Friday, January 31, 2014

How Mastering Archery Could Help You Survive the Apocalypse

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Imagine the world infested with millions of zombies, mindlessly roaming the streets night and day searching for human flesh to feast upon. There are very few survivors and your resources are drastically decreasing. Your camp is in dire need of food, weapons, ammunition, and supplies. Although there is a store nearby containing these necessities, the main road is entirely overwhelmed with the living dead. The only other option is to stealthily cross through the alleys that run behind the store.

After successfully sneaking past an army of ravenous adversaries and making it to the store, your camp accrues all of the food and supplies they can possibly carry. You then notice the gun and ammunition department but, unfortunately, there are no guns left. However, a bow and archery arrows are available.

You cannot use firearms on a supply run such as this because noise will attract the rampaging hordes. Consequently, your weapon of choice will be the bow or crossbow, for various reasons: they boast a short reload time, have reusable - and therefore potentially infinite - ammunition, can carry out long- and short-range attacks and, most importantly, every shot exerts deadly force in total silence.

When it comes to archery equipment, the majority of the population will favor guns over other forms of weaponry during a crisis, and they probably wouldn't think twice about grabbing the guns and ammo first. Most people would never consider archery an effective zombie slaying option, forgetting that the bow can be more useful than a gun in many situations. Those who have mastered archery before the apocalypse would be aware of the true efficacy of a bow, and would find it to be one of the most valuable assets to defend yourself.

  • Bows are silent and do not draw attention like guns do
  • Arrows are lighter to carry around
  • Arrows can be reused but bullets cannot
  • Ammunition for bows tends to be more readily available than ammunition for guns, as no one would typically raid all of the archery equipment. Guns and ammunition are first off the shelves
  • Bows can be used for long-range, mid-range, and short-range attacks
  • Crossbows are heavy enough to be used as a blunt weapon for close up attacks
  • Quick reload time
  • Like a gun, you have the ability to attach scopes, red dot sights, and other useful optics

  • It takes time to learn how to shoot a bow, just like it does learning how to shoot a gun
  • Arrows are lighter but also more bulky to carry around than ammunition for guns

By possessing the ability to shoot, whether it is a gun or a bow, you give yourself essential resources that could potentially save your life during the apocalypse! The sooner you begin training and taking advantage of these crucial skills, the more prepared you will be for a doomsday zombocalypse scenario.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Four Ways We Can Be Self-Sufficient Right At Home

Thomas Jefferson envisioned a nation of self-sufficient yeoman farmers when he looked at the future of the United States. The Industrial Revolution and the loss of available land for farming have largely ended Jefferson's dream. Although it is more difficult to be self-sufficient than it was in the nineteenth century, people can still achieve a large measure of self-sufficiency in the modern world. Here are four tips to make it a reality.

Produce Food

Most people today have a small urban or suburban plot of land that is well under an acre. Even though it is not possible to produce enough for a family for a year, a small garden that can produce organic vegetables is a distinct possibility. A small lot can also support a fruit tree that can produce free apples that can be canned for year-round sustenance.

Hunt for or Raise Meat

Those who are carnivores can go a long way to producing their own meat. It is possible to hunt on public lands in some parts of the country, and a deer or elk can provide months of meat for a family. Those who have a few acres can raise cows, pigs or sheep. These animals can have the side benefit of mowing grass, and places like Western Turf Farms Ltd. can help with getting the Richmond sod and plants on a property. When mature, these animals can provide food. Having a few animals can actually lead to a self-sustaining colony. That can provide food and a bit of income.

Go Off-Grid

Green energy has really been in the news for the past few years. In the last five years, some reports have shown that the cost of a solar electric system has dropped by about 75 percent. While still not cheap, solar panels can pay for themselves in a few years with lower utility payments. Excess energy can also be sold to utility companies to help even more.

Store Water

A recent chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without safe water. It is possible to capture rain water for any number of common uses like watering a garden or washing clothes. A filter or boiling might be a good idea before drinking for water that has been sitting for a while.

Some people have been able to go completely off of the public grid. It is possible, but most people do not want to deal with the hassle. Using these tips can help aid a family in being more self-sufficient in terms of food and water supply.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Follow her on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Self Defense: How to Protect Yourself During a Break In

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For many of us, it's our worst nightmare: waking up in the middle of the night to realize someone is in our house. Should this happen to you, what can you do to keep yourself and your family safe? Here are some important tips on how you can stay safe during a break-in.

Prepare Beforehand

While most of the rest of these tips will deal with what to do during the actual break in, it's worth mentioning that old proverb, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If you are worried about possible break ins, it's worth spending a little bit of money on a security system that will alert you and the police if anyone unauthorized tries to enter your house in the middle of the night. Security companies can help you protect your home. Typically, burglars like jobs that are easy. If they have to do a lot of work to get through a top-notch security system, they'll just move on to a less well-protected house.

Keep Your Cell Phone With You

If you do hear or see someone breaking into your house, grab your cell phone. Stay away from landlines, as those lines can be cut. This way, you always have a way of calling somebody for help. It's a good idea to make sure your phone is charged or charging as you go to bed, so that it's ready for you to use in case of an emergency.

