Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

This category is for natural disasters and other emergencies.

  • Being Prepared for Surviving a Plane Crash

    Many people think that it is very hard to survive a plane crash, especially when you see news coverage of planes turning into fireballs and falling from over 25,000 feet. However, expert studies and analysis of past airplane accidents suggest there is over 95% chance of survival in a plane crash. There are of course instances where everyone on board the plane has died, but such instances are considered rare. According to NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), about 76% passengers...
  • Bugging Out from a Volcano

    Before the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2010, it was reported that animals were seen fleeing the low lying areas and heading for the hills. These animals had the foresight to get out of harm's way even when people did not. Animals must have some sort of extra sense that we humans lack; when danger is present or approaching, they just know. [MEDIA=youtube]j_csBXWlUA4[/MEDIA] Videos have been circulating recently of buffalo departing from areas...
  • Extreme Case Scenarios and Prepping for the Worst

    Some would argue the boom in the American economy during the post-WW2 era was a good thing. For many reasons, it was; everyday people earned more money, gained greater purchasing power, could afford lots of material goods, and many people were content by this. On the other hand it made those same people soft. When they turned soft, their kids also turned soft and this continued on down the line. But as the economic crisis in 2008 proved, people have difficulty adjusting to times of hardship....
  • Float Through Hurricane Season with Bouyant Survival Tools

    That time of year is upon us: hurricane season. Beginning on June 1st and lasting until November 30th, hurricane season is here and will be hanging out in the back of our minds for the next little while. If you live in a coastal town, hurricane season should be something for which you are prepared. Should you live inland, you are not off the hook; hurricanes are able to make their way inland as well, causing just as much if not more trouble there. When a storm is coming, the truth is simply...
  • Ahead of Ernesto, who will be prepared?

    I have a question for you: Have you ever given a friend or loved one the gift of survival preparedness? Before you answer, I'll explain how this thought came into my head. Lately, news coverage has been giving attention to Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now Hurricane Ernesto. It's picking up strength in the Caribbean and apparently toward Mexico, although hurricanes are as changeable as Jennifer Lopez's mood, so it could easily move toward the Gulf states afterward. Out in the Pacific,...
  1. 5 Steps to Decrease Fire Threats

    In recent years, there have been more than 300,000 annual residential house fires. For each of these years, the financial losses from these fires numbered in the billions of dollars. Loss of life hovered in the 2,500 range. All of these statistics have one thing in common: they are simply too high. Fire can be an unpredictable beast. Though we know what starts fires, enough preventative measures are not always taken to keep fires from impacting our lives. In some cases, fire control is out...
  2. Float Through Hurricane Season with Bouyant Survival Tools

    That time of year is upon us: hurricane season. Beginning on June 1st and lasting until November 30th, hurricane season is here and will be hanging out in the back of our minds for the next little while. If you live in a coastal town, hurricane season should be something for which you are prepared. Should you live inland, you are not off the hook; hurricanes are able to make their way inland as well, causing just as much if not more trouble there. When a storm is coming, the truth is simply...
  3. Tornado Survival Precautions

    Tornadoes are starting to appear in the southern states and if you are a resident of a tornado prone area, it is time to think about shelter/survival plans if you have not already done so. Even though spring is largely regarded as tornado season, tornadoes do not strike exclusively in that particular season, so in truth year-round preparedness plans should be in place. What is tornado season for you will depend on your location, as some areas are prone to tornadoes earlier or later in the...
  4. Bugging Out from a Volcano

    Before the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2010, it was reported that animals were seen fleeing the low lying areas and heading for the hills. These animals had the foresight to get out of harm's way even when people did not. Animals must have some sort of extra sense that we humans lack; when danger is present or approaching, they just know. [MEDIA=youtube]j_csBXWlUA4[/MEDIA] Videos have been circulating recently of buffalo departing from areas...
  5. Extreme Case Scenarios and Prepping for the Worst

    Some would argue the boom in the American economy during the post-WW2 era was a good thing. For many reasons, it was; everyday people earned more money, gained greater purchasing power, could afford lots of material goods, and many people were content by this. On the other hand it made those same people soft. When they turned soft, their kids also turned soft and this continued on down the line. But as the economic crisis in 2008 proved, people have difficulty adjusting to times of hardship....
  6. Fire Preparedness for Families

