Saturday, August 31, 2013

Doomsday Shelters: Buy or Build?

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Doomsday is the modern term for a catastrophe occurring throughout the planet Earth. Some people are calling it an apocalypse, end of life, end of the world, or Armageddon. Regardless of what you call it, doomsday is going to change the way society behaves and severely affect lives throughout the world. One of the things people are doing to prepare for a supposed doomsday is building shelters or bunkers. They’re similar to bomb shelters, but built specifically for a future doomsday.

What is a Doomsday Shelter?

Doomsday shelters are very similar to the old war bunkers built after World War II. They include all the necessities, ranging from canned food and bottled water, to the ability to install a cooking stove, and plenty of clothing and blankets.

They aren’t large and not meant to fit a lot of people – they’re really just for immediate family members. They’re meant to be short-term shelters after a doomsday or other catastrophic event, usually built underground. Many “survivalists” are beginning to build their own doomsday shelters while others are purchasing them already built.

Included in the Shelters

Each doomsday shelter is different and includes a wide range of items. Typically, it starts with water and food. The water is used for washing and cleaning, as well as for drinking water. Many shelters also have some kind of septic system and cooking stove that is powered by gas. They usually have a stockpile of blankets, clean clothing, flashlights and batteries, radios, and a first aid kit. Consider what’s in your survival kit, and make sure your shelter includes that but in larger quantities.

Growing Market for Shelters

Surprisingly enough, there’s a growing market for shelters. There are contractors who are starting to build doomsday shelters and selling them to individuals and families interested in the extra protection. If you own a business, you might also consider having a shelter for the workplace just in case a disaster occurs while you’re at work. The prices for shelters vary based on the company selling them, how large they are and what they include.

How to Build Your Own

The other option you have is to build your own shelter. If you’re looking for plans for doomsday shelters, try using other terms such as survival bunker or fallout shelter. These tend to be more common, but are essentially the same thing.

By building your own, you control the materials used, how much it costs to build, the size, location and what you decide to put inside. The low side of building your own is around $40,000, while $100,000 is average. You get to tailor your shelter to the specific needs of your family, depending on your budget.

Doomsday shelters require a lot of thought and planning. You need to consider your budget, your needs, the suitability of your property and a whole host of other factors. If you live next to a body of water, you may need to call in a lake management company to make sure your shelter doesn’t flood. Whether you buy one readymade or build your own, creating a proper doomsday shelter will take a lot of work.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who is constantly speculating the next doomsday scenario and how to best prepare for it. Join in her paranoia and follow her on Twitter at @adrienneerin.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Don't Wait to Prepare Yourself for Natural Disasters

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The best way to get through a natural disaster is to have a plan and to be prepared before it strikes. Early warning systems and home automation systems are always improving, but the fact is, by the time you're certain a disaster is coming, it is often too late to prepare adequately. Taking simple precautions now, will keep you, your family, and your possessions safe should the worst happen.

Know Your Area

Every area has certain natural disasters that are more common, and each natural disaster has its own unique challenges. If you live on the coast, it's a good idea to become familiar with what happens in a hurricane. If you live in the Midwest, you may be more concerned with tornadoes, while those in California should have a plan for earthquakes. Those in the north should keep heavy thermal blankets on hand in case of power outages during blizzards or ice storms. Know what to expect from your living area before you start preparations.

Keep Supplies on Hand

FEMA states that families should be prepared to care for themselves for at least three days without any government assistance following a natural disaster. This means having enough food, water, and medication in the house for each family member and any pets you may have. Water is especially important for survival, and you can expect to need at least one gallon per person, per day. If you live in a hot climate, you may need as much as double that amount. Water purification tablets can also be a good addition to your disaster preparedness kit, should the crisis last more than three days.

Food Storage

Keeping non-perishables in your home, such as canned goods, will also serve you well in an emergency. Keep in mind that the power can go out for anywhere from a few hours, to a few weeks and any items that need to be refrigerated may spoil. Keep in mind, grocery stores often run out of non-perishables and bottled water either shortly before or directly after a natural disaster, so it's a good idea to prepare ahead of time. Other disaster supplies, such as a first aid kit, battery operated or hand crank radio, candles, flashlights, and solar chargers, should be kept together, and every member of the family should know where these supplies are kept.

Keep Your Home Safe

Home disaster-proofing, such as earthquake resistant construction, or hurricane shutters on windows will help protect your property. Home security may help you monitor the situation at home should you need to evacuate. This can give you an idea of what to expect when you get home, and also discourage looters following a disaster.

The best way to keep you and your family safe is to prepare and have a plan. This takes some of the stress out of going through a natural disaster, and will help you weather the storm with as little damage as possible.

Author Bio

Brooke Chaplan is a writer and blogger from Los Lunas New Mexico, and loves to blog about fitness, home, and preparedness. She encourages anyone looking at home security to consider San Jose home automation for protecting their loved ones.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Be Prepared! Four Items to Keep On Hand In Your Car At All Times

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Being prepared when you travel is so extremely important. Even if you are not driving a long distance, you never know what could happen or come into fruition. Whether you are commuting to work each day or going for a road trip across the country, what are four items that you should always have in your vehicle?

