.
What Can I Do to be Self-Sufficient?The first thing to consider for many homeowners is the cost of heating and cooling. In the past few years, utility bills have risen significantly, affecting millions of households. Solar roofing solutions have become an ideal option for homeowners and people looking to become homeowners.
For home builders in Tampa, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona it is only natural to take advantage of the sunny days. However, when you live in regions not often associated with a lot of sunny days solar power doesn’t seem to be a natural progression.
Alongside solar roofing and panels, you can supplement your home's heating systems. This will cut on costs as heating account for about 75% of a home's electricity or gas bills. Where possible, use intelligent solar immersion heaters to save on heating costs.
You can also check the quality of insulation on your house. This can help save energy that goes to waste every day. The R-value, which is a measure of the energy efficiency of your roofs and the walls, is a key aspect you can evaluate to know if you use more money than you should.
The Roof Comes Out on TopThe good news is that you can turn your roofs into energy generating surfaces. Solar roofing is what you need to stop being over-dependent on electricity and gas energy from energy giants. This means you are capable of generating alternative energy, which can be used both as a primary source of power and as a backup source. Also you are not at the mercy of those energy giants who will do heavy damage to your wallet.
Good GuttersMake sure to install gutters that can help collect enough rainwater. Professionally installed gutters and water tanks can help you save colossal amounts of money, which would otherwise be paid to municipal water.
In the end, with being self-sufficient, you gain a sense of control over your life as well as your freedom. You can live stress-free, hassle-free and peacefully knowing that everything in your home is well catered for. Reducing dependency on money and saving time will eventually be the outcome of implementing these strategies in your home. Moving from over-reliance to a self-reliant living does not come easy. It takes a lot of time and commitment toward research and planning before you can visualize where you want to be
How, when and what to do before becoming creating a self-reliant home is a personal decision. It means doing many things some of which are big and some small. All in all, even the smallest thing can do a lot in the end. Cost-saving strategies come hand in hand with being self-reliant. Remember that doing things yourself is better than paying for manual labor.
Caterina is an environmental enthusiast who enjoys writing about ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Her other hobbies include crafting and cooking. She writes for a variety of blogs on topics that interest her.
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Your home is constantly under attack from outside threats. There are burglars waiting to break in to steal your valuables, pests are always looking to infest your home, and weather could be ready to unleash the full fury of its wrath on your home. The point is that you need to take steps to make your home safe. Here are five ways that you can protect your home from outside forces.
Stop BurglarsBurglars are always on the lookout for potential targets. You can stop them from approaching your home by installing motion-activated lighting. You should also install a burglar alarm in case the lighting doesn’t scare them off. Don’t forget that the best way to keep thieves out is to always lock your house up tight to prevent them every gaining easy access.
Install a Sump PumpFlooding is one of the worst disasters that can befall your home. The economic costs of recovering from a flood can be staggering. Make sure to install a quality sump pump to protect your basement from flooding due to flash floods and sewer pipe issues. Be sure that the sump pump you install has a battery to keep it running in case the power goes out during a storm.
Protect Your Home from LightningYou need to have a lightning rod installed somewhere on your property. If you do not have one, then you need to get one immediately. If lightning hits your home, it will instantly fry all of the electronics inside of it. You can forget about surge protectors stopping the awesome power of a lightning strike. Don't let the danger of fire by lightning be a threat to your home.
Stop Pests from Becoming a NuisanceThere are hundreds of pests that can infest your home. Rats, cockroaches, termites, ants, and many more critters are just waiting for you to drop your guard. You need to do everything you can to stop an infestation from occurring. If you see any signs of insects or rodents invading your home, then you should get help with insect and rodent control.
Fire SafetyYou need to have smoke alarms installed on every floor and bedroom of your home. You should also have ABC fire extinguishers within ready reach of every bedroom and the kitchen. Make sure to test these devices regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. The dangers of fire can be reduced with proper safety equipment.
When it comes to your home a family, the best ways to protect it are to think ahead. Use these tips and the resources you have available to keep your home protected in every area this year.
“Brooke Chaplan is a writer and freelance blogger from Los Lunas New Mexico. She enjoys the outdoors and writing about a variety of topics. In her research about home safety, and rodent control in Los Angeles she found that peanut butter is sometimes more effective in traps than cheese. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”
Trekking in the wilderness can take you completely out of your comfort zone, allowing you to explore areas of the world which are too harsh and environmentally challenging for normal life to flourish.
