Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to Fortify Your House in a Disaster

Today's world seems to present more danger than ever before. In addition to home invasions, burglaries, terrorist attacks and more there is the threat of unpredictable natural disasters. Whatever may or may not happen, it's always best to be as prepared as possible for anything and everything. While there is no guarantee that the best preparation will prevent or lessen the chances of becoming a victim, there are some steps everyone can take in their homes to increase their safety.

Security System

First is the installation of a home security system. These can be very simple or very elaborate, with closed-circuit televisions, cameras and even "safe rooms" being constructed inside one's home. Home security systems can be purchased through a number of companies, which usually charge an initial fee to install the system and then a monthly fee for monitoring. These systems can be tied in to doors and windows, setting off an alarm when someone tries to go through them. According to a Springfield MO home automation system, many systems today can be linked in to computers and smartphones, allowing homeowners to lock their doors and windows, turn lights off and on and even have a video feed from inside their home to see what is happening.


Fireproofing a home can be another wise choice. Steps that can be taken to accomplish this include having an adequate supply of fire extinguishers in the home, using concrete fiber siding and installing a steel roof. While fire extinguishers may not put out a big fire, they can provide a person or family enough of a pathway to escape outside. Concrete fiber siding is not only fireproof, but also fortifies one's home while having a 50 year warranty. Steel roofs are also good ideas because they are much less likely to burn in the event of a fire, they last for up to 100 years and can help lower utility costs.


If unable to build a "safe room" in one's home, it's still possible to build a shelter that can serve as protection for a family. Houses with basements can have a shelter constructed in an area with no windows or other openings. This room will need to have a steel door and a vent for fresh air, and be stocked with an adequate supply of food, water, medicine and other essentials. While hoping none of these events ever happen, it's smart to think ahead and prepare for natural or man-made disasters.

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance blogger that writes about home issues. Currently she is promoting Vivint.

Monday, May 27, 2013

How To Protect Your House From Wrath Of Twisters

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Tornadoes are the worst storms of nature and the worst thing about them is that they can strike with little or in some cases no warning. In fact, even a mild tornado can demolish entire neighborhoods leaving the signs of destruction spread for miles. Therefore, you should learn how to protect yourself and your family against these violent storms and where to take shelter if the calamity does strike.

Strengthen Your House Against Tornadoes:

Following lines explain how you can strengthen your house to wither the fierce storm successfully.

  • Roof Shingles:
  • Roof is the first part of your house that is usually blown away by the tornado. Once that happens, heavy rains will soak the insulations, drywalls and walls as there will be no bracing from the above and they will eventually collapse. Therefore, shingles near the edge of the roofs that hold them together with the walls should be in special mastic during refreshing and strengthening your home.

  • Foundation Anchors:
  • Sometimes, the tornado is so powerful that it can lift the entire house in single piece. In this regard, never leave your home’s foundations without any support and always bolt them with rest of the house and ground. There are many readymade materials available in the market to attach the house firmly with the foundations such as anchors that can fix the home to the ground firmly.

  • Rafter Fastening:
  • Fastening of the rafters to the rest of the house and walls is extremely important. Traditionally, these angled beams supporting roof sheathing were just nailed to the walls. This arrangement is rather dangerous for your house as the nails tend to split rafters apart. On the contrary, you should use things like “hurricane connectors” that are 5-15 % stronger than nails and therefore, can face the music of gyrating winds quite successfully.

  • A Tornado Room:
  • If you are building a new home in an area that is plagued by tornadoes, you should make special arrangements right from the beginning. One such arrangement is a special tornado room that can act like a bomb proof container when the tornado strikes. Select an interior room and use a strong and reinforced concrete, a steel door and do not build any windows. Furthermore, fasten the room to the ground properly as well.

  • Fortify Garage Doors:
  • A garage door is generally the weakest link in your home in case tornado or hurricane strikes it. Once your garage door is blown away, no power except God can stop the fierce winds to demolish rest of your house. In this regard, a single garage door is more likely to survive the wrath of the storm than double doors. In addition, you should use a door that is less than 9 feet wide, devoid of windows and that can withstand 50 plus pounds of pressure per square foot to shut your garage.

