Saturday, November 30, 2013

Best Ways to Protect Your Home This Year

Your home is constantly under attack from outside threats. There are burglars waiting to break in to steal your valuables, pests are always looking to infest your home, and weather could be ready to unleash the full fury of its wrath on your home. The point is that you need to take steps to make your home safe. Here are five ways that you can protect your home from outside forces.

Stop Burglars

Burglars are always on the lookout for potential targets. You can stop them from approaching your home by installing motion-activated lighting. You should also install a burglar alarm in case the lighting doesn’t scare them off. Don’t forget that the best way to keep thieves out is to always lock your house up tight to prevent them every gaining easy access.

Install a Sump Pump

Flooding is one of the worst disasters that can befall your home. The economic costs of recovering from a flood can be staggering. Make sure to install a quality sump pump to protect your basement from flooding due to flash floods and sewer pipe issues. Be sure that the sump pump you install has a battery to keep it running in case the power goes out during a storm.

Protect Your Home from Lightning

You need to have a lightning rod installed somewhere on your property. If you do not have one, then you need to get one immediately. If lightning hits your home, it will instantly fry all of the electronics inside of it. You can forget about surge protectors stopping the awesome power of a lightning strike. Don't let the danger of fire by lightning be a threat to your home.

Stop Pests from Becoming a Nuisance

There are hundreds of pests that can infest your home. Rats, cockroaches, termites, ants, and many more critters are just waiting for you to drop your guard. You need to do everything you can to stop an infestation from occurring. If you see any signs of insects or rodents invading your home, then you should get help with insect and rodent control.

Fire Safety

You need to have smoke alarms installed on every floor and bedroom of your home. You should also have ABC fire extinguishers within ready reach of every bedroom and the kitchen. Make sure to test these devices regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. The dangers of fire can be reduced with proper safety equipment.

When it comes to your home a family, the best ways to protect it are to think ahead. Use these tips and the resources you have available to keep your home protected in every area this year.

“Brooke Chaplan is a writer and freelance blogger from Los Lunas New Mexico. She enjoys the outdoors and writing about a variety of topics. In her research about home safety, and rodent control in Los Angeles she found that peanut butter is sometimes more effective in traps than cheese. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

Friday, November 29, 2013

Top five trekking tips

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Trekking in the wilderness can take you completely out of your comfort zone, allowing you to explore areas of the world which are too harsh and environmentally challenging for normal life to flourish.

Throughout my trekking career I have explored Peru’s Andes, Morocco’s Atlas Mountain and Everest base camp in the Himalayas; here are some tips to help you brave the wild:

Start training early

The Inca Trail lasts three to four days and you will be expected to walk for around six-eight hours a day, often across difficult terrain at steep inclines. Your preparation should include some practise walks in hilly areas at the very least, while carrying a rucksack.

However, to really prepare yourself, hill running will build your leg muscles and improve the rate at which your body can transport oxygen to your muscles. Weight training will also make climbing a lot easier; make sure you do some work on your arms, shoulders and back to help with lifting and manoeuvring.


Mount Kilimanjaro is a whopping 19,341 feet above sea level at its highest point, with oxygen levels diminishing the further you climb. Altitude sickness will develop if you don’t give yourself enough time to adjust to the atmosphere before setting off.

When climbing, ensure that you ascend slowly, climbing too quickly will make you feel nauseous and dizzy, slowing you down; drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol at all costs!

Pack the right clothes

The weather can vary hugely depending on your chosen trek. In the Andes, daytime is really warm but the night is bitterly cold. Research the weather conditions and pack accordingly, but always include lots of layers, including a thermal vest, a warm hat, gloves and thick socks, which will help you to avoid heat loss from your head and feet.


A good set of walking boots is a must; make sure they are worn in to avoid blisters. A light, durable backpack is also a must, you need to make sure it evenly distributes weight across your back and provides quick access to your most important items.

You should also carry a compass and guide book for navigation, the last thing you want is to get lost; without supplies of food and water, you could die.

Food and water

You need to make sure you pack a water bottle and have access to a steady supply of water; water purification tablets will allow you to drink stream water safely, killing bacteria.

Make sure you pack light in regards to food, dry foods like pasta and rice will not take up much space and are rich in carbohydrates for energy. You also need protein, which can be found in nuts, lentils and eggs, to build and repair muscle. I also usually take some sweets for a quick emergency sugar boost.

The most important thing about trekking is preparation: train hard, adjust to your environment and be sure to pack carefully.

This post was written by Helene Cooper of Imaginative Traveller, the adventure travel operator. Helene is an avid trekker, having climbed some of the world’s biggest mountains.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Being Prepared: Four Things to Have in Case of an Every Day Emergency

It’s important to prepare for big emergencies; stockpiling groceries, carrying insurance, and having a backup generator are all great ideas for anyone, and can really save the day in the event of a hurricane or serious illness. But often, we don’t realize that we can also take precautions for little emergencies that crop up during the week-- things like a ripped seam or flat tires. To help our readers make their lives a little easier, we’ve compiled this list of four of the most helpful products for minor emergencies.

For Medical Emergencies

A good first-aid kit is essential for any car, and ideally, for any purse-- even if your emergency is only a scraped knuckle or headache. We like the Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit ($30, for quality and a good variety of first-aid items; but a smaller, pocket- or purse-weight kit is also a great idea. You can also make your own kit using a makeup case or Ziploc bag and a selection of band-aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and more. Another good idea is to put an out-of-use, but charged, cell phone in your first-aid kit and recharge it weekly; old cell phones will still dial 911, which can be invaluable in a medical emergency.

For Fashion Emergencies

Sagging hemlines, torn seams, and stains, ugh! All of these minor problems become major if you’re on your way to an important lunch or day at work. It’s great to keep a few solutions to these little problems in your glove compartment or backseat. While a sewing kit (or box of safety pins) is an obvious one, another of our favorites is the Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover ($4, drugstores). In a handy pen form, powerful Tide detergents are portable and really work to remove emergency stains. Additionally, non-aerosol hairspray and an extra deodorant stick are fashion essentials that can really save the day!

For Car Emergencies

Driving emergencies are some of the most trying minor emergencies we go through. We suggest that, alongside your tire-iron and spare, you keep a can of Fix-a-Flat ($8, automotive stores). Fix-a-Flat is a wonderful product that temporarily seals a puncture and inflates a tire, allowing you to get back on the road and to a better location for replacing the actual tire. In your glove box or console, keep a copy of your insurance cards, tow truck information, and, if possible, a pre-paid debit card with credit logo, just in case. A small gas can is also a great “just in case” item.

For Household Emergencies

The most common household emergencies are usually plumbing-related; a clogged sink, a stopped-up toilet, or a slow-draining tub can make your weekend, well, difficult. While there are a myriad of solutions and quick-fixes on the market, we have found that one of the most reliable and necessary products is simply an old-fashioned plunger, which can unclog all of the above without harsh chemicals. That said, we are extremely impressed by Rubbermaid’s new “Clean and Dry Plunger,” with NeverWet technology ($13,, which repels water and bacteria, keeping your home cleaner than ever, even during an emergency.

We hope this list of our favorite “Everyday Emergency” products has been an inspiration for you!

Tricia Borren is a mom and a blogger from Beverly Hills. She co-authored this piece with her friend Rhett Stone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Emergency Preparedness: The Must Haves

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No matter if you are preparing for the end of the world, or for the next natural disaster in your area, there are a few useful things that everybody needs. Before disaster strikes, make sure to get together the things you need to ensure success in these situations. To fully prepare for emergency situations, start planning now and build your resources.