Throughout my trekking career I have explored Peru’s Andes, Morocco’s Atlas Mountain and Everest base camp in the Himalayas; here are some tips to help you brave the wild:
Start training earlyThe Inca Trail lasts three to four days and you will be expected to walk for around six-eight hours a day, often across difficult terrain at steep inclines. Your preparation should include some practise walks in hilly areas at the very least, while carrying a rucksack.
However, to really prepare yourself, hill running will build your leg muscles and improve the rate at which your body can transport oxygen to your muscles. Weight training will also make climbing a lot easier; make sure you do some work on your arms, shoulders and back to help with lifting and manoeuvring.
AcclimatiseMount Kilimanjaro is a whopping 19,341 feet above sea level at its highest point, with oxygen levels diminishing the further you climb. Altitude sickness will develop if you don’t give yourself enough time to adjust to the atmosphere before setting off.
When climbing, ensure that you ascend slowly, climbing too quickly will make you feel nauseous and dizzy, slowing you down; drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol at all costs!
Pack the right clothesThe weather can vary hugely depending on your chosen trek. In the Andes, daytime is really warm but the night is bitterly cold. Research the weather conditions and pack accordingly, but always include lots of layers, including a thermal vest, a warm hat, gloves and thick socks, which will help you to avoid heat loss from your head and feet.
EquipmentA good set of walking boots is a must; make sure they are worn in to avoid blisters. A light, durable backpack is also a must, you need to make sure it evenly distributes weight across your back and provides quick access to your most important items.
You should also carry a compass and guide book for navigation, the last thing you want is to get lost; without supplies of food and water, you could die.
Food and waterYou need to make sure you pack a water bottle and have access to a steady supply of water; water purification tablets will allow you to drink stream water safely, killing bacteria.
Make sure you pack light in regards to food, dry foods like pasta and rice will not take up much space and are rich in carbohydrates for energy. You also need protein, which can be found in nuts, lentils and eggs, to build and repair muscle. I also usually take some sweets for a quick emergency sugar boost.
The most important thing about trekking is preparation: train hard, adjust to your environment and be sure to pack carefully.
This post was written by Helene Cooper of Imaginative Traveller, the adventure travel operator. Helene is an avid trekker, having climbed some of the world’s biggest mountains.
It’s important to prepare for big emergencies; stockpiling groceries, carrying insurance, and having a backup generator are all great ideas for anyone, and can really save the day in the event of a hurricane or serious illness. But often, we don’t realize that we can also take precautions for little emergencies that crop up during the week-- things like a ripped seam or flat tires. To help our readers make their lives a little easier, we’ve compiled this list of four of the most helpful products for minor emergencies.
For Medical EmergenciesA good first-aid kit is essential for any car, and ideally, for any purse-- even if your emergency is only a scraped knuckle or headache. We like the Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit ($30, Amazon.com) for quality and a good variety of first-aid items; but a smaller, pocket- or purse-weight kit is also a great idea. You can also make your own kit using a makeup case or Ziploc bag and a selection of band-aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and more. Another good idea is to put an out-of-use, but charged, cell phone in your first-aid kit and recharge it weekly; old cell phones will still dial 911, which can be invaluable in a medical emergency.
For Fashion EmergenciesSagging hemlines, torn seams, and stains, ugh! All of these minor problems become major if you’re on your way to an important lunch or day at work. It’s great to keep a few solutions to these little problems in your glove compartment or backseat. While a sewing kit (or box of safety pins) is an obvious one, another of our favorites is the Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover ($4, drugstores). In a handy pen form, powerful Tide detergents are portable and really work to remove emergency stains. Additionally, non-aerosol hairspray and an extra deodorant stick are fashion essentials that can really save the day!
For Car EmergenciesDriving emergencies are some of the most trying minor emergencies we go through. We suggest that, alongside your tire-iron and spare, you keep a can of Fix-a-Flat ($8, automotive stores). Fix-a-Flat is a wonderful product that temporarily seals a puncture and inflates a tire, allowing you to get back on the road and to a better location for replacing the actual tire. In your glove box or console, keep a copy of your insurance cards, tow truck information, and, if possible, a pre-paid debit card with credit logo, just in case. A small gas can is also a great “just in case” item.