Get To a Safe Room

If you have set up a safe room for yourself with a deadbolt lock on the inside, that's the place you should go. Gather your family, go there, and call 911 from inside. If you don't have a designated safe room, go into any secure room that locks from the inside. Barricade the door with furniture if you are worried about the intruder trying to come in. Keep everyone together and call 911.

Stay Calm

If you encounter the intruder, especially after the police have been called, stay calm. In general, avoid fighting back unless you believe you are in a life-threatening situation, as you run the risk of them reacting violently. Instead, hold your hands up at shoulder level in a gesture of compliance, and avoid direct eye contact. The intruder may simply flee upon being discovered, but if they do not, your calmness and compliance could save your life.

Safety for you and your family comes before anything else, so it's worth doing whatever it takes to keep them safe. Knowing what to do in the case of a break in can make all the difference. We all hope this will never happen to us, but if it does, it pays to be ready for it.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She lives in Los Lunas where she spends her time writing, hiking, biking and running. In her research of this article she has found that companies like Safeguard Glass are now putting more technology to use against would be intruders. Follow Brooke on Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5 Reasons Fresh Water Is Your Most Important Emergency Supply

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Fresh water is an important commodity, but it is absolutely necessary to include in any emergency supply stockpile. In fact, it is the first thing that should be addressed when building a safety reserve and there are 5 reasons why.

Drinking Water

During an emergency, water supplies can be cut of or contaminated. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure you have plenty available for each person to drink for an extended period of time. At least have enough stashed for a few days, maybe more if you are in a disaster prone area.

Another issue that becomes important during emergencies is that any pets that may be part of the household will, also, need drinking water. Though they don't need as much as humans, they will need there own reserve as well. And if there are any dirt or cuts concerning the pet, it's important to have a reserve for tending these issues.


When cooking during an emergency event, many foods may be canned or dried and need water to cook or rehydrate for consumption. Keep enough for daily food preparation; as much as a gallon per day for several days.


For cleaning dishes and food containers, water will be needed for washing. This water should be heated to boiling then allowed to cool enough to the touch for regular washing, but if fear of contamination is suspected, then place the item in a pot of boiling water to completely destroy any germs.


Hygiene is important to avoid disease and illness. Storing enough water to bathe, not conventionally in a tub or shower, but with a washcloth and soap is prudent. Remember that each person needs clean water after each washing. Do not reuse dirty water for the next person's use. It can, however, be classified as gray water and can be used for other reasons such as sanitation.


This is something many people overlook when preparing for an emergency. City or town water supplies may be cut off causing no water for toilet flushing. Calgary drain cleaning may be necessary if your house starts to get backed up. Keeping a supply specifically for this purpose is necessary for sanitation and keeping healthy living areas.

Get a count of how much water you would need for any emergency situation and contact Alberta Water Services. If you are concerned with exactly how much you really need, there are many online sites that can assist with estimates for fresh water needs.

Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She writes on a variety of topics, including cars, saving money, and spending time in the great outdoors. She spends her spare time hiking with her two dogs.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Six Reasons You Should Stock Up On Fresh Water

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Fresh water is one of those things you tend to take for granted until it is gone. Most households do not keep fresh water stored, yet we can only survive about three days without it. A good rule of thumb is to keep three gallons of water per person per day; remember to include pets and livestock in your calculations. There are several situations that can disrupt the water supply in your home. Being prepared now can help your family get through tough times later.

  1. Natural Disaster

    Hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters can disrupt the water supply by damaging water mains and destroying supply routes. FEMA recommends keeping an emergency supply kit to last at least 72 hours, but severe natural disasters can create supply problems for much longer.

  2. Grid Down Scenario

    In a short or long term grid down scenario, public water supplies will be cut off. There will be no electricity to operate aquifers and that free-flowing water from the tap will quickly be nonexistent. How will you get water without power?

  3. Economic Collapse

    The eventual outcome of an economic collapse will be no funds to pay workers to operate water and waste treatment facilities, work at generating stations or haul the parts and supplies needed to keep the water flowing.

  4. Drought

    In drought-prone areas, water is often rationed to ensure there is enough to go around. How will you water your yard or garden when the supply dries up? Cisterns and holding tanks can provide large water storage to help you through drought times and they are easily maintained by specialists like Alberta Water Services.

  5. Radiation

    Renewed threats and speculation about Fukushima continue to plague headlines. In the event of further damage to the buildings or containment tanks, radioactive fallout could reach North America in a matter of days. Ground water and reservoirs will be polluted, which means most water sources will be unsafe to drink without a special filter.

  6. Local Water Supply Issues

    Chemical leaks, like the one that polluted the water supply in West Virginia in early 2014, can cause serious health issues. Storing water gives you the peace of mind in knowing your family will be safe from isolated water contamination issues.

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Water is arguably the most important aspect of being prepared. Without it, your chances of survival are numbered in mere days. As you can see, it does not take a major global event to disrupt or destroy your local water supply. Water storage is liquid peace of mind.

Marlena Stoddard writes on emergency preparation and energy independent homes. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn't spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Being Prepared - 5 Ways To Prepare For Unexpected Disasters

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Unexpected disasters come from any direction. For many, there is no warning. An earthquake or tornado may happen in moments. For others, such as regional fires, floods, and storms you might have several days to prepare. The more prepared you are in advance the greater the chances of surviving and overcoming the disaster.