A survival kit

Every member that lives in your home should either have a kit of their own. These kits differ from person to person in what they need, but there are a few general items that every emergency pack should include. Be sure to fill these, and then put them in a convenient location that you can grab on the go if necessary. Some of the most basic necessities include:

  • Water – you can’t do anything without a reliable source of water. You will need a gallon per person per day, plan accordingly. It is wise to have at least a week’s worth of water.
  • Food – besides water, food is one of the next most important things to put in the pack. The food you put inside should be easy non-perishable and easy to have no matter if resources are lost.
  • A radio that runs either by a hand-crank or battery power.
  • Everybody’s needs when it comes to medications are different. Have at least a week’s supply of the medications and other medical equipment that you may need.
  • A little extra cash
  • Tools such as knives, a lighter, and scissors
  • Extra batteries
  • Copies of personal documents

You should have a kit like this in your home, and if possible another in your car. Disasters are unpredictable. You may not be close to home when the worst hits. By keeping one in the car, you can ensure you will be safe through these situations.

Products at home

Not everything that you will need should be compacted into a small bag that can be transported in emergency situations. Invest in industrial shelving to keep the items that you will most need in your home, and that can save your life in these terrible circumstances. These will help keep you organized, and make sure everything is in one secure place. Fill these shelves with:

  • Food storage is one of the most critical things to gather before a disaster strikes. This includes water, canned foods, and some type of grains in case of emergency. You should be continually adding and updating to your food storage shelves.
  • Protected bedding is the key to staying warm. If something happens in the dead of winter, and you don’t have access to your furnace, you want to make sure to have bedding protecting you from the cold and moisture. It should be rolled up and placed on your industrial shelves for easy storage.

These are just a few of the items you will need in an emergency situation. Keeping these items together will make it easier to grab, and help you to better survive. Preparing for the end of the world, or just an unexpected natural disaster may take the same course of action. Start planning now, and continue working to give yourself the best supply to work with.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for, a company dealing with personal and warehouse shelving. She has written on other topics dealing with disaster preparedness, focusing on creating an adequate food storage, and maintaining it over the years.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Five Things to Do Today to Prepare your Car for Winter

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A car that has been properly prepared for winter is safer and easier to handle than cars that have not received any attention. Drivers should plan for the worst weather conditions possible in an area. This should include planning for emergencies like being caught in a squall or winter storm. Drivers can do five things today to prepare a car for winter.

Take the Car In For an Inspection

The first step should be to take the car to a mechanic for a quick inspection. A mechanic can check the battery, the belts and the fuel lines for problems. Batteries drain faster in cold weather and might need to be replaced. Belts and lines could crack in cold weather. A simple inspection and some maintenance will prevent these problems.

Add Antifreeze or Replace Coolant

The coolant in the car can freeze when temperatures drop below freezing. The most common solution is to add antifreeze to the water. It is even possible to buy premade coolant that contains antifreeze. The proper mixture should be half antifreeze and half water. Adding antifreeze will prevent costly engine damage due to overheating or corrosion.

Install Winter Tires

Summer tires can become hard and brittle in freezing weather. If you live in a climate with snow, this could also mean slipping and sliding or even an accident. You can visit any local shop like SimpleTire to change out your old tires for snow tires. Winter tires stay flexible in cold temperatures and improve traction. This can increase safety and minimize wear on parts like the transmission.

Change Wiper Blades and Wiper Fluid

Standard wiper blades do not function well in winter. They can break or damage the motor. Installing winter wiper blades will allow drivers to more effectively remove snow and ice from the windshield. The wiper fluid should also be replaced with a winter formulation that will not freeze and clog the nozzles.

Update the Emergency Kit

Every car should have an emergency kit in the trunk. Drivers should add a few items to the kit for winter. A bag of cat litter or gravel is useful for getting out of an icy ditch. Blankets are useful if the family is stuck waiting for repairs. The kit should also contain a shovel and some extra gloves and snow boots in case you need to get out and push your car. This will help to protect drivers who encounter problems on the road.

Winter can be unpredictable especially when driving in higher altitudes. Cars that are experiencing small problems with braking or steering can become very dangerous on icy roads. Drivers should make sure the car is in very good working condition before winter starts. Following these tips can help you avoid being stranded on the side of the road this winter.

Author Bio: Kandace Heller wrote this article with help from Rhett Stone of Kandace is a freelance writer from Orlando, Florida. She loves reading, writing and sharing new information.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Best home security apps for Android and iPhone

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Every home owner has every right to be concerned about their home security and that of their loved ones who live in it. The security of your home can be enhanced with the availability of a reliable home security system. In recent days, home security products and services are more intelligent and very helpful to the home owners. Beside the ease of obtaining great home security systems in the market, the tiring task of installing wires and codes is a thing of the past. Those days of relying on the services of a home security system to install an elaborate security system in the entire house are now over.

Today, home security system are wireless, they are pre-configured by the manufacturer and installation takes only 15 minutes. You can even conduct the installation yourself by making use of the peel and stick sensors. Upon installation, the wireless home security system can be controlled from a mobile app on an Android device or an iPhone. Sky contact will come in handy if you need transmission capabilities of television or radio systems in your home security system. This means that you can now take total control of your home security system using iPhone and Android apps that are available via iTunes and Google play. Here, you will find some of the best home security apps for your Android or iPhone.

Napco IBridge APP

This is a state of the art mobile application that allows you to manage your home security with a lot ease. Its versatility is evident in the fact that it can also be used to control video cameras as well as home automation. It allows you to control any Gemini security system, set and reset alarms remotely and in opening or locking doors with integrated Z-wave remote doors. What is more, you can use this app for video surveillance to see what is happening in your home when you are away. This particularly comes in handy when you have left children at home and are worried about their well-being.


It allows you to easily install and control your home surveillance system from various devices including your computer, smart phone or tablet. It works well with both the regular and High Design Cameras. Installing the camera with this app is easy and will only take you a few minutes going through user friendly steps. After being configured, the app allows you the power to remotely control your wireless internet cameras.


Looking for a way to automate your home? IPhone E-Home is an advanced program that allows you to communicate with your home and control your property through iPhone or iPod, via internet or voice commands. This gives you access to multiple benefits including home security and surveillance cameras. Additionally, you get to enjoy other benefits such as lighting, heating, entertainment, internet services and air conditioning. It is well designed to ensure ease by the end user and therefore providing a rich environment from which home owners can not only enhance their home security but also have a system that is fully tailored to meet their lifestyle needs.

Author Bio:
Melody Cleo is a passionate blogger from Manchester, UK. In is free time, she writes articles on various topics such as technology, gadgets, travel...etc. As of now she is focusing on Sky Contact Number, which provides information regarding broadband services, radio services and television services.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Survival Food: 5 Ways to Eat Snails and Slugs

In all honesty, slugs and snails are probably the worst tasting things one can ever put onto their tongues. They are by far the most disgustingly tasting dishes most people would ever come across and they should be eaten only when you’re really dying and have no other option but them.

The danger behind ingesting slugs:

It might be really harmful to have these snails as is, without realising that they can trigger near fatal diseases in you. student of an Australian university reported of contracting a terrible meningitis because of eating slugs to win a bet. He was recovered after 5 months, post lots of medical treatments. Snails are probably the safest bet if you really want to take up this culinary challenge.