For Household EmergenciesThe most common household emergencies are usually plumbing-related; a clogged sink, a stopped-up toilet, or a slow-draining tub can make your weekend, well, difficult. While there are a myriad of solutions and quick-fixes on the market, we have found that one of the most reliable and necessary products is simply an old-fashioned plunger, which can unclog all of the above without harsh chemicals. That said, we are extremely impressed by Rubbermaid’s new “Clean and Dry Plunger,” with NeverWet technology ($13, Rubbermaid.com), which repels water and bacteria, keeping your home cleaner than ever, even during an emergency.
We hope this list of our favorite “Everyday Emergency” products has been an inspiration for you!
Tricia Borren is a mom and a blogger from Beverly Hills. She co-authored this piece with her friend Rhett Stone.
No matter if you are preparing for the end of the world, or for the next natural disaster in your area, there are a few useful things that everybody needs. Before disaster strikes, make sure to get together the things you need to ensure success in these situations. To fully prepare for emergency situations, start planning now and build your resources.
A survival kitEvery member that lives in your home should either have a kit of their own. These kits differ from person to person in what they need, but there are a few general items that every emergency pack should include. Be sure to fill these, and then put them in a convenient location that you can grab on the go if necessary. Some of the most basic necessities include:
- Water – you can’t do anything without a reliable source of water. You will need a gallon per person per day, plan accordingly. It is wise to have at least a week’s worth of water.
- Food – besides water, food is one of the next most important things to put in the pack. The food you put inside should be easy non-perishable and easy to have no matter if resources are lost.
- A radio that runs either by a hand-crank or battery power.
- Everybody’s needs when it comes to medications are different. Have at least a week’s supply of the medications and other medical equipment that you may need.
- A little extra cash
- Tools such as knives, a lighter, and scissors
- Extra batteries
- Copies of personal documents
You should have a kit like this in your home, and if possible another in your car. Disasters are unpredictable. You may not be close to home when the worst hits. By keeping one in the car, you can ensure you will be safe through these situations.
Products at homeNot everything that you will need should be compacted into a small bag that can be transported in emergency situations. Invest in industrial shelving to keep the items that you will most need in your home, and that can save your life in these terrible circumstances. These will help keep you organized, and make sure everything is in one secure place. Fill these shelves with:
- Food storage is one of the most critical things to gather before a disaster strikes. This includes water, canned foods, and some type of grains in case of emergency. You should be continually adding and updating to your food storage shelves.
- Protected bedding is the key to staying warm. If something happens in the dead of winter, and you don’t have access to your furnace, you want to make sure to have bedding protecting you from the cold and moisture. It should be rolled up and placed on your industrial shelves for easy storage.
These are just a few of the items you will need in an emergency situation. Keeping these items together will make it easier to grab, and help you to better survive. Preparing for the end of the world, or just an unexpected natural disaster may take the same course of action. Start planning now, and continue working to give yourself the best supply to work with.
By +Cassie Costner
Cassie writes for www.buymetalshelving.com, a company dealing with personal and warehouse shelving. She has written on other topics dealing with disaster preparedness, focusing on creating an adequate food storage, and maintaining it over the years.
A car that has been properly prepared for winter is safer and easier to handle than cars that have not received any attention. Drivers should plan for the worst weather conditions possible in an area. This should include planning for emergencies like being caught in a squall or winter storm. Drivers can do five things today to prepare a car for winter.
Take the Car In For an InspectionThe first step should be to take the car to a mechanic for a quick inspection. A mechanic can check the battery, the belts and the fuel lines for problems. Batteries drain faster in cold weather and might need to be replaced. Belts and lines could crack in cold weather. A simple inspection and some maintenance will prevent these problems.
Add Antifreeze or Replace CoolantThe coolant in the car can freeze when temperatures drop below freezing. The most common solution is to add antifreeze to the water. It is even possible to buy premade coolant that contains antifreeze. The proper mixture should be half antifreeze and half water. Adding antifreeze will prevent costly engine damage due to overheating or corrosion.
Install Winter TiresSummer tires can become hard and brittle in freezing weather. If you live in a climate with snow, this could also mean slipping and sliding or even an accident. You can visit any local shop like SimpleTire to change out your old tires for snow tires. Winter tires stay flexible in cold temperatures and improve traction. This can increase safety and minimize wear on parts like the transmission.
Change Wiper Blades and Wiper FluidStandard wiper blades do not function well in winter. They can break or damage the motor. Installing winter wiper blades will allow drivers to more effectively remove snow and ice from the windshield. The wiper fluid should also be replaced with a winter formulation that will not freeze and clog the nozzles.