Important Phone Numbers

In the event that you got into an accident, you could have to make some important phone calls. You might also need to call someone to help you if you got lost on your journey. Numbers that you should keep in your car include emergency contacts for everyone else in your vehicle, various hospitals along the route, your insurance company, towing companies or your own car repair company and anyone else who could be of service if a problem does occur.

Charging Devices

Now, in order to make a phone call, you are going to need a cell phone. After a long drive in the car or when you have forgotten to charge your phone, this car charge could be a major life saver. It's not only a charger for the phone that you need though. Having a camera on you could be very helpful if you got into an accident and needed to take pictures of the damage done. Your GPS charger is a must as well.

First Aid Kit

If someone is injured in a car accident, you generally want to avoid moving that person around too much. However, in certain cases, you need to take first aid matters into your own hands. Purchase a real first aid kit that contains all of the necessary items to help a person if he or she is injured. You should also have blankets to put over a person who is suffering from extremely cold weather conditions.

The Essentials

Everyone should have some other essential items in the car. Non-perishable snacks and bottles of water are crucial in case you are stranded during the journey. Having a flashlight can help you if you are lost in the darkness or need to walk to get away from your vehicle. Extra warm clothes are important during the winter months to warm you up if you are stranded for awhile.

When you are driving, think about where you are going and what items might be of the most benefit to you. You can add them on to this list.

About the Author

Rose McKellen is a freelance writer from Austin, TX. She recommends talking to an accident lawyer in San Jose if you find yourself stranded after an accident without any emergency items on hand.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Keep Calm And Hold Your Gold

We’ve been here before.

The price of gold dips, and headlines like, “Is gold’s price drop just the beginning? and “The Price of Gold Is Dropping Like A Brick” start popping up all over the place. The blogs start recycling Warren Buffett’s various quotes on why he’s not a buyer of gold, and the chatter builds on why gold prices dropping may be a sign that gold is not as safe a bet as some would have you believe.

Okay. But, let’s remind ourselves that we’ve been here before. And when it comes to gold, we are better served by staying calm and letting history serve as our guide.

It is true we may be entering a new era with new emerging markets, but it still serves us to look to the patterns of the past and pay heed to what factors have contributed to the fluctuation in gold prices. Factors ranging from simple supply and demand to inflation to patterns of the central banks all contribute to the rise and fall of gold prices. Currently, the fluctuations in gold are most likely related to a convergence of a number of these different factors. Yet, based on historical trends, the recent gold fluctuations show no signs that they are anything more than just that: recent fluctuations.

Just look at the year-long trends since 2010 in this series of charts from Kitco on Gold’s value.

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Each year, gold’s price has taken similar dips before rising again, and leveling off to carry into the following year. Even if gold prices do not return to the $1,700 per ounce range this year, the $1,300 per ounce range is still an indicator of the long-term value of gold.

A deeper look into the historical value of gold can be viewed from the National Mining Association here.

Overall, the evidence shows that the recent dip in the price of gold may very well prove to be a buying opportunity. The uptick in interest in gold refinery has a very real basis. Let’s not forget that it is not about the monetary value of the gold alone. Those in the know recognize that gold is a soft precious metal that can be brought to a gold refinery and melted down for use in things like fillings and wiring.

Gold has always been the only true “store of value” in a world built on paper-money. The key point to keep in mind is, even in one week’s time headlines can go from “The Price of Gold Is Dropping Like A Brick” to “Gold Firmer on Short Covering.”

This guest post was provided to Doomsday Moose by Garfield Refining, a precious metal refinery offering nation-wide service to individuals and businesses since 1892. Garfield Refining provides expertise in buying, selling & refining gold, silver, platinum and palladium, with more than 120 years of experience. For more information and updates on gold news and prices, visit the Garfield Refining’s Google+ Page.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Devil in the Details: Become Prepared for Any Disaster

In our day to day lives, the threat of a natural disaster is not usually something that we care to think about very often. These emergency situations happen so infrequently that we may forget we need to prepare for them. However, should a natural disaster or emergency arise, it is very important for us, especially those with families, to be ready for it. There are many ways that one can prepare their home, themselves, and their families should something go wrong.

Preparing Your Home

Disasters can strike at any moment, and it is vital that one safeguards their home against what may come. In areas that experience very extreme weather or high winds, it is very important to invest in wind-resistant shutters. These can help prevent against damage to your windows, and the interior of the home. Those that utilize septic systems my find that, especially in hurricanes, they can back up into yards or pipes and cause lots of damage. Investing in sewer leak repair by a professional can help shield pipes from damage, and conserve the foundation of your house. One of the biggest dangers in storms is outdoor landscaping. Oversized plants have a tendency to fall on homes, or crash through windows, so be sure to cable trees and bushes that run the risk of falling.

Preparing Your Family

In a disaster, it is sometimes easy to become lost from family. Create a plan with your family, including a place where you all can meet if one of you get separated. This is especially vital for those who have children. Help younger children understand basic first aid principles in case of a minor injury. They should also be shown safe hiding places within the home, as well as where emergency supplies and food are, should parents or adults within the home be harmed and unable to help care for them.