  • Shut Windows Up:
  • There is no point of keeping your windows and doors open to the wild twisters. Open windows allow flying debris to enter your home and fill it up like balloon that is prone to blow away. Therefore, always keep your windows shut in case of tornadoes and strengthen doors and walls using concrete clothes so that your house may survive the tornado.


Above mentioned are some of the tips that will allow you to protect your house and family from one of the most ruthless phenomena of nature.

Author’s Bio:

Anthony Powell is a specialist in home design structures and writes on home improvement and d├ęcor ideas like how to get cheap photos to canvas to relive your happy moments forever. To know more about him, and to read his other articles, click on canvas printing UK.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Liability and Damages in the Event of a Zombie Apocalypse

Fleeing from a horde of hungry undead is no time to think about a personal injury claim – or is it? Imagine a not-so distant future where the undead walk and you’re on the breakfast menu. Liability is still an issue when you suffer injuries due to the negligence of your undead pursuers. How are you going to obtain the compensation you deserve when the government has collapsed and all that separates you from a cruel end is the sparking end of your shotgun? Our injury attorneys look at liability in the zombie apocalypse, and the evolution of the civil justice system. It might function a lot better than you would think – in theory.

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Zombie kids and paying for damages

Children may be the first to be infected. Their weakened immune systems may not be able to hold off infection for as long as a healthy adult's. Who’s responsible for the havoc these undead ankle biters cause? Their parents. If you've suffered an injury because of something a minor did, the parent(s) of that child is usually responsible for the damages. That simple system of responsibility shouldn't change after the zombie plague spreads across the country.

How much is a claim worth?

You might be wondering how much a person injured in the zombie apocalypse can expect to receive in compensation for their damages. Typically, the value of a given claim depends on the extent of injuries suffered and the available insurance coverage. In the zombie apocalypse, however, insurance could be extinct. Adjusters are out of work, and are quite possibly the very zombies attacking your family.

How much your claim is worth in a zombie wasteland depends on how well you can defend what you already have. An attorney can take an inventory of your current offensive capabilities, and present the evidence to the defendants. Think of it as a post-modern demand package.

You also probably won't be able to file a lawsuit immediately because of the impending chaos that is going on all around you. It will be important to take photos of your injuries and damage to your property. It will also be important to keep a journal of your injuries, medical attention, and the effect your injuries are having on your day-to-day life.

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But do you have a case?

This is where it gets a little fuzzy in theoreticals. The Supreme Court has ruled in several decisions that a party cannot seek damages for the transmission of a disease in the event that there is a waiver (excluding negligence) or the transmission occurs as the result of an interaction between two consenting adults. How would a viral zombie infection be considered?

First, consent can probably be thrown out the window. Most likely, there also aren't any waivers in pace. The part that gets muddy is in the action of the infecting zombie and whether or not they are considered dead already. Can you sue a dead party for damages? Yes; but you would have to file suit against their estate and you would have to do it reasonably quickly after they are considered deceased. In most instances, you will not be able to sue a zombie's relatives for damages caused to you. You will need to file a lawsuit against the estate of the zombie before the statute of limitations expires. Typically, Tort filing limitations are not extended due to a natural disaster, so if the courts systems are functional, you may want to at least file a claim as soon as possible.

When is an infected zombie considered deceased? That will probably be for the courts to decide, but you will still want to file a suit as soon as you can. Perhaps if you are well prepared, your case will be the case wherein some of these supporting issues are decided upon.

Another consideration is where the injuries occurred. If they occurred in another person's home or in your own home, you may be able to sue an insurance company under home owner's coverage – that is, if order is restored and insurance companies still exist.

It’s the end of world, who cares about money?

It’s true; dollars have very little value in a world where food and water are in ever-dwindling supply. Let's say that insurance companies no longer exist. As a claimant in this type of environment, the compensation you may expect to receive won’t be “monetary” in the traditional sense. Medical care to treat your injuries could be worth its weight in gold, as would a ready source of clean water and sustenance. A neutral third party, a zombie arbitrator you might say, could help both sides determine an equitable settlement to provide you with the compensation you deserve, while allowing the defendant or beneficiaries of its estate to continue surviving.

