Monday, November 24, 2014

The Basics of Urban Home Defense

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It is no surprise that people in urban environments lock their doors more regularly and take a defensive posture more readily than those in suburban and rural environments. Unknown is whether or not this behavior is associated with higher crime rates per capita in cities or the fact that one is more likely to encounter more strangers than familiar faces in cities. Regardless, there are proven tactics to better secure living spaces in urban areas.

Layering Security

Think of security as an onion. The core of that onion is the family and belongings being protected from accidents and criminal behavior. The layers surrounding the core are each independently functioning security protocols and equipment. Security protocols include things such as not walking down dark alleys at night and making sure to see who is at the door before answering it. Security equipment comes in all types and varieties, from early warning equipment such as alarm systems to defensive equipment such as custom locksmith-made door locks.

Alarm Systems

A serious crime committed in a neighborhood gets other homeowners primed to add to their own home security setup. This usually involves a call to an alarm company. This is a great first step in securing any home or apartment. Alarm companies today install perimeter and motion detection systems as well as smoke and carbon monoxide warning devices. They are all connected to a central alarm system that is monitored around the clock. Basic systems are often low cost or free with a monitoring agreement. Being connected to a monitoring agency is a layer of security unto itself because someone is there to send help to occupants who cannot help themselves.

Home Fortifications

Going beyond early warning of criminal entry, a developing fire or an appliance leaking deadly carbon monoxide is fortifications to deny or resist forced entry. The costs for these types of fortifications really have the sky as the limit, but even homeowners on a budget can install devices that help keep the criminal element on the outside. For apartment dwellers, a specialist from Davies Lock & Door Services Ltd. says that simply changing out the old locks upon moving in will improve security. There is no knowing who has a key for old locks. Also, some older locks are easy to defeat while custom locks made by a locksmith are not.

Additional Home Defense Measures

Even meager budgets can afford more elaborate security upgrades if they are added a little at a time. Security grates added to ground floor windows may not be affordable to add all at once but may fit into a tight budget adding one at a time. The addition of outdoor lighting that have motion detection switches is a good deterrent. Nothing startles intruders like a bright light suddenly announcing their presence. A well-trained pet dog is also a deterrent. Not a guard dog, but just a common canine who is part of the family and knows when and when not to bark.

Security Protocols

Leading in home and family protection is all family members following standard safety and security protocols without fail. Locking doors and windows should be routine. Everyone who answers the door should know who is on the other side before opening it. Surveillance cameras are a great help here. Children should have clear instructions as to how to respond to strangers to prevent luring and abductions. Adults should not take unnecessary risks just for the sake of convenience.

As a planted onion develops its outer layers a little at a time as it grows, so should the layers of security for a family. It should be adapted according to risk and budget. However, above all personal security protocols should be things the whole family is willing and able to participate in. Add protocols and equipment a little at a time, and reassess the entire security system in place on a regular basis.


Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Emergency Water Preparedness: How to Distill Clean Drinking Water

If you are an adventurer, you must know how to distill clean drinking water. Hikes, expeditions and all sorts of thrilling adventurers in the wild require survival knowledge and experience. Drinking water is one of the most important life supporting necessities. Without food we can survive for quite some time, but without water we can not last long because our bodies are made out of it. Therefore, it is more than important to know how to prepare yourself water that is safe enough for consummation. Learn your lesson because it can save your life.

Actually, everyone should have at least basic understanding of drinking water distillation because this is one of the most important things in life. There is no guarantee that you won't find yourself in a situation where life sustaining skills and knowledge would be determinative. After natural disasters, transportation accidents, and many other unfortunate events, there is a very high possibility that the water supply won't be enough to ensure your safe being till you get out of the situation. In crisis, our bodies tend to dehydrate really fast, therefore we should always have a descent supply of drinking water.

Using water with uncertain purity for drinking, cooking or even washing may put our health at risk. Taking water from random sources is very dangerous because it could have infectious character. Water that hasn't been distilled could contain various micro-organisms, germs, bacteria, parasites or chemicals. Splendid Deep Cleaning would like to give you some survival advices which everyone should know.

