Category Archive: Disaster preparedness

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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Airport Cops Told To Run and Hide During a Terrorist Attack

Airport Cops Told To Run and Hide During a Terrorist Attack Chicago Airports have a big security problem, and it wasn’t until the wake of the bombings in Turkey that this news became public.  Apparently, a directive from the head of airport security instructs some police and public safety personnel to run and hide during …

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Children and Lock Down Drills: The New Normal

Children and Lock Down Drills:  The New Normal Go on YouTube and search for children or school lock down drills.  You will be amazed at the amount of videos that show what our kids are having to contend with at school.  Even some preschools are teaching students what to do in order to hopefully stay …

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Lead in Drinking Water: Bigger Problem than Ever Imagined

Lead in Drinking Water:  Bigger Problem than Ever Imagined A recent report reveals that around 5300 municipal drinking water systems across the country are tainted with lead that exceeds safe drinking standards.  Consequently, the problem in Flint, Michigan is just a drop in the bucket when compared to the ramifications of this report.  Not only …

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Surprising and Practical Uses for Rubber Bands

Surprising and Practical Uses for Rubber Bands Believe it or not, rubber bands can be used for a lot of purposes beyond holding things together.  While we don’t often think of them as being an essential component of our survival gear, they may come in handy for a number of projects that can make life …

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How to Make a Septic Bin for Animal Waste

How to Make a Septic Bin for Animal Waste Anyone who has animals knows how they can produce a significant amount of waste in a short amount of time.  Dealing with excessive animal waste will be an issue in a situation if normal garbage collection services are disrupted.  However, you can create an improvised septic …

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