December 13, 2019

Getting Weather Updates During Power Outages

Natural disasters often cause prolonged power outages. Whether the outage is a permanent condition or a temporary one, you need to have a plan for how to handle the situation without electricity.

Since weather not only causes most power outages but also causes and contributes to most disasters, it should be one of the first things to consider. Your best option during a power outage is to measure everything yourself. […]

Money Mondays: How to Protect Your Child from Identity Thieves

Written by: Kayla Matthews While adults are often targets of identity theft, a child can just as easily fall victim. In fact, children are even more valuable to scammers as they have no existing credit, allowing thieves to open new lines and rack up years of fraudulent activity without detection. Altogether, more than 1 million children were victims of identity fraud, and scammers stole roughly $2.6 billion in 2017 alone. There are a few steps you, as a parent, can […]

How to Preserve Meat without a Fridge

Written by Travis Noonan When a natural disaster strikes, the first thing to go is primary infrastructure – running water, cell towers, internet, and most importantly, electricity. For us apartment dwellers, that usually means no refrigeration. Most outages or disruptive weather events last a few days. But what happens when three days turns into two weeks? A month or longer? We’ve seen this recently in Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria left over one million residents without electricity for up to ten […]

Self-defense with Improvised Weapons

This post is by Bernie Carr, A couple of recent unrelated events in the news highlight the importance of self-defense with improvised weapons. Let’s take a look and discuss them. 82 year-old female overpowers an intruder The first story involved an 82- year old woman who fought off a home invader. According to Fox News, Willie Murphy, fought off a young man who broke into her home late one night.  The guy started out by banging on her door, […]

Affordable Ways to Take a Well-Deserved Break

  Written by Guest Writer As you will likely spend your time working hard, cleaning your home and attending to various personal obligations during the holidays, it can be easy for stress to put a strain on your mind and body. For this reason, you owe it to yourself to enjoy some downtime once in a while. If you are looking for helpful tactics that will recharge your batteries, take a look at these affordable ideas for a well-deserved break. […]

Black Friday Deals on Preparedness Gifts

This post is by Bernie Carr,   Gift giving season is upon us so why not choose items that can help you and your loved ones get more prepared? You don’t have to be a prepper to appreciate gifts that come in handy time and again, for everyday living as well as emergencies. I scoped out upcoming Black Friday deals on Amazon and found the following interesting deals. (Full disclosure-this site is an Amazon Affiliate. We receive a small […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although the theme of this site is being prepared for emergencies and threats, it’s never been about doom and gloom. We try to be aware of what’s developing around us – whether they involve natural disasters, financial matters or health issues –  so we can act accordingly. Each year brings it’s own challenges. This year is no exception – natural disasters, violence, poverty, divisiveness…  But through it all, we still have a lot to be grateful for – a roof […]

Money Mondays: The Health Insurance Tax will Increase Your Health Care Cost in 2020

This post is by Bernie Carr, The affordability of health care is a huge issue for consumers, with many Americans stating they have delayed or avoided needed care due to cost. Well, this coming year, the costs may increase even more, when the suspension of the Health Insurance Tax expires in 2020. What is the Health Insurance Tax? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as ObamaCare, imposed a tax on health insurance, and it is known as the […]

The Most Dangerous Type of Plague Has Reappeared

This post is by Bernie Carr, A third case of the plague has been reported in China. I thought I’d share the story with you, not to cause a panic but to spread awareness. Being prepared means paying attention to what’s going on, and how it can potentially affect us. What happened? According to NPR, the first two cases was a married couple from Inner Mongolia went to a municipal hospital to be treated for plague. One patient is […]

Bugging In: How to Barricade Your Apartment

The need to protect your home during a disaster or mass civil unrest could become very real in a hurry. The goal of fortification is to deter conflict and prying eyes and prevent forced entry. We’re going to teach you how to barricade your apartment the right way. […]

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