Preparing Yourself

Since there is usually not enough time during a disaster to gather supplies, it is vital that you use time wisely before the emergency occurs. Putting away non-perishable foods that can be easily made without electricity, and a small gas oven can be very helpful. Items like water, batteries, tarps, and matches are some of the first things to disappear from stores when disasters occur, so set these and other items aside beforehand to make sure that you have them available.

There is no need to fear disasters if you and your family have adequately prepped beforehand. Take time now to get acquainted with your emergency supplies and plans.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What Is Going On With Gold? Is Gold A Worthy Investment

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Understanding Why the Gold Standard is So Shaky

Gold is still worth a lot, even though it is not worth quite as much as its historical value. The truth is that the value of gold is constantly fluctuating, rising to dramatic peaks and then suddenly crashing in value as commodity traders attempt to short sell their assets. Unique among commodities, gold is always in demand but its stock is never depleted. It just changes hands from owner to owner.

What Actually Makes Gold Valuable

As of July 2013, gold prices are about $1,300 per troy ounce. This is high compared to most decades, although the price was actually much higher just two years ago. What drives gold prices in today's market is the fact most of it is held by investors as a security. Unlike a stock, gold cannot pay dividends. It can be sold at a higher price for a profit, but it can also lose value.

Gold is valuable because like oil it is consumed for so many things. Gold has always been used in jewelry, but it is increasingly being consumed in the electronics industry. Gold conducts electricity and heat better than copper and yet is more tarnish resistant than silver. Fine electronics use gold as a soldier and as wiring. Gold can be turned into salts and used in chemical industries.

Because gold has a constant demand, it has a base value. About 40 percent of all new gold mined every year is snatched up as a security. The bulk of all the gold in the world is held by private investors and world governments. Even gold jewelry is seen as an investment, as it can always be sold. Most of the gold that has ever been produced is still in a form that can be liquidated, and this accounts for its widely fluctuating prices.

Gold Simply is Not Booming

When gold is suddenly in demand, miners cannot increase their pace to satisfy consumers with a greater supply. Instead, investors and jewelry makers must purchase from a relatively fixed stockpile. As demand rises, entities that hold gold are less likely to sell. They might wait to take advantage of rising prices or are else afraid to be stripped of an important part of their portfolio. When sellers do not sell, gold prices continue to rise.

To make things even trickier, investors can buy gold without having to touch a bar. Gold is represented on stock markets as pieces of paper. The actual gold is housed in vaults or else is just a theory offered by a financial institution. Because anyone can buy gold at any time, markets around the world can rush on gold anytime they see fit. 

This makes gold volatile and a tricky investment. A person who buys high must carefully monitor their gains. The market could crash at any time. When gold falls from a peak, it can stay low for decades. Anyone investing in gold should either see it as a long term security or else be prepared to sell on a dime when the value starts to fall. Gold is a forbidding material that has enriched a few and destroyed the fortunes of others.

Abi works within the financial investment sector and enjoys working we companies such as sheet metal suppliers Dynamic Metals who also stock stainless steel: 17-4ph and many other hard to find metals.

Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Save More Energy in Emergency Situations

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Severe weather and accidents can cause power outages that last for days or weeks. Learning how to protect your home and loved ones in the case of such an emergency can reduce any potential damage and ensure your safety. Specifically, there are several ways to save energy in emergency situations like this. 

Disconnect Electrical Appliances

Unplug televisions, microwaves, air conditioners, computers, and other electrical appliances. This precaution will protect your belongings from power surges and lessen the electrical drain to your power supplier. 

Keep Food Cold

Make sure to keep refrigerators and freezers closed to maintain cold temperatures and preserve your food safely for as long as possible. Stock your freezer - a full freezer will stay sufficiently cold for twice as long as a half-full freezer. You can also insulate your fridge and freezer with blankets. If your power is likely to be out for a while, add bags of ice to your fridge (if the power outage is longer than four hours), and to your freezer (if the power outage is longer than 24 hours). 

Dress Appropriately

If the power outage occurs in warm weather, wear light clothing to stay cool. If the weather is cooler, dress in layers to keep warm. During an extended power outage in cold weather, stay in one room to leverage body heat, preferably a room with a fireplace and without many windows. 

Keep Your House Cool Naturally

Insulate your home from the elements year-round. Install energy efficient plantation shutters, which provide insulation as well as a tight-fitting barricade between your home's temperature and outside heat. Close all shutters to conserve energy. Plant deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your home to create more shade to lower temperatures. 

Keep Emergency Supplies Stocked

In one location, store flashlights, batteries, candles and matches, first aid kit and medications, drinking water and non-perishable food. These items will help you weather any power outage or other emergency situation, and will ensure adequate food and water supply without opening the fridge or freezer. 

Preparing your home for an emergency situation in advance is critical, and can increase your comfort and safety should an emergency occur. During an emergency, stay calm, and remember that power suppliers will be working diligently to restore power to your home. If a family member's health is at risk, take him or her to a community center with adequate power and supplies.

Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family issues. She is a mother of one and spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her family.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Packing a Bug-Out Bag

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Whether you think the world’s electric grid will be put out of commission by solar flares rendering us all powerless, the stock market could collapse leaving us in a state of economic chaos or the rapture is about to take half of the population — leaving the survivors in a desperate struggle for power and survival — chances are there’s a doomsday scenario that you feel strongly could and will happen.

Maybe you prepare for it. You stock your kitchen and garage stash with canned goods and non-perishable items, you keep a stockpile of weapons and ammunition to protect your own. Perhaps you’ve turned your residence into a fortress that no disease-infested “zombies” could overcome!

But, what if the unthinkable happens? Your stockpile dwindles. The enemy overruns your fortress. One of your family members is at risk. Do you have a bug-out plan? A place where you can escape if all else goes wrong?

What about a bug-out bag? Have you thought of what supplies you should keep on hand, packed and ready to go at an instant for the event that your last effort to maintain your home is thwarted?


The difference between a fortress and a bug-out bag is that a bag is supposed to sustain you while you travel from point A (your original fortress, home, residence, etc.) to point B (your meeting point when you have no other choice, where other tools should be on hand for long term survival).

Items to include in your bug out bag include:
  • Dried food packets (enough to last 72 hours)
  • Water
  • Emergency radios (hand-pump-able vs. battery powered)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Ammex vinyl gloves (you never know what you’ll have to protect yourself from)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit (complete with gauze, band aids, skin disinfectant, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Sneakers (especially if you don’t wear them on a regular basis)
  • Compass and map
  • Small Toolkit (screwdrivers, plastic tabs, etc.)
  • Anything else you need to survive for 72 hours

Each person in your family should have their own bug-out bag packed and ready to go at a minute’s notice.

Think Outside the Bag

While the bag is the focus of this article, it’s important to think outside of the bag.

Keep a vehicle stocked with gas and extra supplies that could come in handy in disaster situations. Items to keep in your bug out vehicle include:
  • Extra blankets
  • Extra medical supplies
  • Buckets (for collecting anything from rainwater to gasoline)
  • A gas tank
  • Spare tire and jack set
  • Jumper cables
  • Rope
  • Any large items you use that would be necessary for survival

Keep Stock

Because some items just don’t last forever, once you’ve created an efficient bug out bag and vehicle, it’s important to take stock on a regular basis. On a monthly schedule, look at the items you have prepared to evacuate your current location. Check expiration dates and replace items as needed. Keeping stock is just as important as the initial packing is.

While there are a number of doomsday scenarios that could happen, being prepared is the most important plan for any of them. A bugout bag is an absolute necessity when it comes to making sure you’re ready for any situation.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who writes on a variety of topics.

Friday, August 16, 2013

5 Ways To Keep Your Important Personal Documents Safe and Organized


From social security cards to birth records, receipts for important purchases to school records there are many different types of sensitive documents that everyone must keep. Ensuring that these documents are kept safe and organized is essential for their longevity. Fortunately, there are some ways to make sure that your important documents are protected and easy to navigate. These five tips should help you to protect the documents that matter most.

Leather Binders

Keeping your documents organized in a leather binder is one of the best ways to ensure that they are kept safe. Leather is extremely durable and rarely ever deteriorates. You can keep your documents secure for years to come simply by utilizing leather binders to store them, such as real leather binders by Rustico.

Fireproof Filing Cabinet

You can purchase a fireproof filing cabinet for your home in which to store sensitive or important documents. This is one of the best investments you can make to ensure the safety of your documents. To improve the safety, you can also add combination locks, however, most fireproof filing cabinets come equipped with a lock or combination system.

Clear Labeling

Clearly labeling all of your binders, folders, and documents is a crucial part of organization. Having your documents stored is of little use if you cannot find the documents you need when you need them. By labeling binders, the tabs within them, and adding tabulated notes where necessary in your filing system, you can easily find the documents you need when you need them.

Plastic Page Slips

Purchasing plastic page slips for each document page is another way to keep them safe within their binders, helping to ensure that age, wear and tear, page turning, spills, and the like will not seriously harm the documents. Page slips can be purchased at most office supply stores and are usually equipped with three holes to be placed directly into three-ring binders.

Safe Deposit Boxes

Perhaps the best way to ensure that your original documents are kept safe is to keep them in a safe deposit box at the bank. You can keep copies of documents in your binders at your home, but the originals will be safest in a safe deposit box. The option of obtaining them from the box is always there should you need the original, but at least you can be sure that fires, break-ins, and the like should they occur at your home will not harm the documents.

Andraea Campbell is a freelance writer from Kahuku Hawaii. She enjoys writing, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, and being outside in general.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Doomsday: 6 Things That Could Actually Happen

Doomsday is a term heard often nowadays, even after the supposed end of the world near the end of 2012 didn’t end up being a concern. But there are still a variety of potential doomsday scenarios that people should really be concerned about. They’re less about zombies and ancient rumors, though, and more about science and the environment. These are things that could happen, offering valid reasons to prepare and work on your survival skills.