Update the Emergency KitEvery car should have an emergency kit in the trunk. Drivers should add a few items to the kit for winter. A bag of cat litter or gravel is useful for getting out of an icy ditch. Blankets are useful if the family is stuck waiting for repairs. The kit should also contain a shovel and some extra gloves and snow boots in case you need to get out and push your car. This will help to protect drivers who encounter problems on the road.
Winter can be unpredictable especially when driving in higher altitudes. Cars that are experiencing small problems with braking or steering can become very dangerous on icy roads. Drivers should make sure the car is in very good working condition before winter starts. Following these tips can help you avoid being stranded on the side of the road this winter.
Author Bio: Kandace Heller wrote this article with help from Rhett Stone of simpletire.com. Kandace is a freelance writer from Orlando, Florida. She loves reading, writing and sharing new information.
Today, home security system are wireless, they are pre-configured by the manufacturer and installation takes only 15 minutes. You can even conduct the installation yourself by making use of the peel and stick sensors. Upon installation, the wireless home security system can be controlled from a mobile app on an Android device or an iPhone. Sky contact will come in handy if you need transmission capabilities of television or radio systems in your home security system. This means that you can now take total control of your home security system using iPhone and Android apps that are available via iTunes and Google play. Here, you will find some of the best home security apps for your Android or iPhone.
Napco IBridge APPThis is a state of the art mobile application that allows you to manage your home security with a lot ease. Its versatility is evident in the fact that it can also be used to control video cameras as well as home automation. It allows you to control any Gemini security system, set and reset alarms remotely and in opening or locking doors with integrated Z-wave remote doors. What is more, you can use this app for video surveillance to see what is happening in your home when you are away. This particularly comes in handy when you have left children at home and are worried about their well-being.
ICE WIRELESS INTERNET SECURITY CAMERA APPIt allows you to easily install and control your home surveillance system from various devices including your computer, smart phone or tablet. It works well with both the regular and High Design Cameras. Installing the camera with this app is easy and will only take you a few minutes going through user friendly steps. After being configured, the app allows you the power to remotely control your wireless internet cameras.
IPHONE E-HOME CONTROLS APPLooking for a way to automate your home? IPhone E-Home is an advanced program that allows you to communicate with your home and control your property through iPhone or iPod, via internet or voice commands. This gives you access to multiple benefits including home security and surveillance cameras. Additionally, you get to enjoy other benefits such as lighting, heating, entertainment, internet services and air conditioning. It is well designed to ensure ease by the end user and therefore providing a rich environment from which home owners can not only enhance their home security but also have a system that is fully tailored to meet their lifestyle needs.
Melody Cleo is a passionate blogger from Manchester, UK. In is free time, she writes articles on various topics such as technology, gadgets, travel...etc. As of now she is focusing on Sky Contact Number, which provides information regarding broadband services, radio services and television services.
In all honesty, slugs and snails are probably the worst tasting things one can ever put onto their tongues. They are by far the most disgustingly tasting dishes most people would ever come across and they should be eaten only when you’re really dying and have no other option but them.
The danger behind ingesting slugs:It might be really harmful to have these snails as is, without realising that they can trigger near fatal diseases in you. student of an Australian university reported of contracting a terrible meningitis because of eating slugs to win a bet. He was recovered after 5 months, post lots of medical treatments. Snails are probably the safest bet if you really want to take up this culinary challenge.
Here is a list of 5 recipes which can be tested in case you’re willing to head on this path.
Fried Slugs:To prepare fried slugs, sear them in a bowl of boiling water for about two to three minutes. When they are soft, dip them in an egg battered on a dish and roll them on a plate filled with bread crumbs for making a nice layer over them. Take a pan and heat oil enough for frying the amount of slugs you’ve taken. Start deep frying each of these pieces until they turn golden brown. Enjoy your meal with a sauce of your choice to go with it.
Classic Slug Stir FryTake a pan and heat a few drop of oil in it. Choose the veggies you relish the most and stir fry them until brown. Add a few slanched snails to the frying pan. Cook well; add a little soy sauce according to your taste and comfort of your taste buds. Savor the delicacy over a nice drink.