Here is a list of 5 recipes which can be tested in case you’re willing to head on this path.

  1. Fried Slugs:

    To prepare fried slugs, sear them in a bowl of boiling water for about two to three minutes. When they are soft, dip them in an egg battered on a dish and roll them on a plate filled with bread crumbs for making a nice layer over them. Take a pan and heat oil enough for frying the amount of slugs you’ve taken. Start deep frying each of these pieces until they turn golden brown. Enjoy your meal with a sauce of your choice to go with it.

  2. Classic Slug Stir Fry

    Take a pan and heat a few drop of oil in it. Choose the veggies you relish the most and stir fry them until brown. Add a few slanched snails to the frying pan. Cook well; add a little soy sauce according to your taste and comfort of your taste buds. Savor the delicacy over a nice drink.

  3. Slugs in Pasta

    Cooking pasta with slugs is pretty much the same as you’d cook pasta with any other meat. Chose what sauce you want your pasta to be in. Boil the pasta, drain it; have the sauce ready with whatever ingredients you prefer on a general basis. Once the sauce is partly cooked, add slugs into it and cook for a little while. Once it is ready, chose how you want to serve it, by pouring it over your boiled pastas or mixing it all up before putting it on a plate.

  4. Classic Escargot

    Take a bowl full of dampened lettuce. Leave your snails in this bowl for about a day so that they purge well. Next take a sizeable saucer and bring to boil water or white wine measuring nearly 1 bowl. To this, add about two cups of snails. Once the whole dish is coming to boil and you can see that the snails are now starting to cook, scoop up a spoon of fresh butter and add it to the boiling snails. Use two or three cloves of garlic to add flavor to the dish. Let it cook for a few minutes. Saute till you think they smell good enough to serve.

  5. Backwoods Boil

    This one is more like a broth. Catch hold of the ingredients that add flavors to food items when used in making a broth or a soup. Some people like having it with garlic and basil while others prefer the taste of black pepper. Use veggies to go with it like spring onions. Boil it all up together and have as a soup. Bread would go well with it too!

    Survival food items and other things that you feel are important to stay safe on the predicted doomsday can be stored altogether in a new 20 foot container, if that is something that you can store somewhere.

Author Bio:
James Pallot is a buyer for a family owned food importing business in Sydney. He rents a container building to use as storage all year round.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Survival Skills: 10 Most Nutritious Fall Wild Edible Plants

The nuts and wild plants that the fall season has on offer are worth the kill. With some of the most nutritious berries, high on calories nuts, seeds and fruits, prove to be your best foraging bet when out on a trek or a tour in the woods. With just so many qualities, they can act as great instant energy providers as well as tasty snacks while you are at it.

Here is a list of 10 fall wild edible plants that you can consume without fearing any negative consequences.

  1. Hazelnut

    About an ounce of healthy and flavourful hazelnuts are enriched with almost 170 calories along with around 4 grams of protein. Its skin, slightly bitter in taste is thin and brown; most people prefer peeling it off before ingesting. They are also known as cobnuts are are rich in Vitamin E, manganese and copper.

  2. Beachnut

    Every ounce of beechnut has 164 calories, 10 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein. In the eastern woodlands, the beechnuts are found on the beech trees that has smooth barks. Coming out of the three sided husks, they are seen hanging in the month of October.

  3. Acorn

    The nutritional profile of the acorn resembles to that of bread, since it contains high values of carbohydrates and fats along with proteins. Every ounce of their meal contains well over hundred calories making them a great source of instant energy. Soaking them in water for a while can help you remove their bitterness.

  4. Wild Rice

    Rich in minerals, raw wild rice contain about a hundred calories for every ounce. They also have proteins and Vitamin B.

  5. Pine Nuts

    A Classic when it comes to survival foods in the west, the nuts that hang on any huge pine tree are the pine tree nuts. Closely following the hickory, they too have a very high cal value of 172 calories per ounce and are supposed to be very rich in fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

  6. Hickory

    Very similar in taste to their close family members, the pecans, Hickory is stated to be the highest cal value wild food with about 193 calories per every ounce.

  7. Rose Hips

    A great source for consuming Vitamin E, K, calcium and magnesium, these red fruits coming from wild roses enrich you with only about 20 calories for an ounce that you consume. They are also rich in Vitamin A and manganese.

  8. Amaranth

    Amaranth contains proteins, calcium and iron and gives about 90 calories to your body per ounce ingested.

  9. Persimmon

    Not everything that looks unappealing is going to taste the same from the inside. Similar is the case with persimmons. Extremely sweet tasting fruits make them popular wild food and the fruit has about 16 calories for every ounce consumed. Their wrinkled counterparts found on the end of October are pretty bitter to taste and can leave you with a cotton mouth if the ones that you had weren't ripe enough.

  10. Black Walnut

    Protein, magnesium, phosphorus are the nourishing units that you’d enrich yourself with when consuming black walnut. With 173 calories per ounce, they also act as instant energy providers.

A lot of people order bulk wild seeds and fruits for consumption. These are sent over in a large shipping container which serves their purpose for a while until they can go for it again in the next fall season.

Author Bio:
Steve Chamley trades products from South America like footwear and bags. He supplies them unbranded to different shops in Australia and New Zealand.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Survival Skills: Make Emergency Fuel — Bucket Biodiesel

In case you’ve encountered one of the disasters as predicted for the doomsday and you cannot find enough fuel for running the engine of your vehicle, or some oil for burning wood, don’t fret. There are ways of producing bio diesel that you can make out of a lot of oil options that you may have around you. There isn’t a specific distinction in whether you’d have to use vegetable oil or animal oil works better; you can use both!

Ingredients needed to prepare Emergency Fuel:

  • Vegetable Oil; soybean, canola and corn oil are probably the best ones you could make use of
  • Half ounce of Sodium Hydroxide lye; as you see in the form of drain cleaner
  • Methanol - 27 ounces; be sure that you’re making use of methanol and not isopropyl alcohol since it doesn’t work

Following is a three step procedure to preparing emergency fuel out of other oils available to you while surviving a calamity.

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  1. Step 1:

    Get hold of proper gloves and goggles to protect yourself before you start working. Additionally using a dust mask is also suggested. Take a sizeable glass jar and pour both the methanol and sodium hydroxide in it. Keep stirring the ingredients in the jar for about 2 minutes. You’d notice vapors coming out of the jar. be cautious since these vapors are toxic in nature. Thus it is always suggested that this step should be performed outside in the open. Also, its usability period only lasts for an hour, so be sure to make use of it within the stipulated time span.

  2. Step 2:

    Heat up the oil up to a hundred degrees and then pour it in a jar made of plastic or glass. Make sure this jar has a proper lid system, tight enough to not let the system get disturbed. Carefully add the methanol and lye mixture and seal the container with the lid tightly.

  3. Step 3:

    Next you need to shake the container well for about half an hour. Leave the container to settle in a warm spot for the next two days. After these two days, you’d notice that 2 fluids have separated out. The fluid that takes up the top space is your biodiesel and the bottom is glycerin. Make use of the biodiesel that you now have in the top layer for whatever purpose you had in mind. You’re good to go!

Precautions to take before completing the whole process of preparing Biodiesel at home

  • Always be sure of wearing strong and good quality rubber gloves for protecting your hands, safety glasses so no fumes enter your eyes and dust masks to prevent the particles from disturbing your body.
  • Never, Never, NEVER! Never inhale the fluid that you’ve just prepared. No amount of stress is enough to point the relevance of this statement. The preparation is completely fatal.
  • The methanol that you make use of is quick is getting absorbed on the skin. It is toxic in nature and can be harmful. thus precautions are vital.