  1. “Bug out” bags have become popular since Hurricane Katrina. If you need to leave your home immediately, and know that you will not be coming back for a while, having a bag containing emergency supplies that you pick up on the way out the door is critical. Drinking water, preserved foods, and items such as matches, first aid kits, blankets, medical papers, and twine may mean the difference between mere discomfort and deprivation.

  2. Knowing where the other family members are or where they are heading towards enables the family to rejoin each other. Few things are worse than not knowing the whereabouts of close family during an emergency. The fear and worry saps the mind and makes it difficult to focus on key survival techniques.

  3. Keeping all the vehicles maintained and gassed up is always important. If you must evacuate with only a little gas in the auto you are not going very far. All vehicles should have an emergency kit in the trunk that includes lights, blankets, extra batteries, and other necessities.

  4. Rising waters from a nearby river is not the only source of flooding. An overabundance of rain can wash through an area and leave havoc behind. Dewatering pumps might make the difference between being able to salvage and stay in your home or abandoning it because of too much water. The dewatering pump should feed into a drainage system that takes the water well away from the home, and have an independent power supply.

  5. The surprise of a disaster is what hampers many people from handling it well. Planning for potential disasters and mock running through the steps creates a sense of purpose and expectations when one happens for real. When everyone has a place to be and a job to carry out then it means the survival likelihood goes up considerably.

You do not have to live by a hurricane-prone coast or an earthquake zone to become prepared. Preparedness books and DVDs are available that walk interested families through the way to plan for various disasters, and the supplies to prepare in advance.

Tricia is a mom and a blogger from California who loves her family and hiking. There's not much more to her than that!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Five Reasons a Rope Should Be in Your Survival Kit

Many people all over the world have taken it upon themselves to prepare for a natural disaster or societal upheaval. They assemble survival kits with the latest gear and gadgets in preparation for this catastrophe, but one of the most crucial items is often left out. That item is a high quality nylon rope. Here are just a few of the most common uses for nylon rope in a survival situation.

Building Shelters

A simple tent can be made by tying a rope between two trees, folding a tarp over the rope, then securing the corners down with tent stakes. Larger and more elaborate types of structures can be created with logs and lashings made from the nylon rope.


Traversing hilly or mountainous terrain can be problematic when carrying loads of survival gear. A strong rope will allow you to rappel down steep hills and mountainsides. Before adding the rope to your survival pack, make sure that it is capable of supporting the weight of you and your gear.

Procuring Food

There are several ways to turn a rope into a tool for hunting or trapping animals for food. A snare trap can be constructed with rope and a thin sapling. Making a bow and arrow out of the rope and a curved tree branch is another option. Finally, the rope could be unraveled into thin stands that can be used as fishing line.

First Aid Applications

A rope can be used to secure bandages to a wound, sling a broken arm, or serve as a tourniquet. It can even be unraveled into threads and used to stitch up wounds. The items designed for these functions will take up space in your survival pack, but a few extra feet of rope will not add much bulk at all. 

Starting Fires

By constructing a bow out of wood and rope, you can make use of a tedious but reliable fire starting method that requires neither fuel nor flints. The bow and drill fire starting method is one of the oldest ones around. Fortunately, it is just as effective today as it was thousands of years ago. It essentially works by rotating one piece of wood against another at high speed, mechanically aided by the use of the bow. The friction produced will ignite the kindling.

It's hard to believe that a simple item like nylon rope can have so many uses in a survival situation. It is truly an item that no survival pack is complete without. Someday, it could save your life in a number of ways.

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

6 Home Emergencies That Can Be Avoided With Regular Maintenance

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Disaster strikes at the most inopportune times. Nobody is off limits to disaster, and it can happen to the best of people. The one thing you do have control over, however, is preventing it the best you can and being as prepared as possible. These are six common home emergencies that can and do happen, and how to avoid them with regular maintenance:

Gas Leaks

Gas leaks are highly dangerous, but they can avoided with a few maintenance tips and tricks. Don't dig outdoors until you've consulted with your utility company on where your gas lines are, and keep an eye out for fraying or cracking in your gas pipes. Natural gas detectors are great for detecting broken gas lines, since you can't smell or see the dangerous carbon monoxide.

Frozen Pipes

During the winter, one major concern on everyones' minds is the freezing of pipes. You can prevent frozen pipes in the winter by wrapping insulated tape around them, running light streams of water from every faucet in the home until the temperature rises, and servicing your boiler.

Power Outages

Power outages are never fun, and they can be dangerous if they last long enough. To make sure that you don't contribute to the onset of a power outage, be sure that you're not overloading the circuit by using an excessive amount of multi-outlet power units and/or powerful appliances. Be prepared by keeping flashlights and blankets in an area that everyone can get to in the home.

Home Fires

It's easy to prevent a fire in the home by maintaining smoke alarms in the correct manner. Install smoke alarms in every room of the house, and use their "test" buttons periodically to ensure that they are working correctly. Never disable or borrow a battery from a smoke alarm, as this can set your home up for a fatal situation. Additionally, keep fire extinguishers in the home, and inspect them on a regular basis.

