Preparing For Disasters

It may be impossible to predict when "Mother Nature" will let loose her furies, but regardless of the type of disaster, planning for the "before, during, and after," is the only course to survival.

  • Learn how to cope with hurricanes, tornadoes, heat exhaustion and more.
  • Prepare your communications plan to keep in touch with family.
  • Plan for shelter — at home or in an evacuation situation.
  • Learn how to cope with an extended power outage.

Then practice, practice, practice!

Is It Possible to Survive a Nuclear Attack?

What Would Happen to People After a Nuclear Attack?

If any country was to receive a nuclear attack, people close to a nuclear explosion would in all likelihood be killed by the blast, or by the heat or initial nuclear radiation of the nuclear fireball. There would be heavy damage to all surroundings.


The Truth About Potassium Iodide

During the melt down of the reactors in Japan in 2011 and again now, with North Korea threatening to send nuclear bombs our way, potassium iodide (chemical name is KI) has flown off the shelves. This may not be a good thing — or even necessary for everyone.

What Potassium Iodide Does and Does Not Do


How to Survive "Mother Nature's" Disasters

Why learn about natural disasters? Because we want to survive! I do — don't you?

Many weather-related disasters are somewhat predictable by our learned "weather" people — others happen without warning. Preparing for all types of disasters in advance is important for your family's survival. "In advance" is the key phrase here — which means we all need to plan.[...]


Prepping For a Power Outage

Could you survive 10 days without electricity?

Did you watch the movie "American Blackout"? I did! Was it ever an eye-opener! Yes, it's just a movie (though portrayed as "reality" rather than Hollywood-ized), but we are all aware of times when the power has been out for an extended period of time.

Remember Katrina? Sandy? The big blackout along the East Coast extending into Canada several years ago? [...]


Emergency Shelters: Shelter In Place, Build a Safe Room, or Evacuate?

Emergency shelters can be any place or structure that gives protection. While it can be a tent, a cave, a lean-to, or an underground shelter, hopefully in a crisis, it can still be your home. Not all disaster situations will render your home unable to give you emergency shelter.

But if your home has been destroyed, then temporary shelters like [...]


5 Simple Steps to an Organized Evacuation Plan

When everyone has an assigned task, your family can be packed and out of town before most others can grab their dog. Hopefully you will never have to evacuate your home, but having a plan can eliminate the chaos and tears.

When I began thinking about evacuation last year when a wild fire came within 200 yards of our home, I honestly panicked. [...]


How To Beat the Next "Real Life" Crisis

My husband is flying around the galaxy delivering gold, food, and sundries to space stations on other worlds. Yes, he's playing an XBox game called, Elite: Dangerous. He wants me to learn it and play with him. But I can't bring myself to get interested — it's too much like REAL life — except that it takes place in space. Nope, not interested.

But lately, real life is . . . well . . . UNREAL!  With world powers [...]


What Are the Chances of Surviving the Mammoth Yellowstone Eruption?

If you live in the American West, the ever present (although rare) danger of the Yellowstone caldera exploding is simply a fact of life. It's been a while since it's exploded so it's probably coming due again.

Most people that watch the science and documentary programs on this phenomenon are simply resigned to their fate: If the caldera explodes, [...]


Take the Survival Preparedness Challenge!

A disaster can strike with little or no warning at any moment. If you aren’t already prepared, disaster can turn into a tragedy. How will you and your family cope with it? Do you have a plan? Can you live without these [normal] services?

Today I want to challenge you to test your emergency preparedness skills; take the Survival Preparedness Challenge.[...]


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