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Preparing Your Home

What You Need to Know About Buying a Home Freeze Dryer

I’m always looking for new ways to store food for the long-term. Having a reserve of food on hand is a great way to stay prepared when the power goes out for a couple of days or more serious natural disaster strikes. One thing I have been thinking about a lot lately is using an […]

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Preparing Your Home

How to Create a Custom Gun Safe Room for Effective Storage

I hear from plenty of gun owners that guns are just like tattoos, once you get the first one, you’re going to get more!  Firearms are great for self-defense, sports, and collecting. Keeping your collection safe becomes a bigger and bigger challenge with the more firearms you purchase. A gun safe room can help you […]

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Preparing Your Home

11 Types of Sliding Glass Door Locks (With Security Rating & Examples)

Sliding glass doors are a modern convenience that many homeowners enjoy. They provide easy access to the outdoors and can make a home feel more spacious. However, they can also be vulnerable to theft or burglary, which is why it’s important to secure them with a good lock. There are many different types of sliding […]

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Preparing Your Home

Bullet-Resistant Drywall & Wall Panels: All You Need To Know

Right, so there is a 50/50 chance you’ve never heard of bulletproof drywall. It isn’t quite as cool as ‘bulletproof glass’ or bulletproof armor and has no production quality.

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Preparing Your Home

Bulletproof Glass: What You Should Know

The first thing you need to know is that foolproof bulletproof glass doesn’t exist. It is a movie thing that we’ve convinced ourselves is real. With that pesky fact out of the way, you can get a glass that can withstand quite a beating, including small-caliber weapons. But, if you’re planning to OK Corral a […]

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Know Your Risk Preparing Your Home

Essential Body Armor Guide for Regular People

We get vivid images when we think about body armor – law enforcement, military, Batman. (Please don’t wear the last with any expectation other than Cosplay)

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Know Your Risk

Is Vinegar Flammable? What To Consider When Storing Safely

For thousands of years, vinegar has been used as an antiseptic and preservative.  If you’re looking at being in a situation where you have to provide for yourself and your family for an extended period of time, having a large supply of vinegar on hand will be essential. Because vinegar has such an acidic smell, […]

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Shelter

How to Construct & Live In a Long Term Survival Shelter

Just because you take the time to learn something doesn’t mean you will ever have to use it. But, it’s better to know that not to know.

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Emergency Supplies

10 Reasons Not to Use Wasp Spray for Self-Defense

Self-defense is one of the most important things you can learn. Not only will basic self-defense skills keep you safe in dangerous situations, they will also build your personal confidence. There are plenty of martial arts and weapons that can keep you safe, but wasp spray isn’t one of them.  Using wasp spray self defense […]

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Preparing Your Home

10 Proven Strategies for Increasing Apartment Door Security

Home safety is important, and no matter how low crime drops, that concern is still omnipresent. Even homeowners or renters in a small town feel these concerns, logical or not. However, just because you want to be secure, does not mean you need to be paranoid about it. There are steps that you not only […]

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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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Emergency Supplies Evacuation

How To Build an Emergency Bag For Cars To Get You Home

Are you and the adult drivers in your family prepared for a roadside breakdown? According to the AAA, of the millions of motorist roadside assistance calls they receive, dead car batteries and flat tires lead the pack.

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Emergency Supplies

Shelf Life of Gatorade: When Do I Throw it Away?

What started as a test drink on the football field of the University of Florida, hence the “Gator” in the name, is now a global drink used by athletes and non-athletes for energy and electrolytes.

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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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Alerts And Warnings

What Is a Civil Emergency Message & How To Respond?

A Civil Emergency message is a warning issued by your local, state, or national government agency. The message warns the general public of threats that are either imminent or in progress.

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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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Preparing Your Home

How Much Do Bulletproof Windows Cost? Are They Worth It?

The bulletproof glass you see in the movies and television is not reality.  In reality, bullet-resistant glass will protect you from all sorts of projectiles, but genuinely bulletproof glass is a myth. It might catch a bullet or two, and certainly, it slows them down, but if you’re planning on a shootout, don’t let bullet proof windows […]

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Preparing Your Home

High Security Windows for Homes in US Explained

We see famous people behind high security windows every day. But, they aren’t just for them. You have a right to be as safe as any celebrity or politician.  We think high security windows, and we picture shootouts, police stations, and maybe bulletproof glass or windows. That is not the reality of it. Bullet-resistant glass […]

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Preparing Your Home

5+ Proven Techniques for Securing a Bedroom Door

Before we jump straight to a makeshift panic room scenario, there are a gazillion other reasons you would want to secure your bedroom door. And we will get into them shortly. We all know that simple locks for bedroom door sometimes just aren’t enough to keep the things we want out – out. 

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Evacuation Preparing Your Home

How to Break Down a Door in a Family Emergency

Sometimes on a random Tuesday, catastrophe strikes. You don’t have a way to predict it, but there are ways you can prepare for it. And, if saving the life of your family means knowing how to break down a door.

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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

How To Research & Shop for Underground Bunkers

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Weather, unrest, and even war are things that can happen in an instant. One look at the newspaper, and we all know it. Most of us force ourselves to deny it because brains are funny things, but should we?

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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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Emergency Supplies Evacuation

10+ Essentials That Should Be in Every Bug Out Bag

The bug out bag is a survival kit (or simply emergency kit) that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy two hours on their own. It can be easy to forget these essential items when you need them the most so make sure to start packing now! In this article, we’ll cover […]

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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 […]