Understandably, you’re making a fuel which is harmful at the end of the day and not just another refreshing sports drink. But in case of an emergency, keeping your head right, you can prepare, make use of and survive situations. Up for giving it a try?

Written By:
Amanda Rice is a fitness enthusiast and a design professional. Her graphic designing stint with sports got her intrigued about sports that she did not have much interest in prior to the project. She was pretty creative with preparing infographics for them.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 types of disasters you can overcome to survive doomsday


Reading through all the disaster management websites preparing you for surviving the doomsday are nerve wrecking. People have spent hours flipping through such pages online; oh you too, eh? Of Course everyone wants to survive any sort of disaster that doomsday might bring forth. Read on to know the 4 disasters that we predict can be survived if you are well prepared!

  1. Yellowstone Super Volcano Eruption

    It had been predicted that a massive eruption of the boiling magma lurking right beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park could well be the doomsday disaster. Yes, the volcano does seem to be a huge threat if it does erupt but it has been stated that it is not close to being a super volcano eruption. A supervolcano eruption volume is usually over 1000 Km3. While it is believed if the yellowstone volcano erupts, it isn’t going to be anything even close to a hollywood disaster movie scene, swiping off cities and vast geographies. It is probably going to cease itself within the national park. Nonetheless, the eruption is a threat enough to be worried about.

    The usual drill of a volcano eruption includes preceding earthquakes; that too massive ones to really jolt the whole city and indicate of the occurrence of the eruption. Thus, these indications would be enough for initiating the doomsday preps that you’ve been planning.

  2. Super Solar Flares

    Massive Solar Flare, Skylab Telescope (NASA Archive, 12/3/73)
    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

    The sun has a magnetic field which is believed to be nearing its flipping stage. This mean that the sun is going to flip its magnetic field and since the earth orbits around it, it falls in its zone of the field. When this shall happen, the sun is going to create electromagnetic ripples that can affect the earth in a really bad way. It is believed that this could send out huge fire flares and could well cause a catastrophe.

  3. Nuclear Fallout

    Nuclear fallouts or black rains are the residual nuclear material that have been propelled in the upper atmosphere after a massive nuclear explosion has taken place. Given the nuclear weapons that countries have been fighting over and what not, there could be chances of a nuclear fallout happening. This could probably affect a huge portion of the US in a way that the generations to come would suffer the consequences of it.

  4. Pandemic travelling across the US

    The latest addition to the list of disasters that could turn into the sources of major hue and cry globally is a pandemic that could be travelling with an enormous speed, affecting everyone with what seems like a deadly disease. This could source from anything, but what seems more likely that anything else is it being Zoonotic in nature. Zoonotic refers to coming from animals. With market places flooding with just about any animal being sold along with the livestock, it would not be of much surprise to realise that the improper breeding, serving and fleshing of these animals. Be safe. buy clean stuff in general and make sure of what you are ingesting to survive anything close to a disease rooting from animals.

Written By:
Adam Prattler is a well read and a well networked journalist who likes to explore stories that can benefit masses. His attempts at bringing forth information that is of much help to his readers makes him a celebrated blogger and content strategist. His story on the selling of frozen rodents was among his popular publishings.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Preparedness: Everyone’s Call In Times Of Natural Disasters

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On October 15, 2013, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed many parts of the island of Bohol in the Philippines and killed hundreds of people. On November 8, 2013, not even halfway to helping everyone affected by the tragedy, the country was slammed by the ferocious super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which almost totally wiped out the whole of Tacloban City and claimed thousands of lives. These heartbreaking catastrophic events serve as tragic reminders for the people all over the world to be alert and be prepared at all times.

Natural calamities are happening since the beginning of time and indeed, the force of nature is absolutely unstoppable. And as the earth continues to evolve and change, we will experience more of these catastrophes ahead. While we cannot impede these calamities from happening, we can do something to avoid its wrath—through awareness and preparation.

There is no cost in getting awareness and being prepared is far better than being sorry. But what can an ordinary citizen do to be prepared? This article provides simple, feasible and useful insight or tips that could save your life when a disaster strikes.

Be Informed

Always have nose for news. Don’t get engulfed by the tear-jerking telenovelas all day. Instead, listen, read or watch local and global news to know what’s going on around you. Everything is now being fed to the Internet to keep everyone updated on what is the latest and most relevant on different fields. When a typhoon or predictable natural calamity is coming, the experts would know and inform the public.

Be Ready

An earthquake is unpredictable. A bush fire can happen anytime. Don’t wait for the news of incoming typhoon or heavy rains that may cause flash floods. You might miss it. Also, don’t wait for the people to go “panic-buying” for various supplies in supermarkets and different stores. So, what better way to be safe is disaster readiness which could help you save yourself and your family.

What To Prepare

Keep a waterproof emergency bag always ready. Fill it with a medicine kit, flashlights and extra batteries, non-perishable food items and water (you can change this from time to time), a few clothes, a jacket and a blanket. Put the bag somewhere very accessible from whichever part of the house you are so that you can just grab it in the event of disaster.

House Construction

A house made of light materials may survive an earthquake, but never to a typhoon or flash floods. A concrete building, however, is proven to be dangerous during earthquakes but could survive a strong typhoon and floods. Whatever the case may be, just make sure that you always keep in mind the safety guidelines and procedures for any calamity. If you would think that your house isn’t safe to stay in when there is an incoming calamity, evacuate the place earlier to ensure your safety and protection.

Equipment and Mobility

There are many types of equipment that you would find useful in times of disasters. Like solar-powered generator, water pump and many others, this equipment could assist in meeting some needs during calamitous times. Anyone who would like to check on where to buy personal equipment and for family use can check on different and reliable equipment dealers, like Tradequip and many others.

Disaster preparedness is only one of the many ways to be safe and be protected from the horrible effects of any calamity. It doesn’t hurt to be aware, to always check on the news, to know the basic survival procedures, to be prepared. Be ready at all times and learn to read the signs of times.

Brandon Peters is an entrepreneur, writer and a travel, gadgets, health, and outdoors enthusiast. He loves sharing his insights, knowledge and experience in different fields. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Travel Safety: What to Do During Natural Disaster While Traveling

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“Safety first is safety always” according to one quote. Indeed it is true! No matter where you go, it is vital to always consider your safety. But what if while traveling a natural disaster occurs threatening your safety. Do you know what to do?

Weather-related disaster is natural catastrophe. The government agency in-charge for weather forecasting can foretell and monitor some natural disasters but others are unpredictable. Whether predictable or not, it is best to prepare for any calamity to minimize the damages. It is helpful to know how to react in case a disaster happens especially if you are traveling. You do not have to be a genius or a rocket scientist to learn the basic ways of travel safety.


Among the other forms of natural disaster, earthquake is the most common one. Minor quakes will shake you a bit. Or sometimes, earthquakes with low intensity are unnoticeable especially if you are actively moving. Meanwhile, major earthquakes are dangerous putting yourself at high risk. So what should you do during a quake?

If you are indoors - eg. inside the hotel or any establishment - when the earthquake hits, take cover under a secure spot like table. Cover your head until such time that the shaking is gone. Do not panic or run while the shaking occurs as this will put your life in danger. After the shake, look for the door or fire exit and go outside - an open ground.