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Nuclear Holocaust

In 2010, a Ploughshares Fund Report reported that about 22,000 nuclear weapons were located in various locations around the world. This means that at any moment, a nuclear holocaust could occur from these weapons being set off. That would lead to almost immediate disaster, a lot of lives lost and most likely, the newest doomsday event.

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Black Holes

If you own a web design Philadelphia business, a fashion boutique or even a small farm, there’s no way to protect it from the potential danger if black holes. A black hole is caused by large stars in one area collapsing at the same time, providing a gravitational pull. It’s possible that a black hole could happen close to earth, causing the next Armageddon. There are black holes in the galaxy wandering about, and you never know when one might wander closer to our planet.

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Gamma Rays

Gamma rays are another persistent worry, as they could cause doomsday scenarios in the future. A gamma ray is a burst of high-energy beams that are shot out of a supernova. They can also be caused by an exploding star. This isn’t just global warming - it means enough radiation to cook most (if not all) of the planet.

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Bio-terrorism is a term used for potential bio-weapons, including various diseases and illnesses. There’s so much technology we don’t know about, such as genetically engineered cells or bugs that could start a plague or breakout at any moment. Worries like the bubonic plague, Q fever, brucellosis, tularemia, smallpox or anthrax are just the beginning.

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Antimatter is produced by particle accelerators, but so is matter. When the two are produced at the same time and bump into each other, it causes annihilation. Antimatter isn’t something just floating around in the world, but in small amounts it can be manufactured. If enough is manufactured and released, even by accident, it would mean complete destruction and doomsday.

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Lastly, there’s the threat of a super-volcano to cause the next doomsday. Super-volcanos are exactly what they sound like; a giant volcano. The volcano would need to explode and release its sulfuric acid and ash into the atmosphere. This could cause something similar to the Ice Age, for which no preparation could really help. It may seem far-fetched, but like others on this list, it’s a persistent threat.

The odds of all these occurrences vary, and depending on whose opinion you listen to, some are thought to be more likely than others. In any case, you don’t want to be around for any of these doomsday scenarios.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who writes on a variety of topics.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Preparing for Disaster: Four Basic Food Storage Tips

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Whether you are a believer in climate change or not, the increase in extreme weather events is undeniable. Many people are taking a proactive approach for surviving these weather-related disasters by building safe rooms, making evacuation plans and storing food for later use. You can store food safely for periods of disaster at home or in storage units if you follow these tips.

Choose Foods Your Family Will Eat

Though you may find many different kinds of foods for long-term storage, only choose those you know you and your family will eat. The expense of buying and storing food isn’t worth it if your family won’t eat the foods. Choose grain flours like wheat, oatmeal or cornmeal. These are dry foods that are easy to store and can be used in a variety of dishes. Dry milk can be used for drinking or cooking. Canned soup, dried soup in a cup, canned meats, beans, pasta and canned or dried fruits are recommended. Canned juices, canned vegetables can be kept indefinitely. Ready-to-eat cereals are another good choice for long-term storage. Honolulu, HI storage units often contain these foods in preparation for extreme weather that occurs during rainy season.

Store In A Cool, Dry Place

Cool temperatures favor the preservation of all food. Avoid keeping canned or dry food outdoors. The basement is a good place to keep stored food because temperatures are usually several degrees lower, regardless of the outdoor temperatures. Ensure that all packaging material is intact. Placing cardboard boxes in plastic bags will help to keep out moisture from humidity or unexpected flooding. Check containers to ensure that they are properly sealed to prevent any air from deteriorating the foods. ExtraSpace Storage in Tampa Florida offers climate-controlled units that help to maintain the quality of stored foods.

Store Food Off the Floor

Purchase or construct shelves or raised platform to prevent problems with moisture or rodents. Keep foodstuffs away from concrete walls, which can leak during periods of heavy rain. Do not store foods near chemicals, paint, soaps or fuels that can contaminate the food with odors or offensive tastes.

Rotate Stock Periodically

Maintain proper labels on your foods. This should include the type of food as well as the expiration date. Throw out any foods that no longer have a readable label. Rotate the stock on a regular basis to ensure that you have a fresh stock of foods available if needed. Use the old food before its expiration date and restock for emergency use.

Rose McKellen is a freelance writer from Austin, TX. She enjoys exploring the music scene in her area as well as spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Home Video Surveillance Killed the Radio Star

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The typical home security kit with door and window alarms and motion sensors has been around for years. Security cameras for the home are a recent newcomer. While offices and businesses have enjoyed the benefits of expensive surveillance by security personnel, now the average homeowner has access to small, inexpensive cameras that are the next wave of household security.

This video technology has evolved quickly. Instead of simple, small, black-and-white video cameras connected to the central system by network cables, you now have a choice of black-and-white or color, sound or no sound and wireless cameras.

Why Should You Consider a Video Camera in Your Home Security Plan?

The primary reason is that it can provide answers to the typical questions during a burglary investigation. How many intruders? How did they get in? What did they do when they got into the house? With the traditional alarm system, one or more people can break into your house and set the alarm off. Before anyone, including the police, can react to it, they can be out the back door with your TV, stereo and jewelry. Many questions are left unanswered with the traditional alarm system.

