Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preparing Emergency Food Rations

You don't really need to live in a disaster area to be prepared for the unforeseen. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and the albeit unlikely bacteriological/viral threat are all still out there, potentially waiting to happen. Some situations require you to be prepared with a great backup plan and survival kit that keeps you on your toes and ready to go, so you need to focus on preparing such a kit just in case. Although an end of the world scenario is likely, but not necessarily looming over the horizon, you would need to be ready for more than just power outages and water shortages. Creating a good food bank of sorts for such disasters is an absolute must if you want to be ready. The following tips will give you an idea how you can prepare for it:
  • Picking the right location is the first thing you have to consider, since it will largely dictate what you can do with the rations. You must pick a dark and cool place for this purpose, such as your cellar or basement, as it will get the job done well. You must make sure you have secure shelving units and pallets to get it done. Additional cupboards will also be needed if you have the space as well. Do remember that you really don't have to put all your eggs in one basket, since some items will have a longer expiration date and sturdiness than others.
  • Pick a good, balanced diet for your supplies, since the human body will need different sustenance to survive extended periods of time. A balanced and diverse diet is necessary for survival, since not sticking to one can lead to health issues or even scurvy. Eyesight issues, skin diseases, infections, heart and organ failure can all happen due to vitamin and mineral deficiency, so our bodies must receive those through our food supply. You need balanced rations containing grains, cooking oil, legumes, honey, spices, salt and maybe even powdered milk and sugar.
  • Water storage is another thing you have to pay attention to, since the need for uncontaminated drinking water during an emergency will be high. Human beings may be able to survive for weeks without food if need be, but without water you only have a couple of short days before your body starts shutting down. Never underestimate your supply and keep it fresh, looking for long-term storage solution and replacement no matter how calm things look at this moment in time.
  • Military rations are an excellent solution to your long-term storage issues. They are meant to survive the apocalypse in most cases, so they will last a long time. Although you won't really enjoy their taste that much, they will save you when it counts so this makes them a prime choice for such a food cache. The greatest thing about them is that they are compact and lightweight enough to be carried around during reconnaissance. US-made MRE packs have been around for a long while now, so if you live in the US or have access to surplus MRE packs, then you might want to go for it. The greatest thing about them is that you may also have a much easier time moving if the need arises, as they can be packed with ease in compact bundles or boxes.



Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Skills that Will Matter in an Economic Meltdown

Zombies are not really going to be an issue – most likely. However, a big economic crash, government failure, or other widespread society melt down is definitely possible. In the middle of this catastrophe, money in the bank, gold in your home, or collector’s antiques aren’t going to matter too much. What is going to matter are skills. What goods or services can you provide that will be useful for others?

During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.

First Aid, CPR and Herbal Remedies

With the possibility of illness and injury, knowledge of first aid, C.P.R. and using proven natural, home remedies will be necessary. Medical commodities will be extremely in demand in a national melt down situation. The more you are able to treat on your own, the better.

Keep in mind, if you can go to the doctor or hospital, and use conventional medication- DO IT. You may want to have friends who know how to run a medical clinic.

Water Treatment

Without water, humans cannot survive. The estimated survival period for humans without water is three weeks. Knowing how to store and purify water will be essential. If you can store large amounts of water, not only will you be a good provider for your family, but for friends and local communities as well. Boiling water is one sure way to remove contaminates.

Welding

The ability to build strong structures is relevant across so many different categories. Welders from Advantage Manufacturing Ltd work on everything from auto transport, to home equipment, to other specialized tasks regularly. If you can work metal, you are an asset to transportation, construction, and community defense.

Food Preservation

Not being able to jump in the car and go to the store, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop will be an adjustment for most of us. Knowing how to produce and preserve your own food will be an essential skill. Those who can make this adjustment will likely be the ones who will survive.

Being at the mercy of what the land can yield will be something new to us. Vegetables only grow in seasons, unless you have a greenhouse (recommended).

Canning, jarring, making jams, jellies, and jerky will keep food in the house when food prices drastically increase, and when you lose the fridge and freezer.

Caring for Clothes

Keeping clothes is decent shape is something to consider. Inability to replace a wardrobe because simple items like t-shirts, socks and undergarments could cost a fortune that cannot be afforded could be problematic. Learn how to sew with a single needle and thread, instead of a machine, same with the laundry, washing by hand. Weaving and quilting could also be helpful skills.