In case you are outdoors, stay away from tall structures like post, concrete walls, glass walls or near the buildings. Again, you should stay in an open area to avoid possible injury from falling debris. Never go back to your hotel until it is declared to be safe.


A natural disaster like hurricane is predictable which means you can prepare for it. Preparedness is essential when it comes to this form of disaster. If you are ready, you can protect yourself.

If you have a scheduled tour during the expected arrival of the hurricane, obviously, you must cancel it. Is the activity worth pursuing? Absolutely no! You cannot afford to endanger yourself just because you want to make the most of your trip. Try to assess the structure of your hotel. Is it strong enough to withstand the strong wind and possible storm surge? If it is not then you should evacuate to a secure place.

Volcanic Eruption

Many inactive volcanoes became tourist spots as they offer lovely scene especially from an aerial view. In case you are in a location where an active volcano is present, you should take extra precautions. If during your trip the volcano suddenly erupts, presence of mind is very important. Never panic.

When the eruption occurs while you are outdoors, it is vital to look for the evacuation center. Do not attempt to get close to a restricted area. Volcanic ashes and debris might start falling so you should cover your head until you reach the evacuation center. Always follow the instructions of the local authorities with regards to what to do and where to go.


Remember what happened in Japan in 2011? Tsunami usually occurs after a major earthquake like the magnitude 9.0 quake in Japan. And so, it is highly advisable to be vigilant after a strong earthquake. Watch out for aftershocks as they might come in tsunami form.

If the local disaster agency issues a tsunami red alert, you should never neglect it. Stay with the rest of the guests and follow the orders of the authorities.

This article was written by Ashley O’connor. She is a travel buff and is very particular with regards to travel safety. Whether she stays in a modest motel or a famous hotel like the Palms Casino Resort, she always checks the emergency exits. Follow here on Twitter @AshleyOconnor82 or on Google+.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Prepare for the Apocalypse by Learning Martial Arts

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Think for a moment about the great variety of apocalyptic scenarios. The world could be invaded by two headed aliens with astonishing speed and strength. Zombies could cause ultimate devastation in the hunt for human victims. Rabid werewolves might even begin to populate the previously pleasant pastures of England. So what are you going to do about it? Will you run for the hills or prepare for the fight? If you really want to save humanity then it's time to start learning martial arts!

Study the Legends of Martial Arts

You will have to follow the example of martial artists such as Bruce Lee and Chia-Hui Liu if you want to stand the best chance of beating the evil-minded invaders. Dedicate yourself to the various martial arts disciplines and use criticism as the motivation to strive for physical perfection. Act with ultimate dignity and be prepared to fight your most fearsome enemies to the death. Remember the importance of being 10 steps ahead and inflicting as much pain as necessary.

Learn the Most Devastating Martial Arts

You face the risk of being bitten, clawed and gouged by the creatures of the night, or even day. It's for this reason that you should learn the counter attacking moves of Wing Chun and Krav Maga. The first of these methods was developed by Bruce Lee as a means of combat against larger fighters. It would prove very effective in a battle against the reincarnated Frankenstein or mugger in a society in upheaval. The Krav Maga techniques may be used if you want to disarm gun and knife wielding enemies.

You might choose to develop your skills under the guidance of Muay Thai experts. They'll teach you how to deliver powerful elbow punches and kicks as a means of dislodging the teeth of desperate vampires and werewolves. You may even be interested in learning Silat, an ancient martial art which was developed as a means of inflicting pain and suffering on invading hordes. This method involves quick fire punches and kicks to vulnerable areas of the body. It will give your enemies good reason to fear.

Perfect the Use of Martial Arts Weapons

Any aliens who watched Bruce Lee wielding a pair of Nunchakus could be forgiven for their reluctance to visit earth. Of course you can learn how to generate the same sense of fear by training in the use of these chain-linked sticks. Alternatively you could follow the example of Beatrix Kiddo and use a samurai sword to decapitate the heads of your enemies. There is also the option of training in the use of bladed weapons such as the Sai and Kama. You might even build a collection of martial arts weapons for use during apocalyptic battles.

Face Your Challenge with Courage and Determination

You are bound to feel a little concerned about your role as the chosen saviour of earth. However, if you've trained in the martial arts then you could draw inspiration from the words of Hakuin: 'Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat'.

Sam Butterworth is a martials arts enthusiast, a blogger and someone who likes to be prepared for the worst. He works with Martial Art Shop, a retailer of martial arts weapons and training gear based in the UK.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Survival Food: 5 Merits of Sugar in an Emergency


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As everybody knows sugar is not your best friend when you’re trying to cut down those calories from your diet but who had thought that consuming sugar could turn out to be a boon in some cases. Though doctors and nutritionists warn us of excess of sugar consumption, consuming the necessary amounts have no ill effects on an individual’s health. In fact, sugar serves as the perfect substance that can rescue you from several medical emergencies.

However its uses are not restricted to such purposes. Here are some of the uses of sugar in situations of emergency.


Any individual who has been eating less than normal and doing more physical activity than usual can be a victim of hypoglycemia, which means the glucose content in the blood has decreased or to simplify it further, the sugar level has gone down in their body. This happens much often in the case of a diabetic. It can be recognized by symptoms such as sudden feeling of dizziness, hunger, lightheadedness, shaking or sweating. In such a condition, an individual should consume little amount of sugar. Sugar balances the amount of glucose requirement of the body and the individual gets instant relief.

Instant Source Of Energy:

Anytime the body is feeling low on energy, consuming sugar can instantly pump in some energy. Since sugar contains fructose and glucose, the sucrose in the intestine breaks down the sucrose to fructose and then glucose, which is absorbed and distributed by the body. In this way, the body gets instant energy.

Stored Energy

Thirdly stored sugar in the body serves the same purpose as the oil of an engine. This stored glucose is used by the body when the glycogen is broken down into glucose with this process called glycogenesis. As and when the glycogen gets converted to glucose it starts providing the required energy to the body. This process usually takes place when our body is running out of energy for example during the meal gaps or when a person is sleeping.

Starting a fire

Uses of sugar are not only limited to health purposes, it is also popular among travelers since sugar aids in starting a fire. Though one needs an equal amount of potassium permanganate but combining sugar in the same proportions with it, helps light fire in the easiest way possible. All you need is a rock or perhaps a hard surface and a stick to grind this combination against the surface. In no time you would have the fire lit up.

As a preservative

This may come as a surprise since most of the pickles that we consume have a certain amount of sugar but little did we know that the sugar is used for dual purposes, one to add taste and second is to act as a preservative. Though most people would think that salt is commonly used as a preservative, sugar has an equal ability to resist the growth of bacteria which may cause various diseases.

Author Bio:

Adam Prattler is an enthusiastic reader of books, his favourite collection is sainsbury's ebooks, the reason why he likes is that these ebooks contain useful and informative content. He has a huge collection of books in his room that he collected over the span of years.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Amazing Apocalyptic Footwear to Save your Life

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If you've watched movies such as 28 Days Later, The Road and 12 Monkeys then you'll probably have wondered what would happen in a real life apocalypse. You may believe that crazed zombies will start walking the streets and biting anybody who stands in their way. You might even think that big green aliens will come down in their space cruisers and start populating the earth. Whatever your views you are in the fortunate position of being able to prepare for these terrifying events. You could start by purchasing footwear suitable for the apocalypse, because it really could SAVE YOUR LIFE!

