Surviving a Disaster

This category is for tools and resources for surviving natural disasters.

  • Civil Unrest: Surviving Mob Mentality

    It is a nice, happy thought to expect people to come together when tragedy strikes. In some cases, this does happen, such as when a natural disaster strikes and people band together, vowing to rebuild. However, in the case of human tragedy, that is not always the case and sometimes the worst in people comes out rather than the best. In scenarios such as these, the people with good intentions are often outnumbered by those who are not so inspired, which is when looting and violence erupts...
  • Ocean Safety: Surviving Rip Currents

    Depending on your home and bugout locations, the ocean may not be something you have thought too much about. It is possible, however, that bugging out could lead to you unexpected places. There are also plenty of us who reside by the sea. Regardless of whether you call places near to the shore home, there are plenty of advantages to having access to it along with many dangers associated with it. Photo: Science of the Surf Be it the Pacific, Atlantic, or Gulf of Mexico, our oceans are a...
  • US Army Survival Book And Kit At Your Local Bookseller

    In this day and age, you hear all the time how essential it is to be prepared for the day when you will be met with worst case scenarios come to life. Radio, television, and print media frequently feature pieces on the lifestyles of preppers, educating and motivating some while scaring the bejesus out of others. For a long time, the idea of prepping was outlandish and even mocked, but that is changing at a rapid pace. Prepping is not only becoming more mainstream but is a movement gaining...
  • Surviving Snow Strandings

    For many of us, it is the time of year for snow. There are few things more worrisome than having to deal with heavy snowfall, especially a blizzard or whiteout conditions. With snow also comes patches of dangerous and potentially deadly black ice. If you drive desolate roads that are seldom, if ever, plowed then your worries are more than the average city dweller with plow teams and road salt aplenty. Surviving heavy snowfall means being unfailingly prepared for it. Keeping items in your...
  • Surviving Water Collisions and Car Submersion

    It has been an interesting year as far as precipitation, or the lack thereof, is concerned. While one portion of the United States is experiencing drought conditions, another portion is having an epic year as far as rainfall and flooding go. Depending on where you live, you may have gotten to experience the deluge firsthand as lakes, rivers, and creeks overflowed their banks, going on to consume fields, roads, and even homes. Dangerous weather such as this has a way of interrupting life as...
  1. Riding the Storm Out in a Storm Shelter

    The weather has been doing strange things in recent times. If you've been following your local forecast, you may have been having days that are warmer than usual for this time of year. Extended weather forecasts have been showing interesting weather expectations as well, some of which differ from what is the norm for some places. A good example of this is tornadoes forecast to occur outside of a normal window of time when they are usually seen. While this could be attributed to a lot of...
  2. Winter Storm Preparation

    Winter weather is something we all must inevitably deal with each year. Depending on where you live, your winters may be mild or they could be severe. Each time the cold rolls around, we must prepare not only to handle what might occur in our local area but also what we may face in our travels. Since you never know where a bug out might lead, having some winter storm knowledge in your arsenal is in your best interests. As winter storms roll in, we must really focus on keeping warm....
  3. Surviving Water Collisions and Car Submersion

    It has been an interesting year as far as precipitation, or the lack thereof, is concerned. While one portion of the United States is experiencing drought conditions, another portion is having an epic year as far as rainfall and flooding go. Depending on where you live, you may have gotten to experience the deluge firsthand as lakes, rivers, and creeks overflowed their banks, going on to consume fields, roads, and even homes. Dangerous weather such as this has a way of interrupting life as...
  4. Danger in the Water: Vibrio vulnificus

    With summer upon us, beach vacations have taken center stage for many families all around the country. While these beach trips can culminate in loads of fun for people of all ages, there is something sinister lurking in the water. What looks on the surface as a good time to be had might actually surprise you with some very unpleasant consequences up to and including death. When people think about beach and ocean dangers it is typically sharks or jellyfish that come to mind. Though these are...
  5. Ocean Safety: Surviving Rip Currents

    Depending on your home and bugout locations, the ocean may not be something you have thought too much about. It is possible, however, that bugging out could lead to you unexpected places. There are also plenty of us who reside by the sea. Regardless of whether you call places near to the shore home, there are plenty of advantages to having access to it along with many dangers associated with it. Photo: Science of the Surf Be it the Pacific, Atlantic, or Gulf of Mexico, our oceans are a...
  6. When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: Earthquake Survival