If governments defeat the zombies and order is restored, a more likely scenario would be the type of situation that occurs after a natural disaster, in which insurance companies set up disaster relief units to evaluate and pay claims to many parties resulting from a singular event. Depending on where the damages occurred, you may end up filing or litigating a claim against a zombie's or estate's insurance policy.

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But I’m not the type to sue!

Zombies are people too; or at least were people. Pursuing a claim against those who've hurt you or your family is important to preserve your future well-being. The ability to sue someone who is responsible for damages against you is provided under our Country's liability system. Even under the threat of a zombie apocalypse, protections very well may be afforded to keep still-living people from descending into lawless barbarism. It's true that if our country slips into martial law, you may not be able to seek damages at that exact moment. However, once the country recovers, it would be in your best interest to seek damages as soon as possible. If you kept a journal and documented your injuries and the ensuing damages you incurred, you many not have to bear the burden of your injuries alone. Afterall, if you were infected, it could be a career-ending injury, and you deserve to receive compensation you can leave behind for your surviving family in the event they need to buy ammunition, food, or a vehicle.

However, this is all completely speculative – right?

About the author

Joseph Lombardo is a New Jersey personal injury attorney. Zombie apocalypse or not, if you’re injured in an accident, you need experienced attorneys on your side to help you recover the maximum compensation possible.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Pros and Cons of Going Off the Grid

When you think of living "off the grid" you may picture a secluded cabin in the woods with no electrical conveniences and water from a brook out back. Today, living off the grid is much more civilized than you might image. In fact, you can even live off the grid in a residential neighborhood where all your neighbors are still reliant on it.

What is Living Off the Grid?

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Image via Flickr by spanginator

Living off the grid simply means that you're living without any reliance on the power grid. You can do this even if your home is technically connected to the grid by declining services from your power company. Instead of using traditional sources of electricity, most families living off the grid generate their own power. Thus, living off the grid doesn't mean giving up electricity. It simply means creating and storing it yourself with sustainable choices such as solar panels or a wind turbine.

The Benefits of Going Off the Grid

Many people choose to live off the grid so they can enjoy a greener lifestyle that leaves a smaller carbon footprint on the earth. Over the long-term, living off of your own green energy may also be less expensive than relying on a traditional power company. You'll also enjoy the independence of living off your own power. Outages won't affect you even when the rest of the neighborhood is without power. Using your own sustainable energy is sure to make you more aware of your energy usage and may encourage you to take other energy-saving measures.

The Challenges of Going Off the Grid

Living off the grid is not without its challenges. You'll be responsible for installing and maintaining all your equipment. Setting up an independent power system is a major investment and the cost savings of living off the grid may not catch up to you for several years. If your power generation system doesn't produce adequate energy, you will simply have to wait for more. Well-maintained batteries should supply your home with adequate energy, but you'll need to keep an eye on your power usage.

Alternatives to Leaving the Grid Completely

If you're not ready to go completely off the grid, you can set up a system that allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Many electricity providers will work with you so you can stay on the grid while relying primarily on your own renewable energy. When you deplete your energy sources, you can tap back into the grid for supplementary electricity to get you through the day. Your overall power bills and energy consumption are greatly reduced, but you're never left completely without.

Making the Decision

Many personal factors come into play when it comes to living off the grid. If your home isn't already connected to the grid, setting up sustainable energy is often cheaper than running power out to your home. Your dedication to green living may also influence your choice.

Whether you live completely off the grid of just partially off, you can make great strides in energy conservation and energy independence by producing at least some of your power yourself.


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Author Bio:

Mandi Rogier writes often on a range of topics including home, garden, and green living. Many websites and blogs feature her pieces including Garden Guides, Trails, and eHow.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Surviving a Monster Tornado


On Monday May 20th a savage tornado ripped the town of Moore, Oklahoma in half. The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF-5 (over 200 mph). At one point the path of obliteration was 1.3 miles wide.

This destruction is a grim reminder of the meat hook realities that can and do happen on a regular basis. Sadly at least 24 people lost their lives, 9 of which were children.

Moore was also destroyed 14 years ago by an EF-5 tornado. The winds in that storm set the fastest wind speed record at 318 mph. That storm killed 36 people, injuring hundreds and caused $1 billion in damages much of which was insured.

Luckily more people did not perish thanks to the deep rooted preparedness of the Oklahomans. After many generations of living on the great plains people have come to a set of best practices to follow in order to survive a tornado, they are outlined below.

