Traveling alone requires its own sort of preparedness. If something is going to go wrong with your vehicle, chances are high that it will happen while you’re on a road trip. Maybe not a high chance, but it sure does seem that way.
Unpredictable weather and the possibility of various apocalyptic events have led to a spike in everyday citizens getting their ‘ticket’ or ‘ham’ radio license. Ham radios are a reliable way to communicate and have been around for a hundred years. They are the ultimate emergency radio. We will examine why you need a license for a […]
Because we are experiencing more disasters (specifically extreme weather like hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, and more), the booming need for disaster response technicians has expanded into most regions in the US.
EEBDs (emergency escape breathing devices) are common in specific work environments. Escape hoods and escape respirators protect employees from occupational diseases. But having one at home is handy, too. We’ve come to a place where we must expect the unexpected. Adding escape hoods to a family emergency plan or fire drill isn’t an overreaction; it’s just preparation.
Walking into a hardware store can get real confusing, real quick. All you want to do is chop some firewood or start that wood project, but you see a wall of shiny cutting tools, and they honestly all look the same sometimes.
You don’t have to be deep in bushcraft to appreciate fatwood. Fatwood knowledge goes a long way to ensuring warmth and light in a worst-case scenario.
The water is the last place you think of when it comes to fire danger. One minute there is a cool mist hitting your face, and the next, there is a blaze in the middle of the bay. Most importantly, you must stay calm. Freaking out (which is totally reasonable) will only make matters worse […]
Rolling blackouts are annoying, but they also get pretty dangerous. Generally, a rolling blackout happens during extreme cold and heat because of the demand on the electric grid in addition to storms & other natural disasters. High energy demand is the 6th leading cause of power outages, and just like weather events, there isn’t much […]
Snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes – having an emergency action plan is vital to surviving any disaster in one piece. If you already have, it never hurts to update it and remind everyone what to expect, including the unexpected. Let’s run through why you should have an emergency action plan and where to start when creating one.
One-third of all Americans have come face to face with extreme weather in recent years. It stands to reason that a good chunk of those weather emergencies include frigid and dangerous winter conditions. We’ve seen recent proof that power grids can fail when we need them the most, and dying of hypothermia becomes a real […]
Frozen pipes can lead to burst pipes, leading to a massive headache. But, you can take steps towards preventing freezing pipes altogether. Let’s look at why a dripping faucet works during cold weather and how else you can avoid winter freezing your pipelines.
Fire trucks are part of the cacophony of sirens that respond to an emergency. And if you’ve been part of one, maybe you’ve wondered why the fire department even responds when there are no flames involved. We’ll look at why does the fire department respond to medical emergencies and what they do while on the scene.
Children plus water sometimes equals stress and anxiety. And we can’t leave out the adults who don’t quite understand the importance of water safety. Let’s dive deeply into why is water safety important to you and your family and how you can prevent drowning accidents.
Getting a PO box is not sketchy behavior, regardless of the way TV shows portray it. The actual question is, why don’t more people get a post office box? Let’s look at what a PO box is and why you might consider getting one.
What sucks most about blizzards is that they seem to happen when we’re caught at work or on the road. But that’s what makes it so important to know if one is headed your way, even if the conditions are blizzard-friendly. Let’s examine why do blizzards happen and why getting caught in one is dangerous.
Weather-related myths and misconceptions are commonplace, but this isn’t one of them. The safest room in your house is always going to be the bathroom. Let’s learn how to protect yourself from a tornado and why the bathroom is the safest place in a tornado to take shelter.
You hear a lot about the dangers of tsunamis associated with earthquakes, with good reason. But fires are the second most dangerous hazard involved in an earthquake. Let’s look at why earthquakes often cause damaging fires and how you and yours can remain safe after it’s passed.
Power outages are annoying. But the waiting game makes it outright dangerous when it’s cold outside. Let’s look at why the power goes out when it’s cold outside and what you can do to prepare.
We know that freezing temps outside can lead to frozen pipes inside. And, where we live, it can sometimes worsen due to a lack of proper insulation. For example, it’s actually more common for pipelines to freeze in Texas than in Michigan. Because the climate is warmer in Texas, they naturally have less insulation.
Once you’ve seen signs of frozen water pipes, it’s sometimes too late to prevent them from bursting entirely. Let’s look at why pipes burst and the steps you can take to prevent thousands of dollars in damage.
It can seem there’s a gremlin in your phone, sometimes. It decides when to work and when to work your nerves. Let’s troubleshoot what to do when your phone says emergency calls only, so you don’t throw it into the river (especially when you really do need it to work).
For years, there’s been a call for more public access to defibrillators. It’s because, like all first aid, they save lives and are relevantly easy to deploy. Let’s look closer at the reasons why defibrillators are important and how to get better access to them.