Slugs in PastaCooking pasta with slugs is pretty much the same as you’d cook pasta with any other meat. Chose what sauce you want your pasta to be in. Boil the pasta, drain it; have the sauce ready with whatever ingredients you prefer on a general basis. Once the sauce is partly cooked, add slugs into it and cook for a little while. Once it is ready, chose how you want to serve it, by pouring it over your boiled pastas or mixing it all up before putting it on a plate.
Classic EscargotTake a bowl full of dampened lettuce. Leave your snails in this bowl for about a day so that they purge well. Next take a sizeable saucer and bring to boil water or white wine measuring nearly 1 bowl. To this, add about two cups of snails. Once the whole dish is coming to boil and you can see that the snails are now starting to cook, scoop up a spoon of fresh butter and add it to the boiling snails. Use two or three cloves of garlic to add flavor to the dish. Let it cook for a few minutes. Saute till you think they smell good enough to serve.
Backwoods BoilThis one is more like a broth. Catch hold of the ingredients that add flavors to food items when used in making a broth or a soup. Some people like having it with garlic and basil while others prefer the taste of black pepper. Use veggies to go with it like spring onions. Boil it all up together and have as a soup. Bread would go well with it too!
Survival food items and other things that you feel are important to stay safe on the predicted doomsday can be stored altogether in a new 20 foot container, if that is something that you can store somewhere.
James Pallot is a buyer for a family owned food importing business in Sydney. He rents a container building to use as storage all year round.
The nuts and wild plants that the fall season has on offer are worth the kill. With some of the most nutritious berries, high on calories nuts, seeds and fruits, prove to be your best foraging bet when out on a trek or a tour in the woods. With just so many qualities, they can act as great instant energy providers as well as tasty snacks while you are at it.
Here is a list of 10 fall wild edible plants that you can consume without fearing any negative consequences.
HazelnutAbout an ounce of healthy and flavourful hazelnuts are enriched with almost 170 calories along with around 4 grams of protein. Its skin, slightly bitter in taste is thin and brown; most people prefer peeling it off before ingesting. They are also known as cobnuts are are rich in Vitamin E, manganese and copper.
BeachnutEvery ounce of beechnut has 164 calories, 10 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein. In the eastern woodlands, the beechnuts are found on the beech trees that has smooth barks. Coming out of the three sided husks, they are seen hanging in the month of October.
AcornThe nutritional profile of the acorn resembles to that of bread, since it contains high values of carbohydrates and fats along with proteins. Every ounce of their meal contains well over hundred calories making them a great source of instant energy. Soaking them in water for a while can help you remove their bitterness.
Wild RiceRich in minerals, raw wild rice contain about a hundred calories for every ounce. They also have proteins and Vitamin B.
Pine NutsA Classic when it comes to survival foods in the west, the nuts that hang on any huge pine tree are the pine tree nuts. Closely following the hickory, they too have a very high cal value of 172 calories per ounce and are supposed to be very rich in fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
HickoryVery similar in taste to their close family members, the pecans, Hickory is stated to be the highest cal value wild food with about 193 calories per every ounce.
Rose HipsA great source for consuming Vitamin E, K, calcium and magnesium, these red fruits coming from wild roses enrich you with only about 20 calories for an ounce that you consume. They are also rich in Vitamin A and manganese.
AmaranthAmaranth contains proteins, calcium and iron and gives about 90 calories to your body per ounce ingested.
PersimmonNot everything that looks unappealing is going to taste the same from the inside. Similar is the case with persimmons. Extremely sweet tasting fruits make them popular wild food and the fruit has about 16 calories for every ounce consumed. Their wrinkled counterparts found on the end of October are pretty bitter to taste and can leave you with a cotton mouth if the ones that you had weren't ripe enough.
Black WalnutProtein, magnesium, phosphorus are the nourishing units that you’d enrich yourself with when consuming black walnut. With 173 calories per ounce, they also act as instant energy providers.
Steve Chamley trades products from South America like footwear and bags. He supplies them unbranded to different shops in Australia and New Zealand.
In case you’ve encountered one of the disasters as predicted for the doomsday and you cannot find enough fuel for running the engine of your vehicle, or some oil for burning wood, don’t fret. There are ways of producing bio diesel that you can make out of a lot of oil options that you may have around you. There isn’t a specific distinction in whether you’d have to use vegetable oil or animal oil works better; you can use both!
Ingredients needed to prepare Emergency Fuel:
- Vegetable Oil; soybean, canola and corn oil are probably the best ones you could make use of
- Half ounce of Sodium Hydroxide lye; as you see in the form of drain cleaner
- Methanol - 27 ounces; be sure that you’re making use of methanol and not isopropyl alcohol since it doesn’t work
Following is a three step procedure to preparing emergency fuel out of other oils available to you while surviving a calamity.
