California Fires Are Wakeup Call For Preparedness

California Fires Are Wakeup Call For Preparedness

California fires are burning down everything in their path. Towns, neighborhoods and businesses have been burnt to the ground. While looking at images of the devastation it looks like a war zone. As of this posting 3,500 structures have been destroyed, 23 people have been killed, 285 remain missing, and 170,000 acres have been scorched…

Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

Full Size image   Tornadoes occur mostly in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 1,500 injuries and 65 fatalities per year in the U.S. (source: spc.noaa.gov) Here’s more about “tornado alley”, tornado facts, and how they form:   Also, a question for you… For those who live with the threat of tornadoes, do…

Tornado Preparedness – What You Should Do If…

Tornado Preparedness – What You Should Do If…

Preparedness for a tornado. During many months of the year, a large portion of the United States is at risk for tornadoes – as evidenced in the map above which shows tornado tracks from 1950 through 2011. Given the potentially massive destructive power of a tornado, the best preparedness is that of awareness (more about…

The 4 Phases of Preparing For Disaster

The 4 Phases of Preparing For Disaster

‘Disaster’ is a word that really has a broad meaning. Just exactly what is disaster? We tend to use the word very loosely and we fit it in to a variety of contexts. For your overall preparedness for ‘disaster’ you might consider breaking its meaning down into four stages or phases – making it easier…

Why You Should Only Burn Seasoned Firewood

Why You Should Only Burn Seasoned Firewood

With winter approaching and cooler weather upon us, people are beginning to load their their wood stoves with firewood. Hopefully they have purchased (or procured themselves) wood from early this year or last year, so that it has had a chance to dry out (‘season’). Burning wet wood or only partially seasoned wood in your…

The Snow On Your Roof Weighs 7 To 20 Pounds Per Cubic Foot

The Snow On Your Roof Weighs 7 To 20 Pounds Per Cubic Foot

2015 has brought ‘tons’ of record snow onto the roofs of buildings all across New England. The weight load of the accumulated snow on a roof is astounding, and dangerous. Today I had the pleasure (sarcasm) of shoveling most of the snow off the roof of my 5th-wheel trailer. I should have shoveled it sooner,…