Posts Tagged ‘emergency preparedness’

Bitter cold in the Northern Plains; Blowing Snow with Blizzard Conditions.  This Polar Vortex will be moving East.

An arctic cold front will bring wind chills of -20 degrees or colder across the northern Plains this week. This arctic air will push through the Plains and into the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys towards the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by Thursday. Meanwhile, a series of Pacific storm systems will bring heavy rain and high-elevation snow to the West through the weekend.



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Living tiny has many advantages, not excluding being able to evacuate in comfort from emergency situation and natural disaster.  Survival Quarterly is a website that can get you prepared for any emergency.  Lots of free information and resources that will help you prepare and survive those unexpected life changing events.  Information on winter and extreme cold, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, forest fires and much more.  The site also offers many free PDF military manuals and essential checklists to help you ride out any situation.  And…an ever expanding library of resources…


Just remember, emergency situations can happen to any one at any time.  It just doesn’t happen to other people….




Be Prepared

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Another lucky individual survived being lost and snow bound.  I am sure she was one of those people who never gave the storm a second thought and it almost cost her her life.  The “It only happens to the other person, not me” is still prevalent and costs people their health and sometimes there lives.

PHOENIX(12-2011) (AP) — An Arizona State University student packed a water bottle with snow and let it melt under the sun for drinking water while she was stranded for more than a week, authorities said Wednesday after the 23-year-old was discovered in a remote area of east-centralArizona.

Lauren Weinberg was last seen leaving her mother’s home in southPhoenixon Dec. 11 and told authorities she became stuck in the snow a day later,CoconinoCountysheriff’s spokesman Gerry Blair. Two U.S. Forest Service employees on snowmobiles found her Wednesday about 45 miles southeast of Winslow while they were checking if gates on forest roads were closed.

“I am so thankful to be alive and warm,” Weinberg said through a spokeswoman at theFlagstaffMedicalCenter, where she was taken. “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers, because they worked. There were times I was afraid but mostly I had faith I would be found.”

Other than being cold, hungry and thirsty, Weinberg was in good condition, lucid and speaking coherently, Blair said.

This young lady was extremely lucky she survived her ordeal and is just another reminder that having an emergency kit in the back of your car can be the difference between life and death.  The pack itself is inexpensive when compared to you or your family’s life.  For under $100.00, you can put together an emergency bag and do so very easily.  It is just a matter of collecting some items, putting them into a container, whether it is a backpack, plastic tub or cardboard box.  And, there are items you own already that could be utilized, saving you a few dollars.

For a free list of items to store away for that unexpected emergency, click here.

Throw a couple of these into your glove box, click here


It can happen to you...THINK about it...

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Grid collapse, internet attacks, extended winter, forest fires, massive floods and other natural disasters. They have happened before and they will happen again. And what did you witness? Mass chaos, limited food and water, panic and desperation. Most people want to pretend that emergencies will never happen to them and will do nothing to prepare, but advanced emergency preparation could be a life saver for you and your family. As in large scale catastrophes, your local government agencies will be overwhelmed, even if they are operable and the Federal Government is useless during emergencies as seen by their past recent history. So, you will need to depend on yourself to endure an emergency situation.  So why do I keep writing about this?  To wake people up to the fact that in most emergencies… most people are not prepared.  

Do you own a motor-home, travel trailer or 5th wheel trailer?  Then you are ahead of the game.  If you do not own one of these RV’s, this time of the year is the best time to purchase a used camper.  There are many units out there at very reasonable prices.  


Get ready in advance

If you are fortunate enough to own a travel trailer, you can use it as an emergency shelter. And prepping the trailer and having it ready to roll is paramount to survival.

Realistically, you need food and water for several weeks. Plan simple meals, and purchase what is necessary. Use freeze-dried foods as much as possible. Ensure that you have propane for cooking. Include cleaning and toiletry supplies as you pack.  

Store copies of all of your important papers in the RV in case you lose your home.

Pack clothing suitable for your climate, and the season and pack enough as washing them will be difficult.

Have a list of possible safe parking areas in the travel trailer with maps and directions to get to each of them.  These are called BOL’s.  Bug out locations.

Keep your vehicle’s gas tank filled up, and store extra gasoline to take with you.

Maintain your RV in good mechanical condition, and check the fluids regularly.

Remember to take a battery operated radio, and replacement batteries.

If you have everything ready to go, you will save precious minutes when they count.