Before a Tornado

First off, don’t live in tornado alley.

Secondly, if you do live in an area prone to tornados, get a robust home insurance policy because your home may at some point face one of these monsters. We all know the first thing that races through your mind when you are hunkered down in your bathtub with a matress over your head and listening to your roof get torn off is “oh crap, does my homeowners insurance policy cover that?”

Seriously though, the first step to being prepared is building up and keeping an emergency kit on hand. Also, make a plan for communicating and meeting up with your family.

The most reliable source for severe weather information is through the NOAA Weather Radio, get one and turn it on during a tornado warning.

Be alert and read the skies for danger. Signs to look for include a dark and ominous green sky. Look for large hail and look for a large dark low lying cloud. Anything that starts rotating is definitely not a good sign.

Many times a tornado rolls up before the sound alarms go off. Don’t wait for an alarm, trust your senses. If you hear something like a screaming freight train run for shelter.

During a Tornado

If you are outside with no shelter, then run. Your first option is to get to your car and drive to the nearest structure that looks safe. Don’t forget to buckle up, it could be a bumpy ride.

If a tornado jumps up on you, don’t try to outrun it because you probably can’t. You might be able to get away if there is an unblocked country road. It all depends on the tornado’s trajectory. Things aren’t like the movie Twister where you can have a tornado-car chase sequence and live to tell about it.

If your car is getting nailed with debris, pull over and tuck down under the dashboard, cover yourself with whatever you can. If there are no structures nearby you will be better off locating and getting to the lowest spot you can find on the earth lay in. Lay face down and cover your head.

A mobile home is not considered a safe structure. Get out of a trailer if you are in one and crawl into a ditch or a culvert or even a creekbed.


If you can get to a structure, go into the basement or the lowest point you can get to. If there is no basement or access is blocked then go to the center of the building to a small room, closet or hallway with no windows. If the center of the structure still has a window visible do not open it. Get under a strong table or anything that can give protection from falling debris, duck down and cover up.

Storm Cellars

The absolute best place to be to survive a tornado is in a storm cellar. Storm cellars are usually accessible from outside and are safely located underground. The best storm cellars are made from steel rebar reinforced concrete. Secure a steel door on storm cellar like that and it doubles as a bomb shelter. The benefit with storm cellars is that they are below ground. Being embedded into and covered with earth makes the shelter wind resistant.

Safe Rooms

Another effective option is a safe room. Safe rooms are convenient because they are located within a home. Safe rooms also can add value to a home. Essentially a safe room is a reinforced structure anchored within the center of a home or building. FEMA construction plans for building a safe room can be found here. A safe room can be modified to withstand more than just high winds. If you line the room with layers of heavy gauge sheet metal or lead it then gets upgraded a fallout shelter.


Whether you have a basement, safe room or storm cellar be sure to have your supplies stocked up and in place for use. At a minimum, store things like bottled water, food like MREs, batteries, flashlights and a radio.

You might want to store valuable belongings and documents in your safe room as well, anything you don’t want blown away.

Think about what you will need on hand for the aftermath. You will need sturdy boots, work gloves, a medical kit and a large crowbar.

The Aftermath

After surviving the tornado you will want to go out and start trying to help the injured and the people buried in debris, this is when a medic kit and crowbar comes in handy. Be careful though, 50% of injuries happen after a tornado during rescue efforts and cleaning up.

The prepared and alert citizen will always have the advantage during times of disaster.

About the Author lives and writes from the front range of Colorado. He designed and produced the Boulder County, Colorado Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Survival Kit Needs and Wants

man drinking water on a rock It is a little difficult to pinpoint exactly what a survival kit or bug-out bag is supposed to look like. It is pretty easy to give a vague, general idea of the stuff you would want inside a bag that is supposed to keep you alive, but when it comes to giving specific answers, it can get tricky.

The general rule is each bag is supposed to be designed to fit your needs. Before you get excited and start tossing everything into your bag remember this is something you are going to be carrying. The more you put in the bag, the heavier it will be.

So, we need to revisit that general rule. You are focusing on your NEEDS, not your WANTS. This will help you narrow down the supplies and gear you choose to include in your bug-out bag.