    These days if the ground is shaking beneath your feet, that sensation may not be your imagination. In recent weeks, earthquakes have been in the news, hitting all over the globe. Massive destruction has been done and loss of life has climbed well into the thousands. Some of these earthquakes were much more severe than others, such as those in Nepal. Other earthquakes, such as those in Michigan and Mississippi, were mere tremors in comparison, but regardless of the severity, the danger an...
  7. The Average Joe Verus the Volcano

    Watching a volcanic eruption is likely one of the more terrifying yet intriguing events we can experience, ideally from afar so as to not perish in the process. There have been many volcanic eruptions throughout history which cause large death tolls in terms of loss of human and animal life as well as vast property damage and damage to the natural world. Living near a volcano has its risks, but the effects of an eruption can be very widespread, trickling down like dominoes on people both...
  8. Civil Unrest: Surviving Mob Mentality

    It is a nice, happy thought to expect people to come together when tragedy strikes. In some cases, this does happen, such as when a natural disaster strikes and people band together, vowing to rebuild. However, in the case of human tragedy, that is not always the case and sometimes the worst in people comes out rather than the best. In scenarios such as these, the people with good intentions are often outnumbered by those who are not so inspired, which is when looting and violence erupts...
  9. Dirty Birds: Avian Flu is Back and Mutating

    Raising chickens is a great part of any survival plan. These birds can be purchased for very little expense and are in large part self-sufficient if allowed to free range, leaving you with only a small feed bill. Depending on breed selection, meat birds can be table ready in just a few months. If you prefer eggs, chickens can provide you with a steady supply of those as well. If you have the space and inclination, there really is not much reason not to establish a nice little flock of...
  10. Zombie Fortification Brought to You By Tiger Log Cabins

    Fortifying your home against intrusion is going to be a key component to ensure your survival when the SHTF. There are a lot of steps you can take in order to ensure your home is ready, but many of these fortifications come with drawbacks. For example, adding bars to windows can create a safety hazard in the event a fire breaks out, blocking pathways to escape and possibly resulting in loss of life. Along the same lines, adding foliage with heavy thorns to create obstacles to entry can also...
  11. Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): The Boogeyman in the Circuit Board

    There are many catastrophic events that could take life as we currently know it and stomp it into something utterly unrecognizable. One such event is an electromagnetic pulse, which is a sudden burst of electromagnetic energy, or EMP. This may be from a source that is natural or man-made and can be caused by scenarios such as high energy explosions and a sudden fluctuation in the magnetic field. Depending on the size of an electromagnetic pulse, the damage caused by it could be extremely...
  12. Hurricane Myths Debunked

    In less than six weeks' time, hurricane season will be here. If you do not live in a coastal town, you may feel that hurricane season is of no interest to you, but let's not forget that hurricanes are mobile and cover a lot of ground in many parts of the country. There are a few other things we need not forget as well and a few myths in need of debunking. When it comes to a hurricane, preparedness is essential, but knowing the truth can save you as well. The 1st myth is possibly the most...
  13. Surviving Lightning Storms and Strikes

    They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, which has been scientifically proven untrue, but in all honesty one strike is bad enough if you are the target. Being struck by lightning can cause serious injury or even death due to the damaging electricity and high levels of heat encountered by the subject of a strike, or flash. A flash is the term coined for a completed single lightning event and is essentially a massive electrical discharge that takes place in several different...
  14. Surviving Snow Strandings

    For many of us, it is the time of year for snow. There are few things more worrisome than having to deal with heavy snowfall, especially a blizzard or whiteout conditions. With snow also comes patches of dangerous and potentially deadly black ice. If you drive desolate roads that are seldom, if ever, plowed then your worries are more than the average city dweller with plow teams and road salt aplenty. Surviving heavy snowfall means being unfailingly prepared for it. Keeping items in your...
  15. US Army Survival Book And Kit At Your Local Bookseller

    In this day and age, you hear all the time how essential it is to be prepared for the day when you will be met with worst case scenarios come to life. Radio, television, and print media frequently feature pieces on the lifestyles of preppers, educating and motivating some while scaring the bejesus out of others. For a long time, the idea of prepping was outlandish and even mocked, but that is changing at a rapid pace. Prepping is not only becoming more mainstream but is a movement gaining...
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