Step 1:Get hold of proper gloves and goggles to protect yourself before you start working. Additionally using a dust mask is also suggested. Take a sizeable glass jar and pour both the methanol and sodium hydroxide in it. Keep stirring the ingredients in the jar for about 2 minutes. You’d notice vapors coming out of the jar. be cautious since these vapors are toxic in nature. Thus it is always suggested that this step should be performed outside in the open. Also, its usability period only lasts for an hour, so be sure to make use of it within the stipulated time span.
Step 2:Heat up the oil up to a hundred degrees and then pour it in a jar made of plastic or glass. Make sure this jar has a proper lid system, tight enough to not let the system get disturbed. Carefully add the methanol and lye mixture and seal the container with the lid tightly.
Step 3:Next you need to shake the container well for about half an hour. Leave the container to settle in a warm spot for the next two days. After these two days, you’d notice that 2 fluids have separated out. The fluid that takes up the top space is your biodiesel and the bottom is glycerin. Make use of the biodiesel that you now have in the top layer for whatever purpose you had in mind. You’re good to go!
Precautions to take before completing the whole process of preparing Biodiesel at home
- Always be sure of wearing strong and good quality rubber gloves for protecting your hands, safety glasses so no fumes enter your eyes and dust masks to prevent the particles from disturbing your body.
- Never, Never, NEVER! Never inhale the fluid that you’ve just prepared. No amount of stress is enough to point the relevance of this statement. The preparation is completely fatal.
- The methanol that you make use of is quick is getting absorbed on the skin. It is toxic in nature and can be harmful. thus precautions are vital.
Understandably, you’re making a fuel which is harmful at the end of the day and not just another refreshing sports drink. But in case of an emergency, keeping your head right, you can prepare, make use of and survive situations. Up for giving it a try?
Amanda Rice is a fitness enthusiast and a design professional. Her graphic designing stint with sports got her intrigued about sports that she did not have much interest in prior to the project. She was pretty creative with preparing infographics for them.
Reading through all the disaster management websites preparing you for surviving the doomsday are nerve wrecking. People have spent hours flipping through such pages online; oh you too, eh? Of Course everyone wants to survive any sort of disaster that doomsday might bring forth. Read on to know the 4 disasters that we predict can be survived if you are well prepared!
Yellowstone Super Volcano EruptionIt had been predicted that a massive eruption of the boiling magma lurking right beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park could well be the doomsday disaster. Yes, the volcano does seem to be a huge threat if it does erupt but it has been stated that it is not close to being a super volcano eruption. A supervolcano eruption volume is usually over 1000 Km3. While it is believed if the yellowstone volcano erupts, it isn’t going to be anything even close to a hollywood disaster movie scene, swiping off cities and vast geographies. It is probably going to cease itself within the national park. Nonetheless, the eruption is a threat enough to be worried about.
The usual drill of a volcano eruption includes preceding earthquakes; that too massive ones to really jolt the whole city and indicate of the occurrence of the eruption. Thus, these indications would be enough for initiating the doomsday preps that you’ve been planning.
Super Solar Flares
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
The sun has a magnetic field which is believed to be nearing its flipping stage. This mean that the sun is going to flip its magnetic field and since the earth orbits around it, it falls in its zone of the field. When this shall happen, the sun is going to create electromagnetic ripples that can affect the earth in a really bad way. It is believed that this could send out huge fire flares and could well cause a catastrophe.
Nuclear FalloutNuclear fallouts or black rains are the residual nuclear material that have been propelled in the upper atmosphere after a massive nuclear explosion has taken place. Given the nuclear weapons that countries have been fighting over and what not, there could be chances of a nuclear fallout happening. This could probably affect a huge portion of the US in a way that the generations to come would suffer the consequences of it.
Pandemic travelling across the USThe latest addition to the list of disasters that could turn into the sources of major hue and cry globally is a pandemic that could be travelling with an enormous speed, affecting everyone with what seems like a deadly disease. This could source from anything, but what seems more likely that anything else is it being Zoonotic in nature. Zoonotic refers to coming from animals. With market places flooding with just about any animal being sold along with the livestock, it would not be of much surprise to realise that the improper breeding, serving and fleshing of these animals. Be safe. buy clean stuff in general and make sure of what you are ingesting to survive anything close to a disease rooting from animals.