The easiest and most common method for drinking water preparation is boiling. All you need is a water container and a heating source that will warm the water till it reaches the boiling temperature. Once the water starts boiling distinctly - with nice big bubbles, leave it for about five to ten minutes. It would be wise to filter the water before boiling. A t-shirt fabric will do the job. After boiling you could pour it several times from one container to another. That process with add more oxygen to the water content, so it will taste better and it will have more life sustaining qualities. Boiling kills almost all of the dangerous bacteria and micro-organisms but it doesn't remove all the heavy metals, chemicals and salts. Bear that in mind if you are planing to boil water with poor quality.

Water distillation is a more efficient method for processing water for direct consummation. In camping or emergency conditions, you will have to find heat source and two containers – larger one and smaller one that fits inside. You will also need a flat lid that will cover the larger container. River water, spring water, rain, snow or even sea water can be distilled for drinking. Pour the water in the larger container and place the smaller one inside. Leave it floating above the surface or hang it somehow to the lid. Place the lid to cover the container and let it boil. The steam which evaporates from the boiling surface cools on the lid surface and condenses. The condensed water is pure and falls - drop by drop - down inside the smaller container. The collected water will be good enough for drinking. The distillation method kills the boiling resistant bacteria and removes even salt, heavy metals and some chemicals. The overall process requires more time and preparation but it is more effective than boiling.

Every human being must have basic survival knowledge. We have to know how to sustain our lives, if we find ourselves in a natural environment. Since we are made out mostly out of water, so we should learn how to prepare drinking water in case of emergency.


Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Being Prepared in Extreme Weather Situations

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With more reports of extreme weather affecting every region of the world, it’s important to be prepared now more than ever. Most weather and disaster preparedness experts agree that the more prepared you are when disaster strikes the better your chances are of coming out unscathed. Whether camping with your family or preparing your home for an extreme weather scenario there is a portable generator that meets your needs.

Many companies including Westinghouse, Honda, and Champion are making high quality quite generators for RV’s, small generators for camping, and duel fuel portable generators, that can usually be converted to tri fuel portable generators with an easy to install conversion kit.

The conversion might be an added expense but can come in handy when a disaster strikes or when resources are hard to come by. By converting your generator from a duel fuel portable generator to a tri fuel portable generator, you’re adding the ability for your portable generator to run off of natural gasses, and propane as opposed to just gasoline. Gasoline is great option if you use all of the fuel in your tank and use your generator often. However when gasoline sits for long periods of time it can become gummy and cause your generator to malfunction when you need it most. Many natural gasses and propane can sit undisturbed for longer periods, and are often used by professionals for their emergency generators.

Gasoline also becomes one of the most sought after resources after a disaster, and can be extremely hard to allocate between your vehicles and your generator. Using natural gases and propane assures you will have fuel when it’s needed most and will probably assure you are the most popular person in your neighborhood if extreme weather does affect your region.

Generators are hopefully a last resort in a weather emergency, but can enhance camping and outdoor experiences, so having a generator can serve a number of different purposes from powering appliances in your RV, keeping the lights on while in the outdoors, or just adding an additional source of portable power around your home.

We hope you never have to use your generator as an emergency survival device, and can use it as another way to enhance your daily and special activities. However there is no denying that when disasters do occur that having a generator at your disposal can be the thing that makes the difference. If that day comes having a tri fuel generator can be a huge advantage in making sure you and your family are safe and comfortable.


The article was written by Henry Habgood. Henry is an Amazon Affiliate and is the owner of Generator Gator.

Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Hiking Safety Tips You Can't Afford to Ignore

Whether it is a first-timer on a short hike near their home or a multi-day excursion on the other side of the country, safety should always be a hiker’s number one priority. Many outdoor enthusiasts may have a general knowledge of safety tips and tricks when out in the wild, but it is also important to have a healthy dose of respect for nature and just how dangerous it can be. Here is a closer look at five safety tips that should never be ignored when heading out on a hike. 

  1. Pick a Location and Stick to It

    A little improvisation to catch a view or explore an interesting area is not a terrible idea in most situations, but those heading outdoors should stay relatively close to their planned hike. This is necessary for a couple of reasons, beginning with the fact that family, friends, and park rangers should know where the hiker plans on being and for how long. Heading off of the trail could also mean finding oneself in an unsafe situation such as an area prone to animal attacks. 