When installed properly, a surveillance system can capture exactly what happened. The primary questions get answered, and often the perpetrators are apprehended. As with any technology, this is not foolproof. The best course is to visit a website such as and connect with professional installers.

If you have babysitters, nannies, delivery people, or other maintenance people who are frequently in your house, these cameras can also catch questionable behavior.

Also, these cameras are valuable for settling disputes. When legal proceedings require a definitive answer to, "Did they do that, or not?" the video can be reviewed for answers.

A final benefit is the cameras allow you to observe your home and the contents when you're away. During the day, you can keep track of your children and pets. When you're out of town, you can check on the house, especially when you hear about bad weather approaching your residence. This can give you piece of mind that far outweighs the cost of installing such a system.

What is the Availability of These Video Systems?

Wireless cameras are available at many stores and on the Internet in a variety of models and features. You can purchase a package with software and several cameras, or just install a few elements at a time yourself. The flexibility of these devices allows you to blend them into your home environment, so they are useful but unnoticeable. Some systems even allow you to do real-time monitoring from your tablet or smartphone.

What is the Downside of a Home Video System?

The primary concern is similar to the public concern about widespread cameras for surveillance: the impact to privacy. Because your video camera is an indiscriminate observer, it records the comings and goings of everyone. Friends, family, and neighbors will all be recorded. People want to believe they have a level of privacy when they go somewhere as evidenced by a recent CNN article on the Boston Marathon bombings. They don't want to think they're being watched wherever they go.

There are many advantages to using a surveillance system. The first step is to decide how you really want to use it. Then, a discussion with friends and family is useful to dispel any misgivings about the impact on them.

Have you considered a security camera for your home? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Image by Salim Fadhley pursuant to the terms of his Creative Commons license.

Cindy Driscoll Cindy adores being a mom and writing about how to raise environmentally conscious kids.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How to Survive the Upcoming Global Economic Collapse

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Money, money, money, it makes the world go round. With the upcoming global economic collapse already well underway, does that mean that the world is about to stop? Well, if you follow our guide on ‘How to Survive the Upcoming Global Economic Collapse’, it won’t! The global banking system is now a high-risk pyramid, it is built on debt, risk and leverage and is ready to collapse at just about any time. For countries such as the United States that have been living way beyond their means, it could mean a dramatic lifestyle change for many. Those that hold banking jobs, construction jobs and various other posts are going to suffer. The US is steadily being deindustrialised and a state of poverty for many is on the way. So, how do we combat the inevitable? Check out our top tips to survival!

Have an Emergency Fund

Many of us are working, simply to keep ourselves and our family going from pay cheque to pay cheque. Paying off mortgages and bills is inevitable. But what happens when it all goes downhill? You don’t want to lose everything that you have worked for and end up in severe debt from your mortgage and outstanding bills. It is essential to have an emergency fund. The fund should be enough money to cover at least six months expenses, if you can cover more than that it would be even better.

Clear Your Debt

Many people are misled and believe that an economic collapse would cancel all of their debts, this is certainly not the case. If you are in serious debt or have lost your job, an economic collapse can be a very troubling and vulnerable time for you. As more and more debt collectors are introduced to our society they are becoming increasingly ruthless. Many countries are now even jailing debtors. Don’t be a slave to debt when the economy collapses, save yourself now!

Reduce Your Expenses

I think that everybody needs room to reduce their expenses. Most people are guilty of splashing cash on things that they do not really need. If you are tight with your cash, you are more than likely going to save a noteworthy sum that will help you out should you struggle in the economic pitfall.

Gold and Silver

Now is a good time to invest. People are now prioritising buying gold and silver over other precious metals as they currently hold great market value. As an investment it holds higher value. Gold is undervalued. We understand that it is adjusted from the real rate of inflation that is not published in the media. The dow/ gold ratio is a great indicator of how undervalued the metal is.

People are already feeling the blow of the economic downturn, and we have to be prepared for worse. Take on board our advice to combat what is yet to come and ‘Survive the Upcoming Global Economic Collapse’.

Iveta Ivanova is a commerce student who lives in Dublin. She has lots of interests such as business, SEO, digital marketing and social media. She loves blogging on different topics and especially things that can make our lives better. She writes on behalf of international recruitment.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Degrees That Will Help You The Most In An Apocalypse


Everyone prepares for the apocalypse in different ways. These changes can be especially varied if someone focuses on the ever-popular zombie apocalypse versus a more Fallout or Mad Max style apocalypse. Almost everyone, however, underestimates the power of a proper college degree in an apocalypse.

Agricultural degrees

In most peoples' minds, the apocalypse sets the world back to a simpler but more chaotic time. In these scenarios, being able to get food is an utter necessity. No longer can you go to a supermarket to buy food. Scavenging and hunting become the norm. With an agricultural degree, you can learn how to create your own farm and have some form of sustainable living where you can focus your time in figuring out how to properly thrive in the new apocalyptic world. Food and nutrients, of course, will be in scarcity. If you can properly raise and grow food, you have obtained a huge bartering chip for other, sometimes luxury, goods.