Adam Prattler is a well read and a well networked journalist who likes to explore stories that can benefit masses. His attempts at bringing forth information that is of much help to his readers makes him a celebrated blogger and content strategist. His story on the selling of frozen rodents was among his popular publishings.
On October 15, 2013, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed many parts of the island of Bohol in the Philippines and killed hundreds of people. On November 8, 2013, not even halfway to helping everyone affected by the tragedy, the country was slammed by the ferocious super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which almost totally wiped out the whole of Tacloban City and claimed thousands of lives. These heartbreaking catastrophic events serve as tragic reminders for the people all over the world to be alert and be prepared at all times.
Natural calamities are happening since the beginning of time and indeed, the force of nature is absolutely unstoppable. And as the earth continues to evolve and change, we will experience more of these catastrophes ahead. While we cannot impede these calamities from happening, we can do something to avoid its wrath—through awareness and preparation.
There is no cost in getting awareness and being prepared is far better than being sorry. But what can an ordinary citizen do to be prepared? This article provides simple, feasible and useful insight or tips that could save your life when a disaster strikes.
Be InformedAlways have nose for news. Don’t get engulfed by the tear-jerking telenovelas all day. Instead, listen, read or watch local and global news to know what’s going on around you. Everything is now being fed to the Internet to keep everyone updated on what is the latest and most relevant on different fields. When a typhoon or predictable natural calamity is coming, the experts would know and inform the public.
Be ReadyAn earthquake is unpredictable. A bush fire can happen anytime. Don’t wait for the news of incoming typhoon or heavy rains that may cause flash floods. You might miss it. Also, don’t wait for the people to go “panic-buying” for various supplies in supermarkets and different stores. So, what better way to be safe is disaster readiness which could help you save yourself and your family.
What To PrepareKeep a waterproof emergency bag always ready. Fill it with a medicine kit, flashlights and extra batteries, non-perishable food items and water (you can change this from time to time), a few clothes, a jacket and a blanket. Put the bag somewhere very accessible from whichever part of the house you are so that you can just grab it in the event of disaster.
House ConstructionA house made of light materials may survive an earthquake, but never to a typhoon or flash floods. A concrete building, however, is proven to be dangerous during earthquakes but could survive a strong typhoon and floods. Whatever the case may be, just make sure that you always keep in mind the safety guidelines and procedures for any calamity. If you would think that your house isn’t safe to stay in when there is an incoming calamity, evacuate the place earlier to ensure your safety and protection.
Equipment and MobilityThere are many types of equipment that you would find useful in times of disasters. Like solar-powered generator, water pump and many others, this equipment could assist in meeting some needs during calamitous times. Anyone who would like to check on where to buy personal equipment and for family use can check on different and reliable equipment dealers, like Tradequip and many others.
Disaster preparedness is only one of the many ways to be safe and be protected from the horrible effects of any calamity. It doesn’t hurt to be aware, to always check on the news, to know the basic survival procedures, to be prepared. Be ready at all times and learn to read the signs of times.
Brandon Peters is an entrepreneur, writer and a travel, gadgets, health, and outdoors enthusiast. He loves sharing his insights, knowledge and experience in different fields. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
“Safety first is safety always” according to one quote. Indeed it is true! No matter where you go, it is vital to always consider your safety. But what if while traveling a natural disaster occurs threatening your safety. Do you know what to do?
Weather-related disaster is natural catastrophe. The government agency in-charge for weather forecasting can foretell and monitor some natural disasters but others are unpredictable. Whether predictable or not, it is best to prepare for any calamity to minimize the damages. It is helpful to know how to react in case a disaster happens especially if you are traveling. You do not have to be a genius or a rocket scientist to learn the basic ways of travel safety.
EarthquakeAmong the other forms of natural disaster, earthquake is the most common one. Minor quakes will shake you a bit. Or sometimes, earthquakes with low intensity are unnoticeable especially if you are actively moving. Meanwhile, major earthquakes are dangerous putting yourself at high risk. So what should you do during a quake?
If you are indoors - eg. inside the hotel or any establishment - when the earthquake hits, take cover under a secure spot like table. Cover your head until such time that the shaking is gone. Do not panic or run while the shaking occurs as this will put your life in danger. After the shake, look for the door or fire exit and go outside - an open ground.