Taking a CPR class is one of those things that we put off, but we really shouldn’t. We never know when we will face an emergency where we are the only source of oxygen for the injured. CPR classes are super accessible through the American Red Cross. The class is affordable and only lasts around five […]
In 2021, there 1,376 tornadoes were reported in the United States. And every single one of them came with short notice of an incoming weather event.
Just because you don’t feel an earthquake doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Thankfully, most at-risk coastal regions have tsunami sirens, and the internet keeps the world connected with push notifications. But that doesn’t mean it’s a 100% surety that you will get a fair warning.
It’s hot, and the beach is a trusted oasis. But beach safety is necessary to avoid getting yanked out into the water by a rip current. The National Weather Service Offices in Tallahassee, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama, have reported 191 fatalities related to rip currents in their region. We will explain why are rip currents dangerous, so you can enjoy […]
A lot of us think thunderstorms are borderline magic. But, along with that beauty comes tons of dangers. Let’s look at why are thunderstorms dangerous so we better understand why we can’t just play in a thunderstorm.
Okay, so the funny thing is that people have claimed that driving barefoot is illegal for decades. The truth is, you won’t find a single law in the US saying you can’t. But you shouldn’t. We will check out why you should avoid driving barefoot, as tempting as it is.
Have you ever just been caught without a bandaid? A first aid kit is made for any emergency, whether a scraped knee or increasingly bad blood loss.
There is a 50/50 chance that you’re reading this and are already annoyed because your toilet pipes are frozen. But don’t fear. We are here to break down what to do when you’ve woken up to this particular nightmare and how to try and head it off before it happens.
In the US, fire departments respond to around 350,000 house fires annually. And the estimated rate is an average of one every 23 seconds.
Hurricanes are vicious storms that bring dangerous storm surges and high-forced winds. Extreme weather occurrences are becoming more frequent and robust, making understanding how they work necessary. We will take a closer look at what part of a hurricane is the most dangerous and how it fits into the entire system.
When your hands get cold, misery is sure to follow. But it isn’t just about comfort. You lose a considerable amount of body heat through your hands. That could mean the difference between surviving and not-so-much surviving in a winter-related emergency. Let’s look at exactly why are mittens warmer than gloves, and how they differ and […]
When the electricity flickers, we hold our breath. And, we curse when it goes out and stays out. We will look at why do storms cause power outages and how best to handle the next one.
Okay, well, it does snow in Florida; it’s just rare. There’s a scientific reason behind the whole thing. We will explain why it snows in Texas but not so often in Florida. And what that means for its residents and visitors.
No doubt, basements are helpful, especially as a storm shelter. But Florida is quite literally in the middle of the swamp, which means that underground anything is pretty sketchy. Let’s take a quick look at why you won’t find many basements in Florida and why above-ground shelter options may work for you.
If you’re picturing an actual tent in your attic, don’t worry, we did, too. Alas, an attic tent is not some ready-made fort on your top floor. Let’s learn the ins and outs of attic tents and check whether it’s worth it or not.
It feels like there are only two candle options – 99¢ or $100,000. Okay, so not quite that bad, but let’s be serious; paying $100 for something that supposedly smells like bark and will burn out relatively quickly feels sorta insane. Let’s look at why candles are so expensive and what you can do about […]
All weather events are unpredictable and come with dangers. Hurricanes top the list of the most savage storm systems.
You’re enjoying a lovely sunny day; out of nowhere, a stinging insect decides you’re its target. It’s not like the bee zeros in; it’s just that we get in its way or it feels threatened.
Batteries will be one of the only power sources left when the world ends. Plus, most of the modern world uses them to do everyday tasks.
Most of us hear battery acid, and we know to take caution. But why? Let’s look at why battery acid is dangerous and how you can avoid exposure.
Sure, self-reliance is about putting your independence and confidence first. But, the better your self-reliance is, the better of an asset you are to other people. We will explain what self-reliance is and highlight the reasons to answer why is self-reliance important.
You’ll buy a bunch of guns over your lifetime, but you’ll likely only invest in one or two gun safes. With that sort of investment, you want the best bang for your buck.
You might want to store emergency food long-term for a ton of reasons that haven’t anything to do with a possible impending doomsday. Healthy foods, in particular, not only last longer when preserving them, but they actually retain more nutrients when stored correctly.
Most disaster-preparedness kit checklists has an emergency radio listed. But what does that even mean? You type it into Google and are instantly hit with a million different options. We will break down why an emergency radio is important and what options are out there that suit your survival needs.
Life is too unpredictable not to have at least some emergency food on hand at all times. It’s not an overreaction; it is preparedness. We will take a closer look at the best emergency foods to stock up on and how to safely maintain it.
The sun powers the solar cells, but you have to have a way to turn that into usable energy. Let’s look at what an inverter is and why you need one to power your solar panels.
Grid failures and catastrophic weather events are further proof that emergency preparedness is vital to survival and certainly not an overreaction. But you don’t have to panic, either. Let’s look at why emergency preparedness is important and how you make sure you’re ready for anything.
Does ramen expire or can it be used as a survival food?