High Heeled Boots

Female characters such as Lara Croft and Buffy certainly knew the importance of looking good while saving the earth. You could continue the feminine tradition and buy yourself a pair of high heeled boots. You may use these stylish heeled boots to deliver some seriously powerful kicks and do some savage stomping.

Combat Boots

It is quite likely that you'll have to go on a hunt for fellow survivors when the apocalypse happens. You might have to climb mountains, trek across barren wastelands and through boggy marshes in the dead of night. You'll want a pair of boots that are up to the task. Regulation army or marine boots would be absolutely ideal. It would be sensible to wear them in if you want to reduce the likelihood of painful blisters (like you’ll be worried about blisters!)

Knee Length Wellingtons

You probably won’t want to wear wellington boots for the entirety of your apocalyptic quest. These items are bulky, ungainly and difficult to pull off. However, it would be worth slipping a pair into your backpack, in case you are forced to walk through damp, rat infested sewers or marshy bogs.

Fur Lined Nubuck Boots

If you've watched films such as The Thing and Silent Night Deadly Night then you'll know that some horrific scenarios play out in the depths of winter. You should prepare by buying yourself a pair of comfortable fur lined nubuck boots. You'll also want to invest in a heavyweight coat and winter trousers if you're going to survive the harshest weather conditions.

Running Shoes

If you come face to face with a group of bloodthirsty zombies or a seriously enraged alien then the best course of action will be to run! Of course it will help if you are wearing a suitable pair of running shoes. You'll stand the best chance of picking up some speed in a pair of trainers featuring sprung platforms. They should also be made from highly durable rubber or leather.

Dancing Shoes

If all else fails then you should use the Will Smith Men in Black tactic and dance with the creatures of the night. You might find that your pursuers are a little more friendly after they realise that you have a shared passion for funky music. You'll be able to take your own bloody revenge after lulling the murdering interlopers into a false sense of security and you’ll get to see what shapes they throw in the meantime.

Sam Butterworth is a writer and a big fan of footwear. He likes to look good but also appreciates the advantages a solid pair of shoes can give you when faced with an apocalyptic situation - as everyone should!

Monday, November 11, 2013

7 Steps To Growing Amazing Garlic


Garlic is one of the easiest things you can grow in your garden, regardless of your gardening background or years of growing experience. It’s virtually maintenance free and even folks with so-called “brown thumbs” can grow it with great success. (FYI – I don’t believe in brown thumbs.) Garlic is a beautiful and functional plant – almost everyone loves the unique flavor. It’s also a fantastic addition to your food storage plans. (for more on emergency food storage go here)

Garlic is also good for you. Researchers have concluded that a diet rich in garlic can help you reduce your chance of heart disease, may lower your cholesterol, and can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

One of the best things about growing garlic is that you can grow enough garlic in just one season to store and use for an entire year. How many plants can you say that about? If you’re going to grow garlic this season, you’ll need to get it in the ground soon … very soon. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together our very best tips for growing garlic at home.

Garlic should be planted in the fall when temperatures begin to dramatically cool down. For most of us, that means somewhere between early October and mid-November. The key is not planting too early when temperatures are still hot, but also not waiting too long. You’ll want to make sure to get your garlic in the ground before the first hard freeze. Otherwise, the ground may be too hard for planting.

Step One: Pick a good location for your garlic.

Garlic grows best in full sun, but it can still grow well in partial shade. It also likes well-drained, rich and organic soil. So keep these two factors in mind when picking the location for your garlic bed. Raised beds are a great option for growing garlic. You can also grow garlic in containers if you are a patio gardener or have limited space. Just make sure you use containers that drain water well.

Step Two: Plant your cloves.

To plant garlic, you simply put your garlic cloves (the small sections of the garlic head or bulb) in the ground. Each clove you plant will grow into a new head of garlic. Before planting your garlic cloves, it is recommended that you soak them in a jar of water for a few hours. Do not peel the cloves. These steps will help protect your crop from fungal diseases.

Plant the garlic cloves with the flat end down and the pointed tip up. Plant the cloves approximately 2 inches below the soil line. Space your cloves about 6-8 inches apart. You can plant them closer together if you are using a container or have limited space, but your heads of garlic will not grow to be as large.

soaking garlic

Step Three: Perform basic garlic maintenance to get your crop off to a good start.

Remember we told you that garlic is easy to grow? Well, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean your garlic plants won’t need a little bit of TLC along the way. A few easy maintenance chores can really help your garlic grow into big, healthy bulbs:
  • Keep weeds and grass to a minimum in the garlic bed. Allowing them to take over the bed will choke out your garlic. Pull weeds and grass as needed.
  • Place a layer of organic mulch (straw, dried grass clippings or shredded leaves) on your garlic bed after planting. This helps keep moisture in and pests out.
  • Water your garlic bed or containers after planting. The plants will need approximately 1 inch of water each week in the autumn and early winter.

Step Four: Kick back and relax until spring.

Garlic shoots will begin to emerge in approximately 4-8 weeks, depending on the temperatures where you live. Don’t panic if your garlic seems to stop growing during cold weather. This is a normal process. Garlic plants go dormant for a few months, especially in the colder winter months. Your garlic will start growing again when warm temperatures return in the early spring.

Watering your garlic plants is not typically needed during the winter dormancy period. During the winter, I let Mother Nature water my plants for me and I no longer water them by hand, unless we have a really long dry period.

Step Five: Perform these easy maintenance tips in the spring.

  • Start watering your garlic plants again when growth resumes. They will need approximately 1 inch of water each week during the spring growth periods.
  • Stop watering your garlic plants by hand around the first of June. This will force your garlic bulbs to be larger and firmer.
  • Fertilize your garlic with an organic, liquid fertilizer like ProtoGrow every 2-3 weeks starting March 1. (You may want to adjust that date if spring arrives late to your neck of the woods.) Continue feeding them every 3 weeks until the end of May, or mid-June for cooler climates.

garlic scapes

Step Six: Remove garlic scapes – but don’t throw them away!

Sometime around late May to mid June, your garlic will send up a garlic scape. Garlic scapes are flowery tops and can be wildly varied. Sometimes they are long and spiky, and sometimes they are curly or thin. These scapes should be removed once you notice them. This will force the garlic plants to keep growing into larger, more mature bulbs.

Don’t throw your garlic scapes away. They are edible and are simply delicious. You can add them to soups and dips, use them in stir-fry, or put them in just about any recipe where you like a little unique garlic flavor. I love to grill them or put them in homemade hummus. Many cooks like garlic scapes more than regular garlic and regard them as a delicacy!

biting garlic

Step Seven: Harvest and dry your garlic.

Depending on your climate, your garlic will be ready to harvest between late June to late July. You will know it is time to harvest when the leaves begin to turn a yellow-brown color and begin to dry up.

Carefully dig up each individual garlic bulb. Do not yank or pull them as this can break the stalk away from the bulb – which can lead to your garlic rotting before it has time to dry.

Your garlic needs to cure and dry before you can use it in the kitchen. Bundle the garlic into groups of 5-10 bulbs, with the stalks still attached. Tie them together and hang them in a dark, dry area. Allow them to cure for approximately 6 weeks. I dry my bulbs in the garage – but a warning … my garage has a very garlicky smell while the plants are drying.

One your garlic is completely dry, cut off the stalk and carefully trim away the roots. Leave a few inches of stalk above each bulb if you plan to store the garlic in containers. If you prefer to braid your garlic into traditional garlic braids, you’ll need to leave more of the stalk intact. Store your garlic in a cool and dry area. It should last you for many months if stored correctly.

