Category Archive: Disaster preparedness

Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 1: Denial

Most people automatically experience an initial feeling of shock, disbelief or denial as soon as an emergency strikes.  One theory is that this is the brain’s way of helping us to minimize shock so that we can detach from the situation.  However, denial can also delay or cloud the decision-making process that needs to start as soon as …

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Are You Physically Prepared for Survival?

Physical fitness is one of the most important things that you can do to get your body ready for the challenges of a survival situation.  Getting into an exercise routine will also help you to rest better, think more clearly and have more control over your emotions.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym or …

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Survival Stockpiles and Rations: Lessons from the Cold War

There were over 100,000 municipal survival shelters scattered across the country from 1960s to the early 1970s.  They were funded by the federal government, but sites were selected and managed by state and local civil defense agencies.  Considering that these shelters were intended to protect populations from the effects of a nuclear war, it’s almost comical to …

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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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