Medical Emergencies

It's important to be prepared for any medical emergency. The best way to do this is to know the medical needs of each family member in the home and prepare accordingly. Always have an extra supply of needed medications in case you are unable to get more medicine right away. Senior citizens should also consider wearing life-alert bands that can get them the help they need if they fall and can't get up. Have a list of phone numbers easily accessible for kids and anyone in the home to call in case of different emergency situations.

Pest Infestations

It's not unlikely that you'll experience at least one pest infestation in your lifetime, but there are ways to keep the odds of it happening as low as possible. A great place to start in keeping your home pest-free is by spraying your house regularly for prevention, suggests professionals at Ted the Terminator Inc. With pests in the home, a little prevention goes a long way. While some home emergencies can happen no matter how well you prepare, knowing what you can do to prevent a disastrous outcome can make a big difference.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to Survive Being Out of Work

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Unemployment levels have been an issue for a long time but over more recent years this is a problem that has become increasingly prevalent. With the global financial crisis, economies all over the world falling into recession, and businesses having to cut costs dramatically, many have found themselves suddenly out of work, including those who thought they had a secure job for life.

Sadly, unemployment can affect anyone at any time, and when it does strike it can have a devastating effect on your life in many ways. Not only are you left without the income that you may have come to rely on, but also you now no longer have a routine or a reason to get up in the morning.

Learning how to cope

It is important that you learn how to survive and cope while you are out of work, as doing this will not only help to make your life easier and more structured but can also help to keep you going.

  • Avoid wallowing in self-pity

    It may sound harsh, but it is important to avoid wallowing in self-pity if you find yourself without a job. There is a lot to do in order to get organised and this won't get done if you are mooching around feeling sorry for yourself. So, the first thing you need to do is accept what has happened.
  • Go through your finances

    It is impossible to determine when you might walk into another job, so in the meantime you need to address your finances. Obviously, the lack of income will impact on your ability to pay bills. Make sure you go through your outgoings, put them in order of priority and focus on making payments on the vital ones with the money you do have. Also, contact all companies and creditors that you make payments to in order to advise them of the situation and get advice on making payments in the meantime.
  • Claim insurance and benefits

    You also need to look at what you are entitled to while you are out of work. If you have any sort of insurance such as income protection cover, you may be eligible to make a claim depending on the circumstances of you being out of work. Also, contact the welfare office to see whether you are entitled to any benefits.
  • Register with job sites

    In order to boost the chances of getting back into work as soon as possible, you should register with reputable recruitment agencies and job sites. This will ensure that you are kept up to speed if any suitable jobs come along.
  • Conduct job searches

    Make the effort to spend some time each day looking for jobs. You can use the Internet, newspapers, and any other resources to see what's out there. Remember, it doesn't have to be the perfect job – just a means of bringing in some money until you can find a more suitable job.
By getting yourself organised and learning how to cope more effectively after being made unemployed, you can make sure you minimise on issues and you can increase the chances of getting back into work with greater speed.

G Peterson wrote this article on behalf of

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

See Trouble Coming with Video Surveillance

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In an emergency situation, you need as many eyes as possible to detect trouble before it is right on top of you. The last thing you want to do, however, is poke your head out the door or press your face against a window to see what danger lurks outside. When it comes to defending your home, a video surveillance system may be just the thing to swing the odds in your favor.

For years, video surveillance systems were cost prohibitive for most private citizens. Advances in technology and manufacturing now make them accessible for any homeowner and the quality is better than ever.

When considering a video surveillance system for your property, you can choose to have one installed by a home security company or you can purchase a kit and install the system yourself. Either way, there are some important questions to ask.

How Many Cameras Do I Need to Install?

The size of your home and the number of entry points top the list of factors to consider. You also need to decide whether to install stationary or pan-and-tilt cameras. Standard home surveillance cameras are stationary, meaning they point one direction and don’t move. Pan-and-tilt cameras, on the other hand, can be controlled remotely to swivel, covering more area. No matter how many cameras you install, be sure to place them high enough or discretely enough that bandits won’t easily see and disable them.

Can I View the Camera Feed Remotely?

Nearly all systems allow you to watch live or recorded footage from within the home. Some also let you monitor cameras remotely via Internet. Remote monitoring is a huge benefit for many homeowners. Using your computer or a smartphone application, you can easily check in on your home throughout the day. This can help prevent theft and identify trespassers.

Are Infrared and Night Vision Cameras Worth the Cost?

Crooks and vandals are most likely to come out at night, so it’s imperative to invest in cameras that can see and record in those conditions. Infrared and night vision cameras may cost more, but they nearly double the hours during which the system is most valuable. As an alternative, you can install motion-activated lights on the property, but that won’t provide full coverage for your video and you’ll tip off intruders to the fact they’re being watched.

What about Motion-Activated Cameras?

Motion-activated security cameras are generally a wise investment. Why waste hours recording when nothing is happening? The key is setting up the motion sensors so that they will activate the cameras from far enough away. You’ll still be able to manually activate the cameras any time you want to check the property, either from your in-home command center or via Internet if you have remote monitoring.

With the right video surveillance system in place, you’ll know when danger approaches and have the information you need to best protect your family, property and assets.

About the Author

Damion Keller is a freelance writer for Crime Prevention Security Systems, an Orlando, Florida home security and alarm company. In his free time, Damion enjoys shooting, traveling and watching sports on TV.