Remember: Now is the perfect time to purchase your garlic and get it planted for most climates. Don’t wait until the ground is frozen!

Ben Tanner is an emergency preparedness expert and survivalist. He is currently undergoing a project to get entirely off the grid. Self reliance, and emergency preparedness are useful for everyone. Ben is also a the owner of

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creating Safe Spaces in Your Home for an Emergency

Hidden Door
When an emergency or major disaster strikes, you need to be ready. In the likely event that you’ll be at home when this big event or uprising happens, it’s important to not only have a plan, but to already have a safe space in place. This safe space can act as a place to hide, a place for storage, or a place to escape from. Here we look at how you can go about creating safe spaces in your home and the different ways to prepare for an emergency.

Hidden Bookcase Door - Installation

A hidden bookcase door is a great way to create a safe room. This door is modeled as a bookcase and should fit seamlessly into the look of your home, and no one would know an entire room is hidden on the other side. Unless you tell someone about the door, they wouldn’t know it existed. Especially if you choose to conceal a back room or one that cannot be easily perceived by the shape of your home.

Installing a hidden bookcase door is surprisingly simple, whether you’re an experienced contractor or a novice do-it-yourselfer. Most hidden doors will come in an unfinished wood, so you’ll have the option to paint or stain it to make sure it blends with the rest of your home properly.

Of course, if the bookcase door is too big of an investment or you don’t have an inconspicuous place for it, you can choose a flat panel door instead. These flat panel hidden door can be installed and blended with the rest of your wall to conceal your safe room or storage space.

Hidden Door

Different Uses for the Hidden Bookcase Door

Depending on your home’s layout and your perceived needs, here are a few ways to utilize a hidden bookcase door.

  • Safe room: This is the most obvious move. If any kind of emergency occurs and you need a central base camp or a hideout to ride out in secret, creating a safe room with a hidden door is perfect.
  • Secret exit: This idea can be two-fold. Create a safe room with a hidden door, and then include a second hidden door in the safe room for a secret exit. On the other hand, you could also install the hidden door as simple a hidden exit on any wall in your home. Exiting from a position that isn’t expected can be beneficial depending on the emergency or intruder situation.
  • Food/supply storage: If you don’t have a full room to conceal, you can still create a secret safe space to store necessary emergency supplies. Not only will the hidden room keep the items safe, but the fewer people who know about it means that no one will pilfer the supply ahead of a real emergency. Consider storing “grab and go” style bags packed and ready for every member of your home.

When it comes to creating a safe space in your home, the options are endless with a hidden door. You’ll feel comforted by having safe storage or a place to hide no matter what is happening in the world.

Susie Bafico is a home improvement enthusiast and blogs for Custom Service Hardware. CS Hardware is a leader in the wholesale hardware industry with more than 25,000 products, including a full line of ready to assemble cabinets.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Prepper Gadgets: Which are Junk & Which are Genius?

Thinking outside of the box is one of the key traits you need to develop before doomsday arrives. Even in the event of a relatively minor doomsday situation, life as you once knew it could be disrupted for years. A large solar storm — similar to one that actually occurred in 1859 — could be powerful enough to knock out power to millions of people for years, according to the Washington Post. When creating a disaster or doomsday readiness kit (or room), be mindful that the services you're accustomed to may take a long time to restore or may never come back, depending on the situation. That is why you need gadgets that will work outside of the conventional way of modern life.


BioLite Stove: The BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove is a must-have for preppers, and when you see one in action, you'll know why. This little beauty, which doesn't require any special fuel, is not only useful for cooking food, but also uses patent-pending thermoelectric technology to convert the heat generated by the stove into electricity that can be used to charge your small electronics, such as cell phones and other items with rechargeable batteries. This stove is lightweight, coming in at only two pounds and relatively inexpensive at $130.

BioLite Stove

Photo by Flickr user Derek Hatfield

Hunting Dog with an E-Collar: Serious preppers know that in the event of a huge doomsday scenario, eventually those rations of prepackaged foods will run out, and it will be up to you to bring home the bacon — or the venison, as the case may be. That is why it's important to be one leg up on the competition (i.e., the others who have survived) and have hunting dogs that can help you track down game. Start training your dogs now and reinforcing their behavior with SportDOG training collars, available from $115 - $300+, so they will be prepared in the event that the end of the world as we know it arrives sooner than later.

Water Purifier Jerrycan: The bottles of water stored in your safe room are only going to last so long. At that point, your best bet will be a water purifying jerrycan. In developing nations, many locals still use jerrycans to transport water from a source back to their homes. Having a good jerrycan, especially one that will purify your water, will be important when you can no longer count on water flowing into your home. Lifesaver offers a durable, purifying jerrycan for $379.


Photo by Flickr user Oliver

A Lightweight Saw: A saw you can carry in your pocket will be invaluable in a doomsday situation, especially one like the SaberCut Razor Saw, which can cut through wood, rope and most metals. It can also be used as a skinning blade. It's available on Amazon for $9.68.


Your Smartphone: As much as you love and depend on your smartphone today, when doomsday arrives, it is going to be pretty much worthless. Even if you could charge it, the chances that wireless service will be available will be slim to none.

Cash: While an "emergency fund" is always a good idea, it depends on the emergency. In the event of any apocalyptic scenario, a large sum of cash is not going to be worth very much. As far as goods and services go, useful tools, water, food and weapons will be far more valuable than money.

Peter Dickson
Peter is a hunter and outdoorsman who travels as a consultant for sustainable game reserves. When he is not working, he enjoys writing about nature and the outdoors.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Why You Should Diet For the End of the World


Let us all face it, we have all been hearing about “the end of the world” which is yet to come soon. Although people have thrown around countless dates on when that possible end is, we still do not know when that exact date is. So in the meantime, while w a i t i n g for that so-called “day”, why should people go on a diet? Now you might be thinking, “now this is a strange question to ask especially since it is the end of the world…” It might be so, but the fact of the matter is, people do not want to be at the end of everything and not look and feel their best. People would like to know that they worked hard in the remaining days of their lives. Many people may fall for those fad diets that might or might not work. The thing is, the best diet is usually a diet that consists of balance and patience. Like the saying, “Rome was not made in a day”, that also applies to your body and dieting. Here are a few reasons on why you should go on a BALANCED diet for the “end of the world.”

Healthy dieting can lower the risk of certain cancers

Research has shown that overweight people are 4x more likely for certain cancers than people who are on a healthy diet. This is higher in woman because overweight women are more likely to develop endometrial and breast cancer. Body fat can produce estrogen which is a hormone said to be linked with both cancers. Healthy dieting could help you lower your risk of certain cancers so that people could be without any sickness for the end of the world.

Helps people stay memory sharp

People who are not conscious about their diet and stay obese throughout their midlife have a much higher risk to develop dementia. Remember: The bigger the belly fat, the greater the risk of this medical condition. This is said to happen because of certain inflammatory factors and hormones produced by belly fat itself. Having a sharp memory could be beneficial for you to live life to the fullest without memory gaps before the end of the world occurs.

Prevents other medical conditions that could be fatal

Another important reason of healthy dieting for the end is that keeping a maintained body weight can prevent certain medical conditions that could affect different organs in the body. This includes the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and other vital organs in the body. This is vital like mentioned above because it is best to be healthy before the end so that you do not have to worry about sicknesses that could cause stress and death before it is time.

