Guest Post- Danielle M.
The Colorado flooding earlier this year washed away highways, interstates and even small towns. In its wake, it left behind another lesson on disaster clean up and preparedness.
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Heavy rainfall hit on September 9, and didn’t let up until Sept. 13. The storm front was trapped against the Rockies, which meant four days of heavy rain. Rainfall totals equaled 14.62 inches — about two-thirds of the annual rainfall for the area.
Nine people died in the flooding, and many, many more lost their homes. Eighteen towns, including Denver, were hit by flash flooding. Smaller towns high in the mountains were hit particularly hard, and assistance was a long time (Read more....)
by Stacey Thompson
Hurricanes and typhoons are very powerful storm systems that pack powerful winds and rain that have the capability of causing massive destruction to property and loss of life. For us, two hurricanes have left their mark on our collective memories, hurricanes Katrina and Sandy
Whichever side of the fence you are on about global warming, it is an undeniable fact that the more erratic and forceful weather patterns are connected to this phenomenon. The ferocity and frequency of these destructive events are increasing, and thus, more people are affected, their property and lives at the mercy of nature’s wrath.
If anything, physical evacuation from the affected area is probably the safest thing you can do, provided you have both the luxury of time ahead of the actual event, the proper logistics, and a place to stay away from the potential calamity. For those that do not have such an option, or insist on staying in their homes, it is imperative that the proper preparations (Read more....)
by Stacey Thompson
Flooding continues all around the world at a frequency and severity like we never seen before. A decade ago, this would have been considered an alarmist statement, but the incidences of destructive flooding have become so commonplace that some are already becoming desensitized to it. Give it a few more years, and it’ll be considered an everyday part of life.
For what part of this problem is caused by human carelessness is moot; if this indeed due to our carelessness, it was committed by our forebears a few generations ago. The damage has been done, and the best we can do is to not make things any worse by continuing humanity’s environmentally hazardous habits. In that sense, we are suffering due to their mistakes. Let us make sure that our own children don’t suffer on our behalf.
I realized that I didn’t cover all the bases in my previous guest post, and I aim to supplement that previous entry with more bits of advice and information. Here we go...
Once you’ve surmised how your area fares in a flooding situation (either by actual experience or finding suitable (Read more....)
When I say "apocalypse", please don't misunderstand. I actually meant any kind of destructive force,whether it's man-made or made by the wrath of Mother Nature. If one day, a nuclear holocaust or a super typhoon almost successfully destroy your home town or city, then you will need to do everything you can to survive. If you happen to live near an area where buildings and establishments are dependent on computers and all sorts of high-tech communications equipment, then consider yourself lucky. If you and your group are low on food and water, building your own communications center is a must. You can gather parts and put them together until you've successfully built a radio control device and you can call for help. However, what about those who live in the rural areas? Where exactly do you find such parts?
Actually, this isn't much of an issue anymore. Most data centers and communication centers nowadays
prefer to build their presence in the rural areas. They know for a fact that competition is strong enough in the urban scene, so they usually build and establish their businesses in places (Read more....)
Weather experts had predicted for decades that New Orleans, Louisiana, was in danger of catastrophic damage and devastation if the city received a direct hit by a large hurricane. Unfortunately, on August 29, 2005, the worst-case scenario that experts had foretold unfolded when Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a strong Category 3 storm and passed just east of the city of New Orleans. The storm left a trail of destruction that is unrivaled in modern times. The damage caused by Katrina can be broken down into several categories.
Lost Work and Productivity
Lost work and productivity are some of the hardest aspects of storm damage to accurately quantify. The fact that many jobs are provided by small businesses and self-employment makes collecting a complete data set difficult. However, the Department of Labor estimates that 230,000 jobs were permanently lost due to Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina’s most tragic statistic is the final total of 1,836 lives lost during and immediately after the storm. Nearly 1,600 were (Read more....)
Most people will tell you that both flood and earthquake disasters are extremely rare today. Even if this is true, the most recent disasters that have occurred in both the United States and beyond have been extremely devastating both emotionally and financially. If you didn’t have insurance and your house ended up in the middle of a natural disaster, how would you pay for it? Do you think that you would have enough money to potentially rebuild your entire house from scratch? Will homeowners insurance alone be enough to cover you? These are questions that everyone should be able to answer accordingly.
To answer one of the questions asked above, most homeowners insurance will not cover earthquake or flood damage. If a natural disaster occurs in a large enough area, assistance is normally provided through loans or grants by the government. This area will then be classified as a disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If this type of scenario concerns you at all, the first thing that should be done is to go over your current insurance plan with your provider to find out what is and what isn’t covered. If you live in an area that is prone to either floods (Read more....)
Nine out of ten people we've met who expressed an interest in being a survivalist or prepper, frankly, did not know their own mind. Like at the poker table, to win you must either be all in, or don't bother playing. You can't get to home plate if you keep one foot on third base.
Often the problem comes in not with someone's own head, but with the heads of people they are attached to – wives, children, mothers, fathers, pets, friends, bosses, mild acquaintances. We could recount endlessly the amount of times we met people who were conflicted by others, who vainly labored at – or sought others to labor at – convincing their son, daughter, dog, cat, minster, rabbi, imam, boss, wife, husband that they should join in the bug-out.
Truth is, everyone of the aforementioned entities has a strong vested interest in keeping you in the system. It is like asking a butcher if it's good to eat meat. If you discuss with people your desire to drop out of society – those entrenched in society, even those (Read more....)
By Surviving Survivalism
For some of you this is going to be critical – those of you who are JIC's (“just in case-ers”) or those of you who plan on bugging-out at the last moment rather than living permanently in your survival location.
I know some of you will be reading this expecting to see things like how to use a condom as a canteen and what to do with a magnifying glass and mirror if you find yourself in the desert. Those are good things to have if you have nothing else, but – the survivalist life style is one of being prepared, not playing catch up with substandard tools or equipment.
A bug out pack is not something you should plan on living from for an extended period of time. It should be relied upon to help you through the time it takes you to get from your “in-the-world” situation to your survival location.
Many survivalist writers like the U.S. Army “Alice pack” type back pack. It is large enough to carry an entrenching tool, a gas mask, a sleeping bag, a medical kit, 200 rounds of ammo, a poncho (sometimes called a “shelter half” – great for using as a shelter), a rifle cleaning kit, a compass, food, two canteens, web gear and much more.
Fully loaded it can weigh as much as 60 to 70 lbs. All good things to have, but unless you are or (Read more....)