Your first and most important need is your life. Meaning, you need to ensure your personal safety as well as have the ability to cope with first aid needs. The ability to breathe and your heart to pump are obviously pretty crucial to staying alive. You must be prepared to prevent anybody from taking those things from you. However, if at all possible, avoid any confrontations. Whether you win or lose, you are still wasting valuable energy. Along with that, you also need to think before you act. Do not jump into a raging river. It is likely to rob you of your breath and quite possibly your life.

Once your personal safety need is addressed, you need to focus on your core body temperature. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather on hikes or even a trip to the store. Your clothing is your first line of defense against the elements. If you are packing for an overnight trip, keep this in mind.

The third need you must consider is hydration. Either carry water with you or make sure you have access to clean drinking water. If that is not possible, you need to have some way of cleaning any water you come upon before ingesting.

Your last need is food. You need to refuel your body in order to keep going and to stay alive. Remember, food is often a want. You only need to eat enough to survive. Sure, it would be great to sit down and eat three meals a day. Unfortunately, in a survival situation, that just may not be possible.

Craig Caudill teaches about survival kits both online at and also offline at his Nature Reliance School.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Survive the Apocalypse with Your Car

Doomsday scenario time. If there was a massive apocalypse and zombies come back from dead or the Nazi party suddenly reforms and invades everywhere, what would you do? Would you be prepared? Probably not. There are a lot of things you would need, and a car is definitely one of them. It has to be a tough car that can survive the ruggedness of off-road driving, debris from apocalyptic war and be reliable on the road at all times. Below are some suggestions for five different vehicles that you might want during a doomsday scenario, all with their own pluses and minuses.


The hummer was originally a massive military vehicle, able to withstand a lot of gunfire and shrapnel from war, as well as be a reliable car on the road. With good tires and some extra accessories on the outside of the massive car, you’ll be very set with safety while cruising from place to place and be able to bring a lot of supplies with you. The automobile is big enough to sleep in if necessary. Downsides are horrible gas mileage but when there’s no one manning the fuel pumps, it doesn’t really matter right?

Hummer Coming out of a Lake

Photo of a Hummer coming out of a lake by TravOC via Flickr

A Motorhome

They have used motorhomes regularly in apocalypse movies and TV shows and there is a good reason for this: They are incredibly helpful to have when all hell is breaking loose around you. The best things about a motorhome is that they are tough and you can sleep and store tons of items inside of them. If you have the proper hook ups, you can shower and cook in a motorhome as well. The downsides are obviously horrific gas mileage and the tendency to breakdown, which is relatively high over a long period of time.


Photo of a motorhome by john millar via Flickr

A Motorcycle

Believe it or not, a motorcycle is an excellent vehicle for the apocalypse, because it is small, fast and gets incredible gas mileage. All you really need is gas and motorcycle tires. However, you must be able to live virtually by yourself or with very few others and rely on your own wits away from the bike. You will be able to get in and out of situations very quickly and will be much more difficult to track down if people or things are chasing after you. Downsides are little-to-no physical protection from the vehicle itself and the general danger that comes with riding a motorcycle.


Photo of a motorcycle by motorblog via Flickr

A Hybrid

Hybrids that are relatively roomy are good, primarily because of gas mileage. They run longer and can run off of an electrical charge from time to time, when gas rations are tight. However, to help improve the incredible gas mileage, the cars are not that tough, meaning they are easily destroyed in a war zone.

Hybrid Car

Photo of a hybrid car by Stradablog via Flickr

A Massive Pick-Up Truck

As long as you have a good supply of fuel, most likely diesel fuel, there probably isn’t a better car for the apocalypse. Reliable, huge, heavy and tough, a big F-450 with tires and a grill guard can transport people and supplies just about anywhere, ram down blockades and take shrapnel, bullets, bomb blasts and probably attacks from monsters as well, depending on their size. The downside, again, is the terrible gas mileage. But if you can Road Warrior your way into a place with a great gas supply, you should be good for a while.