Climate Survival

With the climate being as it is, heating, cooling, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather disasters are something to be prepared for. Dressing for the elements using common sense will help. The simple act of knowing how to start a fire, without matches or a lighter will come in handy. Try a magnifying glass or prescription glasses and the sun, if rubbing sticks does not work.

Communication Compensation

It’s widely accepted that the fall back form of communication will be HAM radio in the event of a widespread disaster. Operating one of these puppies is no small task. Special training and hands on experience are required to properly use them. However, the ability to communicate on a massive scale will be extremely valuable.

Most of the information currently available on the Internet will only exist in books. Best recommendation, do the research now and keep reading.


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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sneaky Ways to Maintain Privacy and Safety in Your Home

These days, the number of victims of home burglary is quite alarming. According to FBI data American homes are robbed every 15 seconds. In any given time, especially if you live in a high-density area, your house may be next.

Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.

No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.

Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.

  1. Make your house a chore to break into.

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  2. Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:

    • Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
    • Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
    • Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.

  3. Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.

    If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
    • Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
    • Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
    • Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.

  4. Make your house look occupied all the time.

    Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
    • Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
    • Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
    • If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
    • Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
    • Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.

  5. Maintain the privacy of your home.


    Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
    • Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
    • Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
    • • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.

These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.

Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.


Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for PlanItDIY.com. Circle him on Google+

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Survival Tips You Should Use For Different Injuries

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Whether at home or at work, when there is an injury from a small cut to a twisted ankle, it can be frightening. Keeping a clear head and doing a few small things while waiting for help can make a big difference. According to 911 Industrial Response Inc., a leader in industrial safety services in Grande Prairie, you can make a difference in an injured person’s recovery time and severity of the injury by following a few little tips.

Burns

If someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.

Breaks and Sprains

If you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.

Cuts, Scrapes and Bleeding

If someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.

Animal Bites and Stings

If you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.

When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.


Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Natural Disasters Your Home is Vulnerable To

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Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:

Fire

Vulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.

High Winds

Vulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.

Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.

Tree Collapse

Vulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.

While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.

Flooding

Vulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.

Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.

Hail

Vulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.

Extreme Heat or Cold

Vulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.

Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.

It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.

Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.


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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5 Ways to Protect Your Business From a Natural Disaster



While unfortunate, a natural disaster has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to a business. Even in areas where natural damage is rare, it is still something that needs to be accounted for. Most of today's leading businesses have developed disaster recovery plans that incorporate the potential for a natural disaster. To prepare for the worst, below are five different ways that you can protect your business from a disaster.
  1. Formal Plan

    The most important action that businesses need to take to prepare for a natural disaster is to develop a formal plan. This plan can be shared with all individuals at a company to ensure that everyone knows what they need to do in the event of a disaster. By doing this, businesses will also protect themselves from potential civil and criminal liabilities. A formal plan can also work to help employees feel more secure at their workplace.

  2. Add a Fence

    In the event of rioting or other civil unrest, having a fence surrounding the business will be able to protect it from harm. In some cases, a quality fence, such as the ones offered by City Fence, may have already been placed around the facility, but adding a second fence can be advantageous. By making the business more difficult to loot than neighboring properties, a second fence can act as a deterrent.

  3. Coordinate With City Government

    Most local governments are willing to work with businesses to ensure that their natural disaster recovery plans are optimized. When these plans are shared with a local government, it will be easier for first responders to coordinate with employees and the business itself. During a difficult time, this has the potential to save lives and even financial costs.

  4. Insurance

    Insurance provides businesses with a way to financially recover in the event of a natural disaster. Problems like flooding, fire, war, and other issues can all be insured. In most cases, even abstract losses related to lost time working and future profit losses can be covered under these insurance plans.

  5. Backup Power

    Even if a natural disaster is not devastating, it is possible that a business may want to stay open. By adding an additional power source, businesses will be able to continue operating even if the power goes out. This can be especially helpful for businesses that deal in information technology were computers are necessary to maintain operations.

By following these steps, businesses will be more protected from the potential for a natural disaster. Although unlikely, it is always good to be prepared for the worst.


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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

7 No-Hassle Tricks to Keep Your Home Secured 24/7



In a recent report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012, it was revealed that the number of U.S. violent crimes known to public authorities jumped to approximately 0.11% in 2011.



Given these figures, many Americans have made home security one of their primary priorities in life now more than ever. You can never be too sure about the security of your well-being, everywhere you go. You may find yourself pondering on ideas about how to achieve home protection easily, struggling to make efforts to protect yourself from impending dangers in your own home.