Some sort of medical degree

Being a medical doctor or even registered nurse is optimal. However, someone with training in emergency medicine is also extremely useful. In terms of a pure college degree, biology, physiology, or other degree that focuses on life and the human body will be invaluable. Basic healthcare and knowledge of the human body is necessary in any apocalypse setting. Without some form of basic care, something as simple as a scrape or bite can become infected and potentially deadly. In the apocalypse where technology is scarce, such medical emergencies should be avoided at all costs. Any form of medical knowledge and first aid will be incredibly valuable.

Architectural knowledge

Proper shelter is incredibly important in any apocalyptic setting. Inevitably, something in the house will break, or a quick shelter will need to be built. An architect, at the very least, can plan out an optimized building for housing. Physically building a building is easy with enough labor, but making sure that it is sound in accordance to the laws of physics is something only a skilled person will know. As the apocalypse will completely turn the world upside down, a nomadic lifestyle may very well be necessary. By being able to quickly build shelters, an architect will make living both easier and with less danger. Housing blueprints, too, can be a useful tool for trading as they are easy to copy, but not easy to create.

An engineering degree is crucial

The concept of engineering is highly varied as there are many forms of engineers. Almost any kind of engineering degree would be invaluable in the apocalypse. A team of civil engineers, for instance, can easily make plans to patch roads when necessary. Chemical and biomedical engineers will also be crucial to survival. With their background, they have the ability to make, extract, or grow certain medicines. In a more conceptual manner, engineers are all 'STEM' majors, that is, they fall under the category of knowing science, technology, engineering, and math. Besides their specialized knowledge, STEM majors must know how to problem solve, something that many people cannot do on a higher level.

Author Bio Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Training For The Apocalypse

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Europe and the United States are dealing with dire economic woes, with entire countries such as Greece facing bankruptcy. Extended drought in the U.S. is creating food shortages all over the world, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has bought up billions of rounds of ammunition, creating a shortage that keeps it out of the hands of citizens. Police departments are arming themselves with tanks. Detroit, once a symbol of prosperity and American ingenuity, is in ruins and bankrupt, its streets resembling bombed out ruins of WWII.

Governmental Corruption

The President of the United States reigns war upon his enemies via silent drone attacks, “promising” that they will never be used on the continent of North America, all the while dispatching them over the continent for “observation”. The largest and most hated governmental agency in the country – the Internal Revenue Service – is allowed access to the most intimate details of American’s lives, including their health information. The U.S. government, and governments all across Europe, has seized control of the internet, reading emails and monitoring websites deemed to be adversarial. Those not adversarial, but capable of generating capital, are regulated by the governments.

In Japan, radiation from the Fukushima disaster is still polluting the Pacific Ocean in undisclosed amounts, contaminating the oceanic food supply. Third world countries, notoriously unstable in their leadership and alliances, have developed nuclear capabilities, and are threatening their next door neighbors with nuclear annihilation. At the same time, other third world nations murder hundreds of thousands of their own people in mass genocides.

Does this sound like a movie? Apocalyptic books, movies, computer games, and other entertainment are more popular than ever in first world countries. But, all of this is happening right now! Did you ever wonder why? Maybe it’s because the decline of society has something to do with it. Human life has never been less valued. A “them or us” mentality is already established in many parts of the world, and with laws being manipulated to support the agenda of those in power, there is little refuge in “the system”. As the entire planet circles the drain, we watch as people destroy their own homes, their own neighborhoods, their own governments.

So if things eventually do go under, a nuclear war perhaps. How are you going to survive? Pre-apocalyptic training is the best way of dealing with a post-apocalyptic world. Only those with survival skills will be able to make it, as civilization as we know it becomes a distant memory. Obviously a pre-apocalypse training course is going to be a bit far fetched, so what courses could you take that would help you in a future wasteland?

Risk And Crisis Management Training

One of the most valuable skills you will have in a post apocalyptic world is the ability to assess and manage risks and crisis. With risk management, you learn the observational skills to evaluate territorial conditions and identify potential threats. With crisis management training, you learn how to assess situations at a glance and establish priorities for ultimate survival. When under attack or injured, you can analyze the situation and determine the best course of action, turning the situation to your advantage. Through risk and crisis management training, you can learn to take proactive stance, rather than reactive actions.

Close Protection Training

Anarchy produces chaos, and that means anyone is a target. If you have ANYTHING that someone else wants, you could be in danger. Close protection training can teach you the skills to disable anyone who might attack you. With close protection training, you learn hand to hand combat with and without weapons.

Communications Training

With your communications training, you learn the “soft” skills of reading people and communicating with different personalities. You’ll learn how to deal with difficult people, once again turning the situation to your advantage. You’ll also learn the skills of dealing with software, CCTV, listening devices, and computers which should enable you to create some sort of communications networks and take control of whatever situation you find yourself in.

First Aid Training

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First aid training covers minor injuries that can be predicted in apocalypse situations but it also can cover triage training. You’ll learn how to staunch excessive bleeding, insert IVs, treat burns, and perform other life-saving medical actions that can mean the difference between death and survival in a post apocalyptic setting.

The amazing thing about all of this training is that you can get it right now, and make a living in the chaotic world as it exists today. With proper training, you can support yourself and your family, and hone the skills necessary to survive if the world as we know it ceased to exist.


