Advice from Disaster Survivors – Part 2

Every year, just before hurricane season begins, Roberta McPhie, of Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb, cranks up her ice maker to make extra ice. She freezes bottles of water. She’d already stocked up canned goods, but she buys a few more, along with plenty of bottled water and batteries.

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Advice from Disaster Survivors – Part 1

Right before Hurricane Harvey hit, Roberta McPhie, of Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, finished her hurricane preparation. Her family ate the last of their Blue Bell ice cream. (Pity you poor westerners who’ve never tasted Blue Bell. Think BYU Creamery-deluxe!)   Advice from Disaster Survivors – Part 1  

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Be More Than a Bystander: Preparing Communities for Disaster

With this talk, Elizabeth Hardister emphasizes the importance of individual action in community-level emergency preparedness. Elizabeth Hardister is a fourth-year student from Dunwoody, Georgia. She is completing her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Master of Public Health in Disaster Management. As a CURO Honors Scholar, she conducts research with the Institute for Disaster Management in hurricane planning and evacuations in Georgia. In the future, Hardister hopes to pursue a career as an emergency management specialist. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Can I Depend On The Government During Disasters?

Society nowadays believes that no matter how hard things will get, there will always be a beacon of help in the distance. We rely on technology and others to provide us with everything we need to have a good life. In fact, many people are convinced that there will always be someone to look over them, may it be a divine force or a local form of government. Seeing how things are changing, we should all ask ourselves simple question: can we rely on the government when SHTF?

Read more at The Prepper’s Will.

Can I Depend On The Government During Disasters?


72 Hour Kits for Babies and Toddlers

The number one rule of 72-hour kits is to always always rotate your supplies every six months. The number two rule? Customization. A baby or toddler will have very different needs compared to his or her adult parent.

For example, your average ready-made emergency kit comes with things like a whistle, matches, and a pocket knife. Those are extremely handy for adults, but what is a 6-month-old going to do with a pocket knife? Maybe we don’t want to know. And you definitely don’t want the toddler handling matches. Remove items a baby isn’t able to use and replace them with things babies actually do need.

Read the entire article at the Emergency Essentials Blog


72 Hour Kits for Babies and Toddlers

How to communicate when the world goes silent

So how would you communicate with your family or get help if communications go down? If you found yourself in the middle of a wide-scale disaster such as a hurricane or other catastrophe and you had no government coming to help for a while, how would you communicate with your family or others? What if the power grid went down?

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Living Through Hurricane Maria: A Lesson in Resilience

As Hurricane Maria approached my home in Puerto Rico, this island where I was born, I was comforted that my two little girls and I would be safe. Our three-bedroom concrete house in Guayama, a five-minute drive from the closest beach on the southeast coast, was not in a flood zone. It had never flooded. I felt fortunate. My worry in those early days was for others who weren’t as lucky.

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8 Pioneer Skills We Must Not Lose

The pioneers were some of the most incredible men and women of all history. You have to really understand what they faced to truly understand their struggle.  The early pioneers traveled the lands and the oceans were like astronauts of their time.  Unfortunately, the skills and achievements of those brave families that made it across the US are slowly being forgotten. 

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Asteroid the size of a football field makes ‘surprise’ flyby close to Earth

An asteroid the size of a football field buzzed by Earth Sunday in one of the closest encounters the planet has seen in a while.

At its closest point, the asteroid – called 2018 GE3 – was just 119,500 miles away from Earth’s atmosphere, about half the distance between Earth and the moon, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). The estimated diameter of the space rock ranged from 131 to 328 feet, CNEOS reports.

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