Pick-up Truck

Photo of a pick-up truck by Loco Steve via Flickr

Ryan Fernandez Ryan loves hiking, spending time outdoors and writing about these pasttimes.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Only Three Items Needed By a True Survivalist

Man Sunset Rifle The order of things a true survivalist needs are shelter, fire, water and food. A sudden survival situation puts a person in an immediate need of shelter to gain protection from the elements. Such protection can be clothing or a structure. Fire is used for heat, security, light and cooking. Water is critical, but not an immediate necessity. However, it is needed long before food. The acquisition of the four basic survival needs is attainable by an expert using three simple tools.

A Good Knife

A knife is by far one of the most useful tools that man has invented. It can be used to as anything from a weapon to a cooking utensil. A standard fixed blade knife should be full tang. That is, it is one piece of metal from tip to hilt. There is no separately attached handle. The tang should be overmolded with a tough non-slip material that is impervious to the elements. A so-called "survival knife" with a hollow handle and screw top is a gimmick for amateurs. Be sure to find the right knife such as those by a Benchmade knives dealer.


In the hands of an expert, cordage can be used to lash together a lean-to shelter or to set a trap to catch food. It can be used to tie a knife to a stick to make a spear. The uses for cordage are endless. The type of cordage most often preferred by survivalists is simple parachute cord. Long lengths of it can be braided or wound, which makes it easy to carry. It is extremely lightweight and strong making it highly valuable in any survival situation.

Fire Starter

Even those who have started hundreds of fires using bow drills and other primitive methods still benefit from having fire starting materials as part of the basic three tool survival kit. Nature is not going to guarantee dry tinder to easily get a fire going to ward off dangerous hypothermia. Fire steel in a kit with chemically-laced fire starting tinder that burns even when wet, can save a life in a bad situation.

These tools work together to make it possible to build or make other things necessary for survival. This is the goal of every piece of survival kit that is carried. Each piece needs to be able to accomplish multiple things or initiate something, such as fire, that provides multiple benefits. People build homes and communities to more easily support and maintain life. A survival situation is a breakdown of that support structure. A true survivalist can use skills and a few tools to rebuild the basic infrastructure needed to stay alive.

Author Bio:

Annette Hazard is a freelance blogger and enjoys writing about health and outdoors. She enjoys spending her free time hiking.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother Earth Products Food Review

by Shane White

Mother Earth Products makes several varieties of dehydrated and freeze dried foods including vegetables, TVP meats (textured vegetable protein), teas, herbs, and fruits. They also have a few soup mixes as well. Mother Earth Products does not make the instant cook meals, but an excellent job in focusing on the separate ingredients you will need in preparing the meals you are used to. They sent me a huge variety of samples, so I will try to break it down for you.

TVP Products

While reviewing their TVP products, I found that I don't have a lot of experience with them. You might take my thoughts on TVP meats with a grain of salt, or maybe snicker to yourself if you are more familiar with them. TVP means textured vegetable protein if you don't know. These products are designed to be meat extenders, or a vegetarian meat substitute and to be used in your kitchen for two years, or packaged for long term storage. Their products are also Kosher. We tried several of these including Chicken, Beef Chunks, Peperoni, and Ham. They all tasted good. For my part, I would say that if you are not familiar with this type of meat substitute, it may take a little bit to get used to the flavors. On another note, these TVP meats tasted excellent when prepared in a meal. Vegetarians, should be delighted by their excellent selection.


We only got Strawberries to try. I am sorry to say that they were so awesome that we just ate them dry. You had to be there. They were amazing! These are also Kosher, Non-GMO, and perfect for long term storage. If you are more patient than I am, you can apparently prepare them with water in just a few minutes before devouring them. They are so good.


I got to try a whole bunch of these including brocolli, peas, sweet corn, green beans, bell peppers, diced tomatoes, cabbage, spinach, and zuchinni. All were excellent tasting and very easy to prepare with just water. Their dehydrated and their freeze dried foods are also Kosher, Non-GMO, and ideal for long term storage.

Soup Blend

I got to try this with some of their vegetables mixed in. It was an excellent tasting soup and was very easy to prepare with just water.

Ham and 14 Bean Soup Mix

I love Ham and bean soup anyway so this was easy for me to review. I loved it. This product includes TVP ham in is tasted just like regular ham to me. Excellent mix with everything (including the ham) included. It was also very easy to prepare with just water.

Beef Stew

I enjoyed this mix as well. I was able to tell that the meat in it was TVP beef a little bit, but I still liked it. It was very easy to prepare with just water.


