Category Archive: Disaster preparedness

Appreciating Natural Reactions to Life or Death Situations

The human mind, in most cases, reacts in certain ways when we are faced with life or death situations.  Some of these reactions are helpful as they prevent us from doing things that will be deadly.  On the other hand, they can inhibit us from doing the right thing, which can lead to a grim …

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Practical Survival Tips from the Book of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus in the Bible is probably one of the most debated and contentious in all of scripture.  The restrictions placed on the Jewish people are seen by some as oppressive and others as a blessing and wise set of rules to follow.  Many of the principles outlined in Leviticus are incredibly practical and beneficial …

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How to Re-purpose an Egg Carton Into a Fire Starter

How to Re-purpose an Egg Carton Into a Fire Starter You can easily turn an old egg carton into an effective, lightweight and portable fire starter in a few easy steps.  This is a great way to recycle something that would otherwise go to waste, and you don’t need a lot of material or tools …

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How to Make a PVC Cordage Spool in a Few Easy Steps

How to Make a PVC Cordage Spool in a Few Easy Steps You can make a spool that can hold up to 50 feet of cordage by using some PVC pipe and a carabiner.  This ingenious trick is something that’s worth trying because it can be used in numerous ways out in the field.  Take …

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Top Leadership Qualities from People Who Know

Top Leadership Qualities from People Who Know There are those who are born to lead and those who need to learn how.  Any one of us can be thrust into a situation where we must take a leadership role and run with it, and these situations often come with little or no warning.  Let’s take …

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Preparing Your Children for a Crisis: Using Games to Teach

Preparing Your Children for a Crisis:  Using Games to Teach We all know that preparing for disaster is serious business, and the choices we make now can impact our ability to survive and thrive during and after a crisis.  It’s also important to get children ready to manage during difficult times as well.  Aside from …

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Tips on How to Prepare for a Tornado

Tips on How to Prepare for a Tornado We all know about the devastating effect that tornadoes can have, and all of us should be at least marginally-prepared in case we get caught in the path of one of these ferocious storms.  While many homes and buildings in tornado-prone areas have safe rooms, basements or …

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How to Perform an Emergency Tracheotomy in the Field

How to Perform an Emergency Tracheotomy in the Field A tracheotomy is an emergency medical procedure that is used when a patient receives a trauma to the throat and the trachea, or windpipe, becomes obstructed.  It is a relatively simple procedure, but it also involves a lot of risk to the patient.  Consequently, even paramedics …

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How to Make a Smoke Signal From Your First Aid Kit

How to Make a Smoke Signal From Your First Aid Kit Most first aid kits have everything that you need to create an improvised smoke bomb or signal in the field.  Knowing the following trick can end up saving your life during an emergency, and it only takes a couple of steps to prepare the …

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How to Turn a Mop into an Emergency Lamp

How to Turn a Mop into an Emergency Lamp You can never have too many options when it comes to making improvised candles, lanterns or lamps.  One simple, yet highly-effective trick is to take a piece of a mop head and use it as a wick.  Follow the steps below, and you can turn your …

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