Fred Burns has worked within the security industry for many years, he is currently working for a company called Cross-deck who help people find employment and training.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The next Great Stock Market Crash

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When asked to try and find a link between the years 1929, 2000 and 2007, most people will zero in on the economy, specifically the frightening rise in the debt margin. Each of the three cases saw investors attempt to take advantage of the rising stock market by leveraging highly, unable to see the resounding stock market crash that followed.

One would think they would see it coming a second time round, or maybe that is hoping for too much. After all $384 billion dollars was the margin debt as of April this year, greater than the $381 billion dollar margin experienced in 2007 by at least 29%.

The fact that the stock market is continuing to rise in contrast with the prevailingly terrible economic conditions, one would be right to wonder if things were heading down the same path. Now does that mean that we are heading for another cliff, that the bubble is going to burst tomorrow or the day after? Well, a more moderate answer would be to say that everyone has a very good reason to worry, even though most are not. History has proven that each time margin debt exceeds 2.25% of GDP a crash is at hand.

In a way it makes sense why so many seem unconcerned. Many a professional have rather simplistically concluded that the high leveraging of investors is a good thing and that, along with high margin debt are signs of healing and increased confidence among investors.

A few others are skeptical, specifically because of the whole '2.25% of GDP' omen that the economic world has fallen under. These, unlike the latter, choose to believe that history will indeed repeat itself and when the stock market and the economy eventually catch up to each other and people lose money in large amounts, their pessimism will be justified.

Of course the question is whether these few dissenting voices and their important message will be heeded by the masses. While the likes of Alan M. Newman a renown investor, will take the odd minute to make their opinion on such important matters known, a large part of the population are unlikely to pay much attention, most choosing to consume their economic nourishment from mainstream media which almost seems intent on dispelling any notions that there might be a bubble ready to burst. There is a reason why columns such as Forbes' "Why stocks are on solid footing and this is no bubble" are not nearly as rare a sight as most professional economist wish they would be.

There is business week's "Prognostications: It's not a stock bubble', Market watch's "Is a stock bubble coming? No, say economists" and so on and so forth; whether this is merely a diverging yet professional and unbiased opinion or an uncouth attempt at spreading to the masses the sort of message they want to hear and hope for, the world will just have to sit back and wait.

With so many voices shouting diverging messages on either side, it might come down to you, the common man to stop, listen, think and decide, are were heading towards the next big crash? Is it time to make changes to tax payment plan and prepare to weather a storm or should the masses celebrate overcoming the crisis?

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Sophie Samuel is a blogger from London in UK. She loves to write articles on Technology, Finance, Health, Travel and Finance. As if now she is doing research on Tax and gathering information about Tax Payment plan.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Five Things Your Family Can Do To Prepare For Disaster

Preparing for a disaster and emergency situation is a great way to protect your family. Learn 5 things your family can do to prepare for a disaster situation so you can know at all times that your family is ready for those 'just in case' moments.

Have an escape plan- really

Too often, families discuss which door they will run out of if a fire occurs or a burglar enters the home, but a plan is rarely ever created. Sit down with your family and actually draw out several escape plans for various disaster situations and make a copy for each family member to have in their room. Even with Raleigh home insurance you want to have an escape route just in case.

Your food and monetary storage should last you a while

At all times you should have 3 months' worth of food and money set aside just in case you need it. Even a job loss is considered a disaster, so make sure you have the money you need to pay bills for 3 months (or to have handy for emergency use). Also, have 3 months' worth of food and water on hand so your family doesn't starve in the event of job loss, an earthquake, or other disaster.

Do you have a first aid kit?

This sounds so simple, but too many families have a stock of bandages and peroxide handy and call it good. You need to have a real first aid kit, complete with bandages, gauze, liquid stitches, and more to ensure that you really have what you need ready.

Emergency contacts for those scary moments

Place a list of trusted emergency contacts on your fridge (and notify these people that they have been chosen as well), so your young children can know who to call in case something happens to Mommy or Daddy. In moments of panic, children should know that they can call emergency services first, and then emergency contacts so they do not feel alone.

Equip your car for disaster as well

Disaster situations don't just happen in the home, they happen in the car as well. Keep a blanket, fresh water, a flare, first aid kit, and other emergency items in your car so in the event of getting lost, running out of gas, or a car accident, you can keep your family safe and warm. You never know when a disaster will strike, and you want to be ready at all times in all areas.

Rianne Hunter, wife and mother of three from Southern California. Rianne enjoys spending time with her family and writing. She hopes to one day publish a children's book.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for August 2013!

For August 2013, We want you to be safe in you car so we are giving three (3) ResQMe Car Escape Tools!

We are offering your choice of Black, Orange or Blue. The spring-loaded head effortlessly smashes the vehicle's side windows with only 12 lbs of force. Razor sharp blade slices through jammed seat belts and is safely surrounded by the plastic casing. The included clip detaches from the body, allowing the user to quickly access the blade and doubles as a device to hang ResQMe from a keychain or other accessible area. Originally offered exclusively to fire, paramedic and police organizations, but now available to the public.

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