I did find that some of the packages were hard to open, but I assume that won't be a problem for most who would include a knife or other sharp object in their survival kit. Everything I tried was excellent, and upon checking their prices, they are very reasonable.

Mother Earth is also a fairly new family owned company with ambitious plans to add desert and bread mixes, as well as dairy products in the near future so check them back often.

You can check them out by visiting their web site at

See our Survival Food Page for more information on Emergency Foods.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Getting out of Dodge

Camping spot the First by Martin Lopatka
Camping spot the First, a photo by Martin Lopatka on Flickr.

When you’re prepping for disaster and emergency situations, you should have appropriate gear on hand in case you need to abandon your home. A zombie attack might not be a good time to leave but something like a hurricane or economic collapse can result in a situation when it’s better to get out of “civilized” areas. A GOOD pack of camping gear as well as your bug-out bag is what you need in case of a situation when you need to leave.

Abandoning your home with all your preps is difficult, especially when you've got three years worth of food and water stocked up. The last thing you want to worry about is not having the right gear for going out to the backwoods, away from other people. Take some time to prep some appropriate camping gear to GOOD and you’ll be set to take off at a moment’s notice.


The first thing to buy is an appropriate shelter. Think about the year-round conditions you might bug-out in and where you’re planning on going if you need to leave. You’ll also want to think of what supplies you’ll be bringing with you because a shelter can be a tent or just a tarp and groundcover—it all depends on your experience and how much room you have. If you’re well versed in primitive camping, contemplate saving room with minimal shelter supplies. But if you’re not accustomed to camping, a tent is the way to go because it’ll give you some psychological reassurance.

Sleeping Bag

You might not need a sleeping bag, depending on where you’re bugging-out. But planning for your situation and the conditions is of the utmost importance for your bedding. You’ll want to pack as light as possible but also be prepared for weather conditions for your area. Consider lightweight synthetics as they stand up to getting wet better than down if you are in an area that experiences a lot of rain or snow. If you’re in a warm clime, you can consider something more lightweight than a sleeping bag, as long as you’re comfortable.

Cooking Gear

For the bare minimum, you want to bring cook gear that does double duty both on gas and over a fire. While you might be confident in your fire-making skills, wet wood is very hard to start and can mean going hungry if you’re unable to start a fire. Instead, pack a company gas stove that you can use when you can’t make a fire. You’ll also want to think about options like the Biolite, which turns wood fires into a cellphone charge.


Finding the perfect pack can be a challenge but make sure that it fits you well and all your gear. You’ll want a pack that keeps your center of gravity as low as possible so you have the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly without falling. Huge, top heavy packs might be able to store all your gear but can leave you vulnerable. The best way to find the right pack is by trying them out. If you think the pack is too small for all your gear, make sure everything you’re packing in is absolutely necessary. After all, bugging-out supplies aren't a free-for-all, they’re about survival.

Kim Herrington is a freelance writer based in Arkansas.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Don't Wait: Steps To Prepare Your Home And Family For A Calamity

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There are many things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family for a calamity at your home. House fires, floods, tornadoes and other acts of Mother Nature can occur without warning. It is imperative that you are prepared for all types of emergencies.

Pack and Store Necessities

The first thing you need to do is pack bags or luggage that is filled with enough clothing for you and your family. Try to get at least three outfits packed for everyone. Be certain to update your emergency baggage as needed.

You need to include some non-perishable items and enough water for everyone to live off for a few days. There are many food items that you can purchase that will remain safe to eat for a long period of time. Water is by far the most important thing that you need to include in the food supply.

Have First Aid Ready

It is also important to have a first-aid kit ready for any emergency. You can purchase a basic one at many retail stores, but you need to make certain that you have ice packs and warm packs available with the first-aid kit. It is essential to also include blankets and other items to keep everyone warm if needed.

Get Light and Communication Sources

The other thing you should pack is some sort of lighting feature. Purchase some flashlights and batteries. Do not put the batteries in the light until needed. You also need some sort of radio and possibly a burner phone that can be used to call for safety.