Monday, January 20, 2014

How your storm shelter could kill you

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Imagine you are sitting at home with your family on a Sunday afternoon. The weather is beautiful and the birds are chirping. All is well until you hear a noise that sounds similar to a tornado siren. You look outside and see a sunny day with not a cloud in the sky. Your curiosity tells you to turn your local news station on. You find a breaking news report about an iminate bomb detonation at a nearby location. The news reporters are urgently advising people in your area to seek shelter, because there is no time for evacuation. Your heart sinks in your chest. Your first thought is to go to your storm cellar. Your family is in full panic mode as they run to the cellar. The bomb detonates nearby causing wide spread destruction and an extreme change of pressure. The pressure inside your storm shelter can subsequently change too fast and hard causing bodily injury or death to the occupants. The storm shelter salesmen probably won’t tell you not to go into you shelter during such a scenario because he’s concerned about mother-nature and not nearby detonations. Just because you have a underground shelter, that doesn’t mean it was built to guard against every situation.

So what happens inside the shelter? Think of a deep sea submarine submerged thousands of feet below sea level. Imagine a crack in the window shatters causing an extreme change of pressure. That extreme sudden pressure change will cause the submarine to implode. That can give you a pretty good assessment of what could happen to a storm shelter near a detonation.

See how an extreme change of pressure can cause a soda can to implode (Neat science experiment to show the kids). Turn down the volume, and skip to 1:20 in the video.

A nuclear weapon (or any large explosion) can cause a shockwave that produces sudden pressure changes several miles away from the point of detonation. If such pressure waves enter a shelter, they will do substantial harm to the occupants and equipment.

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How can we make our storm shelter safe from a nearby blast? A set of blast valves is a perfect solution that all good bomb shelters have. A blast valve can be placed on the ventilation pipes to guard against pressure changes. The blast valves are equipped with springs that keep a disk centered away from both entries. Pressure displaces the disk along the axle, until it plugs one entry or the other. After the blast, the springs return the disk to the center and re-open the valve. A blast valve isn’t common with storm shelters. If you have a storm shelter or are thinking about getting a storm shelter, you should definitely keep a blast valve in mind.

Charlotte is involved in production at Rising S Bunkers. Rising S Bunkers manufactures and installs fallout shelters and has been featured on Doomsday Preppers.

EXTRA NOTE - Through December 14th 2014, Rising S Bunkers is giving away a Survival Bunker. Cool deal if you ask me. You can enter at this link.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

5 Pointers to Recover From a Natural Disaster Quickly and Inexpensively

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No matter what part of the world that an individual lives in, a natural disaster can take place at any time. Even those that have prepared themselves could be suffering from shock and unsure of how to protect themselves, keep loved ones safe, and get back to life as soon as possible.

  1. Keeping an Eye Out for Lingering Dangers

    Even after a natural disaster has come and gone, there could still be dangers around every corner. One of the biggest issues comes down to broken glass and other debris that could result in serious lacerations. It is also important to double check all gas lines to ensure that they are off and avoid any downed power lines.

  2. Check for Secondary Storms

    At this point, having an emergency radio can be crucial. From hurricanes and forest fires to floods and earthquakes, there is always the chance that secondary issues will take place, especially in regards to storms. After the immediate area has been cleared of danger, everyone should stay in contact with the local emergency station for at least 24 hours.

  3. Contacting Loved Ones

    In this instance, the best way to contact loved ones is to come up with a plan beforehand. Emergency preparedness plans should be understood by a family due to the huge amounts of infrastructure that can get knocked off line. For families that live within the same city, two-way radios may be the best option due to a loss of power lines and cell phone towers.

  4. Exploring Repair Options

    There may be a number of options for getting help financially after a storm, but it is important to seek out repairs for the absolute necessities of a home. This may include plumbers, electricians, or a specialist that can make a house livable once again. These professionals can also ensure the safety of a home before it will become habitable.

  5. Filing Insurance Claims

    Once the dust has settled after a natural disaster, it is time to file an insurance claim. This process is much easier for those that have bundled their homeowners insurance, car insurance, and potentially even their health insurance as many top providers will pre-emptively send representatives to the site.

Just as with any other serious mishap, the scene of a natural disaster can quickly devolve into mayhem. This is why it is important to stay focused in order to keep family and loved ones as safe as possible.

Meghan Belnap 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. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. If you are in need of swift repairs to your home Meghan recommends that you visit roof repair in San Rafael.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5 Secrets to Surviving a Winter Power Outage

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Many people love the natural beauty of a snowy day. However, a severe winter storm is something that very few people are happy to see coming. Not only does a winter storm bring traveling to a sudden halt, it could also cause a loss of power in the home. Failing to be properly prepared for a lack of electricity could lead to disastrous consequences. Here are five secrets to surviving a winter power outage.

Food & Water

When a winter storm is on the approach, it is always best to stock up on at least a couple cases of bottled water. This will ensure that everyone stays properly hydrated. It is also a good idea to fill the bath tub and large containers with water to use for purposes other than drinking. Instead of purchasing fresh or frozen foods, opt to buy non-perishable foods such as canned goods and dried fruit. Most canned meats and vegetables are safe to eat even if they are not heated.