Worry no more as you can always find ways to secure your home’s safety all day and night. A little bit more experience and exposure sure does maximize your knowledge on how to keep your home safe.

Keep the Police Updated

If you’re going to be away on vacation longer than a week, advice the police that you’ll be gone for a while. The police may just drive by your home on patrol and watch out for any intruders.

Install security systems, and entrust your house key and code with a neighbor. Give the entrusted neighbor’s name and phone number to the police and the alarm manufacturing store. Get involved in a local neighborhood watch area project, if available. Encourage other members of your household to take part in projects that endorse neighborhood crime awareness. You may just get some additional insights from your family you may not otherwise tap into on your own.

Keep up to date with how things are going while you’re away. Call your entrusted neighbor once in a while to remain in the know about any changes that may take place around your home surroundings.

Assign a Safe Room

Reserve a safe room in your home. Inform other members of your household to hide in this room in case burglars or other intruders break in.

Secure your home and hard-earned property in this room, away from intruders’ sight. This room should have a landline phone and flashlight for easy access to help needed. Propel doors on hinges that swing in an outer fashion. These doors are harder to break into, as compared to doors that swing inside the room.

Keep the existence of your safe room a secret to other people, even to your entrusted neighbors. Keep the safe room’s door locked and put the key in a secure place. It’s better to take additional safety precaution and think one step ahead of intruders.

Smartphone as a Security Camera

You may install alarm systems on your smartphone security camera to easily avoid crimes before they occur. The alarm systems call your attention when an intruder is suspected to have been lurking around in your home.

A smartphone security camera lets you observe the surroundings of your home, on the go. You may easily spot possible crimes from your bedroom, or even when you’re out of the house! The smartphone doubles as a device you can easily use to make calls to authorities, once you detect a suspicious activity in your home’s surroundings.

Don’t forget to leave your smartphone’s number to loved ones and friends, too. Doing so will allow these people to easily reach you if they suspect an intrusion in your home that you may not be aware of.

Secrecy and Hidden Cameras for a Good Purpose

Avoid talking about a planned vacation in advance with other people. You just never know when word about your vacation will spread to possible intruders’ knowledge. Avoid talking about your vacation plans when eavesdropping is highly possible. Safeguarding hidden home security to ensure family's safety maximizes home security without any extra inconveniences.

Hidden home surveillance cameras help you outsmart intruders when they attempt a break-in, even while you’re not at home. Not knowing you have cameras in your home disarms intruders from smartly navigating your home for intrusion. Think the way they think, and craft your own strategies to combat their presence.

Emergency Supply Kit Survival

Maintain home security against an earthquake by keeping an emergency supply kit. The kit should have 1.9 liters of drinking water, and other water supplies for hygiene and miscellaneous uses.

Always be prepared in case an earthquake destroys your home. The emergency supply kit tools should give you all the things you need to survive if you lose your home. Prepare the emergency supply kit in advance to have it ready before earthquakes even occur.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher within Easy Reach

Place your fire extinguisher, preferably within easy reach. You never know when a fire will strike. Better keep the essentials within easy reach to avoid panicking when it a fire does strike.

Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with how to use a fire extinguisher in advance to prep yourself in case disaster strikes.

Halt Mail Delivery



Look at all angles when implementing awareness on how to keep home safe from intruders.

Enhance home privacy and security by halting your mail delivery while you’re away on vacation. Cripple the intruders of possibly finding ways to pretend to be a mailman to break into your home.

Ask your entrusted neighbor to immediately report to authorities any suspicious mail delivery activities detected while you’re away.

You may want to consider having your mail delivered to a neighbor’s home while you’re on vacation. Make sure to inform all your mail contacts about the temporary address you’d like your mail to be delivered to, if you decide to push through doing this.

Ensure home security by being courageous enough to learn the ropes of combating disaster-causing events. Your efforts can go a long way in securing your entire household’s well-being on a long term basis. Do what you need to do before it’s too late. Remember, one careless move may instantly cause a lot of severe damages more than you can handle.


Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

6 Ways to Prepare Yourself for a Home Flood Disaster

Homes located in low lying areas are prone to flooding if steady rain occurs. Home flood disasters are sometimes unpredictable. In other cases, a person can prepare an advance for an inevitable flood. Here are six ways to prepare yourself for a home flood disaster.

  1. Consult with an electrician. An electrician can help you elevate your furnace, equipment and water to a safe level that is well above the natural water levels in your area should a flood occur. Electrical components like switches, sockets and wiring can all be increased to at least a foot.

