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Earthquake Preparedness At Home

Earthquake Preparedness At Home

Having lived and worked in the Bay Area of California for nearly 15 years (not there anymore...), I experienced quite a number of earthquakes and learned to live with the threat of earthquakes 24/7. I will never forget 'the first time'... It wasn't long after we moved...

Stunning Simulation Video Of Asteroid Belt

Stunning Simulation Video Of Asteroid Belt

The following asteroid belt visualization shows just how surrounded we are on planet Earth -- in the middle of an asteroid shooting gallery... Most asteroids come from a region in space between the planets Mars and Jupiter called the asteroid belt - a place loaded...

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 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...

Preparing For A Major Winter Snowstorm

Preparing For A Major Winter Snowstorm

Here is a list of things you might do while preparing for a major winter snowstorm or blizzard...   Food Supply At Home And In Your Vehicle Don't be one of those in the crowd of panicked sheeple who are shoulder-to-shoulder in the grocery store the day before or...

When You Lose Power For A Week And Temps Are Below Freezing

When You Lose Power For A Week And Temps Are Below Freezing

If you live in a climate where winter temperatures readily fall below freezing, you have special concerns (or at least you should) about what you would do if you lost power for a week. Your biggest concern will probably (rapidly) become HEAT, more specifically the...

Generator Maintenance For Preparedness

Generator Maintenance For Preparedness

One of the most basic preparedness items is a generator. They do a great job for short-term power outage situations and many people have them. What many people ignore however is generator maintenance - which is crucial in order to be assured that during the next power...

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')....

Tornado Myths

Tornado Myths

There are many myths about tornadoes. Do any of these sound familiar?   MYTH: If a tornado is approaching, opening windows will equalize pressure and prevent your house from exploding. REALITY: This tornado myth is based on the assumption that a tornado's low...

Without Electricity…

Without Electricity…

When the power goes out, and when you're without electricity, life as you know it - STOPS. Our way of life as a civilization requires electricity. Without the 'lifeblood' of electricity, many of you would perish (after awhile). Literally. How long would it take (to...

On The Verge Of Human Catastrophe In California

On The Verge Of Human Catastrophe In California

Should this California drought persist much longer, there will suddenly be a turning point where severely affected residents will reach an "oh shit" moment when they realize that the water is gone and they need to get out... The state of California is facing a Water...

Earthquakes During 2014 In USA

Earthquakes During 2014 In USA

I've created a kmz file (Google Earth) of the earthquakes which occurred in the United States during 2014, magnitude 2.0 or greater - interesting to browse, not only for preparedness sake, but for fun... I've circled a few particular regions (shown above) where there...

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...

Plan For, And Escape Smoke & Fire In Your Home

Plan For, And Escape Smoke & Fire In Your Home

image: public domain Even a small fire can spread rapidly. An entire house can be engulfed in 3 minutes. You need to have a plan and be ready to act fast. Here are some important tips to stay safe during a house fire...   REPLACE SMOKE DETECTORS EVERY 8 YEARS...

Apocalyptic Doomsday Threats

Apocalyptic Doomsday Threats

Image: iibstudio for BBC FUTURE I recently came across a 'doomsday' list (actually an infographic) from BBC which listed a host of apocalyptic threats - some realistic and others not so much (IMO), while others were even humorous. So, while in the mood of listing...

How To Prevent Frostbite, Hypothermia

How To Prevent Frostbite, Hypothermia

Cold injury can occur whenever air temperature is below freezing (32 degrees F). Freezing of the skin surface is called 'frost nip'. When freezing extends deeper though the skin and flesh, the injury is called 'frostbite'. Hypothermia is a life threatening condition...

‘Winter Storm Warning’ Preparedness

‘Winter Storm Warning’ Preparedness

A Winter Storm Warning means that a winter storm is no longer just a possibility, but a certainty. While some winter storms are quite manageable in that they are a nuisance but not terribly disruptive - other winter storms have the potential to be completely...

COLD Weather Survival: Clothing

COLD Weather Survival: Clothing

One of the most difficult survival situations is a cold weather scenario. Every time you venture into the cold, you are pitting yourself against the elements. With a little bit of knowledge of the environment, proper plans, and appropriate equipment, you can overcome...