Helps people look good physically

Having a balanced diet could help people look better physically. It could earn them the body that they always wanted if dieting is done correctly. That means no flabby arms, tummies and legs. People could wear the clothes that they like wearing and feel good about how they look in it. It is always best to look and feel good about yourself so that you can be confident for the end of the world.

Gives more confidence

Besides looking good on the outside, healthy dieting could give people more confidence to people. It ties in with how they feel about how they look physically because they know that they do look good on the outside. Confidence is very important for people to feel good about their lives and could bring in positive energy and thoughts which is needed in people’s lives so that they can live their lives to the fullest and carry on for the world’s end.

Author Bio:
Julian is a health and fitness enthusiast as well as an author for His research and writing focus mainly on fitness and effective diet plans.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Preparedness for Life: How to Stay a Step Ahead During Disaster

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Families need to be prepared for a disaster. A house or family could be in the center of a natural disaster in a matter of minutes. One of the ways to make it through a disaster is to stay a step ahead of what is happening. This means having the right plans, knowledge and tools to deal with whatever situations arise. Several tips will help a family to stay a step ahead during disaster.

  1. Follow the Plan

    Acting quickly and decisively will help anyone to stay a step ahead during a disaster. Every minute spent pondering what to do next could cause problems. It is important to follow whatever emergency plan is in place. This could be the emergency plan for the family or one provided by the city in the event of a disaster. Emergency plans are important because they are formulated while everyone is calm. A good plan will allow a person to react and make smart decisions quickly without panicking.

  2. Carry an Emergency Pack

    Every household should have an emergency bag packed in case of emergency. The bag should contain water, food, extra clothes and important personal documents. It should also have a radio, a first aid kit and some cash inside. It is critical to grab this emergency pack when a disaster occurs even if only sheltering in the basement. The supplies in the pack can make waiting out the disaster or evacuating across a long distance safer and more comfortable.

  3. Locate Authorities Quickly

    Anyone who has been forced to leave a house because of disaster should find the authorities as quickly as possible. These could be police or fire departments. Finding the authorities helps because they will have the most information about what is happening. Police are often in touch other many other groups that are monitoring the disaster. Local authorities can make informed decisions based on a broad overview of the situation. They also have access to resources average people do not.

  4. Use Technology That Provides Advanced Alerts

    The most direct way to stay a step ahead during a disaster is to use technology that provides advanced alerts and warnings. Homeowners who install a system will receive alerts before most disasters reach the house. These alerts can come through a mobile device is no one is at home. This provides crucial extra time to prepare everyone and to get to safety. Advanced alerts and updates will keep the family informed about what is going on.

Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She loves to write on health and technology issues, like the importance of having a reliable home alarm system like those from Vivint security. In her spare time, Jayla loves to hike Oregon's beautiful State parks with her two dogs.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

6 foods you can eat after their sell by date expires

Written and produced by legal blogger Matthew Crist in association with TSR Injury Law, experienced Minnesota personal injury law specialists.

As a Boston restaurant plans to sell dishes that contain only items that are past their sell-by date, once again the issue of food labelling is put in the spotlight.

But does out-of-date food increase your chances of contracting food poisoning and other ailments, or is it just an excuse for companies to throw away perfectly good ingredients?

The Daily Table is a hybrid grocery run by former president of Trader Joe's Doug Rauch. The store plans on selling prepared foods, fruits and vegetables that are all past their sell-by date.

In the United States alone, 40 percent of food is trashed because it has past a certain due date. But many claim this is nothing to do with food safety, but more to do with taste.

So what exactly can you eat after the date on the packaging has passed?

Here are some of the foods which are perfectly safe to eat, even if they have been in the fridge for some time.

  1. Chocolate

    Chocolate can last a long time. But it often develops an off-putting white coating, known as the "bloom", when it's exposed to the air. This happens when some of the crystalline fat melts and rises to the top. It's not mould and is still perfectly OK to eat. If you still don’t like the look of it you can still use it for things like cakes and cookies.

  2. Eggs

    Yes. Believe it or not, eggs last a lot longer than most people think. They can last between 3 to 5 weeks as long as they are kept at a temperature below 5C (41F).

  3. Tortilla Chips

    Tortilla chips certainly aren't going to make you sick after a month. The thing you might notice though is they have begun to go a little stale. The best way to combat this is by keeping them fresh in the first place by storing them in an air-tight container. If it’s too late for that, try putting them in the oven for a short while with a little oil – this should make them crispy once again.

  4. Milk

    Rather like eggs, keeping milk in the right conditions will help it last much longer. Letting the milk sit out in the open will allow microbes in the air to spoil it. Even if milk starts to smell a little – there is no real danger of it making you sick.

  5. Yoghurt

    As yoghurt is basically made up of bacteria, allowing it to stay in the fridge for longer than you had planned shouldn’t do it, or you, any harm whatsoever. Even if mould appears on the surface; this can be scraped off and the product can still be enjoyed.

  6. Pasta

    Most dried foods are fine to eat several years after their purchase. With pasta, nutrients such as riboflavin are light sensitive, so it’s best to keep the product in a cool, dry and dark place.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

5 Steps to Fixing a Flat Tire for the Car Novice

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Do you have what it takes to survive if your on the road and the world goes to the pits? When you feel the car lurching to one side and a thumping noise emanating from a wheel, you've got a flat tire. Do you know how to fix it? Depending on where you are on the road, you must quickly find a safe place to stop before your wheel becomes damaged from the weight of the car pressing down on it. Where do you go from there? Fixing a flat tire is not difficult and even the most inexperienced could do it if you follow a few simple steps...

Loosen Before You Lift

Pull off the hub cabs, if your wheels have this feature, and find the lug nuts underneath. Use the lug nut wrench hidden in your trunk, with the spare tire and jack, to loosen the nuts with a counter-clockwise motion. Only loosen the nuts; do not remove them completely.

Jack It Up

Underneath your car are specific chassis, or frame, points that are safe for a jack to push against. Look under you car beside the damaged tire and place your jack under this safe point. Using the lever, carefully jack your car up. You do not need to lift it high. Simply raise it until the tire slightly lifts off of the ground. Keep any body parts away from the jack to avoid an injury if it should fail.

Survey The Damage

Not all flat tires have the same damage. Once lifted off the ground, spin the tire carefully and find the puncture point. If you find a nail or other thin object lodged in the tire, you can use fix-it foam spray temporarily to fill your tire until you can drive to a repair facility. Simply attach the spray can to the tire's nozzle and fill it.

Remove It

Large holes or gashes cannot be fixed on the side of the road. Loosen and remove the lug nuts with the wrench and pull the tire off the car. Normally cars have a spare in the back but those tires are not meant for extensive use, you'll need to visit a repair store for cheap tires to replace the one you had to use.

Tighten It Up

Place the spare tire on the car. Put the lug nuts on the wheel and tighten them slightly. Do not fully tighten them at this point. You may disturb the jack and cause the car to fall off of its lift. Lower the vehicle slowly with the jack. Tighten the lug nuts completely with the wrench at this point.

Changing a tire is a skill that everyone should have as there will not always be someone readily available to help you. With these careful steps, you can quickly and confidently resolve your flat tire issue in a safe manner.

Author Bio

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for November!

Survival Slingshot wants to give one lucky winner a Standard Survival Slingshot for the November Doomsday Giveaway! This is the same slingshot that I reviewed a couple of weeks back (read the review here). This slingshot is a tool, not a toy. This slingshot can shoot up to 250 yards, and has a water tight aluminum tube that includes a simple fishing kit, weatherproof matches, ammo, and more.

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