  2. If there is a basement in the area, one should hire a plumber. A licensed, experienced plumber can be consulted with to install an exterior or interior backflow valve. The backflow valve can ultimately prevent sewage from entering the basement if significant flood occurs.

  3. It is important to prepare an evacuation kit. This kit should include a wealth of documentation. Items to be included are insurance documentation, copies of prescription and other information that you’ll need when you are far from home.

  4. The sump pumps in the home should all be inspected to make sure that they are prepared to handle sudden flooding. The sump pumps and drains should ideally have a battery backup. There should be extra batteries on hand.

  5. The fuel tanks around the home should be anchored. The unanchored fuel tank can contaminate the home with oil if it drifts. It could also float downstream and cause damage to nearby homes in an area.

  6. All appliances located in an area should be elevated. This can be done with masonry or cylinder blocks. Appliances like washers and dryers should be at least one foot above the level of water anticipated should a flood occur.

If there is an evacuation order issued, you should definitely leave the area. When preparing for a flood, take the evacuation kit and only the essential items. Remember that timing is of the essence when it comes to preparing for an area flood. If the home happens to have a garage, then consider having a flood barrier and seal kit installed for the home. Companies like The Garage Door Co Ltd offer products like these that can be easily added to a home.


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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Seven Pieces of Safety Equipment Every Boat Must Have

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When you know the boating safety rules and have the proper safety equipment on your boat, you and your passengers can feel confident and relaxed out on the water. Required boating safety equipment may vary from state to state. Following is a list of seven safety items that should be on every boat at all times.

Floatation Devices

Life jackets for you and every passenger may seem obvious, but many boaters don’t wear life jackets or have one for each passenger. All passengers must have a properly fitted jacket. Arm floats for small children are an extra safety measure. Jackets should be inspected each time you take your boat out and replaced if they’re damaged or show signs of wear. Life preservers and sturdy rope designed for marine use will aid you in rescuing someone who has fallen overboard or gotten into trouble while swimming. Rope can also be used if you need to be towed or to tow another boat.

Emergency Kits

You should have a first aid kit designed for boating. General first aid kits may not be waterproof. Your boating first aid kit should contain:
  • Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide wipes
  • Waterproof adhesive bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Elastic bandages
  • Sunscreen for skin and lips
  • Lotion for sunburn
  • Insect repellant
  • Products for insect bites
  • Dramamine
  • A sterile knife or scalpel
  • A sterile needle and thread
  • A tourniquet
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Burn cream
  • Sterile gauze pads and rolls
  • Cold packs
  • A first aid manual

You almost certainly have some tools in your tackle box, but you still need a separate tool kit. A boating tool kit should include:
  • Needle-nosed pliers for removing fish hooks objects
  • Wire cutters to assist in taking fish hooks out of skin
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • WD-40
  • An all-in-one screwdriver set
  • A ratchet set with sockets in metric and English sizes
  • Spark plugs and an extra socket
  • The manual for your boat’s engine

Eyewear

You should have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts for yourself and a couple of extra pairs of sunglasses for yourself or your passengers. It’s a good idea to have safety glasses in case you have to work on some part of your boat. Binoculars can help you spot dangers like sandbars, judge whether distant clouds are storm clouds or see other boaters behaving dangerously.

Fire Extinguishers

Never go out on the water without a fire extinguisher designed for use on boats.

Lighting

Make sure that your boat has the front and back lights required by your state. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on board, and flares in case you get into trouble on the water.

Bottled Water

Bottled water in a cooler can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke if you’re stuck and waiting to be towed.

A Kill Switch

A lanyard worn around your wrist and attached to a kill switch can stop the boat if you fall overboard.

These items can help save lives or get you back safely to shore if you run into trouble while boating. Always make sure that you have any other items required by your state.


Aubrey Moulton is a writer for strobesusa.com. In her spare time she loves to read and go hiking.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Essential Documents to Have in Case of Disaster and How to Store Them

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Disasters occur without warning, so it’s important to always have a plan in case catastrophe strikes. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or other act of nature, your essential documents and records can be destroyed in an instant. This is why it’s a good idea to store your vital documents in a safe place. Being able to easily access your documents after a disaster will speed up the recovery process and return you to normalcy as fast as possible.

Choosing Which Documents to Safeguard

If you were to permanently lose your most vital documents due to a catastrophe, it could be difficult and time-consuming to make insurance claims. You may also need to jump through hoops just to have new records drawn up. To avoid complications, be sure to safeguard any records which provide identification, including but not limited to birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports and marriage certificates.