Winter Preps To Keep In Your Car

Winter Preps To Keep In Your Car

As you travel in your car during the winter months, consider these important preparedness items kept in your vehicle. Your survival may even depend on it.   The fact is, we're not always dressed appropriately for an emergency when we hop in the car to go...

Preparing For A Bad Winter

Preparing For A Bad Winter

The winter scene from my home-office window this morning Will we have a bad winter this season? Maybe, for some, but we should all be preparing for winter each and every year. The time to prepare is now - before you're buried in snow or shivering in the cold. Here are...

Hundreds Of Idaho Earthquakes Are Shattering Nerves

Hundreds Of Idaho Earthquakes Are Shattering Nerves

170 miles due west of the Yellowstone super-volcano lies the small town of Challis, Idaho - the residents of which have been shaken from a sudden swarm of earthquakes. They have a historical reason to be concerned: The Challis-Mackay region experienced extensive...

How Bad Would A Yellowstone Eruption Be?

How Bad Would A Yellowstone Eruption Be?

image source: National Geographic Mount St. Helens was tiny compared to the most dangerous category of volcano - the super volcano. The Yellowstone super volcano is located in the Yellowstone National Park of Wyoming. Try to imagine a volcanic eruption 10,000 times...

Yellowstone Super Volcano Much Larger Than Thought

Yellowstone Super Volcano Much Larger Than Thought

Image: National Park Service The Yellowstone 'super volcano' is a mega disaster eruption just waiting to happen. And if that isn't enough to capture your attention, it has been revealed that Yellowstone's underground volcanic plumbing is much bigger and better...

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather could happen at any time, anywhere. In a weather emergency, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially true during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20...

Pitch Black And The Next Carrington Event

Pitch Black And The Next Carrington Event

The next 'Carrington event' will likely plunge much of the world into pitch black as the power grids fail -- in turn wiping out much of modern humanity. The catastrophic scenario is not science fiction. Apparently, there is a one in eight chance that it could happen...

United States Drought Map

United States Drought Map

Drought is related to, and/or is an interaction with a variety of factors and forces. Hop directly to the LIVE maps These factors and forces may include heat waves, storm-track variations, the Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO), El-Nino, solar variability, deep ocean...

300 Foot Tsunami and East Coast Destruction

300 Foot Tsunami and East Coast Destruction

'Hierro', a volcano and island of the Canary Islands of Spain (named 'El Hierro'), summits at 1500 meters (4,900 feet), and has gone through periods of highly active earthquake swarms - which leads some to believe that someday 'something' may happen. A tsunami.  ...

Winter Storm Preparedness

Winter Storm Preparedness

When there are forecasts of a winter storm bearing down on you, remember this... BEFORE the winter storm hits, check the following winter weather preparedness items for your home and your vehicle...   This short list should be a general reminder of things for you...

Arctic Ice Expands 1 Million Square Miles In 1 Year

Arctic Ice Expands 1 Million Square Miles In 1 Year

Image Source: Ottawa University Nearly one-million square miles of more ice has frozen at the North Pole this year compared with the same time last year. The question is... Is an increase of 60% more ice in 1 year a sign of things to come?   2013 Artic sea ice is...

Will This Weekend’s Super Moon Trigger A Mega Quake?

Will This Weekend’s Super Moon Trigger A Mega Quake?

This weekend there will be a Super Moon. On June 23rd, the Moon becomes full at essentially the same time it reaches perigee (the closest to the earth). This near-perfect coincidence makes the Moon "super." One question, Will the extraordinary tides from the super...

Are Tornadoes More Deadly Today?

Are Tornadoes More Deadly Today?

Many people believe that tornadoes are getting worse and/or more deadly than they have been before. Since we so often hear about severe weather, storms, and tornadoes in the news, one cannot help but wonder if things are getting worse. Here is some perspective...

FEMA “Major Disaster Declarations” Rank By State

FEMA “Major Disaster Declarations” Rank By State

Since 1953, 60 years of data reveal that there have been 2,115 "Major Disaster Declarations" in the United States according to government statistics listed by FEMA. You may be surprised to discover the list of states that rank higher than the rest with regard to...