Consider a Generator

When the lights go out, a generator will prove to be a very valuable power source. A professional electrician service such as Trim Electric will be able to install a generator kit in the home. The generator kit enables a portable generator to be safety connected to the home’s breaker box. This eliminates the need to run potentially hazardous extension cords from the exterior of the home. The generator can then be used for such things as powering space heaters, recharging cell phones, and providing electricity for cooking. However, be sure to have a fresh supply of fuel on hand.

Heating Source

If your home is already equipped with a gas heater or fireplace, you are already one step ahead of the game. Having an adequate supply of firewood will ensure that the fire will be able to last for several days. Under no circumstances should gas stoves be used to heat the interior of the home. Gas stoves have the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Using the Toilet

Always keep a pail of water on standby. The toilet can be effectively flushed by pouring water directly into the bowl.

Staying Warm

To ensure that your body temperature remains as warm as possible, wear a head covering or hat to prevent heat from escaping from your head. It is also advisable to keep thermal blankets and sleeping bags on hand.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

5 Ideas To Protect Your Assets In An Economic Crisis

Life is full of ups and downs, both personally and financially. Though these ebbs and flows are unavoidable, by adhering to a long-term strategy, diversifying your portfolio and remembering economic fundamentals, you can weather any storm. Here are 5 ideas to protect your assets in the event of an economic crisis.

Gold and Silver Are Always Valuable

The United States Constitution defines the dollar in terms of its weight in gold and silver. This means in theory that every dollar is supposed to have an equivalent amount of gold and silver. Gold and silver are needed for industry, jewelery and currency. It never goes out of style. Get gold and silver investment advice before running out and sinking all of your capital into precious metals, but understand the viability of having them as an important part of your portfolio.

Diversify Your Holdings

People like to be part of a crowd. When there is a bull stock market, then statistics, news and prices will follow the same bull pattern upwards. The same concept can pull the trends downward. Diversification protects you when the up cycle turns to a down cycle. Along with investing in the market and getting into precious metals, consider investing in real estate. Owning a property that can generate residual income in the form of rent will ensure that even if the market fails, you will still have a source of income. A diversified portfolio of stocks, real estate, and precious metals guarantees that you will always have a dependable income stream.

Recession Proof Assets

Another great idea to keep your self protected is to invest your money in assets that are basically recession-proof. Even when the economy is in dire straights, there are certain industries that are almost impervious to the negative effects. When the economy gets bad, the first things to go are the unessential goods and services. Look into investing in goods and services that are absolute essentials to human survival and you will always have customers.

GPS Lock box

With the continuing advancement of technology, one wealth protection method that has increased in popularity is the GPS lock box. You can take gold, bonds, and anything else of value and place them in a secure lock box. You then take the box to a secret and secure location either on your own property or out in the wilderness and bury the box. Once the box has been buried, you note the GPS coordinates and leave, using the coordinates as a modern treasure map when you decide to dig it up later.

Trust Long-Term Fundamentals

The wealthy understand the difference between technicals and fundamentals. The technicals will deliver solid short-term profits based on the herd mentality. But these short-term bursts are not wealth. Wealth consists of long-term assets you purchase using profits from such short-term investments. Don't ever panic and shed certain assets based on the way the market winds seem to be blowing. Your assets will be best protected in an economic crisis if you remember these golden rules.

Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She writes on a variety of topics, including technology, saving money and the great outdoors. She is also a health fanatic and loves to find new great recipes to try.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Proper Tree Trimming Prevents Power Outages

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Everyone knows what to do when the power goes out. You have to go get out the candles, bring out the blankets, refrain from opening the refrigerator unless you absolutely have to, etc. While everyone knows what to do, it’s not always the most fun process. You can’t do the things that you have become so accustomed to do all the time; no TV, no computer, none of those things. While some power outages are unpreventable, many of them can be prevented with proper cautionary steps.

Tree Trimming Saves the Day

Trees that are too close to power lines are the most frequent cause of power outages. During a time of severe weather, these outages occur all too often due to trees interfering with power lines. In order to avoid these power outages or reduce the frequency in which they occur, it’s important to trim trees near power lines. Tree trimming is much easier when done in prevention rather than waiting until it becomes a problem and has already fallen on a power line. After it touches the power line, you won’t want to touch the tree yourself and the power will have to be switched off before the tree can be removed.

If you live near a power line and a tree from your property is potentially dangerous to damaging the power lines, then you will want to trim it as soon as possible. Trees cause the majority of outages, so any trees that you can be trimmed before they cause a problem will save you time and heartache later.

If Possible, Trim When It’s Warm

It is best to trim trees as soon as you see them looking ominous and about to cause a power outage. However, it’s much better to trim your trees during the warm months of the year. Not only is it more comfortable when you trim your tree outside, but it is also better for the tree. If you cut a tree limb off when it is really cold and dry outside, it can have a negative impact on the whole tree. The cold dry weather can potentially dry out a cut limb and harm the tree.

When to Remove a Tree

Sometimes you also must remove a whole tree that is growing too close to power lines. This could be the case if the tree is dead, rotting or has too short of a root system that won’t hold up in strong rain or wind. In the winter it can be a little bit harder to determine if your tree is dead or if it is just dormant. One of the best ways to tell if your tree is dying is to look at the base of the trunk. If you see any carpenter ants or mushrooms growing, this probably means that some of the wood is decaying and your tree is either dying or dead.