Prepare Your Home

Once you have your emergency kits ready, you need to know what to do to stay as safe as possible. Water damage can occur from busted pipes or natural flooding. You need to know how to get the electric and water shut-off to your home. These two areas should be quickly accessible, and everyone should know how to turn the electric and water off.

Create A Family Game Plan

You also need to have a plan for everyone to get out of the house. Go over this plan with your family, and make sure that everyone knows exactly what to do if they need to get out. Arrange a meeting spot to make sure everyone is safe. Your local fire department would likely help you to find the most efficient escape routes and meeting spot. Families should also designate a room in the home that can be used during tornadoes or other emergencies that require you to stay inside.

The nature of disasters is that they're unexpected so you never know when you'll find yourself in a hurricane, fire, flood, or storm damage. Don't procrastinate your preparation because calamity will come when you least expect it.

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Angela Prickette is a recent college graduate writing in conjunction with water damage dayton and storm damage in ohio. She works for herself as a freelance writer and photographer. Her favorite activities include, skiing, rock climbing, and personal fitness.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Zombie Movies You Should Watch

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Of course, they are not as sexy as werewolves and vampires but movies about zombies have been a horror movie mainstay since the time your great grandparents wore shorts. Here are a few movies about the walking dead that you should watch.

Return of the Living Dead

Zombies are ready to party and back from the grave in this 1985 movie. A product of its era, this movie is the most popular eighties movie that does not star Molly Ringwald. This movie was the first one to feature brains being demanded by the zombie.

28 Days Later

Released in 2002, this movie is about a man who wakes up in a hospital that has been abandoned and goes outside in order to learn that it is twenty-eight days into the Apocalypse of Zombies. What sets this movie apart from other zombie movies is that it has an urgency sense. The zombies in this movie do not lope and shamble along but actually run quite fast. In itself, the plague manifests quickly and is highly contagious. When survivors believe he got an infection, other people have half a minute to make a decision whether they should shoot him or not. The concept of zombie action that is fast paced at this time was quite new but has since gone on to be popular.

White Zombie

Undeniably the grandfather of all zombie movies in America, White Zombie relates the story of the transformation of a young girl into a zombie due to Bela Lugosi, the evil voodoo master in charge. The reception of this movie which came out in 1932 was not quite positive but has come to become a genre classic. Currently, this film is known best for being where the White Zombie band got its name.


This 2009 movie is not so much a film as an extended sequence of a video game. The story features 4 post apocalyptic survivors of America battling their way to Pacific Playland, which is an amusement park in Los Angeles that is allegedly free of zombies.

Planet Terror

Rob Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino in 2007 had a partnership on Grindhouse, an exploitation and horror movie with intentions of recreating the experience of seeing double features in a rundown, old theater. The contribution of Rodriguez to the undertaking was Planet Terror, a somewhat gore filled, cheese film about Cherry Darling, a go-go dancer who is humanity’s leader versus a zombie onslaught. This is a homage that is over the top and is remembered best for the survivors using tips of their helicopter blades in order to mow through zombies in waves. It is also remembered for the loss of Cherry Darling’s leg to an attack from a zombie replacing this with a grenade/machine gun launcher.

This article was contributed by Artchee Mendoza for, where you can play online zombie games.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for May 2013!

For our May 2013 giveaway, we are proud to be sponsored by Dan's Depot at They would like you to have one of two awesome prizes. They have Dan's Bug Out Bag and they have a brand new product, their EDC (Everyday Carry) Bag! Dan's Pack - The Ozark!

This bag is one of the basic components of our kit. It is small enough to pack anywhere, but when expanded it will carry all of our gear, plus items that you might add. Approximate dimensions when fully loaded are: 21" high x 13" wide x 13" deep.

This product includes the pack itself, and does not include any gear. See our Survival Kits for tremendous savings on packs loaded with gear and ready to go.

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The Ozark is a fantastic sling bag that can be used to carry a very short-term, 72 hour kit. It can easily be used as your Every-Day-Carry (EDC) bag. It is small enough to store most anywhere, but has enough molle, pockets, and connection points to carry several items for your survivability. You can also use it simply as a daypack for short trips into the woods.
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  • Pouch on top
  • Molle webbing on bottom
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  • Made of 1000 denier material
  • Main compartment dimensions are 9" x 6" x 9"
  • Weighs 1 pound 12 ounces.

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