  2. Bring More Water than is Needed

    Water is often the heaviest item brought along during a hike, and this leads to many under-preparing with their water supply. In addition to hydrating before and after a hike, it is also vital to pack quite a bit more than one thinks they will need, preferably in shatter-resistant bottles. Anyone that is going on a hike that will take longer than a few hours should bring a secondary source of water and never drink untreated water. Some of the most popular options include purification tablets or a filtering stick. 

  3. Learn How to Treat All Basic Medical Issues

    Medical kits that are designed for the outdoors are lightweight and will include tools to treat all of the most common issues that may take place. Instead of using a heavier and larger kit, such as those designed to be stored in the trunk of a vehicle, hiking kits should include basic items such bandages of different sizes, burn treatments, lip balm, sunscreen, a multi-tool, and cleaning pads. When creating these kits, it is also a good time to begin considering medical wristbands that could prevent mishaps if one is injured and in need of professional medical attention.

  4. Stay Loud, Stay Visible

    Staying visible and noisy to both humans and any wildlife that may potentially be around could help hikers prevent some serious issues. For wildlife, heavy footfalls or even whistling will scare almost all animals off, even predators in many situations. Having bright clothing and something like an emergency whistle to make noise could also help a hiker be found by a search party if they are lost or in need of help. 

  5. Don’t Panic

    No matter how prepared an outdoor enthusiast may be, accidents can happen and adrenaline is sure to set in if they do happen. When this takes place, it can be all too easy to succumb to fear which will result in bad decision making skills and wasted energy. While no one will understand how they will react until they are put in one of these situations, it is important to always take a moment, relax one’s nerves, and then think through the problem logically. 

There are countless variables that will affect the safety of a hiker, and not all of these variables can be controlled by those that are enjoying the great outdoors. With some forward planning, researching the area, and knowing one’s limits, many potentially dangerous situations can be easily avoided. 


Karleia is a freelance blogger and outdoor enthusiast. You can follow Karleia on Google+.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Surviving the 6 Most Common Car Emergencies

Knowledge is power when it comes to surviving a scary auto emergency. Try to remain calm and level-headed when faced with the unexpected. Here are some common emergencies and advice to help prepare you before you need it.

Brake failure

Shift the transmission to a lower gear to slow the car down. If you see a curb, rub the tires against it to further slow down. Shift into neutral if you haven't already. Apply the emergency brake. Steer to the side of the road, then switch off the engine. Call for a tow truck.

Flat tire or blowout

Take your foot off the gas, but don't apply the brakes. Turn on your flashers and slowly move to the side of the road, then brake. If you do not know how to change a tire, call for help. If you do know how, proceed only in a safe location.

Crash

Take a deep breath and turn on your hazard flashers. If possible, pull over to the side of the road. Assess your injuries before leaving your vehicle. Do not move anyone who is badly injured unless necessary for their safety. Call 911 and begin to document the scene.

Locked keys inside

If you don't keep an extra set of keys on you, call 911 if you are in an unsafe location. If you feel safe, call a locksmith or your roadside assistance service. Check your insurance policy as some cover this emergency.

Out of gas

As soon as you realize you are running out of gas, get your vehicle to the side of the road. Shut off the engine to avoid seizing up the fuel pump. Turn on your emergency flashers, then call an emergency road side service or friend to bring you gas. If those aren't possible, call a tow truck.

Overheating

Turn on the heater full blast to drain heat from the engine. Pull over to the side of the road, and turn off the engine. Unless you see steam, open the hood to release the heat. Wait 30 minutes before adding coolant. Call roadside assistant or a friend if you don't have coolant. If these options aren't available, call a tow truck.

Keeping your car properly maintained could prevent an emergency altogether. Auto care centers, like National Transmissions, can help identify potential problems during a factory recommended maintenance check such as tire and battery condition. Drive safely.


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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Protect Your Privacy - 5 Simple Practices to Follow for Your Safety



Your privacy is in important especially in a modern age where information on almost everyone is readily available. Maintaining you online and physical privacy is one of the most important things that you have that you need to protect with a conscience effort. Just how do you protect your privacy when it seems like the world is becoming less and less private, though? What are some steps you can take to ensure that you always hold onto your privacy? Keep reading to find out just a few ways that you can protect yourself and your family from invasions of privacy.

Block Third Party Cookies When Online

Adjust your internet browser's settings so that it does not allow third party cookies to track you when you are online. Company gather and sell the information that is accumulated after you visit sites. You can do this simply by accessing your browser's settings. Always do this on each browser that you use as those with malicious intent can get ahold of private information with a little effort if cookies are left active on.

