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  • National Preparedness Month: How Have You Prepared?

    There are only 3 days left of September, as National Emergency Preparedness Month comes to a close. We hope that everyone has taken this month to start prepping for emergencies and disasters like the many we've posted about on our blog.

    FEMA has urged the public to "Pledge to Prepare" and get ready for the uncertain future before disaster strikes. After the rough summer we had, it's only fair to predict a difficult Winter, and preparing is the best way to ensure you will survive whatever lies ahead.

    If you haven't already, take these steps to prepare now:

    1. Make an Emergency Plan: Discuss what you will do in an emergency with your family. Make up an evacuation plan, or a plan to stay inside and wait out the storm. Explore all possibilities, so that when times get tough you won't need to panic because you'll know what to do.

    2. Put Together an Emergency Kit: This should consist of long term food, water, and survival supplies that can help in a crisis when resources and electricity are not available. Click here to view tips on emergency kits.

    3. Stay Informed: Know your threats and what emergencies are prone to your area. Stay informed so you know what today's concerns are and prepare accordingly. Surprises can be devastating, minimize them as much as possible by staying in touch.

    4. Be Involved: Every community should participate in emergency preparedness. Whether it's through disaster relief volunteering or donating, local planning, or starting your own preparedness project. Even just preparing with your neighbors and spreading the word about the importance of staying ahead of the storm.

    Keeping preparedness and survival on your mind at all times is a good idea. It is a safeguard for your future and the future of your community. If you haven't already, start prepping! We've got some great survival packs, emergency food, and water that can help ease your worries about tomorrow, and better ensure your safety in a crisis. Check out additional tips on Disaster Preparedness here.

  • Is the World Going to End in 2012? Some Disagree with the Predicted Apocalypse

    According to the Mayan long count calendar, the world as we know it is predicted to end at 11:11 pm on December 21, 2012. Theories of why or how the supposed apocalypse will occur have filled the internet with concerns: Global warming? Nuclear fallout? Plague or epidemic? Asteroids? Super volcanoes? Aliens? The only certainty about this specifically feared day of the year is that the sun will be centrally aligned with the milky way for the first time in nearly 26,000 years. Whether or not this really counts for something, or the Mayan long count calender itself, is up for debate.

    The opinion of some Americans is that it isn't the first time people have predicted an apocalypse, and it won't be the last. From religious zealots to biological and ecological catastrophe predictions, the reoccurring theme of "the end of days" has become a human routine, and fearing it is only human nature.

    There is a lot to be aware of, threats to our way of life, that may indeed change the way things are. However, maybe not on such a drastic apocalyptic scale. Some concerns that have drawn up fears for the end of the world are catastrophes like global famine, nuclear wars, thinning ozone, climate changes and epidemics. It's true enough that we have been plagued in recent years by persistently aggressive weather and increasing patterns of natural disasters, but what that means to the 2012 apocalypse is uncertain.

    No one, however educated or skeptical, can simply rule out all possibility of an apocalypse or a major scale disaster of any kind, on any particular day. This is why we preach preparedness. It's essentially being ready for anything and everything. Understanding the risks, whatever their probability of occurring may be, is a part of safeguarding your survival in any circumstance. So, whether or not your doomsday clock is set to go off on December 21, prepare now with long term food and survival water storage. It's by far the most rational and mind-easing approach to the uncertain future.

  • Now What? What to Do Post-Disaster and How Emergency Food Can Help:

    Citizens in states like Louisiana and Mississippi are struggling to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Isaac, many homes have been ravaged and flood damage is difficult to recover from. We talk a lot about preparing for disasters and emergencies, but what do we do once the storm passes?

    If you are well prepared you'll have a supply of emergency food, water, and supplies like generators and alternate heat. Often in disaster scenarios power outages last for days or weeks, which is where this really comes in handy. Sometimes the best thing you can do is stay put and rely on your own supplies. Whether or not you have a home to return to or stow away in is another issue, however. Have a plan set in place for where you may go if you do lose your home, and be sure to collect any belongings from the wreckage you may need, but do so safely. Structural damage to a house can be extremely hazardous, do not attempt to do so alone or at all if it appears too unsteady.

    After a disaster, there are a lot of things to look out for that can be potential hazards or threats to your safety as well. Again, structural damage is a main issue, buildings, homes, and roads can become hazardous after a storm. Flooding after a hurricane is also very problematic, and is sometimes the worst part. It can take a long time for flooding to subside, and in the meantime entire towns can be destroyed.