Take Advantage of Spring

The best time to look for limbs to be trimmed or tell if your tree is dying is during the spring when all the leaves grow back. This way you can spot the limbs without leaves and know which ones to trim. As a rule of thumb, if more than 1/3 of the total limbs don’t have leaves on them, the whole tree might be dying. If you are not sure you might need to call a professional to come take a look and decide for sure whether or not the tree needs to be removed, especially if the tree is too close to a power line.

But remember accidents will still happen, and tree trimming doesn’t completely guarantee you won’t have a power outage. It will just lessen the chances!

Stewart Scott is the owner of Cevet Tree Care, a tree trimming company located in and serving Columbia, Mo.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Disaster Prep: 5 Steps for Storm-Proofing Your House

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Each year, thousands of homes suffer major structural damage due to a passing storm. Although there is no way to prevent the occurrence of a severe storm, making the necessary preparations to your home will help to minimize the amount of damage. Here are five steps to storm-proofing your house.

Board up the windows

The windows and doors are very vulnerable during an intense storm. A broken window or busted door compromises the structural integrity of the entire home. Within a split-second, rain and wind can cause a great deal of destruction to the interior of the home. Although storm shutters offer the best level of protection, boarding up the entry points to the home will work when the storm is steadily approaching.

Keep the tree limbs trimmed

During a violent storm, tree limbs can transform into dangerous projectiles that can cause substantial damage to a home. Promptly removing any dead tree limbs will greatly reduce the risk of the house being marred. If the surrounding power lines are being overtaken by tree limbs, contact the power company to have them pruned accordingly.

Buckle down the roof

Swirling wind and powerful downpours of rain can put a lot of stress on the roof. Any loose shingles or tiles need to be securely fastened with roofing cement and nails. If there are any known leaks in the roof, they need to be repaired well in advance. Even an opening that is the diameter of a pen can allow several gallons of rain to enter the home.

Add support to the garage door

If your home is designed with a garage, it will likely need to be reinforced around the door area. Strong gusts of wind can easily crush the structure of a garage door. Although large pieces of plywood will offer some protection, there are reinforcement kits available that can withstand the effects of a severe storm. If you are on a budget, sells carriage bolts in large quantities that can used to securely fasten plywood to the exterior of the garage door.

Check the drainage system

Clogged gutters can cause a lot of problems during severe weather. Always take the extra time to inspect each gutter for a buildup of debris. It is also important that the ground surrounding the home is designed in a manner that allows water to flow downward from the foundation.

Although a severe storm is an unpredictable force of nature, staying prepared will give your home the best chance of withstanding the powerful elements.

Marlena Stoddard writes on emergency preparation and energy independent homes. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn't spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Home Alone? 5 Simple Ways for Women to Protect their Privacy

Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home, but the fact is that you should take steps to protect yourself even when you’re at home. Women, in particular, should follow a few basic safety precautions to protect their privacy and stay safe. Here are five simple steps that are easy to follow and surprisingly effective.

Better Door and Window Security

The strongest door is only as powerful as the door jamb it locks into. Make any door more resistant to being kicked in by covering the jamb with a metal plate that screws into the wall framing. This makes the door practically kick-proof, and kits are sold at your local hardware store. You can also invest in special safety locks for windows and sliding doors. As they become harder for thieves to open, your home becomes a less attractive target. When alone at night, take the time to lock all doors and windows.

Beautify the Yard with Lights

Exterior and landscaping lighting looks lovely and adds curb appeal. More importantly, it eliminates shadows near the house and makes your home a less appealing target. Solar lights are nice because they come on automatically, but they won’t burn all night long. A better option may be low voltage lights that are connected to a timer. 

Choose the Right Plants and Landscaping

If you hate the thought of someone peeping in your windows, then plant some lovely rose bushes or ivy beneath them. They look nice and add to the landscape, and criminals don’t want to deal with the thorns on them.

Keep the Home Private

Once the sun goes down and lights are turned on inside, people can easily see into the home. Without thick curtains and blinds, the house can turn into a fishbowl where everything you do can be viewed by someone out on the street or in the yard. Sunburst's window coverings are designed to make your home more attractive while preventing people from seeing through the fabric. Blocking the view of predators and thieves is a great way to protect your privacy and your safety. 

Get a Companion

Cats are great companions, but they aren’t known for striking fear into the hearts of invaders. If you’ve always considered getting a dog, this is a great time. You don’t have to get a highly trained killer. Even a small dog will bark and alert you if someone is at the door or there’s another threat. This can be a fantastic benefit as a little advance warning can save your life.

Protecting yourself doesn’t have to involve spending a great deal of money or spending all of your time practicing martial arts. In fact, some of the best home safety precautions can also make your home more attractive. Invest in extra security for the doors and windows, and choose attractive window coverings to protect your privacy at night.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

5 Skills Everyone Should Have in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland


Some of us have wished for it and some dreaded it, but there’s no doubt that at some point in time we have all thought about what we’d do in a post-apocalyptic world. Where we would go, how we would survive, what we would do if we were left with only our skills and wit to see us through the end of the world. Regardless of anything else, it’s a guarantee that people with basic survival skills and instincts will be the ones that outlast all of us. Here are a few skills that can help you not only after the apocalypse, but can be beneficial in everyday life as well.