Install a Fence in Your Backyard

Your home is one place where you should always feel safe and secure, where you shouldn't have to worry about your privacy being invaded. You should be able to relax at home without any worries, and a privacy fence from Lynx Brand Fence Products (Alta) Ltd helps you achieve that. Having fence can protect your land and your privacy by keeping those nosey neighbors at a distance. Installing a fence in your yard is a great way to ensure that your privacy is respected.

Use a Personal Email Address for Personal Emails

Don't give in to the temptation to use your work email address to send out personal emails. Because your company basically owns your work email address, they will be able to monitor anything that you send out. Using your work email for personal use can have a really negative affect in your personal life. If you don't want everyone at your company knowing your business, make the decision to always use a personal email account for sending personal emails.

Ignore Spam Emails

As tempting as it may be to open the types of messages that claim that you have earned an inheritance that you weren't expecting, it is best to just let spam messages be. Don't open spam messages, and never download anything that is sent in them. Don't click the "unsubscribe" button that appears in spam messages, either, as it can lead to trouble.

Invest in a Paper Shredder

You don't want just anyone to read your mail and other important documents after you throw them away, so it is smart to purchase a paper shredder and use that to destroy all paper before it leaves your home. You will be happy that you made the investment as it can protect a lot of sensitive information that you would not want others to be able to access.

Privacy isn't just a dream, it is attainable. You can lead a private life if you just work to attain it, and you can rest in peace knowing that you’re safe and secure both physically and electronically.


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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ways To Help Your Retirement Community Prepare For The Unexpected

Retirement communities are places with various necessities and amenities that cater to elderly people. There are many activities that these people get involved in every day. It seems like a relatively safe place to stay, but no place is 100% safe. Even the workers and residents in a retirement home must prepare for the worst. Make sure when you look for a retirement community check it out for emergency plans before deciding on where to live.

Falls and Accidents

It seems simple enough to handle a fall, but you could cause more damage if you handle it incorrectly. There are good and bad ways to lift and move injured patients. All nursing home workers must know how to respond quickly and within the scope of their abilities. Based on information from the Sunshine Retirement Living company, all workers need to follow valuable guides. They must avoid getting into trouble with their superiors or the patients’ families.

Theft and Burglary

Every senior resident needs to check out the overall security of the facility. The building managers hire staff members who are not likely to steal from the residents. They install a security system that prevents unlawful entries that lead to thefts and burglaries. Thefts are likely to occur to people with bad memories because they leave things lying around. So, putting careful security measures into place is important.

Fire

Every building needs a proper fire prevention and protection plan that includes a regular drill. However, evacuating everyone in an assisted living center is difficult. There are many people in wheelchairs and hooked up to oxygen tanks that need careful assistance. If these people do not know how to get out fast enough, they are likely to die from burns or smoke inhalation.

Natural Disaster

It is not common, but when a storm or tornado comes, it causes more damage than imaginable. Every residential living area needs a detailed disaster plan that includes emergency evacuations and temporary relocations according to Sunshine Retirement for seniors. A major hurricane could do damage that varies from creating a big flood to causing long-term power outage. The patients must still be tended to and receive their medical treatments. No matter what the issue is, there must be a solution written down.

There are all kinds of horror stories that haunt anyone interested in joining a retirement home. Anyone with an ailing parent must ensure that the home and surrounding communities are completely safe. If you work in a retirement community, put a few, good disaster plans into action. The elderly people need as much help as they can get from the workers. Whether you encounter thefts or fires, stay prepared from the very beginning.


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.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Tips for Building Your Underground Bomb Shelter

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It’s certainly unfortunate that we live in a world where we even have to worry about how we can protect our families in the event an unthinkable tragedy takes place. But with wars seemingly popping up all over the globe and tensions continuing to rise, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before the next catastrophic event occurs.

