Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6 Ways to Survive a Home Invasion

Suffering a home invasion is one of the most traumatic things you can experience. As violating as it can feel, dealing with the trauma is a lot better than losing your life during a home invasion. Unfortunately, anyone can become the target of a home invasion at any time. It is important that you prepare yourself so that you are ready if it happens to you. To help keep you safe, here are six ways to survive a home invasion.

Get a Gun and Know How to Use It

A gun can protect our and your family’s live during a home invasion, but it could also make things worse if you are not trained how to handle it safely. If you have a firearm in your home, you need to regularly practice with it and drill with it so that you can handle it like a pro in case of an emergency.

Get an Alarm System

Protecting your home with an alarm system is one of the best ways to survive a home invasion. Make sure that you get a quality alarm installed by a company like Arpel Security Systems, and get a loud alarm that will scare away intruders.

Have a Panic Room

If you do become the target of a home invasion, having a panic room in your home is the best way to stay safe. Once the alarm goes off, even the most brazen thieves will not stick around long enough to get into your panic room.

Always Have a Cell Phone Within Reach

If you do not have an alarm system or if it malfunctions, having a cell phone near you can save your life. As soon as the invaders strike, call 911 immediately to get the police headed your way.

Don’t Fight the Invaders

If the home invaders catch you before you can get to a gun or into your safe room, do not resist them. If you cooperate, they will most likely leave without doing you any harm.

Use a Bullhorn

A great way to scare away intruders is to use a bullhorn. You can use it to tell them that you have a gun and are not afraid to use it. Even if the bullhorn does not scare away the intruders, it can be used to signal neighbors that you are under attack.

Using these six methods can help save your life in the event of a home invasion. The important thing to remember is to stay calm and not to panic. If you can follow just a few of these tips, you should come through the home invasion unharmed.


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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Five Minor Home Problems That Can Become A Disaster During An Emergency

Often, we take note of minor household repairs that need to be done and place them in the back of our mind, never to be fixed. From a small leak to clogged gutters, these seemingly small issues can always wait another day or another week or another month, or so we believe. Yet in emergency situations such as flooding, severe freezing and power outages, minor repairs that we have consistently neglected can lead to major home disasters.

Leaks

A leak can serve to be nothing more than an irritant in our household. Whether you choose to ignore it or place a pot underneath it, leaks often seem to be a minor issue. Yet during intense rains such as seen during flooding conditions, that tiny leak may turn into a torrential downpour from the hole in your roof. The minute a leak is discovered, it is always better to have your roofing repaired immediately. Leaks in the home can also turn into a flooded basement and cause mold damage.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are another seemingly small home issue that can cause major damage during floods. As well as destroying your landscaping, clogged gutters can damage your foundation causing cracks to form underneath your home. Unclogging gutters should be a routine task to protect your foundation and landscaping.

Damaged or Worn Pipes

Another issue that people often wait to resolve is damaged or worn pipes in your home. If your area receives a deep freeze and the temperature suddenly plummets, you’ll find yourself with a burst pipe pouring water throughout your house and no way for a plumber to reach you. Have a professional take care of this problem before you encounter a major issue.

Pipes Needing Weather Proofing Repair

If you’ve failed to replace weather proofing on your exposed pipes within as well as outside of your home, you also run the risk of pipes freezing and then rupturing. Weather proofing is a necessity for harsh, cold winters. Anytime you note a damaged or worn pipe in your home, you should call a plumber for repairs.

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are another minor home problem which indicates an electrical issue that we tend to write off. Yet during severe thunderstorms or even blackouts with their power surges, what was simply a nuisance can actually result in a house fire. Calling an electrician is the first step to fixing flickering lights as well as preventing fires caused by them.

While there are only so many hours in the day, most problems in the home need to be repaired while they are still minor issues. Even though we are prone to delay and procrastinate from time to time, we need to ensure that we do not put off these repairs until they become a major as well as costly issue within our home. Informational credit Imagine Plumbing & Appliance Ltd.


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.

Monday, March 09, 2015

9 Signs You're Ready For The Zombie Attack

Zombie attacks may be a thing of horror movies but preparing for it is not. The premise for this proclamation is simple: if you are ready for a zombie apocalypse then you are ready for anything --- hurricanes, earthquakes, and drought, name it.

A survey by coupon site Tada.com showed that almost 6,000 adults considered a zombie outbreak as a disaster to worry about. It is no wonder that zombies have already become a popular theme in emergency planning. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control launched a zombie preparedness campaign and more than 65,000 signed up. In fact, there is also a mobile application for zombie survival preparedness.

