November 13, 2019

Prep for Now and Not Just for Later

Last night I had a jolting reminder about preparedness.   On the previous day, we restocked our water and toilet paper storage, so I felt comfortable we were keeping up with replenishing supplies as they run low.   For dinner, we went out to eat at one of those “hole in the wall” neighborhood restaurants, a place we’ve eaten at a hundred times before.  It is usually pretty good.  This time, the dining experience didn’t turn out so well.  Before going to […]

Survival Mindset: Trust your Gut

One of the fascinating stories that came out of the recent East Coast earthquake was how the animals in the National Zoo in Washington seemed to sense danger.  Five to ten seconds before the actual earthquake hit, orangutans and gorillas interrupted their foraging and ran to shelter; some shrieked, or raced to higher ground.  Flamingos huddled together; even snakes started writhing wildly.   Zookeepers could tell the animals reacted several seconds before anyone started feeling the shaking. Animals have a sixth […]

Be Ready for Anything

Just when the news seemed to be settling down from the recent stock market roller coaster, the ground started rolling in a couple of areas that hardly ever experience earthquakes:  Colorado had a 5.3 magnitude quake on Monday night, then soon after, on Tuesday morning, the East Coast had a 5.9 quake centered around Virginia.  DC Josh of Metro Survival blog experienced the quake and posted about it.  See “Washington D.C. Earthquake” Adding to the worries was the epicenter of […]

If Your Partner Doesn’t Want to Prep

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com For many reasons, the majority of the population is not concerned about preparedness.  Even when faced with facts and news about what happened to other people who had been in disasters, they refuse to do anything to prepare.  There are a lot of reasons for this: Prevailing attitude that someone (government, family) will be around to help Wanting to live for the moment, unconcerned about the future Does not want to think about […]

Avoid a Hard Drive Disaster

We are having a spectacular thunderstorm as I write this.   A flash of lighting, followed by a loud thunderclap…  Then the lights flickered, I heard a loud ZAP! and my computer turned off.  My heart raced in a panic, as I envisioned my hard drive getting fried from the huge power surge that just happened.  I have a surge protector but somehow it failed me.  A few more angry beeps came out of my CPU.  I restarted my computer and […]

Backup Cooking Methods

Part of hurricane preparedness is having backups for cooking methods in the event of an extended power failure.  During our last major hurricane, Hurricane Ike, some of my colleagues did not regain their electricity service for one to two weeks.  Some folks who had money to spare stayed in hotels for the entire period, but that may cause you to burn through your emergency cash pretty quickly.  Several friends dealt with the inconvenience by staying with family and friends who […]

Havoc from One Broken Stoplight

Today on our early morning commute, it seemed like it was taking forever to get out of our street.  We sat and sat while traffic was at a standstill.   Drivers were getting impatient, honking at each other.   Then someone rear ended the car in front, from accelerating too fast before the traffic line inched along.   This caused even more problems.  We could not even tell what was causing it until we finally got past the gridlock just to get out […]

Preparedness Habits I’ve Acquired

In the year of becoming interested in preparedness and starting this site, I picked up a few habits: Acquire a few emergency items each time I shop For everyday commonly used items, we now go by “Two is one and one is none.”  I get anxious when only one is left of a commonly used item so I no longer wait to resupply. Fill up the gas tank as soon as it is half full.  I used to let the […]

My Pocket-Sized First Aid Kit

A few weeks ago I posted about “Items I Carry Daily”  which included a mini First Aid kit.  I can’t tell you how many times this little kit has come in handy for me, or anyone around me who happens to need something right away.  Here is what it looks like: I got the idea from my Mom who carries her first aid items in a small wallet.  The blue container started out as a coin purse that was given […]

A Gap in my Preparedness

Watching all the Japan earthquake coverage made me realize I’ve neglected one aspect in my preparedness efforts.  There is a big likelihood a disaster can happen while you are away from home and emergency supplies. Most of my supplies are at home.  I already have a car kit, and recently upgraded my office kit.  But I don’t have much in terms of the EDC -or everyday carry.  So I would be sorry indeed if an emergency were to happen while […]

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