By deciding to build an underground bomb shelter, you’re taking proactive steps to ensure that your family will be safe no matter what events happen in the outside world. As you go about designing your shelter, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What kind of tools and equipment does my project need? In order to build the most effective and secure shelter possible, you’re going to have to dig deep by using an excavator, and you’re going to have to haul away a lot of boulders, tree trunks and other organic material. Once you make the decision to build a shelter, it’s probably in your best interest to finish construction as quickly as possible. So you’ll likely need some heavy machinery—not just a shovel.
  • What kind of features do I want my shelter to have? Believe it or not, today’s shelters are essentially underground homes. As you design your shelter, you’re able to choose exactly what kind of features it will have. From a fully functional kitchen to bedrooms with closets, you’ll have to figure out exactly what your needs are so that you can meet them as best as you can. On top of these kinds of features, you also have to consider what kinds of safety features your shelter will have as well. NBC air filtration systems, for example, will make sure contaminated air does not get inside your shelter in the event a nuclear, biological or chemical attack occurs.
  • How big does my shelter need to be? For starters, of course, you’re going to have to determine how big your shelter actually needs to be. You’re then going to have to make sure that your property can withstand that kind of construction. The more you plan ahead and do your due diligence, the easier it’ll be to build your underground bomb shelter.
  • What kind of materials should I store inside my shelter? Shelters are constructions that you hope you never have to use. But in the event the unthinkable takes place, you’ve got to make sure that you can actually live in the space you created. It might be worth your while to stockpile a bunch of canned food and bottled water to make sure that you’re able to eat and drink in your shelter. You also might want to outfit the bunker with board games, televisions, DVDs, books and other items that can be used for your entertainment if you’re forced to live underground for some time.
There’s a reason we are all aware that it’s better to be safe than sorry. By taking the proactive steps and deciding to break ground on an underground bomb shelter, you’re doing all that is within your power to make sure your family is protected no matter what happens. While you can’t prevent a catastrophic event from occurring, you can put yourself in the position to weather any proverbial storm that may come your way.


Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Luxury Camping: Everything Your New Trailer Needs

Camping is a favorite pastime of many American families. When enjoying a family trip, roughing it in a tent is a thing of the past. Now a camping trip entails sleeping in a Motor home, or relaxing in a luxury cabin. It seems now more than ever we are getting used to comforts in even the most uncomfortable places. Let’s explore some of the features that make us feel like we are being pampered while enjoying the great outdoors.

Pullight Dynamo

This is an item that will work as a flashlight, but also is a way to charge the many electronics you need later. Don’t leave all your connections to the civilized world at home on a camping trip, since this device will help you keep in touch without outlets. The device has a yo-yo string to generate energy, as well as a way to convert all movement into usable energy to charge your devices.

Self-Stirring Mug

Every camper enjoys a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or a cup of hot cocoa at night, but dealing with spoons around the campfire is a hassle. This self-stirring mug will take care of the stirring needs of any beverage, and keep your drink mix and frothy until the very last drop.

Biolight Camping Stove

Most campers seem to never have enough outlets. What if you are camping where there is no electricity? Devices that need to be charged would soon become useless. With this stove all that is needed is some wood burning to make sure you can keep a charge. As www.kele.com says, energy conversions are making technology possible in even the most remote places. Even big appliances like fridges and Kele fans are becoming more portable and self-sufficient.

Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen

This gadget stores everything you write with the pen electronically. This is a great camping tool, use paper to write down important information, then automatically access what you wrote through your computer. This luxury item makes taking a laptop a need of the past. Some pens even broadcast a Wi-Fi signal. You’ll be able to remember everything you saw without a camera dangling off your wrist.

Three in One Breakfast Maker

This is a perfect camping item that allows for a delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, and coffee using only one appliance.

Portable Ice Maker

Drinks are a necessity when it comes to camping, and no one wants to have warm beverages. With this device you will have easy access to enough ice to even make some scrumptious margaritas.

Camping is a fun adventure to spend quality time with your family. Consider all the small luxuries you enjoy on a daily basis, and explore the possibilities of taking them camping for added comfort and enjoyment.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Effective Pest Control of Indoor Spiders

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Killing a spider seems like an easy task, but is it really? You'll be surprised to find out just how ineffective pesticides can be if you're using any. The secret to getting rid of spiders is to know their nature. Here in this article we explain what methods work effectively against indoor spiders. Read along.

Why pesticides won't work

The thing about spiders is that they are not like other insects. In fact they are not really insects, they are arachnids. So, unlike flies and ants that clean themselves using their mouth, spiders do not groom themselves, at least not routinely. They may resort to this if there is something stuck to them like a huge particle. What's more, spiders do not touch surfaces, as they “walk”, with their bellies. It's only their feet that actually touch the ground, ceiling or wall.