It could be that people are watching too much The Walking Dead. Or it could be that people just feel the need to be more prepared now more than ever. After all, despite the threats of food shortage, extreme weather disturbances, and perils of war, people are still ill-prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that 61% of Americans admit to not having a family emergency plan and 48% do not have supplies set aside for a disaster. This is where the zombie analogy comes into play --- if you are prepared for zombies, you are sure as hell prepared for anything. Could there be anything worse?

Know the enemy

Paint a picture in your head of what a zombie apocalypse looks like or severe flooding or earthquake for that matter. This will push you further to be prepared. The idea here is: never underestimate the wrath of nature or even zombies. Research on zombies, what a 250kph wind from a hurricane means, how destructive a magnitude seven quake is. Acknowledging that things can go wrong any minute is the start of creating any survival preparedness guide.

Are the supplies ready?

This is among the simplest and least complicated ways of preparing. Making sure that you have an emergency supplies kit is like packing for a three-day trip. How hard can it be?

Think about the Walking Dead gang. What do they fight tooth and nail for? Food, water, medicine, gas, and well, ammunition. You may skip the latter but stock up on food that don’t perish easily, water, medication, formula if there is a baby, change of clothing for each family member, and tools like utility knife, can opener, battery-powered radio, cellphone, whistle, and rope for rescue. Don’t forget important documents too. The ideal emergency kit should be good for 72 hours but if you can manage more, better.

So, what’s the plan?

After preparing the survival kit, meet with your family and decide where the supplies should be kept. Put it in a place that everyone could reach. Talk to your children and stress the need (and that it is cool) to be prepared. Discuss the dangers in your area: are storms frequent, could bushfires be anywhere near, is your neighborhood a constant tornado target? Know where the nearest evacuation center is. Have a plan of action that everyone would stick to like an emergency meeting place near and far from home. For example, pick to meet near the mailbox and if someone is unable to return home, pick a place where to meet them. Make a list of emergency contacts and teach your young children how to ask for help.

Plan for escape

If you have been watching zombie movies, you should know that people are always on the run. It’s almost like trying finish first in a zombie race. When disasters (or zombies) strike, figure an escape route. Plan where to go, whether an evacuation site or a relative’s house out of town, and figure out how to get there the fastest possible way.

Shut them out

If we were to believe television and movies, zombies do not seem like the most genius of creatures. Their points of entry are still windows, doors, and sometimes the roof. Aside from making sure everything is sturdy and has secured locks, set up an alarm system that will buzz when something comes near your door or window. This will buy you the time you need.

Watch out!

You may also put up a surveillance camera to give you a view of the outside. Whether it is zombies or flood water levels getting higher, it helps if you know what is going on. A wireless surveillance system is ideal because you don’t have to worry about cords getting flooded or ripped. Mount your wireless surveillance system efficiently so that it captures everything.

Fight them and stay alive

There are more than 1,300 zombie-related events in the United States every month, according to an infographic by vulture.com. This only shows that Americans are taking this matter seriously. Most of these events teach preparedness and survival. Being skilled in fighting the undead can well be utilized in trying to stay alive in times of disasters. Learn how to swim, run over mud, use simple tools, train how to rescue, and learn creative and ingenious tricks like staying afloat by filling your pants with water and tying them on both ends to serve as floater.

First aid lessons

Attend lectures and training seminars on applying first aid. There is no point of packing medication in your emergency kit if you don’t know how to use them. If it is zombies that you are preparing for, at least learn how to treat rabies. Learn about wounds and how to treat them and what to treat them with. Know what to do when someone drowns, gets burned, gets a fracture, has a heart attack, or shortness of breath. Remember to take these lessons seriously because these can save your family’s lives.

P is for practice not panic

Don’t panic is probably the most common phrase you will hear in every preparedness training session. Chances are you are probably tired of it. The truth is when zombies attack or walls start crumbling down in an earthquake, how can you not panic? Well, just don’t. One way to keep you mentally sharp during disasters is by practicing your plan of action. Rehearse it with your family as often as necessary until it becomes a natural thing to do.

Fighting the undead may be the worst of your nightmares coming true. So are natural disasters, emerging diseases, and war. They are all deadly and devastating. The best defense is still being prepared and when you do prepare, prepare for the worst like an apocalypse or a zombie attack. Be prepared and you never have to be sorry.


Philip Masterson is the author of AlarmDefense blog. Circle him on Google+.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Boy Toys: Everything Your Truck Needs for Adventure

Trucks can be used for adventures because of the high ground clearance, and option for 4-wheel drive. The beds can be lined for hauling rough loads, and for making a relaxing spot to recline in the great outdoors. The truck should have a variety of these options for improving your time outdoors. Your next adventure can be a big success when you include these toys.