First Aid

The very first skill that you should ever consider learning more about is first aid. The real-world uses and implications are quite obvious, and the advantages to having first aid knowledge in a post-apocalyptic wasteland are invaluable. Instead of being able to call an ambulance or take a quick trip to the doctor, you’re going to be on your own and able to count only on yourself. If you don’t have any medical experience, even the smallest cut or sprain can mean your undoing.


Everyone has to eat, and when the local grocery store has been raided by the other survivors lucky enough to get to it, you’re going to need to put food in your belly that doesn’t come from a can. Being able to hunt, when the hunter’s skills are sufficient and the prey plentiful, can allow a person to never have to worry about not putting food on the table again. Some of the hunting skills you should focus on are weapon use, tracking abilities and trapping for smaller prey.

Shelter Building

Whether you decide to take shelter in a pre-existing structure or you head into the wilderness to start anew on your own, everyone should know the rudimentary aspects of building a shelter. Even if you do find a cozy building to rest in, you never know when you’ll have to evacuate it. Familiarize yourself with how to build basic tents, lean-tos and teepees, that way you can be confident you’ll have something over your head no matter what.

Mechanical Familiarity

have some understanding of mechanics and mechanical repair. Making sure that your mechanical proficiency is high is imperative for your survival. Great, you found yourself a vehicle and some fuel, but it’s useless if it breaks down and you can’t repair it. A gas-powered generator can be a lifesaver, but it’s just an oversized paperweight when you aren’t able to keep it repaired. Having skills like this will be a difference maker in the long run as there won't be an auto shop you can go to for an easy fix.

Equipment Prioritization

There’s a great chance that you’ll find yourself constantly on the move after the apocalypse, whether you’re looking for greener pastures, running from bandits or just don’t like staying in one place too long. Because you’ll be moving a lot, and since you can never count on always having a vehicle, having the ability to prioritize your equipment is important. Be able to calculate the amount of food and water you’ll need for a given time period and weed out the luxuries from the essentials in your equipment. Having a lighter load to carry will save you both energy and time when you have to bug out.

Everyone can have a shot at inheriting the earth and flourishing in a post-apocalyptic environment. What it will always come down to is your ability to survive when the modern comforts of life are gone, and brushing up on these five skills in one way to give yourself an advantage over the competition.

Meghan Belnap
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. Meghan can often be found curled up with a good book. She highly recommends increasing your proficiency for replacing parts for Porter Cable tools when considering skills to be useful.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Prepared for Anything: Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe

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Life can bring a lot of surprises. Some of them can be rather unpleasant and potentially dangerous. It is important to prepare yourself and your family for the things that may come your way, and can negatively impact the safety of your home and family. By taking the right steps, you can help to safeguard your home, possessions, family and self from those things and individuals that could pose a threat.

Natural Disasters

It is not possible to control or prevent natural disasters. However, there are steps that can be taken to help safeguard one's safety and that of one's family in the face of natural disasters. An emergency preparedness kit is essential for any household. What you need to include depends, in part, on the climate in which you live. However, some of the basics to include in your kit are: water, food, a flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, and some simple tools. Having a sturdy place to take shelter in the event of a tornado is important if you live in a region that is prone to such weather events. A storm shelter or storm cellar, which is a type of underground bunker, is a potentially life-saving investment for such regions.

The Threat of Crime

Every night on the evening news, there are stories of crimes being committed in your town. Perhaps, there have even been quite a few in your own neighborhood. Protecting one's home, belongings, family, and self from potential criminal threat is important. How can you protect home and family from the criminal element? A home security system can be a useful tool in protecting home and hearth from criminals. Of course, alarms do not always work to scare away wrongdoers, and it can take police officers time to arrive at the scene. Arming oneself is an effective way to ensure the safety of home and family. Of course, part of arming oneself is taking proper precautions with one's firearms. Utilizing gun safes to store away arms is an effective way to protect children from accidentally injuring themselves with these important safety tools.

Preventing Disease

Another great way to keep your family safe and healthy is to take steps to prevent disease and illness. While taking daily vitamins might help you everyday, make sure you have the bigger concerns covered as well. Making sure kids are vaccinated, and have their shots is always advised. If you are frequent travelers be sure you have all your work done as well to prevent deadly disease and parasite from making you their new home. There are also proven ways to keep cancer and other ailments at bay by starting preventative measures early on. Wear sunscreen when outside to protect against skin cancer, and be sure to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimene. While you won't be able to avoid the cold that goes around each year, perhaps you can prevent some of the more deadly threats from ever becoming a problem.

Protecting your home and family is important. And while it is impossible to predict the future, it is important to use preventative measures first. By taking these simple steps, you can keep your family and self safe, healthy and happy.

“Brooke Chaplan is an outdoor enthusiast, and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She loves writing about different topics for a variety of blogs. For more information about safety and gun safes, contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Doomsday Giveaway for January 2014!

Breakfast is on Mountain House for the January 2014 giveaway. Mountain House is giving away a bucket with 16 pouches (that is 29 servings) of four different breakfasts in a clear bucket. This product is currently only available at Amazon.

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