So if you want to kill a spider, the best way is to do it directly. Attack it with a shoe, newspaper or a direct spray – whatever weapon you have at hand. However, this can only work if there aren't many spiders in the house.

Reduce bugs in the house

The best way to deal with spiders is to get rid of the things that attract them. As you probably know, spiders are predators. Yes, they feed on other insects. So, if you want to keep them less interested in your house, you should keep other bugs at minimum. What you may not know is that spiders usually hang around lights because lights attract other insects that spiders can consume. Thus—

Keep outdoor lights turned off at night



And just to make it clear – spiders will not feel “invited” to your house when the lights are on, but other bugs will and this will attract spiders.

Patch holes and cracks up

Another great way to keep spiders out of your house is to patch every crack in your house up that spiders can use to find their way onto the premises. Window screens are of greatest concern here. Make sure you replace every window screen which is damaged or torn.

In addition, use caulk around electrical components, cables, wires and faucets, as they are connected with what's going on outside and can be the means for spiders to enter your home.

But apart from this, how do you deal with spiders (directly) once they are already sharing your home with you?

Add some glue to it

House spiders and jumping spider dwell on the ground. A great way to deal with them is to set glue traps out. You can use glue boards. Just make sure you place them next to doors and windows, beneath furniture and in dark corners where spiders are most likely to dwell. Another thing that will attract spiders to the glue trap is a bug glued to it.

The best way to make this work is to pay attention to spiders' common traffic patterns. If you know where they usually dwell and which “paths” they use, this trap can be very effective.

Keep your house clean and tidy

Spiders hide out in different places. The more messy your house is, the more places to hide out in. Which means you should keep clutter at minimum. Never lave leftover food on the table or on the sink. Make sure you sweep the floor after each meal to remove food crumbs that attract other insects such as ants, are saying from Pt Maintenance. Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink for too long.

Additionally, be sure to wipe down counters and shelves regularly, sweep or vacuum the floor and never leave piles of dirty clothes on the floor. Remember: the cleaner the house is, the better.


Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

How To Turn Your Home Into An Ultimate Shelter When Disaster Strikes

When a major disaster strikes, you want to be ready. Your home can be a fortress that you use to protect your family, but you need to make sure you take steps to turn your home into the ultimate shelter. It's important that everyone can feel safe at home and be protected from whatever may come.

Security

You need an upgraded security system that you can run with a battery or generator. When you have a better security system, you can keep looters out of your house. Also, you can scavenge for batteries to keep the system going.

Food

You need to have a pantry in your home that carries several weeks of food. You want to build this pantry up over time as you do your regular grocery shopping. Filling this room with canned good and dried foods will help keep the family fed. Cycle through the food when it starts to reach it's expiration date and slowly replace what you use so nothing goes to waste.

Windows

If there really is a disaster, you want to make sure that the windows are covered. The covering on the windows can prevent wind and rain from coming in the windows are broken. Consider getting dual-pane windows to keep the heat in during cold weather. Also, you may want to use blackout shades that will help to prevent people from looking inside.

Safe Room

You need to create a safe room in your home for the family. These are typically rooms in the basement that do not have outside access. You can store your pantry food in there, and you can keep weapons in the room for your protection. Your family can retreat to this room if something serious happens to the home.

The Fireplace

Keeping your fireplace in good condition is a must. When you are hiding in your home for a long period of time, you will need something to keep the family warm. If your fireplace is in good condition, you can keep the fireplace running all winter to warm the family.

Generator

You need to keep a generator in the house that you can run on gasoline or propane. These fuels will be easy to find in the aftermath of a disaster, and the generator can run all your electronics for communication. These generators can also be used to power the home if you can find fuel.

You need to be prepared for a disaster, and you need to be sure that your family has a plan. When remodeling your home or building from scratch, it's important to keep these things in mind. Professional builders can make any room and use almost any material you want.

Informational credit to Alair Homes.


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.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Doomsday Giveaway for November 2014!

For November 2014, We are going to let two winners pick out their own survival gear. This month the prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

Do you need a little extra cash to help you with your survival goals? Maybe we can help you with an Amazon gift card. This giveaway is open to everyone so enter.

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 knowledgeable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card


All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On December 1st we will select the winners.

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