It’s equally important to protect financial documents. These include insurance cards and policies, bank account information, mortgages and other loans, credit cards, Social Security data and income tax records. Track down any titles, deeds and registrations for vehicles or properties as well. If you have investments, trust funds or wills, you’ll also need to preserve any documentation of those.

Storing Your Records Properly

When securing valuable documents, keep all original paperwork and irreplaceable items in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution. If you want to store your will this way, place a copy in the box and leave the original with your attorney. Give him or her the key, or leave it with someone else you trust. You can also give that same person printed copies of your essential records.

If you choose to keep your documents at home, an Alberta safe specialist from Dial Locksmith Ltd recommends storing them in a fireproof safe. To do this, place the essential documents in plastic covers for water protection, and leave the safe key with a trusted person or in your safe-deposit box. For added peace of mind, scan important documents and create digital copies. Keep these files on a CD or flash drive, and store them securely. You can also back up files with cloud storage or your own email.

By taking the necessary precautions and preparing for any disastrous scenario, you can make things easier for yourself and your family in the end. The key is to keep your documents accessible while protecting them from damage. Knowing exactly which records are important enough to safeguard and storing the copies in a variety of places is one of the best ways to prepare for a calamity.


Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Monday, August 04, 2014

The First Ten Stages to the End of the World

It seems like every day the news throws up a new potential threat to the human race. Anything from the Ebola virus to a super volcano has the potential to cause catastrophic damage and turn our fragile societies upside down, leading to death and destruction at every turn.

It’s important to get prepared for any oncoming apocalypse – which is why I created this handy guide!

Step One – Initial Threat

The majority of the western world would treat any serious initial threat with apathy. The constant inertia and bombardment through media has made a lot of people weary over news of potential doom. Any threat would initially be dealt with by scepticism from the masses. People would still post selfies of themselves at this point.

Step Two – News Spreads

Depending on the speed of the threat, a groundswell of real panic and first-hand accounts would have most right-thinking people in a panic. The beginning stages of mass panic would cause flights to be delayed and traffic jams. A scramble for resources at the local supermarkets ensues and large riots would form. Preachers and homeless people would claim that the end is nigh.

Step Three – Media Blackout

The sight of news reporters hurriedly leaving their desks screaming for their lives would be a common occurrence and news reports would ground to a halt as realisation of the oncoming threat reaches. It’s every man for him-self at this point. Prisons and hospitals become deserted. Social unrest creates chaos in all the major cities. Some people, however, would still take selfies.

Step Four – Global Epidemic

Whatever the threat is, this is the point when the mass population dies a slow and painful death.

Step Five – The Scramble for Survival

The few survivors are left to pit their wits against each other. A few people band together against the threat of other dangerous folk. Anyone with weapons or transport would mow other humans down in the street.

Step Six – Mass Starvation

Resources are in short supply. A large proportion of those left behind don’t have the knowledge to survive. Any reserves of food are kept for the super rich who have managed to set up vaults of reserves. They would be the only people eating cereal at this point.

Step Seven – Total Chaos

Animal populations grow out of control. Nature would take back the city streets and the rule of mankind is all but over. Cannibals would begin to prey on their own kind. The fashion-conscious people would wear human bone jewellery and animal skins. To emphasize the chaos Tina Turner and Mel Gibson would inexplicably still be alive.

Step Eight – The Last Pockets of Humanity

Groups of humans in the far reaches of the world may continue to grow and survive depending on the nature of the epidemic. Basic societies would begin to form once more. Mankind might just survive...

Step Nine – Weapons

The difference between a modern humans starting again and our ancient ancestors is the technological advances in warfare. Could the remaining humans cope with weapons of mass destruction before any form of state and law could arise?

Step Ten – Further disasters

Any further environmental disasters would leave the few survivors to fend for themselves and ill equipped to do so. Knowledge and civilisation would drift away and become something of a distant memory. The remaining people would need to learn different survival skills other than taking selfies.


Author Bio

Richard is a writer from Manchester who is working with the experts at snorecentre. If thoughts of the end of the world are getting you down and giving you sleepless nights, a trip to this London sleep clinic could cure you, but not from any upcoming pandemics.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Doomsday Giveaway for August 2014!

For August 2014, we want to give someone another $50 Amazon Gift Card. The July giveaway was a hit so we are doing it again. Pick out your own survival gear to help you get ready for the ever nearing end of the world. Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!



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