By Stacey Thompson
As it stands, individuals have very little power to stop a calamity, especially one caused by nature. Disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions leave the land scarred and momentarily unusable; this includes its capacity to provide life giving nourishment to the creatures that live on it.
Humanity is no less reliant on the earth than the rest of the biosphere, but thanks to our race’s penchant for innovation and tool use, we are able to fare much better than the rest of them despite the trials that the natural world puts us through. Our knowledge and technological advances allow us to tame the wilds and reap bigger yields from it, often times to the detriment of the environment and the other living beings that inhabit it.
Focusing back on the present situation, the planet has become a tad more inhospitable; the global warming proponents are not exactly too happy that their projections are being realized. Of all the problems generated by this phenomena, flooding has ta (Read More....)
Fortunately, hurricanes move slowly and you should have plenty of time to get your home prepared for what the hurricane may bring. The key is to begin preparations for your home long before the storms start. Once the hurricane is on the way, you don’t have as much time, and the supplies you will need to get your home ready will be slim pickings.
Windows and Doors
During a hurricane, the most vulnerable parts of your home are the doors and windows. The wind and rain should not be as much of a problem for windows and doors, but the things that can be blown onto your windows and doors during a hurricane are the problem. The branch of a tree or a patio chair can crash right through a window or break a door down. Once that happens, the wind and rain can get inside the house and cause the roof to push up and the home to be flooded.
The most popular way to secure your windows and doors is by using marine plywood. They may be against building codes, but as a temporary fix it should work. After purchasing the plywood, cut the panels the same sizes as the window and door openings and fit them in by screwing in screws about every 20 inches apart. Don’t use old plywood from years ago because it can be warped from storage. If a board is warped, the wind can easily get behind it and rip the w (Read More....)
What You Can Do About the Drought and Rising Food Prices by MN Gordon Economic Prism
Can you believe it? Yesterday European Central Bank President Mario Draghi failed to clarify what he meant last week when he promised business leaders in London to do “whatever it takes to preserve the euro.”
Traders were looking for concrete steps to saving the euro. Instead they got muddy stumbles to nowhere. The DOW dropped 92 points in disappointment…for its fourth consecutive day of losses.
Still, we won’t dwell on it anymore today. For, if you hadn’t noticed, there’s an epic drought going on…
If you remember back in 2007, following a long dry spell, and severe water rationing, the Georgia state government was out of ideas for quenching the thirst of the parched population of Atlanta. In a moment of despair they held hands with ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain. Providentially, the heavens complied a (Read More....)
In today’s society, being prepared for the worst is no longer a sign of paranoia, terror, obsession, and superstition. As natural disasters, terrible storms, wars, riots, uprisings, and economic crises become more and more frequent, having a backup emergency plan just in case is the smart, not psychotic, thing to do. Emergency clothing, shelter, and most importantly, food and water, is an essential for every household as the world we live in becomes more and more unstable. During most emergencies, households can typically expect to be without refrigeration, electricity, and gas for at least a short period of time. Most government and federal aid takes at least three days to make an appearance when emergencies strike, so it is not in the best interest to rely on outside sources for help with food and shelter. This being said, a three day supply of food and water at the minimum should be found in every household. However, the larger the reserve, the better; having several weeks of food on hand only guarantees longer survival times if the disaster is catastrophic.
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During emergencies, citizens turn to looting, (Read More....)
Grandma knew what she was doing when she socked away row after row of Mason jars full of home-canned vegetable. Natural disasters, man-made emergencies and ordinary hard times can lead to food shortages and price gouging. Even a severe winter storm can leave you housebound and unable to get to the store. If you are building up your survival food stores, there are several types of food you should consider including the following....
1. Grocery Store Survival
Some survivalists turn their noses up at ordinary grocery store fare, but dry foods such as grains and pasta, canned meat, vegetables, milk and fruit, milk packed in aseptic cartons and bottled water are all excellent, relatively inexpensive additions to your survival food pantry.
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If you choose to take advantage of what your grocery store has to offer, your store will require regular maintenance. You will have to regularly rotate the grocery store food you keep. The easiest way to do this is to keep track of expiration dates and fill your regular kitchen pantry with items that are nearing the end of their shelf life. In order to keep your stock complete, you will have to replace the items you (Read More....)
Disaster Prep On A Budget by Dennis Evers- Disaster Prep can be expensive, particularly if you spend a small fortune on dedicated “survival” items that may or may not be used. Preparing makes good common sense, and on so many levels. There are natural disasters by the dozens, man made emergencies like chemical spills, riots, terrorism, crime and on and on. Add economic problems like high unemployment and those associated with cities laying off law enforcement and other emergency services due to budget problems and you have the perfect storm looming on the horizon.
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Most of us living within our means have a limited amount of discretionary income for prepping. With that in mind, preparing on a budget is important and purchasing inexpensive yet functional as well as multi-use items that can be used on a regular basis as well will help stretch every penny you spend.
Let There be Light
One of the most important accessory in every disaster kit is some sort of light. Light is necessary to work and navigate by, but psychologically, it is essential to help mitigate some of the fear associated with disas (Read More....)