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Home Fire & Explosions Preparing Your Home

What Is an Escape Hood? What Is It Used For?

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.

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Power Outages

Why Are They Doing Rolling Blackouts? Here’s How To Prepare.

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 […]

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Winter Weather Preparing Your Home

5+ Things To Do If Heat Goes Out In Winter

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 […]

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Winter Weather Preparing Your Home

Why Should You Drip Faucets Cold Weather Explained

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.

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Evacuation Communication Plans Home Fire & Explosions

Why Does The Fire Department Respond To Medical Emergencies?

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.

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Know Your Risk Floods

Why Is Water Safety Important? Here Are 4+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Preparing Your Home Cybersecurity

6+ Reasons Why To Get a PO Box

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.

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Winter Weather

Why Do Blizzards Happen? Here Are 7+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Tornadoes Shelter

6+ Reasons Why The Bathroom Is The Safest Place In A Tornado

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.

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Earthquakes Know Your Risk

Why Do Earthquakes Often Cause Damaging Fires?

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.

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Winter Weather Preparing Your Home

Why Does The Power Go Out When It’s Cold?

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.

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Winter Weather Preparing Your Home

Why Wrap Pipes In Winter? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Winter Weather Disaster Clean Up Preparing Your Home

Why Do Pipes Burst In The Winter? Here’s How To Prevent It.

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.

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Communication Plans Cybersecurity

What To Do When Your Phone Says Emergency Calls Only

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).

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Tornadoes

Why Are Tornadoes Dangerous? Here Are 4+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Tsunamis

Why Are Tsunamis So Dangerous? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Tsunamis Know Your Risk

Why Are Rip Currents Dangerous? Here Are 6+ Reasons Why.

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 […]

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Severe Weather & Thunderstorms Know Your Risk

Why Are Thunderstorms Dangerous? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Winter Weather Disaster Clean Up

What To Do When Toilet Pipes Freeze

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.

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Home Fire & Explosions Communication Plans

Why Are Fire Drills Important? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Hurricanes Know Your Risk

What Part of A Hurricane Is The Most Dangerous?

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.

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Winter Weather Emergency Supplies

Why Are Mittens Warmer Than Gloves? Which One Is Better?

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 […]

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Severe Weather & Thunderstorms Know Your Risk

Why Do Storms Cause Power Outages?

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.

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Winter Weather

Why Does It Snow In Texas But Not Florida?

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.

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Hurricanes Know Your Risk

Why Are Hurricanes So Dangerous? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

All weather events are unpredictable and come with dangers. Hurricanes top the list of the most savage storm systems.

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Hazardous Materials & Chemicals Emergency Supplies

Why Do Alkaline Batteries Leak? Here’s How To Prevent It.

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.

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Hazardous Materials & Chemicals Know Your Risk

Why Is Battery Acid Dangerous? Here Are 5+ Reasons Why.

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.

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Power Outages Preparing Your Home

Why Do Solar Cells Need An Inverter?

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.

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Hurricanes Preparing Your Home

What are Hurricane Screens? How Should I Use Them?

Hurricane screens are translucent, and made from lightweight polypropylene fabric. They can be permanently mounted and rolled out of the way and quickly deployed in case of a hurricane. However, they exist as part of a spectrum of hurricane home protection. If you live along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you’re no stranger to hurricane […]

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Hurricanes Tornadoes

What Is the Difference Between a Tornado and a Hurricane?

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Cyclones. Typhoons. There are so many words associated with dangerous storms that spin around, it can be confusing to keep them all straight.

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Hurricanes

All You Need to Know about the Eye of a Hurricane

One might argue there is nothing calm and quiet about a hurricane. As you’re about to find out, that’s wrong. There is a calm, sunny, peaceful part of a hurricane — and it’s dead in the center of it.

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Hurricanes Know Your Risk

When is Hurricane Season in Florida and What Should I Expect?

Hurricane Season in Florida starts June 1 and runs through November 30, but there’s also a mini-hurricane season within that time span. It’s when the tropics are most ripe and active and it runs eight weeks from mid-August to mid-October. 

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Tornadoes Alerts And Warnings

6 Signs of a Tornado That You Should Know & What to Do If You See a Tornado Approaching

Few things can strike fear into a person more than the blast of a tornado siren. An average of 1,200 tornadoes strike in the United States each year. With proper tornado safety training and learning the signs of a tornado, we can all be better prepared to protect our families and homes when a funnel […]

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Shelter Tornadoes

Above Ground Tornado Shelters: Everything You Need To Know

You live in Tornado Alley. While spring brings warmer weather, March through June brings the threat of storm systems that can spawn deadly tornadoes. The 2021 tornado season was one of the worst ever, with the season extending through December for an unusual late-autumn outbreak across the south and Midwest.

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Tornadoes

11+ Alabama Tornado Facts

Ask any Alabamian where they were on April 27, 2011, and a pang of sadness will come over their faces as they tell you about the day they lived through hell. Alabama was part of the 2011 Super Outbreak of tornadoes that swept through a large portion of the country, but no doubt Alabama took the […]

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Tornadoes

8+ Illinois Tornado Facts You Should Know

Tornadoes are just as intense as they are fascinating. If you’ve ever gotten to see one from a safe distance, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe at the power of mother nature. 

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Hurricanes Preparing Your Home

What You Need To Know About Rolling Shutters for a Hurricane

Hurricane season is always right around the corner for people who live on the east coast of the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration state that the 2022 hurricane season will officially begin June 1st. It is essential to find ways to keep your home intact. Roll Down or Rolling shutters for a […]

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Shelter Severe Weather & Thunderstorms Tornadoes

5+ Considerations Before Buying a Storm Shelter

A Storm shelter is a pretty broad term for a safe structure that protects people from bad weather, such as: Tornadoes Hurricanes Wind Storms Flying Debris Earthquakes But, for any safe room or tornado shelter to be an actual storm shelter, it must meet FEMA’s criteria. Let’s explore the types and considerations that go into buying a storm […]

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Shelter Tornadoes

Below Ground Tornado Shelters: Everything You Need To Know

Before you throw down your cash for a below-ground refuge, let’s dig into everything you need to know about below ground tornado shelters. The weather is unpredictable, and catastrophic storms sometimes hit out of nowhere. The weather doesn’t care where you live, either. Tornadoes seem to be getting stronger and more frequent. And, the only […]

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Shelter Severe Weather & Thunderstorms Tornadoes

What To Know About Storm Shelters For Your Family

Extreme weather is now a regular occurrence in the United States. Record-setting hurricanes and more-than-one-mile wide tornadoes can hit nearly anywhere. Storm shelters are certainly not something everyone owns or even has access to. But, many families don’t know that there are various types of sanctuary structures (beyond your bathroom!). 

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Power Outages Preparing Your Home

12+ Tips for What To Do During an Extended Power Outage

Extended power outages might be more than just an inconvenience. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly (rather than planned), but an extended power outage (especially in the winter) can start affecting the community, economy, and critical supply chains that even the most self-sufficient American rely on every day. An extended […]

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Hurricanes Evacuation

Florida Evacuation Information

An evacuation in Florida almost always happens due to a hurricane, however, it can happen for a range of reasons as we recently saw with the Surfside Condo Collapse. That said, this resource will focus on Florid Hurricane Evacuation Information. With so many new transplants and new residents, not everyone in Florida has practice with […]