In case you are outdoors, stay away from tall structures like post, concrete walls, glass walls or near the buildings. Again, you should stay in an open area to avoid possible injury from falling debris. Never go back to your hotel until it is declared to be safe.
HurricaneA natural disaster like hurricane is predictable which means you can prepare for it. Preparedness is essential when it comes to this form of disaster. If you are ready, you can protect yourself.
If you have a scheduled tour during the expected arrival of the hurricane, obviously, you must cancel it. Is the activity worth pursuing? Absolutely no! You cannot afford to endanger yourself just because you want to make the most of your trip. Try to assess the structure of your hotel. Is it strong enough to withstand the strong wind and possible storm surge? If it is not then you should evacuate to a secure place.
Volcanic EruptionMany inactive volcanoes became tourist spots as they offer lovely scene especially from an aerial view. In case you are in a location where an active volcano is present, you should take extra precautions. If during your trip the volcano suddenly erupts, presence of mind is very important. Never panic.
When the eruption occurs while you are outdoors, it is vital to look for the evacuation center. Do not attempt to get close to a restricted area. Volcanic ashes and debris might start falling so you should cover your head until you reach the evacuation center. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities with regards to what to do and where to go.
TsunamiRemember what happened in Japan in 2011? Tsunami usually occurs after a major earthquake like the magnitude 9.0 quake in Japan. And so, it is highly advisable to be vigilant after a strong earthquake. Watch out for aftershocks as they might come in tsunami form.
If the local disaster agency issues a tsunami red alert, you should never neglect it. Stay with the rest of the guests and follow the orders of the authorities.
This article was written by Ashley O’connor. She is a travel buff and is very particular with regards to travel safety. Whether she stays in a modest motel or a famous hotel like the Palms Casino Resort, she always checks the emergency exits. Follow here on Twitter @AshleyOconnor82 or on Google+.
Think for a moment about the great variety of apocalyptic scenarios. The world could be invaded by two headed aliens with astonishing speed and strength. Zombies could cause ultimate devastation in the hunt for human victims. Rabid werewolves might even begin to populate the previously pleasant pastures of England. So what are you going to do about it? Will you run for the hills or prepare for the fight? If you really want to save humanity then it's time to start learning martial arts!
Study the Legends of Martial ArtsYou will have to follow the example of martial artists such as Bruce Lee and Chia-Hui Liu if you want to stand the best chance of beating the evil-minded invaders. Dedicate yourself to the various martial arts disciplines and use criticism as the motivation to strive for physical perfection. Act with ultimate dignity and be prepared to fight your most fearsome enemies to the death. Remember the importance of being 10 steps ahead and inflicting as much pain as necessary.
Learn the Most Devastating Martial ArtsYou face the risk of being bitten, clawed and gouged by the creatures of the night, or even day. It's for this reason that you should learn the counter attacking moves of Wing Chun and Krav Maga. The first of these methods was developed by Bruce Lee as a means of combat against larger fighters. It would prove very effective in a battle against the reincarnated Frankenstein or mugger in a society in upheaval. The Krav Maga techniques may be used if you want to disarm gun and knife wielding enemies.
You might choose to develop your skills under the guidance of Muay Thai experts. They'll teach you how to deliver powerful elbow punches and kicks as a means of dislodging the teeth of desperate vampires and werewolves. You may even be interested in learning Silat, an ancient martial art which was developed as a means of inflicting pain and suffering on invading hordes. This method involves quick fire punches and kicks to vulnerable areas of the body. It will give your enemies good reason to fear.
Perfect the Use of Martial Arts WeaponsAny aliens who watched Bruce Lee wielding a pair of Nunchakus could be forgiven for their reluctance to visit earth. Of course you can learn how to generate the same sense of fear by training in the use of these chain-linked sticks. Alternatively you could follow the example of Beatrix Kiddo and use a samurai sword to decapitate the heads of your enemies. There is also the option of training in the use of bladed weapons such as the Sai and Kama. You might even build a collection of martial arts weapons for use during apocalyptic battles.
Face Your Challenge with Courage and DeterminationYou are bound to feel a little concerned about your role as the chosen saviour of earth. However, if you've trained in the martial arts then you could draw inspiration from the words of Hakuin: 'Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat'.
Sam Butterworth is a martials arts enthusiast, a blogger and someone who likes to be prepared for the worst. He works with Martial Art Shop, a retailer of martial arts weapons and training gear based in the UK.
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