Disasters can happen without warning.

With preparation, you and your family will be ready for almost immediate evacuation.

For lots of free information and resources…Survival Quarterly

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I don’t know, but watching the liberal news media presenting reports of political strife around the world, economic instability, massive unemployment and useless politicians wringing their hands and passing the buck over government’s lack of common sense and epidemic spinelessness, I begin to understand why so many people in this country are not only pissed off, but are preparing for crisis mode.

Until recently, if you labeled someone a “survivalist” one did so with tongue in cheek and with a negative connotation. One imagined Rambo types hunkering down in remote places, ready to shoot anyone who stumbled on to their property. Camouflage, high-powered weapons, and the stockpiling of food and goods. Creepy….though logical today.

So what has changed? First of all, the title “survivalist” is politically incorrect. Too many past semantics for the new “Preppers” to handle. Yes, that is what they are called now. Preppers. I don’t know if I like this title or not. It does fall in line with: hippies, groupies, yuppies and other such designations, but falls flat when stood next to those Rambo types.

I spent some time researching the new “prepper” mentality and was amazed by the numbers that have taken to this concept of preparing. But preparing for what though? December 21, 2012? or a complete breakdown of society? Or for emergency weather conditions such as what happened with the blizzard that hit the East Coast last month? It all depends on what your present perception is to global problems. All you have to do is pick your favorite Armageddon scenario. No, I am not making fun of the survivalist..oops..prepper mindset. Actually, I have been thinking this way long before the movement morphed from surviving to prepping.

But here’s lays the problem. Though many people are realizing that preparing for an emergency, whether it is short-term or long-term, stockpiling all the goods you need to make it through a crisis they need to realize one important factor. Your mental stamina will be your most important tool and I do not believe many people have taken the psychological part of this seriously. Now is the time to do so.

Another impending problem is that the illustrious US government (specifically the FBI) is now labeling anyone who takes the precaution of stockpiling goods as potential terrorists. I find this incredible. Incredibly sickening. This is just another validation of where the direction the government is headed. Can anyone say “Control”?

Anyway, for those who still might be interested in the concept of preparing for emergencies, I have included a few websites that will get you started and for those who feel that nothing will ever happen, this false safety mentality is called the “Normalcy bias” and you can click here to read more.

Survival Quarterly

American Preppers Network

The Suburban Prepper

Supplies and Storage

Survival Psychology

Survival Magazine / Forum

ryeder.com   for Prepper 101

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It was Lord Cameron’s estimation that it would take just nine meals three full days without food on supermarket shelves before law and order started to break down, and British streets descended into chaos. A far-fetched warning for a First World nation like Britain? Hardly. Because that’s exactly what happened in the U.S. in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. People looted in order to feed themselves and their families. If a similar tragedy was to befall Britain, we are fooling ourselves if we imagine we would not witness similar scenes of crime and disorder.

With the growing crisis of shortages, higher priced commodities, lack of employment, poverty levels continuing to rise and ineffectual, irresponsible governments creating more problems than solutions, “nine meals” is a concept that should be taken seriously. Those who hug thisassumption underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This line of thought is called the normalcy bias and there are those who will argue that preparing for an emergency is ridiculous. Those who listen to these people and do nothing to prepare will find it difficult to survive any emergency. Think about it…                                                                                                                                                                                                

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The past several weeks has shown us that winter weather is dangerous.  During these major storms, many people became snow bound, and several people died due to bad decisions and not being prepared.  Making a bad decision is human, but not being prepared for an emergency is unwise and unnecessary.  Having spent time in the Arctic, where my primary function was to drive in all sorts of inclement weather, I can attest to the fact that “being prepared” will save your life.  Making or purchasing an emergency kit for your vehicle is simple, inexpensive, and can save your life.  To make your own emergency kit, you need the basic items and knowledge.

1.  Always check the weather before you leave and tell someone where you are going.

2.  Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.

3.  Stay in your vehicle and allow for refresh air.

4.  Do not eat snow for hydration.  Eating snow lowers the body temperature.  Let the snow melt first.

5.  Carry a winter survival kit in your car to include:

blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and candy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables, small, sharp knife, large plastic garbage bag, cell phone adapter to plug into lighter, shovel, tow cables or chain, sleeping bag or blankets, road flares and reflectors.

This kit is simple to make and could save you life.

Beautiful but deadly...

For information and resources on emergency preparedness, check out:

Ryeder…survival quarterly

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