    Another threat comes to surface after a storm that can often be less obvious than the others: con artists seeking to profit from the aftermath. These opportunists come out of the framework in many forms: unlicensed contractors eager to 'rebuild' your home for a hefty cost upfront and a lousy unprofessional job. Groups who claim to be a part of a disaster relief drive collecting money to aid survivors, only to keep their earnings for themselves. Even price gougers, increasing costs of necessities in a crisis, such as food, water, and supplies.

    By having prepared ahead of time and relying on yourself and your own survival food and supplies, you are better able to avoid many issues such as price gouging and empty overrun stores. Even after the storm is over, don't forget to stay aware of all hazards, threats, and scams. Prepare now!

  • Tsunami Warning in Costa Rica: It's Not Over Yet, Get Prepping!

    Summer may be coming to a close but 2012's extreme weather isn't done surprising us yet. A major earthquake hit Costa Rica this morning off the Pacific Coast, stirring up the seas for a possible tsunami with the most intense quake in over 60 years at a magnitude of 7.6. A tsunami warning has been issued in Costa Rica, where civilians are rushing to escape further damage and trauma.

    So far the damage isn't as bad as it could have been, but power lines are down and roads have been buried by landslides. Thankfully, very few deaths have been reported, meanwhile chaos caused by this intense and long-lasting quake has raised a lot of panic.

    Often it's the aftermath that makes for the most trying conditions and difficulty. Whether or not a tsunami does strike, without power and so much road and structural damage many will go without food or water, and possibly lose their homes. By storing ready-made emergency food most of these people could have avoided panic with the highly valued safeguard of a definite meal in any situation.

    If 2012 has taught us anything, it's that we had best be prepared for everything. Because it's impossible to predict when or where the next disaster will surely strike. Prepare now!

  • Doomsday Bunkers: Then and Now

    The concept of secure protection from warfare and natural or manmade disasters has been around for some time now. The idea of seeking shelter out of the storm is natural and bunkers are constantly improving as weapons increase their paramount threat level. With the introduction of nuclear warfare people everywhere began hiding in underground subways and bomb shelters, and many secret bunkers were built to tunnel underground as hidden refuges from nuclear attacks. Most of these bunkers were made of little more than concrete and bunk beds, and were stocked with canned food and water.

    The majority of bunkers made back in the 1900s between WWII and the Cold War have been abandoned and forgotten, but the idea of bunkers is certainly not dead. The threats are still there, so why have so many bunkers gone to ruin? Some might say it’s because the fears of nuclear bombings are not such an immediate concern at this time, others would strongly disagree and say it’s simply because the architecture of these old bunkers is out-of-date. Several individuals have actually brought these old bunkers back to life and converted them into extra-secure homes.

    Modern day bunkers are created with many doomsday fears in mind, such as economic and social collapse, war, pandemics, terrorism and natural disasters. One of the popular new bunker designs is called an ‘urban foxhole bunker’. Often smaller than old bunkers, these are a bit more reasonable in price and availability. Many people are building them underneath their homes and garages without the awareness of the public. They burrow underground giving you the protected shelter you might need when disaster strikes. Some can be very complex and large, even luxurious, others are just one simple room built to fit a family and the food and emergency storage they need.

    Bunker sales have skyrocketed in the last year, and bunker builders are actually having trouble keeping up. Many say that applicants’ fears mostly include concerns of devastating natural disasters that could lead to nuclear devastation, like last year’s tsunami in Japan. Bunkers have certainly changed over the years, and however impressive or affordable, a lot of people question how necessary they are.

    We’ll let you decide. In the meantime, don’t forget to prepare with the essentials: a long term supply of food, water, and emergency products for storing in your home or new bunker. With our bulk food storage, anyone can afford peace of mind, even if you don’t have a fancy foxhole shelter.

  • Hurricane Season Begins!

    Hurricane Season is upon us. The Atlantic Basin’s first hurricane of the season was spotted on Tuesday and was labeled as a “zombie” hurricane because of its record breaking behavior and ability to survive in cold northern water. For the first time in recorded history, hurricane “zombie” Chris formed as far north as New Jersey this early in the year. Thankfully, “zombie” Chris downgraded yesterday back to a tropical storm.

    Natural disasters often take us by surprise, and when we're not prepared for the impact, the aftermath can be devestating. Luckily, this time the hurricane didn't make it to land, but it shows us that no matter how early in hurricane season it may be, anything can happen. Natural disasters are unpredictable and their behavior can break all historical records when we least expect it. Prepare now for hurricanes and “zombie” hurricanes alike. To read up on how to prepare for a hurricane, click here.

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