Compass, GPS and Thermometer

Drivers should be aware of their location in the wilderness. A compass and GPS device can provide information about which direction to travel to, and keep you oriented in difficult terrain. The GPS will help a driver who is stranded or lost and can be detached if the truck is compromised. A weather thermometer provides information about the outside temperature, which could be crucial if a driver is stranded in freezing temperatures. 

Winch and Hooks

  A winch can be used to pull a truck out of a snow pile, or off a muddy, soft shoulder along a road. Rain, snow, and ice are hazards can occur unexpectedly while traveling in bad weather so you should be prepared for anything. Some regions have more risks of flooding than other areas, and you should have a device to tell you where the worst of the storm will be and snow equipment from Toronto handy. Safe drivers should be prepared for problems, which will all you to continue your adventures. Tire chains can also be used to drive a truck away from a snowy or icy area. Hitch City also offers racks and hitches that can help you haul dangerous and heavy loads through icy conditions.

Locking Toolbox

  The truck bed should have a locking compartment like a locking toolbox. The toolbox will permit the driver to safely store fish and wildlife that have been caught during an excursion. Some items may be offensive if placed behind the truck seats. Therefore, the hazards will be reduced if the bed has a locking toolbox or locking bed cover, which can used in the same manner as a car trunk. Wild animals can carry diseases and parasites that would be more hazardous if stored inside the truck or out in the open on the bed.

Fender Well Covers

  Trucks may travel over rougher terrain than regular automobiles. Therefore, the fender wells should have covers to protect the paint from any flying rocks and other debris. The covers are also an additional layer of protection from collisions with wildlife. The protection can be enhanced by adding front and rear chrome bumper covers that have rails for attaching gear.

The essence of having an adventure is be safe while enjoying the fun. 


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

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Outlive and Outlast: How To Survive Five Life-Threatening Scenarios

At any moment and in any situation, disaster can strike. Life-threatening events happen to people every day, and nobody is immune to them. However, these emergencies don't have to spell imminent doom. Here are five life-threatening scenarios and how to survive them.
  1. Lost In The Wilderness

    More than 2,000 hikers get lost in the wilderness every year, a situation that can quickly turn deadly for those who aren't prepared. When you're stranded in the middle of nowhere without shelter, you're open to harm from animals and the elements. Any time you venture into the great outdoors, make sure you're well-stocked for unforeseen emergencies. Bring a map, compass, food and water, waterproof fire source, first aid kit, spare clothing, some basic tools and a survival blanket. Combined with basic knowledge of building a shelter and tending injuries, these essentials can keep you alive until help arrives.

  2. Dog Attack

    According to the CDC, one out of five individuals are bitten by dogs every year, resulting in roughly 368,000 emergency room visits. Although dog bites rarely cause fatalities, they can still cause disfigurement, disability, infection and nerve damage. If you're ever faced with an attacking dog, do whatever you can to keep its teeth away from your neck and head, such as curling into a ball and being still and quiet. If playing possum doesn't discourage the dog, try standing still and loudly commanding the dog to “stay” or “back away”. This may intimidate the dog to the point where it abandons the attack. If nothing else works, yell for help and prepare to fight the dog—running away when this happens will often encourage the dog to pursue and attack.

  3. Shark Attack

    Shark attacks only occur at a rate of about 75 per year worldwide, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for one. When you're swimming at a beach where there are known to be dangerous sharks, follow the beach's guidelines to minimize your risk. This means staying inside of any perimeters and not entering the water with open wounds. In the unlikely event that you encounter a shark, watch it at all times. If it becomes aggressive, knowing its location is your best chance of defending yourself. Don't make any sudden motions as they may trigger the shark to attack. Instead, move slowly back toward shore. However, if it does attack, try to aim for its eyes and gills.

  4. House Fire

    More than 360,000 house fires occur in the US each year, causing approximately 2,500 deaths. The vast majority occur from cooking accidents. If making dinner ever turns into a nightmare scenario and you're stuck in the middle of it, the first thing you should do is remain calm, get on the ground to avoid smoke and call 911. If fire is standing between you and safety, grab the nearest towel, blanket or clothing and drench it in water. Cover head and body and run through the fire as fast as you can.

  5. Tire Blowouts

    Tire blowouts are responsible for over 78,000 accidents, 10,000 injuries and 400 deaths each year due to loss of vehicular control. Should you ever experience a tire blowout, your best bet is to follow these steps. Immediately get a firm grasp on the wheel and apply the brakes slowly to avoid spinning out. Once the vehicle is in control, pull over and turn on your emergency flashers.

Life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at any time, so it's important to be ready. Understanding what to do in these events can help you not only reduce your risk of serious injury but may ultimately save your life.


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.

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