    House and apartment fires are responsible for many deaths. There are many steps that can be taken to safeguard the dwelling in which you reside, such as adding smoke detectors and checking batteries regularly as well as having fire extinguishers and/or a sprinkler system. While having fire protection systems in place is important, it is hard to convince a landlord to make the necessary improvements to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Because of this, the act of protecting your...
  7. STOPP: an acronym for scenarios like when the SHTF

    When times get tough and you are suddenly faced with fast-paced change and a need to immediately think on your feet, how do you go about doing so? Do you take the time to think about the situation at hand or do you instead let adrenaline take over? Are your actions planned and deliberate or hasty and not well thought out? It is easy to get caught up in the moment when things are quickly happening around you. Fear causes people to react like they might not have in an ordinary situation, as...
  8. Potential for Government to use Drones to Carry Out Domestic Assassinations

    In 2011 the Joint Special Operations Command executed a planned assassination of United States citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Born in New Mexico, al-Awlaki was an outspoken critic and US Government deemed enemy. In October of 2011, the US Governement carried out another drone attack that killed US citizen and 16 year old Son of al-Awlaki, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Neither citizen had a trial nor was one deemed necessary with their declaration as enemy combatives of the United States. A new...
  9. Always Expect the Unexpected in a Disaster

    Talking about preparing for catastrophic natural disasters and actually doing so are two very different things. Living in an area where hurricane season rules half of the year, I am well aware of the dangers of storms and why it is necessary to prepare. I learned the hard way, much like many other people, just how dangerous a major hurricane can be. As a transplant from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Gulf Coast, I remember looking around at all of the old homes on coastline and thinking that...
  10. Survival in Hypothermia Inducing Waters

    While you may not want to go swimming in frigid waters, you do not always have the luxury of making such choices. Sometimes unforeseen things happen and you are left to deal with the aftermath. This could mean any of number of things going wrong and dumping you in cold water, such as a makeshift raft that sinks or an ill-timed step on the water's edge that results in a slip that causes you to go for a dip in water of which you are unable to climb out. Preventing such accidents is ideal but...
  11. Are we Ignoring a Natural Alarm System that can Predict Disasters

    A lot of money is being spent in developing technologies for predicting disasters and early warning systems, but progress has been limited, especially when it comes to predicting earthquakes, tsunamis, and storms. On the other hand, animals seem to be more attuned to their immediate surroundings and are able to sense certain changes in weather and other stimuli. The Answer is All Around Us We have heard stories about dogs barking without any apparent reason, before the area was hit by a...
  12. Being Prepared for Surviving a Plane Crash

    Many people think that it is very hard to survive a plane crash, especially when you see news coverage of planes turning into fireballs and falling from over 25,000 feet. However, expert studies and analysis of past airplane accidents suggest there is over 95% chance of survival in a plane crash. There are of course instances where everyone on board the plane has died, but such instances are considered rare. According to NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), about 76% passengers...
  13. The Deadly Non Exploding Bomb

    Common Ground: Attacks From Space Wow. That heading, attacks from space, looks like I might have gone off the deep end. But work with me. I am merely talking about a foreign government launching a tactical missile against the United States on home soil. This is a bigger risk than I ever realized and is as much a threat as any other attack. More than ever we need to continue funding space defense systems for the United States and its allies. The terrorist nations are getting more bold and I...
  14. Create An Emergency Hurricane Kit

    Photo credit:[URL]http://www.flickr.com/photos/63165849@N04/[/URL] Experts agree that preparing for a hurricane is an essential step in providing for the safety and basic needs of your family during and after the first hours the calamity struck. Fortunately, creating your own emergency hurricane kit can be fairly simple when you follow a few basic guidelines. For example, your kit should include the items you need to survive for at least several days until help can arrive. In preparing your kit,...
  15. Ahead of Ernesto, who will be prepared?

    I have a question for you: Have you ever given a friend or loved one the gift of survival preparedness? Before you answer, I'll explain how this thought came into my head. Lately, news coverage has been giving attention to Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now Hurricane Ernesto. It's picking up strength in the Caribbean and apparently toward Mexico, although hurricanes are as changeable as Jennifer Lopez's mood, so it could easily move toward the Gulf states afterward. Out in the Pacific,...
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